Savage Range Systems offers a wide selection of firing range technologies and equipment. Below is information on several of them, including the Snail® System Deceleration Chamber.
Snail System Deceleration Chamber
In 1991, Ron Coburn invented the Snail System, a bullet trap that decelerates a bullet rather than disintegrating it on impact.
The heart of the Snail Trap is the deceleration chamber. Low angle entrance ramps guide the bullet into a circular chamber where it revolves, losing energy, until it drops down for collection.
This simple, yet ingenious, solution virtually eliminates lead dust for a safer range environment and has revolutionized the entire shooting range industry.
Snail Systems Deflection Ramps Make the Difference
The Wet Snail System, with low angle ramps and round deceleration chamber, results in virtually no airborne lead at the trap.
Unlike other steel traps on the market, Snail Traps have always used low angle ramps (12° for rifle and 15° for pistol) that guide the bullet into the round deceleration chamber, where the bullet loses energy and safely drops into a collection area, ready for recycling. A .30-06 bullet will make approximately 130 revolutions in 2-3 seconds.
In the Wet Snail Trap, a mixture of biodegradable lubricant and water encapsulates any lead particles that may be generated before they become airborne and inhaled by the range users. This results in a safer and cleaner environment for the shooter.
Automatic Bullet Recovery System (ABRS)
For easy collection, Savage Range Systems pioneered the Automatic Bullet Recovery System (ABRS) with the Snail System Bullet Trap.
As bullets decelerate, losing energy, they finally fall to the bottom of the chamber and exit through a bottom slot. They are then carried along a conveyor to a collection drum, behind the trap, to be either disposed of, or recycled. Just one more reason why a Savage Range System is considered the safest and most efficient shooting range available.
There is more than just the initial purchase price to consider when you consider installing a bullet trap for a range.
Per Million Rounds - Based on a 12 lane range firing 60,000 rounds per week for 15 years.
An informed decision to purchase a shooting range includes a look at the initial purchase price AND the long-term costs. All operational costs - upkeep and maintenance, along with repair, replacement parts and disposal of environmentally sensitive materials - need to be considered.
Costs to consider include:
Disposal of any material, such as rubber, used to absorb the bullet's energy
Mining/Cleaning of the trap
Disposal of bullets, jackets and fragments
Longevity of the trap and its ability to sustain a steady volume of fire