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Garden Shooting Range - What’s Your Setup?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by bishbash89, Nov 22, 2020.

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    Hi everyone,

    I’m looking for some inspiration on a DIY garden based shooting range (Target + Backstop) for air rifle, air pistol AND RAM pistols (0.43-0.50 caliber pistols that shoot rubber/pepper/metal/paint balls). Ideally, it’d be easy to move around/adjust/put away but still encompass all the relevant safety features you’d want. Lastly, I want something that traps the pellets and balls - I don’t want spent lead laying around in the garden where possible. I’d rather recycle it or repurpose it into a backstop.

    I’ve got around 40 metres of space for this project.

    I’ve searched the forum and found lots of posts relating to cardboard boxes (filled with a variety of materials), sandbags and worktops but nothing that the missus would approve of in the garden.

    So, if anyone has a cool setup or has a suggestion as to what would work for my scenario, I’d love to see some pictures and/or hear from you.

    Cheers.
     
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    mikeyhall1 BRIT SEALS - M & M Products - TbT

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    I made this, wooden frame with patio slab.

    Works a treat

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    Ragnar Hairybreeks Plays well with otters

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    Lead backstop (search threads, I’ve repeated myself a lot)

    Hairyarms spinners @hairyarms just never shoot at the top plate as you will spin little ninja lead stars around your property (bottom plate dumps ‘em on the floor)

    Knock downs are always fun.
     
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    Looks like you dropped it on your foot and lost a slipper :p:D
     
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    Ragnar Hairybreeks Plays well with otters

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    mikeyhall1 BRIT SEALS - M & M Products - TbT

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    Ahhhhh that’s where it went... though the dog had it :D
     
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    Basic but gets the job done. 200mm x 19mm board and a good old concrete paving slab.
    15° - 25° slant seems right to take most of the energy out of the pellet and send the rest straight down.
     

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    You can buy the cheap thin metal card holder which hold in with one screw,are excellent value and quiet just stick a rag in the back job done
     
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    I built this out of a heavy duty pallet, I boarded the back with 2" board and filled it all in with old clothes, curtains and towels to dampen the noise..
     

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    This was a huge help, thank you.

    I’d seen an article on this before but your approach makes it look terribly easy, so I’m thinking this would be a perfect backstop for pellets, but do you happen to know how it performs with steel BB’s and other projectiles (thinking about the RAM pistol I’m looking to get).

    If this performs well for pellet and RAM projectiles then it’ll definitely be used as a backstop.
     
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    Lostkiwi Tomorrow will be a good day.

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    A carpet square hung in front of some 19" OSB works well. If the pellet makes it through the carpet it hits the OSB but can't bounce forward because of the carpet. If it doesn't go through the carpet the energy is spent as the carpet just flexes.
     
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    This is mine at 30 yards and shooting into an old shed. Back of main target box is 1.5mm mild steel sheets and in front s mods of old carpet cut up..
     

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    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    I put this together in the summer, the back is 1" boards which are not fixed in place, they lay there with gravity and can be swopped about if they get a bit worn down in the same places and ultimately replaced cheaply enough:

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    No idea why its this way round, just turn your head and you get the idea:D

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    i have just got a cardboard box filled with old clothes and wrapped with plastic to protect it from the weather works well :thumb:
     
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    I'm lucky I have about 90 yards long I just use log ends with a target pinned to them for setting up.must admit it's been a . send lately with not being able to get out as much. It's not easy to hit bottle tops at that range but passes the time I suppose
     
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    I’ve posted this before, but I bought a wooden storage box via Facebook marketplace (for less than the timber would have cost to buy). Being ready made it also saved me time. I lined it with horse stable rubber matting which stops the pellets and is very quiet. I then added some extra wood to hold the targets. The box collects the pellets too.
    I bought all of my metal targets from hairyarms who sells great items on here.
    I also have a pretty long garden and this works very well for me. I cover it with a green plastic cover when not in use.

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    This is amazing actually. Definitely closer to what I was imagining vs the old cardboard box routine. Gives a variety of targets without having to swap out every time you want a change. Collects the pellets nicely and doesn’t look too bad either. Great job @Rat Man. Definitely a viable option here (although I’d need a separate setup just for the RAM BB/balls).
     
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