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    Want to build an in home steel Bullet Trap. It will b used for 22 to 45 cal. handgun target practice and receive limited use. Range will b a max of 10 yds in length and located in basement. Would appreciate any help w plans, recommended type of steel and construction process. Thanks, Ed Stines

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    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...14-bullet-trap I made one from 3/8 plate on a 45. With a 3" pipe slit and the plate welded onto it. Works great for normal handgun loads. My .44 Mag or .45 won't dent it but my Ruger Blackhawk .30 carbine will...Bob
    Bob Wright

    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    • #3
      Be careful of ventilation-you will generate lead in the air when you use it.

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      • #4
        I have shot in my basement of every house I have lived in for the last 40 years. Now I get a knock at the door and I can't shoot in my basement anymore due to city laws...Bob
        Bob Wright

        Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
        http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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        • #5
          Suppressor and subsonic ammo. This is why suppressors should be legal, to save your hearing and not annoy the neighbors.

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          • #6
            I've got four suppressors now, and am building a discreet indoor 40-yd range. My suppressed .45 is quieter than my suppressed .22's. Now that was impressive.

            To clarify ryanjones' comment; suppressors are legal in most states, but there is a $200 tax and a hassle of paperwork.

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            • #7
              Yup. I'm not really into them like some folks are, but I don't see any reason there is such a hassle to get one and use it legally. Just big brother trying to "protect" us I suppose.

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              • #8
                Well I moved to the country. I got rid of most of my toys but I kept a few. It has been bugging me to live in the middle of a 1500 acre farm for weeks and I haven't fired a shot. We today was the day. Dusted off the old bullet trap and grabbed my Remington 1911 .45. I do need to make a larger one from AR plate for rifles. The yellow plate with the holes was from my old range that was sold a few years back when my buddies would come over. I have to be more careful here as there are cows everywhere.
                Bob Wright

                Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
                http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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                • #9
                  I’m a 1911 guy myself....

                  Bob, why not pile up some dirt and a true range berm?

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                  • #10
                    I carry a 1911 every day. Have several more in the vast collection in the armory. Dirt makes the best (and most quiet) bullet trap when you have room for it!

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                    • #11
                      A lot of my friends are also 1911 guys. Thanks to hurricane Harvey, many of those 1911s were under water for several days. I rebuilt probably a half dozen or so for friends of mine as they were recovering everything else they lost. It was the least I could do. It wasn’t just 1911s but several other firearms as well. I can tell you, colt and smith barrels don’t do well under flood water. Surprisingly though, every Glock and beretta barrel looked just fine after cleaning them up.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
                        I’m a 1911 guy myself....

                        Bob, why not pile up some dirt and a true range berm?
                        I want to recycle my lead...Bob
                        Bob Wright

                        Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
                        http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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                        • #13
                          Dang good reason. Lead is getting to be quite expensive.

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