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Old 08-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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I live in a suburban neighborhood and currently I am studying to become a gunsmith. As I further my studies I need to test firearms more and more. Is there a legal way to set up a backstop in my shop that could stop rifle rounds? I see them on TV where you simply stick the muzzle into an aperture or point it at a block of some material and can this fire safely in an otherwise dangerous environment.



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Old 08-13-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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At a fairly large shop where I worked we had about a 12" diameter steel pipe set in at about a 45 degree angle. It was thru the cement floor into the dirt. We shot rifles, shotguns, and handguns into it. We padded the inside for a short ways so we didn't hurt hard recoiling guns. And had a piece of slit rubber inner tube across the top to help retain the noise and smoke.



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Check your local laws. Even finding a way do do it safely, you could quite likely still be in violation of the law, e.g. "Unlawful to discharge firearms within city, town, village, etc. limits." You might be required to jump through some legal/zoning hoops to get legal.

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I agree with Overkill "Check your local laws."
We are not allowed to shoot even a pellet gun in the city I live.
So just building a bullet trap wouldn't take care of your legal needs.

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I live in a suburban neighborhood and currently I am studying to become a gunsmith. As I further my studies I need to test firearms more and more. Is there a legal way to set up a backstop in my shop that could stop rifle rounds? I see them on TV where you simply stick the muzzle into an aperture or point it at a block of some material and can this fire safely in an otherwise dangerous environment.
As everone else has advised, check with your local gvt 1st, but here are
some companies offering what you are looking for.

http://www.letargets.com/

http://www.snailtraps.com/bullettraps/

http://clearingbarrels.com/gunsmith-clearing-barrel


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