Accession Number:

ADA308438

Title:

Bullet Trap Feasibility Assessment and Implementation Plan. (Technology Identification).

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. May 95-Mar 96,

Corporate Author:

TRW SYSTEMS INTEGRATED GROUP FAIRFAX VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

97.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Army Environmental Center USAEC is evaluating the feasibility of using bullet traps on standard Army small arms ranges. Currently on outdoor ranges, shooters fire small arms into earthen berms or far down range into the soil. This deposits lead and other heavy metals in the soil and may lead to regulatory restrictions on ranges that might include closing the ranges. Bullet traps generally operate through either deceleration, impact or friction to slow and stop the bullet. This Technology Identification Report TIR reviews and provides illustrative figures for eleven friction, five impact, and three deceleration type traps. In addition to an extensive literature review, numerous site visits were made to discuss bullet traps with range management professionals, commercial manufacturers and subject matter experts. This TIR identifies all known small arms traps that may be applicable to Army small arms ranges based on available manufacturers performance data. Bullet traps may be a feasible solution to heavy metals build-up in soils currently experienced on Army ranges, if applied within the limits of the design parameters of each trap and the required Army training environment.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE