How to Make a Silent Pellet Trap

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Silent pellet traps are basically boxes set up indoors for target practice in weather that is either too cold or too hot outdoors. They are used with smaller bore rifles or air guns. The goal of the trap is to hold the target in place and allow penetration of the target quietly and without leaving debris around the target area. It is self-contained and the pellet and any debris from it should fall quietly into the pellet trap.

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Things you need

  • Silent pellet trap kit
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Targets
  • Duct seal

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  1. 1

    Remove all the pieces of wood contained in your pellet trap kit. If they are not numbered 1 through 6, number them so you know which boards are for the back and which boards are for the sides.

  2. 2

    Apply a thin layer of wood glue into the depressions of the back and bottom pieces of wood and join them together.

  3. 3

    Repeat this with the sides and top of the trap. Hold the boards together with clamps until they are completely dry.

  4. 4

    Pound finishing nails in to make the edges more secure. Paint or finish the wood as you like it.

  5. 5

    Press the duct seal into the back of the trap. Use double the depth of the amount you would need to stop the highest velocity bullet you will be using in the trap. You should have a minimum of 1 to 2 inches in depth running the length and width of the inside of the trap.

  6. 6

    Clip a target onto the front piece and slide it in the grooves along the front side edges.

Tips and warnings

  • Use as much duct seal as you need because it is the duct seal that will make the trap last longer.
  • Follow all safety and gun use precautions and never use while consuming alcohol.
  • Empty the debris from the bottom of the trap monthly or as needed.

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