Airgun Pellet Traps
In the past, I've set up airgun ranges in the basement of my house. In one instance, I even cut a hole in the wall to allow for a longer range! Thankfully, my basement wasn't finished and no one, especially the wife, cared that I extended my range a little. She just shakes her head at me sometimes.....
Shooting indoors requires you to think of safety first. In other words, where is that pellet or BB going to go once it hits the target, or in an accidental moment, misses the target completely? To help with this issue, manufacturers have designed pellet traps to contain your spent projectiles.
Take a look at this link to view Compasseco's selection of pellet traps:
Daisy and Gamo offer two well-made pellet traps that contain spent lead rounds from low-to-medium powered airguns. The majority of airguns you find fall in this category, and almost all of them are designed for lead pellet use. Lead deforms upon impact and is much less likely to ricochet than steel BB's. However, it is still a good idea to wear safety goggles when shooting at targets, especially indoors where the range is limited.
The Daisy and Gamo pellet traps hold the standard 10-meter target inserts and will last a long time. They allow the shooter to reclaim much of the lead spent and use it for future casting endeavors for larger caliber slugs or fishing weights.
The Tech Force cone and flat pellet traps you see at the bottom of the above page offer an economical answer to your problem as well. Also designed to hold the 10-meter target, they do a good job of stopping pellets from penetrating any further than you want them to from the low-to-medium powered airguns. And the prices on these Tech Force products allow you to spend your money on other airgun related items such as ammo and targets!
Now, if you are shooting BB's inside, please take note. Steel is notorious for ricocheting, and I hesitate to use steel BB's inside. When I do, I shoot at cardboard boxes filled with packing material to absorb the BB. A hard surface underneath your target is inviting an accident, and it is best to avoid those at all costs. So please plan appropriately and err on the side of caution.
With these products listed above, your shooting pleasure is enhanced even when you are stuck inside during lousy weather periods. And once you get back outside, your indoor practice sessions will help you in your outdoor airgun pursuits as well.
As 2008 comes to a close, remember those less fortunate than yourself. Make time to share the joys of shooting with someone who can't manage it on their own. Take a child outside with you and help bring up the next generation of shooters.
Merry Christmas from Compasseco!