I took my Air pistol around to my pals' house.
They instantly enjoyed shooting every can from the recycling box.
(They acquired their own pistol within a week.)
We sit in the garden talking and taking it in turns to fire; it is relaxing and addictive.
But because I don't like spreading lead around, I elected to make a pellet catcher.
Various chunks of wood
Some old magazines and newspapers.
Some fabric or old clothing.
Any small metal lumps or brackets. (or just soda cans )
It took twenty minutes to make and looks like it took ten; and is odd shaped due to the wood available but it works fine.
Step 1: The Outer Part.
I made an inner part that would hold the wadding in place.
THe outer part is simply a board with some batons nailed on.
Step 2: The Inner Part.
Just an open box sized to fit snugly in the outer part.
The odd shaped sides are due to the odd assortment of wood available; it worked out well, though, because the large piece became an overhang to attach the targets.
Step 3: Fitting It Together With the Wadding.
I used an old t-shirt (When he went out , she gave me his t-shirt ).
Push the inner piece into the outer piece and it should hold together all nice and cosy.
Step 4: Add Some Targets and Test It.
I used a various washers, an old bracket that makes a great sound.
It works perfectly.
Because the targets are heavy, with some movement, the successful pellets just fall to the floor. with a slight ringing sound.
The pellets that miss the targets either stick into the wadding or rebound no further than about 3 inches from the target onto a little mat; the sound is reduced too.
I am able to collect every used pellet, which will either go to the local salvage yard or become part of a project.