Types of Shooting Range Backstops and Traps

Granulated Rubber Berm

Granulated rubber media that makes up the backstop. This design captures the fired projectile upon impact. This type of trap usually handles all calibers.
PROS: This berm is usually very durable. The cost low to moderate cost. This trap is great at stopping ricochet and good at containing dust containment.
CONS: Rubber will need topical solution maintenance to ensure proper range safety protocol.

Rubber Media Range
Granulated Rubber Trap

Curtain Trap

This trap includes layers of rubber curtains in front of the backstop. The rounds go through the curtains and hit the trap. (rounds will not ricochet back at the shooter) This type of trap handles calibers dependent on the depth and thickness of curtains.
PROS: Installation cost is moderate. This trap reduces fragmentation and lead dust. This trap also requires little space.
CONS: This trap needs maintenance and material replacement. Sheets will need to be rotated and moved around to extend life.

Curtain Trap

Block Wall Trap

Trap that consists of ballistic rubber blocks. Block wall stops and encapsulates fired projectiles. Ballistic blocks handle most calibers depending on size and quality if blocks.
PROS: Cost is moderate, depending on size. This type of trap reduces lead dust, reduces ricochet, and does not require much space.
CONS: Requires maintenance and block rotation, material replacement in heavy hit areas. Material is heavy when fully stacked.

Block Wall Trap

Rubber Stair Step Block

This trap consists of rubber blocks on a stair-step design. Rounds are fired at the backstop and are captured in the rubber blocks. Ballistic blocks handle most calibers depending on the size and quality of blocks.
PROS: Installation cost is moderate and requires much easier maintenance. This type of trap reduces lead dust, reduces ricochet, and does not require much space.
CONS: Requires maintenance and block rotation, material replacement in heavy hit areas.

Stair Step Block Range
Ballistic Block Stair Step

Berm with Sheets

A berm or hillside trap that is made to catch rounds as it impacts the berm. Rubber sheets are applied over the face of the berm to reduce ricochet. This type of trap can handle a wide range of calibers.
PROS: This trap is usually a lower-cost design. This trap is excellent at decreasing ricochet.
CONS: This trap requires sheet replacement. This trap usually requires moderate ground upkeep and maintenance.

Berm Trap with Sheets