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About Savage Range Systems

From the very beginning Savage Arms has been a different kind of company. A history of innovation begun in 1894 by Arthur Savage with the introduction of the first "hammerless" lever action rifle continues today with Ron Coburn's revolutionary Snail® System.

The Savage Range Systems Mission

To offer the safest and cleanest environment possible for shooters and range personnel, while providing innovative, durable and cost-effective range equipment.

Our Wet Snail® Trap has been used by all major firearms, ammunition manufacturers and demanding law enforcement agencies for over 15 years. Why?

Quite simply, it works! Have you ever walked into a range where the air smelled like lead or there was excessive lead dust at the trap? You won't find this in a range with a Wet Snail® Trap. The Snail® Trap's roots are in the firearms manufacturing environment, where range personnel must routinely have their blood lead levels tested in accordance with OSHA requirements. When used properly, there have been no reported cases of elevated blood lead levels where a Wet Snail® Trap was installed.

Our system has one of the lowest maintenance requirements for any bullet trap on the market. Not only does this result in lower operating costs, it maximizes 'range availability' for training and revenue generation.

The Truth About Bullet Traps

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... then we are extremely flattered! The introduction of Savage Range Systems Snail® Trap technology has revolutionized the shooting range industry. Smash-plate range systems are becoming obsolete and today's environmental standards are forcing many ranges to comply in order to exist. Military and civilian range operators have come to Savage for the best and safest solution. Our competitors have been watching. Forced with the realization that their previous range design is no longer adequate they are scrambling to catch up. But it takes more than imitation.

The truth is:

  • Savage pioneered the low angle ramp design to minimize bullet disintegration.
  • Savage has invented the wet system to completely minimize airborne lead for the safest ranges in the world. We meet and exceed all OSHA standards.
  • The Snail® System uses a biodegradable fluid to capture lead dust and particles and it is completely safe for both shooter and personnel. It is the most environmentally sound range anywhere!
  • A 12° ramp angle IS better than a 15° ramp angle. Any child who has skipped a rock across a pond will tell you the lower angle deflects easier. It better prevents ricochet and adds to the longevity of the ramp.

Savage Range Systems wet traps are clean, easy to maintain and have the lowest life-cycle costs of any range on the market today! Sure the competition is trying to catch up - they have a long way to go - but Savage continues to design and build superior ranges so your range personnel and shooters are safe, the environment is protected and your budget is at ease.

 

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There is more than just the initial purchase price to consider when you consider installing a bullet trap for a range.

Per Million Rounds - Based on a 12 lane range firing 60,000 rounds per week for 15 years.

An informed decision to purchase a shooting range includes a look at the initial purchase price AND the long-term costs. All operational costs - upkeep and maintenance, along with repair, replacement parts and disposal of environmentally sensitive materials - need to be considered.

Costs to consider include:

  • Installation
  • Operational costs
  • Disposal of any material, such as rubber, used to absorb the bullet's energy
  • Mining/Cleaning of the trap
  • Disposal of bullets, jackets and fragments
  • Longevity of the trap and its ability to sustain a steady volume of fire

Automatic Bullet Recovery System (ABRS)

For easy collection, Savage Range Systems pioneered the Automatic Bullet Recovery System (ABRS) with the Snail® System Bullet Trap.

As bullets decelerate, losing energy, they finally fall to the bottom of the chamber and exit through a bottom slot. They are then carried along a conveyor to a collection drum, behind the trap, to be either disposed of, or recycled. Just one more reason why a Savage Range System is considered the safest and most efficient shooting range available.

Snail® System Deceleration Chamber

In 1991, Ron Coburn invented the Snail® System - a bullet trap that decelerates a bullet rather than disintegrating it on impact.

The heart of the Snail® Trap is the deceleration chamber. Low angle entrance ramps guide the bullet into a circular chamber where it revolves, losing energy, until it drops down for collection.

This simple, yet ingenious, solution virtually eliminates lead dust for a safer range environment and has revolutionized the entire shooting range industry.

Snail® Systems Deflection Ramps Make the Difference

The Wet Snail® System, with low angle ramps and round deceleration chamber, results in virtually no airborne lead at the trap.

Unlike other steel traps on the market, Snail® Traps have always used low angle ramps (12° for rifle and 15° for pistol) that guide the bullet into the round deceleration chamber, where the bullet loses energy and safely drops into a collection area, ready for recycling. A .30-06 bullet will make approximately 130 revolutions in 2-3 seconds.

In the Wet Snail® Trap, a mixture of biodegradable lubricant and water encapsulates any lead particles that may be generated before they become airborne and inhaled by the range users. This results in a safer and cleaner environment for the shooter.