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Is a GranTrap™ Rubber Bullet Trap Right for You?

When building or revamping your shooting range, the bullet trap is a crucial component to the design and cost factors involved. Meggitt Training Systems offers a variety of bullet traps, including rubber and steel versions, to fit your range requirements. If a rubber trap is in your plans, Meggitt’s patented GranTrap™ represents the best technology available for bullet capture and containment. Utilizing granulate rubber material to stop incoming rounds, the bullet impacts the soft media and is captured predominately intact, minimizing airborne lead dust and averting backsplatter and ricochet. This provides a cleaner and safer environment for shooting ranges, and maximizes bullet recovery and recycling processes. The GranTrap allows shooters to advance downrange and engage targets at extremely close distances, even at acute angles with no concern of bullet backsplatter.

The GranTrap uses a thick layer of granulate rubber material called GranTex ™ which can be interspersed with an anti-adhesion material for increased flow ability. The GranTex™ is supported by our patented “stair step” inclined structure and may be covered with a self-healing rubber cover that allows penetration by projectiles while keeping shooting debris and other contaminants out of the GranTex. For outdoor applications, a lightweight plastic mesh screen may placed over the GranTex granulates. The mesh screen is non-toxic, UV stabilized, and will not corrode even after extensive exposure to sunlight, heat, moisture, or chemicals.

In addition to its environmental advantages, Meggitt’s GranTrap is superior in reducing noise by eliminating bullet impact and deceleration on steel plates. Another benefit of our rubber bullet trap is an efficient reclamation of spent projectiles from the trap. Optional rear access doors on the bottom of the bed plates are conveniently located behind the target region to allow for easy access to the primary collection area. This primary collection area, or target region, contains a larger volume of GranTex™ to absorb the rounds and greatly extend the service time interval.

The GranTrap was specifically designed with several important safety features. The supply bin located at the top of the trap allows for continuous replenishment of GranTex in order to maintain a consistent depth across the trap. The permanently filled supplemental bin, also known as the “safety bin”, is located behind the supply bin and maintains ballistic integrity of the trap.

(GranTrap™ is licensed and manufactured under US Patent No 5,171,020; 5,340,117; 5,435,571; 5,607,163; 5,848,794; 5,901,960; 6,000,700; 6,027,120; 6,293,552.)


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Target Retrieval Systems

Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, has been the global leader in law enforcement training and commercial gun range products for over 90 years. Fielding over 13,560 ranges around the world, Meggitt Training Systems provides turnkey shooting range design, equipment and installation, and the logistic support necessary for today’s fast-paced training environments. Meggitt features a wide array of target retrieval systems to meet a host of training requirements. Law enforcement and advanced firearms training typically require turning targets for timed fire and reactive skill course. For ranges primarily using bulls-eye target shooting, the non-turning target systems meet all course objectives. Meggitt’s target retrieval systems include:

The XWT, the industry’s first wireless, 360º turning target retrieval system, is now into its fourth generation of advancements. The XWT GEN4 uses a Lithium Ion battery with a positive locking battery connection and ergonomic battery placement/replacement, providing a 50% increase in battery capacity. The new charging/docking system improves contact design for faster and more reliable charging. That means more time using the XWT GEN4 on your range, and less time charging it. The XWT moves along a rail system, powered by an internal direct-drive, dual-motor with anti-static wheels for quieter, smoother operation. This unique closed-track design provides smooth target transportation without collecting lead fragments, casings or other debris, and can withstand impact from rifle rounds with 9mm AR500 prow and 9mm AR500 target holder. The high capacity battery is rapidly recharged via a self-docking station located at the home stop.

Complimenting the target carrier is the XWT ProImage Projected Target System, providing image and video targets for indoor shooting ranges. The XWT ProImage is a compact video projector and camera system that attaches to Meggitt’s XWT target carrier. Wirelessly connected to a 10” lane control unit mounted to the shooting stall, the system projects digital videos and images that a shooter can upload onto white paper or cardboard targets. The onboard camera provides a streaming, close-up view of the target for instantaneous feedback.The XWT ProImage is a simple addition to any XWT GEN3 or GEN4, uses lithium batteries, and with the XWT, it docks and charges while in operation. While the XWT ProImage batteries charge in place, they are also hot-swappable for high-volume use.

Meggitt also offers the XCT target retrieval system, operating on an overhead monorail track for smooth and rapid transport of the target up or down range in increments of feet, yards or meters. The carrier is operated via touchscreen tablet at the firing line, and provides a myriad of target commands at the touch of a button. The XCT may be stopped at any distance from the firing line through the tablet.

For further information on Meggitt's target retrieval systems, visit www.MeggittTrainingSystems.com



Q. I’m building a gun range but don’t know what type of material to use for the floor. Any suggestions?

A. The most suitable type of flooring for the range is a smooth, non-absorptive hardened concrete floor from the fixed firing line to the bullet trap. The floor will take a lot of low shots, so a smooth floor results in less erratic ricochets. The firing line and the area behind it are typically covered with vinyl or shredded rubber plank (SRP) flooring that is sealed with a polyurethane coating. Due to environmental considerations, floor drains require filtering systems to collect range contaminates. These systems are typically expensive, so the vast majority of range planners today exclude floor drains and sloped floors from their design.

Q. What is the industry standard for the length of a gun range?

A. The majority of indoor shooting activities can be conducted on a range that provides 25 meters between the firing line and the target line. For law enforcement/security training, a 25 meter range is typically mandatory and may extend to 50 to 100 meters for longer target distance applications.


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Meggitt Training Systems at IWA 2018

For the fourth year, Meggitt Training Systems participated in the IWA Outdoor Classics trade show from March 9 – 12, 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany. Meggitt displayed the new XWT GEN4 wireless target system, XWT ProImage projected target system, CEB target system, Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Target (MF-SIT) and a model of Meggitt’s patented GranTrap™. The GranTrap generated much interest from range owners searching for an environmentally friendly and effective bullet trap, many of whom were looking to upgrade existing sand and other material traps to a cleaner solution. The XWT GEN3 and CEB target carriers were also on demonstration. Visitors found found the carriers easy to operate, providing the functionality required for both commercial and law enforcement shooting range users.

However, the real draw to the Meggitt booth was the introduction of the XWT ProImage projected target system. Using technology combined from live fire and virtual systems, Meggitt now offers a solution for live fire shooting on a projected target which can easily be changed by simply selecting the image or video from a menu of options. Customers saw a tremendous value in the system and are excited about this new live fire/simulation option. Being able to detect hits on the target is important and reduces the time required to run a course of fire and score. Users no longer need to bring the target retrieval home to see where their shots are on the target. It can be displayed on the computer screen located in the shooting stall at the firing line. With many ranges being up to 100M in length, this is a considerable value, both in time and money.

Thank you to those visitors who stopped by the booth to discuss range needs and provide feedback on the innovative target systems. Meggitt looks forward to building relationships and value with the European market, providing valuable insight with nearly a century of training systems experience.



Meggitt Training Systems hosts visitors at ITEC 2018

Meggitt Training Systems, the global leader in simulation and live-fire training systems, will be hosting visitors at Stand A30 during the 2018 ITEC trade show from May 15-17, 2018 in Stugatgart, Germany. While at ITEC, visitors can schedule a demonstration of the FATS® 100MIL virtual training system with integrated BlueFire® wireless and tethered weapons.

Meggitt Training Systems offers customers the unique opportunity of a single source provider for both live fire and virtual training systems. This allows the customer to leverage single-source supplier synergies and enhance the overall training experience for their end users.

As the world leader in live fire training with more than 13,600 installed ranges and 90+ years of experience, Meggitt provides turnkey services, from range design, range equipment and follow on maintenance and operation support. Working with our partners throughout the European Union and United Kingdom, Meggitt provides local support to ensure the best in class customer service standards are delivered.

Meggitt’s virtual systems range from basic skills training and marksmanship all the way to integrated systems for large motion platform trainers such as Humvees and Coast Guard patrol boats. Highlights of Meggitt Training Systems many programs include:

  • Awarded the US Army Engagement Skills Trainer (EST II), Program of Record
  • Awarded the US Marine Corp Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainers (ISMT)
  • Fielded over 5,100 Small Arms Trainers (SATs)
  • Fielded over 40,000 laser-based weapon simulators (including over 250 types of weapons)
  • Deployed in more than 130 countries
  • Full-featured training systems encompass the entire small arms marksmanship training spectrum, shoot /no shoot judgmental training, and combined arms collective training
  • Meggitt’s patented wireless BlueFire® weapon simulators with a wide range of weapon feedback and control capabilities

To learn more, please visit Meggitt Training Systems at ITEC at Stand A30, or visit our website to Schedule an appointment.

Brazilian Army Simulation and Military Technology Conference 2018
April 23 - 26, 2018
Centro Internacional de Convenções do Brasil
Brazilia, DF Brazil
Booth #E-2
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ITEC 2018
May 15 - 17, 2018
Messe Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany
Stand A30
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May 30 - 31, 2018
EY Centre Ottawa
Ottawa, ON Canada
Booth #121
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This newsletter covers just a few of the ways that Meggitt’s simulation and live fire products are improving training for defense forces, law enforcement agencies and commercial gun ranges around the world. In upcoming newsletters, we’ll introduce you to new technologies and products. For more information, contact stu.woods@meggitt.com

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