One of the most important pieces of equipment in any shooting range is the bullet trap.

Should you go with steel, rubber, or a variety of other economically viable—yet less effective options? Are you looking for a quieter, low-lead-dust trap, or one that can take heavy, repeated fire? If you want the company that invented the first commercially available steel bullet trap AND the world’s first (and only patented stair-step) rubber bullet trap, then Meggitt Training Systems is your source.

Steel bullet trap scroll

To support today’s advancements in law enforcement training, Meggitt offers the latest generation of steel bullet trap, the 5000E steel rifle-rated trap. Building on proven methods and past successes, Meggitt engineers and shooters spent over two years designing and developing a unique trap to accommodate rigorous courses of fire with pistol and rifle rounds. Constructed to set a new standard in projectile containment, the 5000E surpasses competitors’ traps through a variety of unique features:

Designed for complete bullet containment.

The 5000E is a completely dry, all steel scroll-style bullet trap. All major seams are reinforced by a secondary steel barrier to minimize spatter and dust penetration. Side walls are available in multiple thicknesses pending customer requirements. Impact plate thickness and width are also variable according to customer needs.

Uniquely designed split scroll. The rear cover on the scroll is removable for inspection and cleaning, while scroll parts can be replaced with the primary scroll structure still standing. This unique feature is indispensable when access to the scroll interior is required. The side covers are also readily removable, so that an overall check of the entire scroll section can be made quickly.

Raised and open-throat design. The entrance to the scroll is placed at the height where the majority of the rounds hit, reducing dust generation and fragment deposition on the lower scroll plates. This translates into a cleaner trap with reduced exterior maintenance. The open-throat design eliminates vertical supports in the bullet path that could cause ricochet.

Replaceable primary plates. Most steel bullet traps use abrasion-resistant steel to reduce wear on the trap plates. The 5000E features reversible main trap plates for extra service life. The plate system does not contain exposed fasteners or cover plates which can cause splatter or ricochet.

Spent round retrieval. The 5000E comes standard with a bucket retrieval system that features one-handed unlocking for quick bucket removal and replacement. Conveyor system is available as an option. Another feature designed with the end user in mind, it reduces maintenance time to a minimum.

Steel bullet trap

Self-supporting overtrap. The upper impact plates are fully supported by the lower trap structure, so that no ceiling attachments are needed to support the plates. This means a quicker, cleaner installation, with no worries about structural enhancements to support the trap in both indoor and outdoor installations.

Low cost. Every piece of the trap was optimized to use industry standard steel shapes, sizes, and processes so that the customers’ overall cost is reduced without sacrificing safety or performance. The trap supports are structural steel, not formed sheet, for long-lasting durability.

Only you can determine what bullet trap is right for your range. Click here to learn more – and determine what best fits your needs.


BlueFire® wireless weapons makes realistic firearms handling possible

Our patented BlueFire wireless and tethered weapons set Meggitt Training Systems apart from other simulation providers in the law enforcement market in two principal ways. First, the untethered BlueFire weapons react exactly like a live firearm, with the same form, fit and function of a live weapon. Industry-standard simulated weapons with their typical recoil kit cannot accomplish any of the BlueFire functions. Equally important, typical simulated weapons systems do not give sufficient and specific feedback to instructors. On the other hand, BlueFire empowers the instructor to monitor and alter the weaponry per the needs of the student.
Steel bullet trap

Here are some of the ways your instructor can take advantage of this user-centric design:

  • Monitoring the basics. Has the weapon been loaded and unloaded properly? Is there an ammunition round in the chamber? What is the condition of the weapon, e.g. where is the fire selection switch?
  • Instructor control, observation and diagnosis. Instructors can remotely cause malfunctions or kill the weapon. They can see if an officer was clearing corners, aiming center mass, jerking the trigger or using proper marksmanship fundamentals. (No more “he-said-she-said” arguments.) They can delay recoil or turn it off to diagnose shooters’ problems.
  • Modularity. Agencies can add their own “combat” optics to the rifles. If desired, Meggitt can also provide weapon-mounted flashlights.
  • Hardened and secure. BlueFire weapons are hardened to military specifications and therefore can be dropped without damage. They also lock to the rear when the duty load has expired, forcing a reload.

To learn more about Meggitt’s BlueFire weapons, click here.


  • If you want to build a gun range, one of your first steps should be to research your license and zoning requirements. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has an informative website and offers call-in support. Your local city offices can educate you on the zoning laws in various areas and the requirements you must meet. You may also want to join the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the industry’s largest trade association, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other interest groups where you can obtain news and advice.
  • Once you have mastered basic firearms skills, you should think about signing up for specialized training, such as force-on-force training with scenarios. Experienced officers say that theoretical knowledge may not be enough to keep you safe in an encounter with a dangerous suspect. Simulations teach you to think tactically so that you know exactly what to do in a risky situation.
  • Meggitt Training Systems legacy company, FATS®, produced the world’s first stand-alone weapon that interacted with a video scenario. FATS delivered the first virtual training system to the US Postal Inspection Service in 1985.

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Q. I know I need a ventilation system installed in my new range, but how do I determine which kind is the best fit?

A. There are two basic types of ventilation systems. A “straight through” system brings outside air (supply air) into the range, passes it through the range and exhausts it out the back of the range. The air goes “straight through” the range.

The second type is a recirculating system, which recirculates a large percentage of air through the range multiple times. A portion of the air is continuously exhausted, and an outside air supply is needed to make up for exhausted air. Recirculating systems are used in climates where buildings require buildings significant heating or cooling. Due to costs, you do not want to heat or cool air and use it only one time.

Local climatic conditions will dictate which system you will use. Recirculating systems generally are more expensive to install, operate and maintain, but energy savings are significant. In some parts of the country where you need limited heating or cooling, either system would work.

Q. I’m in the process of building a new gun range but want to be considerate to my “neighbors” in regards to noise. Are there any noise reduction suggestions you can provide?

A. The disruption of sound pressures waves which reduces sound is called attenuation. Excess attenuation is the additional attenuation gained by factors other than distance over a free field. Some engineering measures that have been used by shooting ranges to attenuate (buffer) noise are:

  • Purchasing of sound buffer areas, vegetation screening, depression or elevation, sound baffling, acoustical walls, earthen berms, acoustical tiles. Administrative measures include: limiting the hours of shooting, limiting the types of firearms and ammunition used, agreements with local residences, purchase of noise easements, and zoning.
  • For total sound reduction, the distance attenuation and excess attenuation would be combined. As a rough example, traveling 320 feet over a free field drops the sound to 86 dBA. If this sound traveled 100 meters (328 feet) over shrubs, an additional 23 dBA reduction could occur, dropping the sound to 63 dBA. Depressing a range below the ground level by 12 feet will yield from 7 to 10 dBA attenuation at all distances. Elevating a range will yield between 2 to 10 dBA up to 100 yards, after that, no change. Non porous walls can attenuate sound up to 52 dBA. Buildings can attenuate sound between 15 and 20 Dba (outside measurements).
  • Locating a range in an area with high ambient noise and no residences within a half-mile will also provide a noise barrier. This technique is practical only if zoning does not change to residential. The costs of sound surveys conducted by commercial acoustical engineering companies vary considerably depending on the depth and intensity of the study.
  • For more in-depth range information, download our Indoor Range Design Guide here.


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This newsletter covers just a few of the ways that Meggitt’s virtual 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