I usually capture them using tear gas.............
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I usually capture them using tear gas.............
"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."
--Thomas B. Reed, American Attorney
Second Amendment -- Established December 15, 1791 and slowly eroded ever since What happened to "..... shall not be infringed."
I declared an executive order making it illegal for brass to leave my immediate area. Those that violate the law are severely punished (tortured if the libs found out) by subjecting them to objects run up their rectums and outer body severely brused and shoved around. Then I put them in a big group and pummel them with walnut sells until the bruising disappears and toss them into an overcrowded container serving as a cell. They only wished for Guantanamo and water boarding, but I'm tough.
Now that that's out of my system... I'm somewhat of an inventor so I made a tent out of cammo mesh with spring loaded curtain hangers angled to direct brass to the back where they fall into a fold that leads them into a container. It works very well being overhead and behind and all. It rolls up into a neat package that I slide into a mailing tube that I mounted a handle on for carry. It catches 99% with the odd ones falling on the shelf and rolling out the back. Obviously I'm in an indoor range with stalls and high walls.
I stopped using it however for "social reasons". I felt like I needed to stick a pocket protector in my shirt and buck teeth in my mouth and walk funny when leaving. Now I ask for the far lane and sweep it before and after, maybe during. I am honest though and if I find other's brass that flew into my area when punching, I put them in a baggie and toss them in the front next time I shoot.
"Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt" ~ Mark Twain
When shooting outside if power's available I use a shop vac with a small inlet tube.Then I strain the contents. No sore backs for me.
If you're going to carry one weapon, might as well carry two, because as the saying goes, "Two is one, and one is none."
"Liberals can decline or whine, but I will still carry and conceal mine." - Cold Warrior. Excellent quote good sir!
I fire the shot, call the shot then try and catch the brass while it is still in mid air all while keeping my muzzle pointed down range and not getting my other hand burned from the fresh hot brass.
I shoot lots of revolvers or bolt guns in conditions where I may have a hard time with saving my brass ie; winter, mud snow or busy indoor range. I also don't use or ask for anybody else's brass unless it is somebody that I am shooting with and they offer it to me.
Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.
(Sung to the tune of - 'Shave and a Haircut')
"With a broom and a dustpan,......"
I have a trained Capuchin monkey that catches them mid-air with an oven mitt.
He also packs a .38 derringer, for those random occasions when I need backup..
Tarps were mentioned twice, I believe; I used to have a Browning Hi-Power (Belgian, wish I still had it!) that would put brass into your hat -- well, into a hula hoop -- assuming your point of aim remained constant.
A tarp was just the ticket for that good old pistola.
I've had other self shuckers (past tense) that scattered brass like a fat man spittin' watermelon seeds.
(Insert icon of man kicking self for trading off items he wished he hadn't!)
In that case I spent as much time scavenging brass from the grass as I did putting lead downrange, for I am a tight fisted sort and would make every effort to a 100% recovery.
Generally I ended up with more than that.
(Going back to the pecan picker thingies, our Cowboy Action club went to those and it makes life just a whole lot easier!)
"Deine Papieren bitte?" or "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ !"
(Choose only one)
NRA Endowment Member
"I bark at no man's bid. I will never come and go, and fetch and carry, at the whistle of the great man in the White House no matter who he is." -- David Crockett
I used to drive myself crazy trying to collect all that I had shot but I finally got smart and just approached a guy at the range and found out he would sell me sorted brass at 80 bucks for like 2200 rounds. Now I've got a few to spare so it doesn't worry me as much if I miss a few.
I don't reload so I don't collect my brass except for my casing collection, but I've been asked dozens of times from others on the range if I mind letting them have mine. To me brass is basically my trash but to them it is gold, especially now, I almost always say yes if they're polite, and also because those who want the brass the most often are the guys with the coolest collections. I've gotten to shoot more than a couple obscure guns (like a .500 magnum) thanks to my brass largess! Fair trade to me.
I lay a sheet on the floor and stand on the left of it when I shoot. When I am done I have most of my brass on the fabric, just grab each of the four corners, and wad it up until I get home. I also sometimes do the hand-broom and dust-pan thing.
My favorite "gun" book-
QUANTITATIVE AMMUNITION SELECTION
My wife catches most of the hot brass in her V-neck.
Retired USAF E-8. Lighten up and enjoy life because:
Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... "For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield
You can always switch to a revolver ... no chasing brass.