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Size and mesh of protective screen

Post by Jim Walters on Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:08 pm

I shot a match a while back where I was really pelted by brass from the shooter on my left. I had brass in my shirt pocked, several burns on neck, shooting hand, face, you name a body part, it was hit. What is allowed for a screen?


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Re: Size and mesh of protective screen

Post by togfish on Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:01 pm

From the NRA Conventional Pistol Rules:

"3.9.1 Deflecting Screens
- Shooters may use a screen fastened to their shooting kit, or similarly placed, to
deflect empty cases, provided the screen is made of material such as "Hardware Cloth," with wires not larger than
1/16 inch in diameter and spaced not closer than 1/4 inch. Screens of solid material may not be used."

I have noticed that most shooters use 1/2" mesh.

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Post by BE Mike on Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:35 am

I know some top shooters who just move so the brass won't hit them. That being said, I use a screen. I use hardware cloth. Those .22's are the worst. Nothing worse for a bullseye shooter to be in the middle of a round of sustained fire with a hot .22 case stuck on the skin and sizzling like frying bacon. It is advantageous to wear a long sleeve shirt with the top button buttoned. If the shooter on my left has a Ruger or Hammerli 208s, I put up the screen automatically. I usually use a brass catcher even when shooting .22. I do it as a courtesy to the shooter to my right and to make my shooting "bubble" consistent from match to match. Many ranges now request that all brass be policed, even .22. The brass catcher makes it easier to collect.

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Post by DavidR on Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:55 am

Military shooters are the worse they never use a catcher, i try to avoid shooting next to them but if i cant its best to have two pieces es of screen and some spring clamps to clamp them to the box lid.


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Post by eskinner on Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:59 pm

Gt 1/4" hardware "cloth" (wire screen) from Home Depot. Mine is abt 12x18" - buy bigger and foldover the edges to both stiffen the sides and hide the sharp points.

While there, get a big glue clamp - the kind with a spring - to clamp the finished screen to the open lid of your gun box. Some shooters add hooks or clamps on the backside of the box to hold the screen when not in use.

And finally, get two of the long orange fabric straps with clasps on one end for holding big things together while glue dries. Put them in your gun box for windy days so you can go over the top of your gun box and under/around the table to hold the box to the table instead of having it blowing over. Don't ask how I know abt this last one.


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