Shot-Shield - screening system to stop lead shot from exiting clay target shooting ranges

Shot-Shield™

Shot-Shield™ is a product primarily developed for the clay target shooting industry. The goal was to create a screening system that would stop lead shot from exiting clay target shooting ranges. The materials used in the Shot-Shield™ system are very durable and able to stand up to the abrasive lead shot environment and endure extensive Ultra Violet (UV) exposure. The installation standards for Shot-Shield™ are the highest in the industry in order to assure the system can withstand possible harsh climate conditions and to meet the demands of shooting ranges worldwide.

Shot-Shield™ also has the added bonus of acting as a noise reduction system. The material has been proven to reduce the noise decibel readings that could possibly impact surrounding neighbors. Our tests have been conclusive in demonstrating a tremendous reduction in noise levels after the Shot-Shield™ system has been installed.

Additionally, Shot-Shield™ helps to control light emissions from sports lighting systems that may be utilized for nighttime use at shooting facilities. The Shot-Shield™ material does not allow light to pass through it, helping to reduce the light that is able to exit a facility. With proper lighting design and placement, many ranges enjoy the ability to throw targets at night. Light pollution has been a concern for regulatory agencies, however with installation of the Shot-Shield™ system, the emission of light exiting the facility can be greatly reduced.

The Make Up of Shot-Shield™

Shot-Shield™ is constructed of a solid 1/8” thick material embedded with a very strong nylon corded mesh. There are a number of optional rubber type materials that can be used to meet the particular demands of each individual site (for example harsh UV exposure’s like that of a desert setting or extreme cold conditions). In an independent laboratory test, the tear strength of the standard Shot-Shield™ material panel withstood a pull test of 350 pounds from a single hole 1-3/4 inches from the edge of the material.

In order to provide a quality care-free installation, Shot-Shield™ has also developed the mounting devise to assure our clients a strong, long-lasting product. Our mounting brackets are made of stainless steel and can withstand extreme weather conditions along with exposure to many rounds of impact from lead shot.

It is also the recommendation of Shot-Shield™ that our unique steel poles and installation system be utilized to prevent pole failure from high winds, extreme frost, harsh climate conditions, and the abrasive conditions of the lead shot impacts that can destroy wood poles over a very short period of time. Our poles, their embedment, and necessary installation requirements are completely engineered to meet the requirements of numerous regulatory requirements.

Shot-Shield™ has trained contractors located around the United States ensuring your project installation is a success. Shot-Shield™ has the ability to provide steel poles for the needs and requirements of the clay target shooting industry. There are an endless number of variables at each site necessitating the need for a great deal of flexibility. Wind loads, height requirements, ice loading are just a few. Because of this, we have the expertise to meet precise installation and design requirements no matter what conditions the Shot-Shield™ will be exposed to.

Conclusion

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is actively encouraging shooting ranges to be proactive with regards to the environment and to promote “best management practices” with regards to lead shot. Shot-Shield™ is a great solution to assist in the containment of lead shot associated with clay target shooting sports. The Shot-Shield™ material creates a shooter-friendly environment that is not a distraction to the participants of the sport. Shot-Shield™ can also reduce the noise levels emitted from the shotgun blasts, and help reduce or eliminate light emission from gun clubs with the ability to provide nighttime shooting.

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