The steel backer is extra insurance- but it's made to withstand the stated energy level at the stated distance.
Air Venturi Quiet Pellet Trap, w/ Steel Backstop Features
- Wooden trap (walnut-stained pine)
- 13.50"H x 12.50"W
- Grooves in the sides that accept targets
- 10-gauge steel backstop
- For guns up to 20 ft-lbs. muzzle energy
- Place trap at least 10 meters from muzzle
- Includes pellet trap- 10 lbs. ballistic putty- 1 target backer- steel backstop and 3 NRA official 10-meter 12-bull air rifle targets
- Regularly inspect your trap for signs of wood splinters and weakening of the rear wood panel
- Regularly inspect the steel backstop for signs of penetration and/or weakening
- NEVER shoot at your pellet trap with guns exceeding 20 ft-lbs.
- NEVER place the trap closer than 10 meters from the gun's muzzle
- Make sure your trap is backed up by something that safely stops any ammo that penetrates or misses the trap
- Regularly remove pellets and BBs from the duct seal- as they'll eventually start ricocheting off the ones embedded in the trap
- ManufacturerAir Venturi
- Warranty1-year limited warranty
So fail for quality control right off the bat.
One the plus side, it's massively overbuilt for pellet shooting.
One the down side it's therefore way too heavy and thick.
This leaves a ton of room for competition to offer a much better product.
The pellets are stopped in a fraction of their length by the putty.
If you shoot tight groups, they pellets end up piling on top of each other, making more noise and not getting trapped by the putty, as they should have.
So a slightly softer putty would absorb sound and energy better.
Ideally, instead of having one layer of putty, you would have 4 or 5 layers of plastic covered putty. That way you could rotate them as the top layer would get progressively damaged. You want it to be damaged, so the pellets don't fall off and don't make any noise when they hit.
This box does not collect the pellets, so they end up falling off and accumulating on the floor or wherever it stands, leaving you with a bit of mess to clean.
A better trap would collect the pellets for easier disposal.
Being a box with straight edges, if a pellet hits the edge, it bounces right back at you, as it's happened to me once. A better trap would have angled or bevelled edges, to prevent ricochets.
The box is very awkward to manipulate, because it's so heavy.
A handle on the side where slide the targets in would have made it easier to transport.
The only paper targets that fit this box are the 10m air rifle ones.
I shoot 10m air pistol, so I'm out of luck and I have to manually resize my targets to fit inside that box. Because there's nothing to clamp the target onto, it always end up moving, unless I fit an extra piece of cardboard behind it. Far from ideal.