Best Technology Systems Services
Our inspections are detailed because we have developed them over time and they are specific to the different types and models of bullet traps. We can often diagnose current problems remotely if your range master is willing to get a good picture of the problem area and some measurements. Once on site we can repair the damage and complete the in person inspection. Sometimes this will require an initial visit, but not always.
Parts for older bullet traps can be challenging. If the manufacturer is no longer making parts for a specific model of bullet trap and is no longer able to fabricate them, BTS has partners who are able to re-engineer unavailable parts. Again, there are few problems we have not seen before and if there is a solution available, we can generally find it.
All BTS supervisors and workers are lead certified and trained per OSHA standard 1910.1025 to work with lead in shooting ranges.
Best Technology Systems is licensed and certified to perform complete inspection, repair and rebuild work on all InVeris Training Solutions (formerly Meggitt Training Systems) bullet traps.
During our pre-job commencement paperwork, we will select the bullet trap inspection forms that are specific to your facility’s bullet trap. BTS has been working on bullet traps for over 25 years, and during that time, our enduring relationships with bullet trap manufacturers have led to the development of our customized, precise inspection forms.
Once we are onsite for a bullet trap and range inspection, we will:
- Visually inspect bullet trap components for excessive wear or damage
- Compare the bullet trap to manufacturers specifications and inform you of any visible defects
- Visually inspect the range ceiling baffles
- Visually inspect the targetry system
- Test the range’s negative pressure
After completing your bullet trap and range inspection, our technician will walk you through what was found and identify if any parts need to be repaired or replaced. Again, BTS has relationships with and technical knowledge of most manufactured bullet traps.
In addition to keeping your bullet trap ballistically compliant, our inspection work and report will ensure your bullet trap is safe and ready for training so you can minimize or eliminate downtime.
Bullet Trap and Range Equipment Repair
If the quote is accepted, BTS will order the parts and repair the bullet trap or range equipment needing repair or replacement work.
BTS will ensure your bullet trap is ballistically safe for training and shooting. We will also help you limit operational challenges by catching problems early to reduce repair costs and downtime. Being proactive is important because acquiring parts can take 60–120 days.
BTS can perform different levels of range cleaning along with any repair work as well. We will customize your range visit to fit your needs.
At the end of our service contract, we will provide your facility with a Final Documentation Package. This is a comprehensive package of information concerning whom from our staff was on site, what work was done, the results of our inspection, all air sampling results as well as hazardous waste manifests. This package is all you may need for any OSHA and Compliance audit.
This is your assurance that when we leave site, your bullet trap is safe and ready for training!
Ask us questions if you need assistance with your protocols. Whether you have been a range master for years or are new to the technicalities of firing range maintenance, we would be happy to discuss your range and possibly make some suggestions.
Protecting Your Investment
BTS can help you with all of your Air Filter procurement, changing and proper disposal needs. Specific filter types, sizes and capacities are all critical to the proper working of your air handling system. We can do this on an as needed basis or with our regular maintenance visits. We are competitive in all aspect of our services and will be happy to give you pricing on all of your range filter requirements.
We can replace any and all types of filters according to what your shooting range requires. BTS has agreements with filter suppliers throughout the US and can provide competitive pricing for standard or custom air filters. The filters can be supplied by either your facility or Best Technology Systems.
The importance of properly changing filters is to maintain adequate airflow and negative pressure in the range. This protects the shooters from the lead exposure and the facility from contaminating adjacent rooms outside the range.
- Set up wash station and regulate the work area.
- Wear respirators and PPE
- Change filters
- HEPA vacuum support tracks
- Package filters as hazardous waste
If you plan on changing your own filters
If you choose to change your own filters, please be aware that you will need to wear the proper respirator, PPE and do air monitoring. BTS can save you money by packaging and disposing of your filters once you have changed them. We can help reduce your waste costs with proper volume reducing techniques.
Shooting Ranges Filtration: Pre-Filters
These filters are the first stage of your ventilation system. These filters are the least complex and need to be changed most frequently. The purpose of the prefilters are to help protect the more expensive secondary and HEPA filters. These filters are generally 24” x 24” x 12” and have a MERV rating of 8.
Shooting Ranges Filtration: Rollomatic Pre-Filters Service
Rollomatic filters as the name suggests, are filters on a roll which are drawn across the exhaust and are essentially pre-filters that are self-changing until the entire roll has been used.
Shooting Ranges Filtration: Intermediate Filters
Secondary or Intermediate filters are the middle filters in your filter bank. These filters are generally 24”x 24”x 12” and are rated at 95%.
Shooting Ranges Filtration: HEPA Filters
HEPA filters are the most efficient and most expensive of your range ventilation filters and are generally 24” x 24” x 12”
Shooting Ranges Filtration: Dust Contamination Unit (DCU) Filters
DCU filters are specialized filters that generally work directly at your bullet trap to capture lead produced at the bullet trap itself and are used in addition to your range air handling system. These filters are non-standard any usually cylindrical in shape.
Safe, Reliable & Cost Effective
Our process for rubber bullet trap is to remove the rubber media from the bullet trap, mechanically separate the lead from the rubber and return the rubber onto the bed plate of the trap. We then level the bullet trap to manufacturer’s specifications.
Our process for metal bullet traps is to remove all projectiles from their respective containers such as trays, buckets or drums and checking the bullet trap for defects while we accomplish this task.
We will then transport lead in sealed containers from your facility and ensure that it is properly recycled with the proper documentation. All of our work not only satisfies EPA, OSHA and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) standards as well as state and federal law it may exceed it.
Bullet Trap Discussion
Firing ranges typically come in two basic varieties, either they are a rubber berm bullet trap or they are a metal bullet trap. Both serve the same purpose but accomplish it differently.
The rubber berm slows the bullet down within about 12-18” of penetration and the bullets collect primarily in the target zones. If you shoot enough rounds into the target zone of a rubber bullet trap, you can begin to get a build up of lead in the target zones and this can cause a round to “bounce back” into the range. BTS has been remediating rubber and metal bullet traps for over 25 years and is ready to help you with your project.
A metal bullet trap slows down the projectile by allowing them to ride up (or down) impact plates at an angle and funnels them into a deceleration chamber that allows them to slow down and drop into trays, buckets or drums. Metal bullet traps need to have the projectiles removed periodically and is dependent on shooting volume. After continuous use, the throat of the bullet trap can clog the deceleration chamber and cause bounce back. A bullet trap inspection can reveal this and other problems. BTS can remove the lead build up and bring the bullet trap into manufacturer’s specifications.
Experienced Industry Experts
Proper cleaning of a firing range involves HEPA vacuuming and wet wiping target tracks, baffles, range floors, ready areas, control rooms as well as any gun cleaning areas. Surfaces high and low, both horizontal and vertical should be addressed.
Some clients need their range to pass specified wipe sample levels. This is much more technical and time consuming. BTS performs these tasks routinely and can help you if this type of service is required. We can get your surfaces down to 200 micrograms per square foot and floors down to 10 micrograms per square foot.