Who hasn’t been at the range after an afternoon of shooting and dreaded picking up the brass? Sometimes you can just sweep it into a pile and use a shovel to scoop it into a bucket, but there are always the few that you have to bend over to get. If you shoot in your back yard as we do here in Florida, you have no cement floor and handy sweep up. Brass picking becomes a chore.
If you reload, saving brass is part of your sport, but somehow you never find them all. Enter the $44.99 Caldwell Brass Catcher. This is one of those products that if we were going to design it yourself, this would be exactly how you do it. The mouth is wide, so even if your ejection is erratic, like with many pistols, it catches every round. It breaks down easily to fit in your shooting box, and you can even unzip the pocket in the back to get your brass. I can’t say enough positive about it, and I have shunned bending down to pick up brass completely since I opened the green Caldwell box.
The trap sets up with plastic rods that have been sewn into the edges of a mess bag. You connect the rods by feeling for the ends, then insert the loose ends into the steel base. The whole thing weighs about a pound so if you want it to resist wind, you should throw a couple boxes of ammo into the bag, or screw the plate down. Setting it up isn’t rocket science, but if all else fails, read the directions. This last option I do not speak of from experience.
What I found really nice about the trap is that once you have brass in it, you can throw your empty boxes into like a trash can and take it all with you. You can also mount the base on a tripod for stand up shooting. Just bring some elastic bands to attach it. Once you use this tool you won’t go back, that is for certain.
My only concern with the product is that the zipper at the back of the bag seems a little cheap, and it doesn’t seem to really begin or end anywhere. It hasn’t failed on me, but beware putting a lot of weight in and carrying it like a trashcan. You could also just use closepins or safety pins if the zipper failed, so there is no reason why this Caldwell Brass Trap shouldn’t be a lifetime purchase. It isn’t cheap, but what is these days with shooting? I think it is well worth the asking price.