DIY: How to Make an Air Rifle Pellet Catcher

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I thought I’d share with you the pellet catcher/trap I made for my air rifle.  An air rifle really is an essential tool for every homestead; you can keep your rifle skills sharp for cheap without having to leave your backyard, you can repel pests from your garden and even harvest small game.  I must caution though that you should be a very good shot to try to harvest game as most air rifles have a somewhat low level of firing power or FPS (feet per second). This can be adjusted somewhat depending on pellet type as some pellets are more aerodynamic which increases the FPS. Please keep in mind that there is a wooden fence behind the pellet catcher to act as an additional backstop. This is more to highlight the target. However, it will stop a majority of the pellets as I am shooting at close distances and use a laser bore-sighter to zero my scope prior to shooting. The targets themselves are the type found at any store that sells air rifles and mine actually came with my Beeman air rifle; they are the fluorescent orange silhouettes of animals that swing back and forth on a metal frame. The orange is especially easy to see against the black background of the pellet catcher.  (I will have to look around for the step by step pictures, but it is pretty self-explanatory)


What you will need:

  • 2 Foot piece of wood about 1 inch thick
  • Empty paint can
  • Tin-snips
  • Can of black spray paint
  • 4 Screws
  • Screwdriver



  1. Remove the top of the paint can and use the tin-snips to cut the paint can in half lengthwise
  2. Spray paint the cans black (this will make the targets stand out more)
  3. Cut the board to the appropriate size if you have not done so already
  4. Lay the board flat and screw each 1/2 paint can onto the board at the appropriate space using two screws per half. The finished product should look something like the picture below.






















Until next time, keep Making a Homestead, one day at a time.


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