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Setting up a home airgun range – Part 2Airsoft guns

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Most airsoft users don’t shoot targets with their guns, but they can! So, this post is about setting up an airsoft range inside the house.

Pick the right gun
You don’t want to shoot electric guns or full-auto gas guns indoors. The plastic BBs go everywhere, and these guns are not conducive to target shooting. Go outdoors when you want to rock ‘n’ roll. Indoors is for accuracy.

That said, indoor probably doesn’t have enough room to shoot a good sniper gun comfortably. You really should have at least 50 yards for a sniper rifle and few houses outside of mansions have a linear 150 feet. Indoors is for close-range guns, and that usually means sidearms.

An indoor range is the perfect place to shoot those inexpensive M1911A1 guns and even some that cost a little more. But you don’t have to stop there!

An indoor range is the perfect place to sharpen your skills with a top-end gas gun, such as the Raging Bull revolver by Cyber Gun. If you do get this revolver, though, please note that it’s 8mm and not 6mm, which is more common. You probably won’t find 8mm ammo at Wal-Mart, so be sure to buy a good supply of ammo when you get the gun. Another very attractive indoor target shooter would be the MKI carbine from KJ Works. A copy of Ruger’s Mark I pistol with a shoulder stock, this little gas carbine will give you lots of aiming precision on your indoor range. It’s higher power, like the 8mm revolver. I’ll address what you need in the target trap section.

Target traps
Plastic BBs go everywhere, so you need a target trap that holds them. With lower-power guns (those that shoot 0.12-gram BBs at 200 f.p.s. or less), a cardboard box with a rectangular hole cut out in front makes a great trap. Hang the target in front of the hole. The BB passes through the target and hole, rebounds off the back of the box and stays inside. I always cut the hole with at least a five-inch lip on the bottom to prevent BBs from escaping.

A cardboard box with a hole for the target is a simple airsoft BB trap.

Reinforce the trap for higher-power guns
When using higher-power guns, reinforce the trap by fastening a piece of carpet or thick piece of material, such as a blanket, to the back of the box. If you hang this material rather than fastening it to the back of the box, it will slow the BBs to a standstill. If you shoot more powerful guns (above 300 f.p.s. with 0.20g or heavier BBs), inspect this material often. I once shot through a heavy canvas bag with just 20 shots from a powerful AEG. When they hit the same place every time, they can tear through the material faster than you think!

What about sticky targets?
You want to use those neat sticky targets? All you have to do is use a larger box and cut a hole large enough to see the sticky target inside. It captures and collects the BBs that hit the target, and the box holds the BBs that miss the target. This also works for the electronic re-setting targets.

You don’t really need a backer board for airsoft, but it’s a good idea to hang a thick blanket or something behind the trap in case you miss. The fabric will stop the BB, and you won’t have to chase them all around the house.

I know airsoft guns are not often thought of when target shooting comes to mind, but my experience tells me they can be as much fun as any pellet or BB gun. I have purposely left out the distances for the airsoft range, but if you really need them, just build it the same size as the BB gun range.

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Tom Gaylord (B.B. Pelletier)
Tom Gaylord, also known as B.B. Pelletier, provides expert insights to airgunners all over the world on behalf of Pyramyd AIR. He has earned the title The Godfather of Airguns™ for his contributions to the industry, spending many years with AirForce Airguns and starting magazines dedicated to the sport such as Airgun Illustrated.

10 thoughts on “Setting up a home airgun range – Part 2Airsoft guns”

  1. hi bb
    i never knew airsoft was so powerful. on a completly unrelated topic i think you should do a blog on eye and hand domanancy. my dad sais that if your right hand is domanant (right handed) then your left eye would be domanant. howeveri do not believe this because 9 out of 10 people are right handed which means they should be left eyed. if this is true then why are most guns made for poeples right eye?

    ps. is your real last name pelletier or is that a pun?

  2. This is off topic but can you shoot 4.4mm BB’s in the PPK/S co2 gun instead of the steel ones?.

    Also how will these 4.4mm BB’s work in a Makarov mp654k Co2 gun?



  3. well i’ve gone through alot of thinking. i found i’m too paranoid to use propane in an enclosed space. i really wanted an ak74 from CA. (canada dosent commercially stock the ics), but asc needs age verification. a store in edmonton stocks the crosman Pulse R74. i had a pulse pistol and was sorely disapointed. it broke within a month. but this seems higher end. i know it seems i cant make up my mind… i guess i cant. its good advice when you say to get the gun you want, but it just isnt possible. have you tested one? i’d like to know if it will last or break. heavyweight and metal gearbox is appealing. also, the manual on pyramyd says the gun will shoot i think 20 minutes continuous, how does thsi rank with the high-end TM guns? and how is the rate of fire?
    it might seem stange i’m asking for an opinion of a $40 gun, but its 100 in canada, and the return policy isnt amazing. thanks again for any opinion you might have.

  4. about the pricing, seems i’ve made a mistake. its 140 usd and most likely some 200cad. it really does seem like a good buy, and next to an AK i’d choose an mp5. main complaints seem to be of receiver quality, but as with all my guns it will be for annihilating cans. i’d better stop before i make a second whole post.

  5. dm20,

    The Crosman manual says the BATTERY will allow 15-20 minutes of continuous firing. I says nothing about the capability of the gun. Plus you have to reload it, so unless you are shooting dry-fires, you cannot shoot 20 minutes continuous.

    I imagine the Crosman will work well for a while, but not as long as a higher end airsoft gun.

    My advice for you is to buy a higher-end gun with a metal gearbox and steel gears.


  6. I got a couple of sticky targets. Some comes with packages and I also purchased a Crossman sticky target. They seems to work very well at first. After a few weeks, BBs do not stick very well. With higher power airsoft gun, the bbs actually bounce back from the target. Is there anything I can do to make it stick like new (a few weeks ago)?

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