Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What sizes of curtain panels are available?

Panels are a standard 8 feet in width but can be made wider to replace existing panels. They can be ordered from 30 feet to 50 feet in length which typically is dictated by the total length of the curtain. You want all panels to be the same length for ease of installation and replacement. They are bound on the edges with heavy-duty reinforcing webbing with heavy-duty grommets spaced every 12 inches around the perimeter. Panels weigh a little over 3/4 pound per linear foot.

2. How do we calculate how many panels we need?

The first consideration is how high and how low is the area which you need to cover. As to height, consider that standing on the 16 yard line of a trap field, the gun muzzle is approximately 5 feet above the ground. ATA set targets are seldom shot more than 15 feet off the ground at 35 to 40 yards

Our experience at Redlands, where our curtain is at 90 yards, is that the majority of the patterns impact the panels between 16 and 28 feet above the level of the shooting stations’ surface at 80 yards. Because we have a berm behind the curtain blocking the area below, and 40 foot poles with the top of the curtain at 39 feet, we used four horizontal panels giving us coverage from 7 to 39 feet. Keep in mind that it is possible to shoot under the curtain but the pellets would not carry very far past the curtain as they are rapidly losing trajectory based upon what would be an almost level shot.

As to width, a single field can be covered at 90 yards with approximately 225 feet of linear curtain (Five, 45 foot wide panels). For two fields, if they are parallel and approximately 25 to 30 yards on center from post three, they can be covered with approximately 275 linear feet of panels as the two center, 45 foot sections serve both fields. Regardless of the number of fields, if you shoot lines from posts 27 one and 27 five through the center of your trap house, the curtain should extend 15’-20’ outside that line for ATA targets. If you shoot wobble, you will want to extend that to 15’ outside the line of the widest shot you would take on the widest target.

3. What size utility poles do we need?

It depends on the wind profile for your area, the height of your curtain. Civil engineers have access to wind loading programs and established wind profiles so that they can calculate the strength of the poles and the type of guy wiring that you will need if your plans have to pass a review for a permit. Pole strength is determined by the diameter and quality of the pole. It is the wind loading that requires the strength because the fabric and its rigging for a 5 panel, 45 foot span would be less than 200 pounds. Assuming that your maximum height will be about 40 feet, you would need 50 foot poles buried 10 feet deep. Depending upon the class of the pole required and the delivery costs, you may need to budget between from $500-$1200 per pole. However, it is t eh guy wires that actually deliver the strength and we have found that 2 wires, front and back attached at the top and about 2/3rds up the pole have worked satisfactorily.

4. What does pole installation and rigging cost?

A two-man utility pole contractor crew who has a pole setting truck and a boom truck for rigging will probably cost $1500 to $2000 per day. Depending upon the type of installation and the type of soil, the crew should be able to install and rig 1-2 fields per day. In addition you will have hardware, steel cable and guy wire anchors to budget.

5. How long does it take to get delivery of the panels?

The panels are a specially woven fabric which we must be ordered in increments of 2400 linear feet. It is our desire to aggregate orders to closely match our minimum increment requirements. The manufacturing process itself consists of the fabric company ordering the thread, slotting in some runtime on their knitting machine, knitting the fabric, sending it out to be dyed, heat set and coated, shipping to a contract industrial sewing facility to have the edge reinforced webbing installed and then shipping from that facility to your facility. This all can consume 8 to 12 weeks from the point we place our order.

6. Are there other types of fabrics that can stop shot?

ShotStop fabric is specially knitted by a specialty, high tech knitting textile manufacturer here in the United States. We have tested numerous off-the-shelf fabrics in hopes of finding a less expensive alternative. None have come close to meeting the strength standards necessary to withstand the impact of 100 million shotgun pellets. When you consider that each shot averages 400 pellets, then a squad shooting 125 targets equals 50,000 pellets. Just 10 squads per week is 500,000 pellets times 52 weeks or, 26 million pellet impacts in the year. We expect our fabric to last at least 250,000 to 350,000 pattern impacts.

7. Why is the fabric so expensive?

Most heavy tarp-like fabrics made in wide widths and in volume are woven like a bedsheet. ShotStop is knitted like a sweater. This gives ShotStop fabric the ability to flex at the point of pellet impact and also to flex when hit by a pattern. This flexibility is necessary for the durability of the fabric. We use a high tensile, 440 denier polyester thread that is knitted on a 100 needle knitting machine specially modified to make ShotStop fabric. Because of the complexity of the knit pattern and the heavyweight thread, fabric production goes very slowly. The machine can only produce about 500 lineal feet per week running a single shift. It typically runs double shift. Once a sufficient quantity of raw fabric has been knitted, it is then shipped to a dye house that runs the material through large, heated vats that add color, UV protection and melamine to bind the fibers in the threads which adds significant strength to the material. Once it comes back from the dye house it is then ready to ship to one of our sewing contractors who actually create the panel by cutting to the ordered length, and installing the reinforced hem and grommets. It is then ready to ship to the club.

8. Does ShotStop fabric come with a warranty or guarantee?

The only warranty we can offer is that our panels will be free from defects in workmanship. Because we have no control over how the fabric is installed or what people shoot at it, we cannot guarantee how long it will last. We do tell clubs that they need to exclude shot larger than 7.5 and no more than 1350 FPS. Obviously, this takes some monitoring particularly if the club shoots a lot of “games” where shooters like their special hot loads. To review our Purchase Agreement that contains our warranty and exclusions please click here.

9. What other clubs have installed ShotStop?

ShotStop curtains have staved clubs from being closed all across the country, in Canada and has been installed in Brisbane Australia at the gun club being used for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Below is a partial listing of clubs. Please feel free to contact any of them as part of your learning process.

Anne Arundel Fish & Game
P. O. Box 150
Arnold, MD 21013

Crow River Sportsman's Club
P.O. Box 246
St. Michael, MN  55376-0246

Douglas Ridge Rifle Club
15313 SE 322nd Avenue
Boring, Or 97009

Estes Park Gun & Archery Club
ATT: Sharyn Gartner
2185 Ridge Road
Estes Park, CO 80517

Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club
9721 Burnham Dr. NW,
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Telephone: (253) 858-9023

Ipswich Fish & Game Association
22 Paradise Road,
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938

Major Waldron Sportsmen’s Assn.
55 Knox Marsh Road (Rt. 155)
Dover, NH 03820
Telephone: (603) 742-0463

Newman Swamp Rats
1204 Hills Ferry Road
Newman, CA 95360
Telephone: 209 862 2838

Renton Fish & Game Club
17205 SE 144th St
Renton, WA 98059
425 226-1563

Vancouver Gun Club
7340 Sidaway Rd,
Richmond, BC V6W 1B8, Canada
Telephone: 604-278-0832

Windsor Sportsmen’s Club
2401 Dougall Ave,
Windsor, ON N8X 1T3, Canada

Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance
230 Cedar Creek Ln
Jackson, MO 63755

For More information on ShotStop, please call Jim Tyner at 805 402 7238