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Review: OTS Automatic Casing Catcher
created: 12/10/2020 2:38 PM in GEAR

Review: OTS Automatic Casing Catcher

Brass cleanup is something not often thought about in today’s shooting world. When was the last time  you thought about your spent casings? Unless you’re a reloader, my guess is not recently. You send your  rounds down range, do your best to police up your spent brass or steel, and go on your way. I personally  haven’t thought much of it since the first time I picked up a spent case recently flung from an HK91 and wondering how exactly a rifle could make modern art so easily. However most of us do and should make  sure that we leave the range as good or even better than we found it. Nearly all outdoor ranges have  buckets for you to deposit your empty casings in. For those who shoot on private property, the sound of  the mower blade catching a casing is a very distinctive sound, and we remember it. On the other hand,  those who reload are very conscious of their casings and do the best they can to keep track of them and  keep them in good shape for reuse. Shooting ranges certainly benefit from brass cleanup as well. Not  only does having a clean range make them look better and eliminate any hazard from stepping on a pile  of potential roller bearings for your foot, they also recycle brass to earn a little extra profit. So why exactly is casing cleanup a point of interest? There is a better way lurking in the depths of the gear  industry, and this is your spotlight to a much easier and cleaner way to shoot. 

Even after 54 years, the AR15 stands on top of the pyramid of modern self loading rifles as the king. It's  not a perfect weapon, and the argument can be made that it’s not the best rifle available today. But it  has adapted and stood the test of time very well and continues to serve the armed forces of many  nations. Here in the United States it is also one of the most popular sporting rifles to be found. Most  shooters that I know have one occupying a slot in the safe and it’s not hard to see why. The entire rifle is  modular and easily configured for most any individual. If any part doesn’t suit you, it can be swapped for  one that does; inside and out. Of those accessories, one may be more useful to you than you realize. For  many years, military door gunners have employed shell catchers on their weapons as a safety feature.  These devices normally catch flying brass and belt links and direct them down away from the occupants  in the aircraft and especially away from the rotor blades, which cost a small fortune to replace. Now you  may not be leaning out of a helicopter, but you don’t need to in order to keep your casings to yourself  and stay neat and organized. The Outdoor Tech Sports Automatic Casing Catcher claims to offer a simple  and effective solution to keeping your range clean and casings under control. We decided to test one of  their catchers out and see what it could do for us. 

The Automatic Casing Catcher is a simple ABS device, it appears rugged enough for hard use but is  incredibly light whether empty or full. Attaching the catcher to our AR pistol was a straightforward and easy  process, aided by clear instructions from Outdoor Tech Sports. The catcher is not designed to mount  permanently and can be removed as fast as it is installed, or about one minute. Once mounted it is  stable and secure. It also did not interfere with the installed ambi bolt stop on our pistol. It is not a hindrance to weapon maneuverability either. As stated this is a catcher, it is designed to hold the empty casings and  not merely direct them toward the ground. This is accomplished via a very ingenious trap door. When a  magazine is inserted into the weapon, the trap door is held shut via the magazine. When the shooter ejects the magazine, the door is unblocked and will open allowing the casings to fall free from the  catcher. This allows a shooter so control where and when their casings are disposed of. Whether at a static range or a dynamic shooting course, a bucket easily becomes the casing collection point. 

We found that the Automatic Casing Catcher works as advertised and we had no malfunctions with both  the pistol and the catcher. Brass was ejected into the catcher and fell free without issue. We tested the device with both basic STANAG magazines as well as Magpul PMAGs, and we found no difference in its  function. The catcher also will hold all the casings from a 40 round magazine.  We also found that the trap door pushing on the magazine did not affect feeding or ejection of  magazines. We had no casings get lodged within the catcher either. This device is well thought out and  easy to see becoming a staple on our trips to the range. The author is left-handed and did note however that when using the catcher he was unable to eject the magazine without switching the weapon to his right hand. This is due to  the catcher taking up most of the right side of the weapon. It was also noted that a right handed user will have little room to index their trigger finger unless on the magazine release, which could cause an unintended magazine ejection, allowing casings to spill out. These issues do not seem like they could be circumvented , simply due to the design of the AR15.  We did not have any incidences of these during our testing. We also noticed that with the catcher installed it is difficult to see the chamber area, however since the catcher can be uninstalled easily and quickly, we find this to be a non issue.  

The Automatic Casing Catcher from Outdoor Tech Sports is a fine piece of kit. It installs easily, works  well, and helps us leave our range just as clean as we found it. We will be continuing to use this device  in the future. Head on over to www.outdoortechsports.com to get yours and keep your range cleaner!

created: 12/10/2020 2:38 PM in GEAR


random dude commented on 4/25/2021 10:31 AM
$45with free shipping, not a bad price. @Runnin&gunnin- of course it is for range use, what kind of idiot would go into combat with this? maybe you?
Shaneyburke commented on 12/18/2020 9:54 PM
RunninNGunnin76 commented on 12/16/2020 1:37 PM
Although this fine piece of kit is good for the day at the range, maybe competition shooting, and any other recreational shooting, I would not ever use this in any sort of self defense and or combat type scenerio. The inability to see your chamber and not being able to access the chamber is a no go in this type situation. If you had a failure, Jam, stovepipe, etc with this device on as said it would take a minute to remove, then you have to assess the failure, clear the failure then fight. That "minute" is eternity in a defensive position that one cannot afford to give up. A trained operator should be able to assess and clear a jam in 10 seconds or less. Ramp that to 1 min, 10 seconds and you or others die. So while it has its place, this certainly wouldnt be advised for a self defense rifle or pistol. It is a ingenieous contraption though! beats the "sock" type catchers.
FalconRigg commented on 12/13/2020 9:15 AM
Wayyyyyyy too expensive for a piece of molded plastic.
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