ShotStop is a specially formulated, ballistic fabric designed to prevent shot from penetrating it while giving long lasting wear. Our new 440 HT fabric has proven to be able to withstand 700,000+ pattern impacts at 90 yards. That is in excess of 280 million pellets, and over 25 tons of lead. If you recover the lead, you will recover the cost of the curtain.
It is a knit fabric made here in America by a very high-tech textile manufacturer specifically for ShotStop, Inc. It is knit into 99 inch wide bolts which are sent out to a chemical treatment plant where the material is dyed grey, heat set flat, treated with UV protection and a resin to add strength to the fibers in the thread. It is then shipped to our sewing contractor who makes it into panels 8' wide with a reinforced hem and grommets every 12 inches.
It is a slow, expensive process but we have tested numerous off-the-shelf fabrics and none of them can withstand the pounding of millions of shotgun pellets. Because we manufacture ShotStop primarily as a service, our actual markup on the fabric is well below what would be normal in a true commercial operation.
The cost of the panels is $19.25 per lineal foot for a standard 8 foot wide by 30' - 50' long panel. This includes the fabric, the reinforced edge binding with grommets and shipping to our industrial sewing contractor in Ohio. You pay the shipping from the sewing company to your club.
If you needed narrow or wider panels or some shorter than 30 feet, we would custom quote those modifications.
For a cost example, let’s look at the materials cost of a two trap installation that could be covered at 90 yards with a 200’ wide, 4 panel high Curtain.
Panels: 16, 8’x50’ @ $962.50 =$15,400.00
Poles: 5, 50 foot poles @ $900 =$4,500.00
Rigging wire & hardware =$2,500
Rigging crew 2 days =$4,000
To this amount you would need to add local permits and other professional services. It is recommended that you order at least one additional panel in case one gets damaged and because of the long lead time that may be required in getting a replacement.
In addition to amortizing your installation costs, you should also set aside money to pay for the replacement of the fabric. You can estimate that the two center run panels that take most of the pattern hits will last about 700,000 targets. Count how many targets your club throws each year and that will give you your center panels expected life span. The top and bottom panels should last twice as long.
This is the accumulated lead on a test ground tarp from just a one day ATA Shoot at Redlands.
Co-Founder Gary Bombalicki working on the Redlands ShotStop curtain.
Shot straight of the ground tarp ready to reload.