I have been using Caldwell’s AR Pica-tinny rail attachable brass catcher for a few years now. This review will go into some detail about what I like about this product. So lets get started on the review. Ammunition keeps getting more expensive nowadays with all the price increases and at times holding of ammunition. Because of this, many have resorted to selling their brass or have invested reloading equipment and are making ammunition themselves. Acquiring the brass has been a daunting endeavour and unless you find good sources it usually ends up not being a lot cheaper, at least for rounds such as 9mm 5.56… Now this is where Caldwell’s brass catcher comes into play. Caldwell has a few brass collection choices available to purchase. But we’ll be specifically taking a Look at the AR Pica-tinny Rail Brass Catcher in this review.
Caldwell AR Pica-tinny Rail Brass Catcher is not simply a suitable way of collecting spent casings, they also stop hot brass from landing in your equipment, clothing or hitting people nearby. It’s a welcome inclusion to keeping those casings in check and save you a lot of time picking them up after. Contrary to Caldwell’s other Brass Catcher that uses a very simple loop velcro strap that wraps round the hand-guard to attach to the firearm, the nylon mesh basket of this brass catcher attaches to the firearm using a normal two-piece black aluminum pica-tinny bracket using a detent locking mechanism incorporated at the top. The bracket is locked to the pica-tinny rail using just one Torx nut and bolt using an Torx tool supplied with this kit. The pica-tinny rail mount needs at least 1/2-inch in height and 1 inch in diameter of space to be able to connect together correctly. Some optic mounts set the optics large enough to permit the bracket to match below it. I have mainly used this product while using a Vortex Crossfire red dot and it allows for plenty of room for me to mount this.
Caldwell AR Pica-tinny Rail Brass Catcher includes a heat resistant framework to make sure it will keep its form and permit the brass casings to go into the catcher with ease and does not interrupt the function of the firearm. I have not used it on a bolt action but I assume it would not be an issue with them either. Provided you have enough room on a rail to mount it. As mentioned it’s coated with a heat-resistant nylon net capable of holding as much as 80 5.56/.223 casings or even 40 .308 casings. Any more than this and it might seriously interrupt the regular operation of this firearm. The basket offers a zippered opening at the bottom of the sack for simple removal of the casings.
The basket framework attaches into the pica-tinny mount through a flexible bracket that slides across the bracket to present rapid removal and installation of this brass catcher for simple access into the firearm’s actions and storage. This way you don’t have to remove the brass catcher mount from the firearm. I have purchased an extra mount so I can use the catcher with multiple firearms without removing the mount. This is a nice feature. The extra mount is fairly pricy but still cheaper then buying another kit. Caldwell has engineered a AR attachment that we are very pleased with. It’s a good performer that does exactly what it is supposed to. I’ve read two or three comments concerning the durability of this nylon net, but I haven’t seen any sign of wear.
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AR-15 Pic Rail Brass Catcher
The AR-15 Pic Rail Brass Catcher mounts to the Pic Rail of any AR with its quick detach anodized aluminum clamp and captures the ejected brass during firing. The clamp and wire frame are fully adjustable to work with a wide variety of rail/optic configurations and allow brass to enter bag without any disruption to bolt function or cycling. The quick detent locking attachment feature allows for quick installation and removal of the brass catcher; which allows for quick checking or clearing of the rifle chamber. The large 100 round capacity (.223) prevents brass from being scattered around your shooting area and works great in preventing hot brass from landing on the shooter or spotter. Convenient zipper at bottom of mesh bag makes emptying simple.
- Mounts to any AR-15 rifle with a flat top or picatinny rail hand guard
- Compatible with most AR-10/LR-308 models as well
- Ideal for reloaders, no more lost brass and it never hit the ground
- Fully adjustable, mounts virtually anywhere on a pic rail, riser of to rear of hand guard with pic rail
- Quick two piece system with detent locking
- Prevents hot brass from landing on shooter
- Heat resistant mesh wont melt