Caldwell AR15 Pic Rail Brass Catcher

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There are few annoyances at the range that top picking up my fired brass, it reminds me of the hours I spent at M16 qualifications filling my K-pot with fired cases. Thankfully Caldwell has brought a new pic rail mounted brass catcher for the AR15 to the market. My days of spending valuable shooting time hunched over like a Army Private have come to an end.

For those of you that missed Nicholas C.’s post on it back in July you can find it here. Nicholas’ post has some great information on the brass catcher.

Packaging is nice and came with the required tool to install and adjust the brass catcher.IMG_2613

It attaches to a small mount that uses a Torx screw instead of something more common, kind of a down side if you ask me. I don’t like the idea of putting yet another tool into my range bag. The low profile mount is well made and stays clear of my sight picture.IMG_2666

Inserting the brass catcher onto the mount requires no tools to attach after the mount is screwed onto the rail.IMG_2667

Once installed it fits against the rifle nicely without protruding too much. I wont be shooting any matches with this on, but it is great for a relaxing day at the range.IMG_2669

As a right handed shooter it stays out of the way, left handed shooters might have some issues with it getting in the way.IMG_2668

Now that I was all set up, time to get to shooting.IMG_2653

My friend CJ was able to get a photo of me as I pulled the trigger, you can see the gas blow back as a result of having my suppressor mounted.IMG_2654

When having fun the brass catcher started to fill up fast.IMG_2661

When you are ready to empty it it has a convenient zipper on the bottom so you don’t need to remove the brass catcher.IMG_2670

Just a quick zip and the brass pours out of the bottom.IMG_2671

When I mounted the catcher on my rifle, I didn’t have a need to adjust the mounting point. Caldwell wisely included that option for those of you running an optic.arbag1402

It is rather easy to do, you just insert the provided wrench through the mesh and loosen the two screws on the top of the catcher.IMG_2682

After you loosen those screws you can slide the mount to any point you like.IMG_2683

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Out of curiosity I wanted to see how much brass I could fit into the bag. It looks like the answer is a lot. Caldwell says it has a 100 piece capacity, I believe it.IMG_2681

The brass catcher is now a part of my range bag, carrying another tool in my range bag sure beats picking up my used brass. The Caldwell Pic Rail Brass Catcher retails for $49.99. You can find it here.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Aaron E

    It’s “Caldwell”.

    • Patrick R.

      Oops. Fixed it.

  • sianmink

    That looks a lot better than the Velcro attach one I got from Brownell’s, which had a large gap at the bottom, no reinforcement, and solid fabric body. It pretty much dropped hot brass directly onto my trigger finger every shot, and trapped gas right around my face. Yeah, it was bad.
    This looks.. a lot better. What are the mounts made of?

    • It is a lot better. The velcro-attach brass catchers cause a lot of shells to bounce back into the action before the bolt closes.

    • Patrick R.

      The mounts are made from aluminum.

  • Garret

    I guess if you happen to use a scope mount like the Larue LT104 you’re just SOL? I guess I’ll have to keep looking.

    • Patrick R.

      I don’t have one of those mounts to test fitment, but it might work.

  • Drew Coleman

    I have one of the older ones that uses velcro. It tended to cause brass to get stuck in the ejection port, and then the bolt couldn’t return to battery. Maybe this version will work better.

    • Patrick R.

      I didn’t experience any issues. It seems much more rigid than previous versions.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I have yet to see a brass catcher that wasn’t eventually a jam-maker.

    • Andy B

      The older ones were terrible. I could never get them to work well.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Wow… I was going to make a comment about brass catchers… But then I came here to see people ACTUALLY use/own them!?

    … I’ll just go ahead and keep that to myself then

    • Jack Morris

      If you reload, these things save a lot of time and frustration. It sucks to spend countless hours making brass perfectly uniform only to lose it the first time you take it to the range.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I suppose I would then wonder who spends “countless hours” on their semi-auto brass. I have yet to notice if the brass trimmed to +/- .020 makes a difference, I know it doesn’t in my SPR, actually.

        I don’t know. Do what you like, but the more I get into reloading, the more I see wives tales, “common knowledge” fallacies, and speculative anecdotes seen once taken as gospel. “Perfect Brass” being one of those imo.

        But yea, if you’re going to spend lots of time on your brass it would suck to loose it. Then again, a properly gassed gun with identical charge should deposit every shot to a 1′ radius. I suppose some guns like the HK91 like to throw brass into the next county, but again that gets back to using “perfect brass” in that gun as being a foolish maneuver.

        So, I guess I’m still not getting it. But if you like it, go for it.

        • Jack Morris

          Hell, even if you don’t spend a lot of time on prepping your brass, it still has monetary value. I won’t shoot at any indoor ranges without a catcher. Too much of the brass bounces out in front of the stall into the firing line. Its also really helpful when shooting at a location with tall, uncut grass.

          Just the time saved not scouring the surrounding area for spent brass is worth it in my opinion.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Indoor rifle range? Pretty rare.

          • Jack Morris

            Not in an urban area.

          • 277Volt

            Plenty of them in Metro Phoenix.

          • Patrick R.

            Several in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. I just prefer to be outside at a private range. Freedom is good.

          • Grindstone50k

            Every indoor range in my city is a rifle range. We even have one out to 100 yards.

        • 277Volt

          So how long have you been reloading and for how many different semi-autos? Just curious. Almost every single shooter that loads for a semi-auto at Camp Perry and other matches would love to know you’ve smashed that wive’s tale because doing it for your SPR didn’t make a difference.

        • Patrick R.

          Countless hours was in reference to my time in the military. Picking up tons of full auto aftermath can be a chore.

      • 277Volt

        In the last couple years I’ve noticed fellas nabbing other people’s brass when they’re not paying attention. Another plus for a brass catcher.

    • Patrick R.

      Normally I don’t, but it was nice not having to pick up my used brass.

    • jack

      22 brass? My range is clay/sand I’ve not come across anything that makes picking up a couple hundred rounds of 22 brass a quick task. If the price is worth the saved effort, cool. Assuming it works as advertised.

  • Guest

    Nothing says I’m old and clueless like a brass catcher.

    • Patrick R.

      I am at least one of those, I’ll let you choose which.

    • Jack Morris

      I’m in my mid twenties and well versed in the shooting sports. I also use a brass catcher every time I shoot my AR. Your assumptions are misguided.

      • RPK

        Mid-20’s? Barely out of puberty. I have gray beard hair older that that! At least you know the benefits of catching and preserving brass for re-loading or as a precious recycled resource.

        • Jack Morris

          That was my point! I’m neither old or clueless, yet I still use a brass catcher. I’m invalidating his remark.

    • Grindstone50k

      Nothing says “I’m a petulant know-it-all” like someone who disparages an extremely useful item.

    • RPK

      Nothing says I’m a snot nosed young punk and have not a clue about life than an ignorant anonymous comment like this one. Go to the 25 yard range, wear your Snoop Diggity Dawg hat on backwards and pretend you are a skilled marksman while us old and clueless brass catcher users continue to keep America safe for you and your “you owe me” entitled generation. You don’t mess with Texas or an ole clueless Caldwell brass catcher user.

  • Andy B

    I’ve used both and this one is waaaaaaay better. And I’ve had no trouble mounting them on any of my ARs, 556 or 762, with and without optics of all kinds. One of the best things is that you can slide it to where you need it (behind/under/in front your optic mount). I’ve heard some people talk about the mesh melting if you rapid fire and hot brass piling up. I have yet to experience that.

  • Sickshooter0

    Have it, love it. And you can buy the pic mount separately so you can use them to mount to other rifles.

  • whamprod

    I’ve had one of these for years, with the velcro attachment. One issue…… they are clumsy to use if you have a riflescope mounted on the rail, because the straps never seem to make nice with the scope mounts. But for shooting with just iron sights…. or maybe a tiny RDS like an Aimpoint T1/H1, they work well.

    One caveat: Don’t forget to zip the bottom of the bag closed. Otherwise you’re going to get an unexpected bottleneck cartridge-shaped burn on your forearm. Don’t ask me how I know.

  • SSgtG

    I have often thought of making something like this for, um, special purposes.