Friday, September 22, 2023

What Is the Best AR-15 Brass Catcher?

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Almost all of you who are familiar with brass catchers are probably familiar with the basic design of the majority of them. Most brass traps, the purpose of which is to catch spent brass casings, are made of a rail mount, a wireframe that covers the ejection port, and a heat-resistant nylon mesh bag with a zipper at the bottom that catches the hot brass and is easy to empty.

This design is a staple in the shooting sports industry, but does it constitute the best AR-15 brass catcher that money can buy? Let’s break down some features of the Brass Goat, by Magwell Mounts, as a comparison.

Saving Your Rail Space
Most brass catchers on the market mount to your AR-15’s handguard via a Picatinny rail mount. They’re easy to attach, but Pic rail brass catchers also clutter up your handguard, trading the value of catching spent casings for some of the space on your handguard.

By contrast, the Brass Goat does not mount to your Pic rail or any rail. It’s actually designed to mount to your lower receiver magwell. It’s extremely easy to install and can be installed in a matter of moments, without the need for any tools, keeping your rail space clear.

Saving Your Sight Picture
The Brass Goat, which lacks the large profile and mesh bag of most brass catchers, is a low-profile brass catcher that rides well below and out of the way of your sight picture. If you’ve ever experienced the annoyance of sight-picture infractions, this is the brass catcher for you. There’s no need to make concessions when there’s a better model out there, just waiting for you to find it.

Saving Your Brass
In the midst of this current ammo shortage, it’s no wonder that more and more people, who just a year or two ago were content to leave their brass where it lay, are committed to holding onto every round. Why waste good brass when you don’t even know when you’ll be able to find it again. Any brass catcher is good for this, but the Brass Goat, which is compatible with a detachable hopper that holds up to 30 rounds of .223, is better by design.

The Best AR-15 Brass Catcher: Other Issues Addressed
Another issue with most brass catchers is heat resistance. Many are made with so-called heat-resistant mesh bags that really are not all that heat-resistant. These shell catchers have been known to melt or even to catch fire, especially during particularly intense periods of fire.

The Brass Goat, which is made from molded ABS resin, will never experience such issues; it is effectively impervious to heat and it is also designed to prevent jams. It is the new standard of high quality around which other designs in brass catchers are likely to follow.

Interested in more information about the Brass Goat? Visit or get in touch with their customer service team directly at 1-833-MAGWELL or at [email protected].

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