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Ballistic Block vs. Other Protective Materials: A Comparative Analysis

When we look for materials concerning safety and security, it is important to choose wisely. Whether you are from the military, law enforcement, or just someone looking to protect your property, choosing the right material for your shooting range is important. This article compares the technology of the ballistic block with that of commonly used materials, such as composite materials, steel, wood and dirt.



Understanding Ballistic Block Technologyc Block Technology

The Ballistic Block is one of the latest materials to hit the market. It provides excellent protection against bullet impacts and ricochet. Ballistic blocks, made of recycled SBR tires, offer properties such as self healing qualities  and durability despite their lightweight nature. Being versatile, they can be built as walls, partitions, or rooms conveniently manipulated into the custom lengths & widths needed for your application. This versatility has made them a fundamental component in many applications.


The Traditional Go-Tos: Sand, Wood, and Steel

Steel, wood, and dirt have been used as the ballistic protection systems for decades. Steel traditionally has a high cost and is not very portable. Wood has benefits but often does not last creating possible safety issues. Sand is a good stop however leaves a high environmental hazard to the natural ground. You can not remove the lead bullets from sand.


Ballistic rubber provides the most economical, versatile and portable solutions in all range types. High use military and law enforcement ranges enjoy the safety and long life of the rubber blocks. Commercial and home shooting ranges enjoy the safety and reduced sound impacts.




Performance Against Ballistic Threats:

Ballistic blocks, developed from an innovative design using high-end recycled SBR tires, provide unrivaled protection against ballistic penetrators. The ballistic block is the most superior protective block available.


Durability and longevity:

Ballistic blocks are durable, resistant to changing seasons, UV damage, and external forces. Compared to other materials, ballistic blocks have better long-term durability, making them more cost-efficient over time. The upkeep of ballistic blocks remains rugged and reliable throughout continuous intensive usage.


Versatility and Customization:

Ballistic blocks can be easily configured into various shapes and areas, giving them enormous versatility. They provide custom-built components to fulfill different security concerns. Ballistic blocks can be produced to different sizes to meet specific application needs, such as shoot houses, bullet stop, knee walls, and portable target backstops.


Environmental Considerations and Sustainability

Ballistic blocks are made from 100% recycled tires. Each TAP Ballistic block recycles 2.5 scrap tires and only TAP Ballistics offer end of life recycling for all their ballistic rubber products. This recyclability is one of their best qualities, as they can help save natural resources and reduce unnecessary waste.


Making the Right Choice for Your Needs

When selecting the best materials for your range, it's crucial to consider a few factors. The budget, the level of safety, and the surrounding conditions that play a role in determining which choice is ideal.


The budget is still another important consideration. Ballistic blocks may be more expensive initially than ballistic panels, but due to their extended lifespan and low maintenance needs, they end up saving money over time.


It's also important to consider the environmental impact. Choosing TAP Ballistics provides you the opportunity to play a role in improving the environment by reducing the number of tires thrown into landfills. Contact us today for more information!





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