A brass catcher can be useful for those that want to keep track of spent brass. It attaches directly to a firearm to catch the cases as they are ejected. Catching empty cases is useful for those who prefer to reload. And it has the added benefit of keeping the shooting area free from debris. Magwell Mounts in Sunman, Indiana, produces the Brass Goat brass catcher that works exactly as advertised.
The Brass Goat is an all-plastic brass catcher designed to catch ejected empty brass from AR-15s that are equipped with a mil-spec lower receiver. Because of the rapid-fire nature of a lot of 5.56mm rifles, there is often more brass strewn farther across the shooting area than occurs with other calibers. With a Brass Goat, shooters can follow the “leave no trace” camping principle and easily clean up after themselves. And even if you shoot in your own backyard, this will eliminate the need for crawling on hands and knees to pick up brass.
About the Brass Goat
The Brass Goat’s design exudes simplicity, compactness and effectiveness. It doesn’t use the nets most often utilized in brass catchers. These are impractical for use in any place other than a dedicated shooting range. Shooters will find the Brass Goat great for hunting or target shooting on private lands, where you want to leave no trace so you will be invited back. It does not interfere with the carry or operation of your rifle.
The Brass Goat consists of two separate pieces: the mounting bracket and the hopper. Its mounting bracket pops onto the magazine well. The upper part of the mounting bracket is the fired case deflector, which covers the ejection port and has enough space to clear the ejection port cover.
The hopper is a detachable container that looks like a widened magazine. It captures and stores the fired empty cases. The hopper detaches from the mounting bracket via a rectangular “magazine release” button on the right side. Like the standard AR-15 magazine release button, the bracket’s button can be accessed by the trigger finger. The actual magazine release is still fully accessible with the Brass Goat in place as well. If for whatever reason you don’t wish to use the hopper while firing, you can leave the mounting bracket/deflector attached, distributing all the empties in a pile at your feet.
Using the Brass Catcher
I happened to select a typically lousy Ohio winter day to test the Brass Goat — cloudy, cold and windy. I mounted the desert tan Brass Goat on my Brownell’s Model 601 Retro AR-15 rifle. It attaches and detaches lickety-split. No knobs or screws to tighten; it simply “clicks” into place.
I used a 30-round magazine loaded with 55-grain Hornady TAP ammunition. Thirty rounds were plenty to prove the Brass Goat works as advertised. But the weather certainly didn’t encourage more.
I fired the first few shots slow-fire to ensure the Brass Goat was functioning properly. Each of the empty cases entered the deflector and bounced straight down into the hopper. I picked up the pace, and the pile of empty cases rapidly rose in the hopper. Thirty rounds filled the hopper about ¾ full. There appeared to be enough room for about 10 more rounds. Emptying the Brass Goat and replacing the hopper was easy as well.
Should You Buy This Brass Catcher?
The YouTube videos available on the Brass Goat website show it in action. It operates flawlessly when attached to full-auto M4s and a .450 Bushmaster. The videos also show it functioning properly while holding it at various angles including nearly parallel to the ground.
The Brass Goat is compact and does not interfere with the operation of any AR on which it is mounted. I like carrying full-sized AR-15 rifles around the slip ring, which holds the foregrips in place. The Brass Goat can be left mounted on your rifle and carbine as long as you wish.
The Brass Goat works for any caliber original to the AR platform; not just 5.56mm. It isn’t necessary to order different models for different calibers. Proudly made in the USA, the Brass Goat retails for $39.95. It works exactly as advertised and operates to, and actually beyond, my expectations. It is an ingenious aftermarket firearms accessory.
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