Damping system brings home Olympic goldPeter Wilson, the world record-holder and world number two in the men's Double Trap Shooting event, won the gold medal in the Olympic men's Double Trap Shooting final. The stock of the shotgun used by Peter was fitted with a 'green pad' shock absorbing pad supplied by Essex-based Recoil Systems.
The 'green pad' as it is called is made from SL-100 SLAB visco-elastic PUR material from Ace Controls International, specially designed and manufactured to absorb shock loads. When the material is manufactured, vast quantities of tiny air pockets are formed. Due to the molecular structure of the material, these air pockets take the shape of tiny dodecahedrons, giving remarkable distribution of energy on impact.
Any impact causes the cells to compress, forcing the webs of material outwards against each other, thus slowing the impact down. After the impact, the material returns to its original shape at a steady rate and does not bounce which would create a return force to the shoulder, which is the significant problem with other recoil pads.
Every time a gun is fired, recoil is a resulting action. Excessive recoil can cause a severe flinch from pulling the trigger, neck and shoulder problems and in the most severe cases it results in the shooter giving up the sport he enjoys. Ace has been working with Recoil Systems for over ten years.
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