The ShockEater™ Recoil Pad is the latest advancement in energy absorption and recoil dispersion – simply put; it keeps you shooting longer, while increasing accuracy, comfort, and consistency with your long guns. Made with proprietary technology, the ShockEater™ Recoil Pad is designed to reduce felt recoil without increasing length of pull or altering appearance.
At only 8 mm thick and 1.3 ounces in weight, it provides superior shock absorption in a form that is lighter and thinner than any foam or gel can provide. The ShockEater™ Recoil Pad is compatible with many of the leading shooting vests and shirts.
Why we love it: This pad is unlike any we've come across. It feels different, it works differently, and it's effective!
Ultra-thin: Only 8 mm thick
Ultra-light: Only 39 grams (1.4 oz)
Built to Last
ShockEater™ is a high energy absorbing visco-polymer material containing Nano-Poly™ technology. It is a proprietary formulation that provides superior shock absorption and energy dispersion qualities.
Just as they say, “there is a science to everything” and absorbing/dissipating the recoil from the kick of your gun is no different. The effectiveness of absorbing and dissipating the recoil requires applying the right scientific principles. Sir Isaac Newton, perhaps the most famous scientist in history, is credited with numerous scientific discoveries, and is most widely known for developing the 3 laws of motion. The 3rd law, “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,” explains where the kick comes from when you pull the trigger. The energy that hurls the bullet down range is also hurling the butt of your gun into your shoulder.
The 1st Law of Thermodynamics, the Conservation of Energy, states that “Energy cannot be created, or destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to another.” This statement also explains how ShockEater™ works as well as it does. Since the recoil energy cannot be destroyed, it must transform to a different state in order to keep it from transferring directly into your shoulder. In the case of ShockEater™, a material has been developed that uses a proprietary nano-polymer technology to convert the recoil energy into thermal energy within the polymer itself.
What this means is that ShockEater™ works at a molecular level. When moved slowly, the molecules within the polymer will just slide past each other, making the material soft to touch. But when a high-energy impact occurs, (like a shotgun kick) the molecules grip onto one another, locking together, to become almost solid for just a few milliseconds before releasing and becoming soft once again. It’s during those few milliseconds that the molecules quickly absorb the recoil and transfer it into thermal energy. As the molecules in their near solid state try to slide past each other they create molecular friction – heat. This friction is spread throughout the molecules of the entire pad in just milliseconds – so fast it never heats up to the touch. It seems like the energy just disappears. That’s why it's called the ShockEater™… it will literally “eat” the shock and vibration associated with recoil.
If you attempt to make a recoil pad without a good understanding of Thermodynamics and Newton’s laws, all the foams, gels, and neoprene in the world won’t help you. It’s the physics that dictates this pad design, not fashion, and definitely not the marketing department. The ShockEater™ Recoil Pad is thinner, so it’s closer to your body and will not affect the length of pull. It’s shaped to absorb the recoil force where it should be, into the pad, not through it to your shoulder. It really works!