Material softness is only part of the recoil absorbing formula. A solid soft pad does not absorb recoil like a design with cores. The core design enhances recoil absorption and maintains the pad’s stability when under recoil.
A core design that is not stable will collapse at too fast a rate causing undue pain and fatigue to the shooter. A core design that is too stiff to collapse under light recoil is almost of no use at all. Due to the design, the pad will not deflect the recoil forces.
The Side Core design with the XXXX configuration is the ultimate in recoil absorption because of the "shock absorbing" effect offered by the compressing "X" pattern. These pads have a solid base and are the best choice for those who may prefer a soft sided pad, particularly for collar bone sensitivity.
The Bottom Core design is softer in the middle and has firmer sides to absorb the sharpest recoil. A classic appearance and availability in Decelerator material makes this design the most popular and most copied Pachmayr design.
Synthetic stock adapters allow recoil pads to be fitted to synthetic stocks. Many synthetic stocks are hollow and therefore may not have material in the proper location to mount a pad in the traditional manner. If you are installing one of the medium or large pads, purchase the large stock adapter. The small stock adapter will work only with the small pad.
The recoil pad faces are shaped to provide a contour designed to work with the face texture for optimum performance. Sporting clays pads are domed to prevent hanging up on the shoulder. Trap pads have a large pronounced curve to help position the pad on the shoulder firmly in exactly the same location every time. Field pads provide a combination of convex and concave shapes designed as a compromise for fast mounting and positive control.
A shooter should choose the face texture of a recoil pad based on the anticipated need or usage. Pachmayr pad face textures are placed in three classifications, light, medium and heavy. These descriptions refer to the amount of "bite" the pad gets into the shoulder when firing.
A lighter face texture is desirable for the quick mount. If the position is not right, minor shifts can be done without removing the gun butt from the shoulder. A heavy texture should be chosen when small pad movements on the shoulder can cause a target to be lost, or where recoil is such that movement can cause injury to the shooter.
Light face textures include Leather and Ribbed.
Medium face textures include Line Checkered and Stippled.
Heavy face textures include Basket Weave, Grooved and Pigeon.
A simple solution for this would be our Grip Glove slip-on grips. These are easy to install and come in a variety of sizes to fit most semi-auto pistols. Unlike many slip-on style grips, Grip Gloves are designed to fit a particular pistol, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
The Compac grip will be your best option for this. It is small enough to not compromise concealability, while still providing a grip large enough for control. These grips have covered backstraps and a secure non-slip surface.
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