RECOIL DAMPING PADS IN RIFLE SHOOTING

  • Hans Gros
Keywords: rifle Shooting, recoil, damping

Abstract

Recoil experienced in shooting may cause pain or injury to structures of the shoulder region. One way to minimise the effect of the impulse transmitted by the piston skirt is the use of damping pads inserted into the shooting jacket. In the present study the effectiveness of three commercially available pads was evaluated in a realistic setting. Analysis of co-variance controlling for three shooting positions, four weapons and four shooters revealed that all pads significantly decrease the peak impact force. There are also significant differences between the tested damping pads suggesting a superior performance of visco-elastic PU foams.