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Is A Recoil Pad Better Than A Muzzle Brake?

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Recoil is the dreadful reality that we are never going to escape as shooters. Recoil can be harsh, tiring, and painful. In addition to the physical effects, it can be mentally draining and discouraging. We must be cognizant of not flinching or pulling our shots which lends to terrible groupings and slow, possibly missed follow up shots.  We simply cannot escape the laws of physics, so recoil will always be an issue. We can however learn to control it. With proper form and persistent training, we can work through most recoil issues. Outside of that, there are numerous aftermarket products that genuinely do aid with recoil reduction. Popular products on the market for recoil reduction are recoil pads and muzzle brakes. These are the products I want to focus on in this article to bring you a comparison.

What is a Muzzle Brake?

Muzzle brakes are used with both shotguns and rifles for the purpose of recoil reduction. A muzzle brake is a device that attaches, (usually screwed on) to the muzzle end, usually integrated with the barrel. This device uses the emerging gas behind a projectile to reduce the recoil. In short, the recoil is reduced as the muzzle brake redirects the gasses in a different direction. Muzzle brakes are typically slightly larger than the barrel and add a little length to the gun. While these devices are said to reduce recoil significantly, there are some drawbacks to using them.

What are the Drawbacks of Muzzle Brakes? 

One drawback would be the increase in noise. Muzzle brakes cause the gun to be quite a bit louder than they would normally, even more so with certain calibers. The noise level increase is so significant that most people need additional inner ear protection along with their regular ear pro as these devices have been known to cause permanent hearing damage. The other drawback would be price. The average cost for a muzzle break is approximately $250.00.

What is a Recoil Pad?

Recoil pads are generally a piece of rubber, leather or some other type of soft material that attaches to the buttstock of a shotgun or rifle. The idea is to create a soft barrier between the buttstock and shoulder to ease the felt recoil. This is a general and basic definition. There are many different brands of recoil pads on the market and generally they are under forty dollars. Most recoil pads do not make a huge difference in felt recoil, but they can aid in protecting your shoulder. The con to this product is that it adds to the length of pull and creates space between the buttstock and shoulder. This will more than likely create issues in your form and stance. This is why I like the FalconStrike Hydraulic Recoil System. This system is more than merely a soft barrier, it lessens felt recoil significantly with up to 80% less felt recoil. The FalconStrike system literally replaces the buttstock of the shotgun or rifle so there is no issue of adding to the length of pull or affecting your stance and form. Installation of the FalconStrike system is also very simple and hassle free without even the need to measure.

As I stated earlier, recoil is a necessary pain that all shooters must deal with. How it is dealt with is solely up to each individual and what works best for them. There is never “one correct answer” when it comes to deciding on product and gear. Each person must evaluate their own wants and needs to ultimately decide on what works best for them. Personally, I always opt for products or gear that does what it states and impacts my finances the least. If you are looking for options to mitigate recoil in your shooting, I would urge you address your own individual needs and research all your option thoroughly to see what will work best for you.

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Why Women Shooters Love the FalconStrike Recoil Pad

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Firearms and shooting performance are not gender-specific; they are instead specific to each individual. Guns are not the same as shoes or clothing being separated into a men’s and women’s department. The proper firearm is determined by the individual’s unique needs and fit. That said, there is a reality that does affect our mindset, specifically when it comes to shotguns – the reality of painful or harsh recoil that can sometimes divide men from women. Men can seem more willing to accept the punishing effects of recoil, while lesser-experienced women may become timid or reluctant even to try. Women want to gain shotgun experience, but some are held back by fear or uncertainty, often settling on whatever choice seems to be the “best for a woman” – choices determined by recoil alone.

Recoil is a reality every shooter must face

Through proper grip, stance, and shooting fundamentals, recoil can be controlled. Shooters can learn to absorb and dissipate recoil versus fighting against it. Dissipating recoil does not equate to reducing it. The same amount of recoil is still present, it is just more controlled. To properly understand shooting fundamentals to control recoil, one must understand recoil. When shooting any firearm, there are two types of recoil present – primary recoil and secondary recoil. Think of Newton’s third law stating that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, hand in hand with momentum and conservation. Every round or shell has a certain amount of gun powder or explosive material. When the firing pin strikes, this material ignites, causing the bullet, shot, or slug to propel forward from the gun, this is primary recoil. Once this happens, the gas that is released from behind the projectile accelerates the gun backward and the muzzle upwards; this is secondary recoil. Recoil is physics and cannot change within the engineering of the gun. Secondary recoil is the evil shooters must learn to control. The only way to reduce recoil is to add recoil-reducing devices to the firearm, such as muzzle breaks, suppressors, and recoil pads – depending on the firearm platform. For shotguns, products over the years have only succeeded in minimal recoil reduction. FalconStrike USA has now changed the game with the FalconStrike Hydraulic Recoil Pad.

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Shooters everywhere, especially women, are raving over this recoil pad

The FalconStrike Hydraulic Recoil Pad is the first product created that reduces recoil energy by 80%. This lends the shooter greater accuracy by reducing flinching, rock back, muzzle rise, and peak force. Additionally, it provides added comfort resulting in less pain. FalconStrike utilizes patented hydraulic dampening technology engineered by the aerospace industry. This technology converts recoil energy, up to 80%, into heat that is then absorbed and dispersed evenly at the contact point (the shoulder). This has been proven to reduce muzzle lift by 35%, peak force by 25%, and rock back by 35%.

“I bought a Falcon Strike to replace a solid dense rubber butt pad on a 280 A.I. The difference was amazing. Great product and I will be purchasing again.” —Stacy S.

“Thousand rounds so far on the Perazzi. Recoil flinch is gone.” – Fury6440

FalconStrike takes away the “shotgun for women” stereotype

Recoil for Women

FalconStrike has nearly leveled the playing field with shotguns for women across the board in long-range/precision, clays shooting, hunting, and tactical shooting. FalconStrike takes away the “shotgun for women” stereotype enabling women to feel more confident and increase their physical endurance to shoot for more extended periods and handle heavier loads. Adding to its appeal is the easy three-step installation process that any shooter can manage without the need for a gunsmith. The FalconStrike recoil pad can be used for many shotguns and rifles of many different brands. While women are raving about this up-and-coming, must-have product, the reality is that FalconStrike is making a significant difference in the shotgun and rifle realms for all shooters, men and women combined.

Purchase a FalconStrike today! Find your custom pad here or forgo the measuring and order a multi-fit for your wood stock or synthetic stock.