T­he stock of the shotgun used by Peter Wilson, who won the gold medal in this year’s Olympic men’s Double Trap Shooting final, was fitted with a ‘green pad’ shock absorbing pad supplied by Ace Controls International’s customer, Essex-based Recoil Systems.

Every time a gun is fired, recoil is a resulting action. Excessive recoil can cause a severe flinch from pulling the trigger, sometimes resulting in neck and shoulder problems.

The ‘green pad’ is made from Ace’s SL-100 SLAB visco-elastic PUR material which is specially designed and manufactured to absorb shock loads. When the material is manufactured, vast quantities of tiny air pockets are formed, taking the shape of tiny dodecahedrons, giving remarkable distribution of energy on impact, explains the company.

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.

Over the years Ace shock absorbers have been used on thousands of industrial applications, including several out of the ordinary ones, the company adds.

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