Adjustable Gizmos


I was just about to buy an offset pad when a curious thing happened. A squadmember in my skeet league had his offset pad fall apart in the middle of a round. I don’t know which brand it was or how long it had been used.

Are all offset pads the same? Do you need to pay more for something more rugged? Or, is one particular model superior to the others?



Dear Bob,

I’m not a fan of those huge aluminum offset pads because I often use my guns in low gun games (IntSk, sporting clays, field), rather than only in mounted gun games (trap, AmSk). All the offset pads I’ve seen have weighed a ton and shifted the balance to the rear. That’s OK when a gun is used in premounted games, but it really can screw up the balance of the gun for proper low gun handling. Since you mention skeet and don’t say that you shoot other games, I’ll just assume that you shoot strictly premounted games and that conventional gun balance isn’t a factor.

If one of my students wants an offset pad in a game gun, I just stick on an old standard pad and shave the lower inside part of the pad toe for a guy or round the toe for a lady. Sometimes that works fine for them. If not, then I get the stock bent.

Brownells, <> carries a few of the mechanical gizmo pads. Make sure to get their catalogue. It’s a marvel and will provide hours and hours of mindless entertainment.

The Graco pad is popular. It adjusts for length and offset. Will it come adrift at the worst possible time? Of course. If anything can come loose, it will. That’s why I don’t like these “adjustable” trigger gimmicks either. They are just an accident waiting to happen. Perhaps a bit of blue Loktite would help. At least for a while. A properly Loktited adjustment shouldn’t come loose at today’s shoot. It will just come loose later.

I don’t like adjustable stocks. I don’t like adjustable triggers on those little tracks. I don’t like adjustable pads. I don’t like adjustable stuff period. It always causes problems sooner or later. All that stuff looks funny, weighs a ton, costs a bunch and is just waiting to screw you up. If you know what you need for gunfit, get your stock bent and get it over with. If you don’t know what you need for gunfit or can’t make up your mind, practice some more. A try-gun (which is all that these adjustable gizmos really are) is supposed to be a temporary test gun, not a permanent solution.

Harrumph! Sorry, I get that way when I’m out of coffee.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error. Never in doubt.)

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