Hook Trap Pads

Dear Technoid,

Having a real problem with consistency in mounting my trapgun. The gun is set up with adj.butt and comb. I have it adjusted to where things seem to work well but still want to slide the gun downwards on my shoulder after I mount it. I assume this will make it shoot higher and it doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on my 16 yd scores but handicap (27yd) is a problem. I am thinking of a pad shaped like the curved Morgan but something a little softer. I think the pronounced radius of this type of pad would make for more consistent mounting. I saw one called a Jenkins on a gun which was suitable but can’t seem to locate a source. Your thoughts or comments please


Dear W,

That’s why they make “hooked” trap pads. They are also called “pigeon” pads. Brownells, 200 South Front Street, Montezuma, IA 50171-1000, tel: 515-623-4001, <www.brownells.com> will have every possible pad in the world. You definitely want their catalogue.

It’s easy and inexpensive to try out a new pad. Just buy it and screw it on. Don’t cut to size yet. You can tell right away if the pad does the job for you or not. If it works, then get it sanded down to fit the gun. If not, then you are out the cost of the pad, but not of the sanding expense. You will also find that a large, uncut pad will reduce felt recoil more than one trimmed properly to size because the uncut pad has a larger area to distribute recoil. Looks nasty, but works great.

There are a number of new materials being used in pads these days. The new “Gummy Pads” (search this on the internet using the http://www.Google.com search engine) are getting some press, as is the new pre-fit Beretta Gel-Tek pad. The Kickeez is sort of the older standard of super-duper recoil absorbers and are very popular. They all come with curved faces to help keep the pad up on your shoulder when you are shooting the pre-mounted gun games.

By the way, in addition to having a curved face, a pad with a nice permanently sticky surface will also help keep the gun up. 100 Straight Products “Terminator” pads stay sticky just about for ever.

The only thing that you really have to be careful with when using a curved recoil pad is to mount it correctly each time. If your mount is off just a little bit, the pitch of the gun is effectively changed each time you mount the gun. This can contribute noticeably to face slap. Since you are using the gun in a pre-mounted game (ATA trap) you have plenty of time to wiggle around to get the mount 100% perfect, so it shouldn’t be an issue.

Also make sure that your gunstock is long enough. A stock that is too short usually isn’t pulled into the shoulder as hard as it should be. A stock that is just a bit too long always seems to lock in better for me. BUT, if the stock is really too long it will inhibit your Left to Right swing on the hard angles if you are right handed. You say that you have an adjustable butt, though I don’t know if that is just for cant or length. If the length isn’t adjustable, buy a bunch of those stock spacers and experiment with them. Like the pad, don’t cut them to fit until you know what you want. If your butt is adjustable for length, try a bit more length and see how that works.

I normally set up my stocks to be as long as possible until they start to inhibit my swing on right angle targets (I’m right handed). Then I remove a spacer and get everything made permanent. You’ll find that longer stocks seem to kick less too.

And finally, (ahem) not to put too fine a point on it, shooting stance and style can also affect how a gun stays up in the face. You might benefit from quickly reviewing how you stand and hold the gun. Can’t hurt. We should all review our basics every now and then just to make sure that no unwelcome change has slipped in unnoticed. A lesson once or twice a year under the eye of a watchful coach is good insurance for even the most experienced shooter. Every professional football/baseball/basketball player is coached every day, not matter how good they are.

Best regards,

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

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