ShockEater® is a high energy absorbing visco-polymer material utilizing Nano-Poly™ technology. It is a proprietary formulation that provides superior shock absorption and energy dispersion qualities.
The science behind ShockEater®
Science may not have been your favorite subject in school, but for a few of us here at ShockEater®, we couldn’t get enough. Combine that with a passion for hunting, trap shooting, (and everything in between) and you get the ShockEater® Recoil Pad.
Just as they say, “there is a science to everything” and absorbing / dissipating the recoil from the kick of your gun is no different. The effectiveness of absorbing and dissipating the recoil requires applying the right scientific principles. Sir Issac Newton, perhaps the most famous scientist in history, is credited with numerous scientific discoveries, and is most widely known for developing the 3 laws of motion. The 3rd law, “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,” explains where the kick comes from when you pull the trigger. The energy that hurls the bullet down range is also hurling the butt of your gun into your shoulder.
The 1st Law of Thermodynamics, the Conservation of Energy, states that “Energy cannot be created, or destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to another.” This statement is the concept to how ShockEater® works as well as it does. Since the recoil energy cannot be destroyed, it must transform to a different state in order to keep it from transferring directly into your shoulder. In the case of ShockEater®, we’ve developed a material that uses a proprietary nano-polymer (or as we like to call it “Nano-Poly™”) technology to convert the recoil energy into thermal energy within the polymer itself.
What this means is that ShockEater® works at a molecular level. When moved slowly the molecules within the polymer will just slide past each other, making the material soft to touch. But when a high-energy impact occurs, (like a shotgun kick) the molecules grip onto one another, locking together, to become almost solid for just a few milliseconds before releasing and becoming soft once again. It’s during those few milliseconds that the molecules quickly absorb the recoil and transfer it into thermal energy. As the molecules in their near solid state try to slide past each other they create molecular friction – heat. This friction is spread throughout the molecules of the entire pad in just milliseconds – so fast it never heats up to the touch. It seems like the energy just disappears. That’s why we call it the ShockEater®… it will literally “eat” the shock and vibration associated with recoil.
And that’s why we do it, the way we do – if you attempt to make a recoil pad without a good understanding of Thermodynamics and Newton’s laws, all the foams, gels, and neoprene in the world won’t save you. It’s the physics that dictates our pad design, not fashion, and definitely not the marketing department. Our ShockEater® Recoil Pad is thinner, so it’s closer to your body and will not affect the length of pull. It’s shaped to absorb the recoil force where it should be, into the pad, not through it to your shoulder. All we can say is, “it really works.”
We can never claim to be the smartest guys in the room, but when you mix science with passion, you get the ShockEater® Recoil Pad… and we couldn’t be happier to bring it to you.