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Recoil shirt??

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by possom813, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. possom813

    possom813 Well-Known Member

    My wife is just getting into rifle shooting with me. She's shot several different rifles and doesn't like the kick. She's shot everything that I own and several that a friend of mine owns. Ranging from 7 mag to .220 swift, she wanted to shoot them, no one forced her. Everything she shot she didn't like the kick.

    I've tried sticking on several different recoil pads on several different calibers and she doesn't like any of it. She wants a shirt with a pad built into it. So who makes something like that?

  2. Bob R

    Bob R Well-Known Member

  3. SDC

    SDC Well-Known Member

  4. Cyclimus

    Cyclimus Well-Known Member


    I don't like shirts as they limit what you can wear when you shoot - have you tried Limbsaver yet? Works great on everything I've ever used. Makes my .30-06 feel like a .22 Mag
  5. jhco

    jhco Well-Known Member

    when we take customers heavy caliber guns to the range to sight them in we wear a life preserver which works well
  6. 230RN

    230RN Marines on Mt. Curibacci

    Is she shouldering the guns right? Pressed firmly into the pocket of the shoulder? A lot of new shooters seem to want to hold the gun "away" from the shoulder or only lightly pressed into it in anticipation of the kick. This results in the total "free recoil" of the gun being applied to the unfortunate human. Pressed into the shoulder, part of the mass of the shoulder becomes added to the mass of the gun, resulting in lower recoil velocity.

    Also, the length of pull of the firearms may be too long for her. Adjusting this may result in less perceived recoil. Adding recoil pads and shirt pads will increase this length of pull, possibly making the perceived recoil even worse.

    Also. let her fire a couple of gas-operated firearms.

    In these, the piston/operating rod gets thrown back while the bullet is being thrown forward, leaving the gun sorta-kinda standing in the middle until the mechanism hits the stops. The rate of application of the recoil is different (though the total recoil is the same), leaving the impression that the recoil is softer.


    And make sure she's wearing adequate hearing protection. I have noticed that shooting without it sometimes results in greater perceived recoil. It's almost as if the assault of the recoil + the assault of the blast add up to greater than the sum of the two assaults. :), but true. Check to make sure the stocks aren't pushing her earmuffs off her right ear.

    And you should have started her out with a .22 or .22 Magnum. Seven mm Mag, indeed! Yeah, it was her choice, but you should have vetoed that one. (You do have veto powers, don't you?)
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2008
  7. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    +1. As a small guy, I can attest to the fact that even "weak" rifles and shotguns can pound a shoulder to death quickly if they don't fit right.

    The best fitting long arm I've held that did not have an adjustable stock was a Remington 870 29ga Youth. Felt like it was made for me.
  8. possom813

    possom813 Well-Known Member

    I guess I should have been a little more clear. She started out with a 10/22 then went to one of the bolt action .22's. Then she wanted to try all the rifles that were capable of deer hunting, and I did try to warn her, but she just called me a weenie...

    Never heard of 'em...
  9. 230RN

    230RN Marines on Mt. Curibacci

    I added some more advice to my post you might want to look at. I edit my posts forever, so you might want to look it over again. But I'm done editing now.

    Glad you didn't take offense at my "veto" wisecrack. I was going to edit it out, but it's too late now.
  10. possom813

    possom813 Well-Known Member

    She seems to be now. At first she was holding it funny, not away, but too low. I think she's got that about fixed now.

    I'm trying to get her out to fire the Ak and the Ar. She doesn't think those are attractive guns, so she hasn't taken them out on her own yet. Soon though.

    No doubt. That's been a given ever since we took my dad out shooting and we both got a muzzle blast(we were standing about 3 foot in front of the barrel off to the side) from my M44. My dad hasn't been shooting with us since.

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