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PAST recoil shield.

"I just fired several hundred slug and buckshot rounds from a variety of 10 gauge Magnum and lightweight 12 gauge combat shotguns . . . and I feel GREAT!" If this statement reminds you of a television advertisement for an over-the-counter non-prescription pain reliever, I'm not surprised. For really, the brief review I'm about to pen is an advertisement for an "over-the-counter non-prescription pain reliever" of sorts. Only this time, the advertisement isn't paid for, and the product needn't be taken with a glass of water.

I accomplished the remarkable feat alluded to above (10 and 12 gauge riot guns beat the absolute tar out of people my size, please be advised) courtesy of a simply marvelous new product I'd like to recommend to almost everybody. Said product is the PAST Recoil Shield, developed by Precision Action Sports Technologies of 210 Park Avenue, P.O. Box 7372, Dept. GA, Columbia, MO 65205. And I'm not making my recommendation based on any sort of limited encounter with the "PAST-pad" either Quite the contrary, I've been using the thing in my testing for a period of months now. And it's earned a permanent place (very few gadgets do) in what I euphemistically term my "shooting box" (my wife dubs it "That ugly 1950-vintage blue-and-white suitcase you insist on using even though it looks so unprofessional").

PAST's Recoil Shield looks for all the world like little more than a "strap-on recoil pad", but in reality it's quite different in both composition and function. The heart of the unit is, of course, PAST Corporation's patented new foam material which, according to PAST, actually converts some recoil energy into (quite unnoticeable) internal heat. By contrast, the company advises me, standard rubber-like, buttplate-mounted recoil pads do little more than separate one punishing blow into two more manageable ones: okay, but not as good as what can be achieved with true conversion. Furthermore, the PAST unit disributes what kick remains after absorption over a much larger area of shoulder than any buttplate-sized recoil pad can; note the number of square inches on a recoil pad versus the number of square inches in a Recoil Shield (which "pushes" as a unit) if you find this kind of hard to understand.

PAST Recoil Shields presently come in two versions: one, the "Trap/Skeet" variant, contains about 1/4 inch of the foam material, is of thin profile, and is recommended for field use of the rifle and shotgun, since it permits relatively easy mounting. The other model, the 1/2-inch thick "Magnum Rifle" absorbs much more kick but is recommended by PAST for bench work only, since it can interfere with a quick mount PAST Corporation provides a series of impressive figures to illustrate just how well those two Recoil Shield variants work; I'd have liked to digest them for you, but I can't, as I'm not handy with statistics. Theyhre reproduced verbatim here.

I might add that, insofar as the figures for the Magnum Rifle pad are concerned, I can testify as to the probable accuracy of the data above. For I did indeed get the impression during my recent testing that I felt several hundred percent less kick when I wore the Mag Rifle Shield.

"PAST-pads" at present come with a Velcro closure that is both secure and somewhat adjustable for size and clothing. The factory does require, however, that you enclose your sport coat or shirt size, and that you indicate your "handedness" (right or left), when ordering, so that you may be fitted properly. It is, incidentally, quite all right to wear your PAST Shield under, as well as over, clothing, indeed, the factory recommends doing so particularly with the Mag Rifle model, as a way of alleviating some of the mounting problems mentioned earlier.

So what's wrong with the PAST Shields? Nothing I can see. I might posit that a badly overweight man might have trouble getting into his rig unaided, but I certainly don't know that such is-true. I had no difficulty whatsoever. And in any event, PAST Corporation is already producing a new line of shooting shirts (priced $35 to $37.50) and vests (priced $44 in either range or field versions) that featured integral Trap/Skeet pads, and these will eliminate the problem above (if, in fact, it exists). It should be noted, however, that one cannot obtain the Mag Rifle Shield in either shirts or vests.

So by all means, buy in confidence: the PAST Recoil Shield is one gadget which works. Indeed, if possible, it works too well! For with the Mag Rifle version, you really don't know how hard your own gun is kicking. I found that out during testing of all those scatterguns, when I actually had to take the Recoil Shield off occasionally ... so that I could report to you accurately just how severe each gun would punish you if you didn't have a PAST ...

The PAST Recoil Shield retails at $20 in either Trap/Skeet or Mag Rifle versions. Phone orders, at (314) 449-7278, will be accepted by PAST Corporation, as will mail orders, of course. Mastercard and Visa are honored. $2 postage and handling must accompany all orders.
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Author:Shimek, Robert T.
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Article Type:evaluation
Date:Sep 1, 1984
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