When I was approached and asked if I could design a functional, cheap alternative butt pad for HFT and Hunting by former HFT World Champion Kieran Turner I wasn’t sure I would be able to manage it. The design and testing phase took several months of hard work and I went back to the drawing board no fewer than 10 times before I had a design I was happy with. So far everyone who has fitted one has been very impressed, I hope you will be too.
- Designed, tested and manufactured by shooters for shooters
- Polymer construction, 3D printed
- Height adjustable
- Adjustable angle to 20 degrees to allow the pad to be angled into your body
- Lightweight (it weighs little more than 100g)
- Only 25mm wide to allow the pad to fit into the crease of your shoulder
- Shallow profile so that is doesn’t alter your rifle’s length of pull
- Fully UKAHFT legal paddle lengths (the limit for UKAHFT is 2.25″)
- Available in a variety of different colours to match the colour scheme of your rifle
- Carrier plates available to fit most rifles
In all, they take around 6 hours each to make, so I'm limited to producing around 4 a day at the moment.
I'll try to keep a stock level of the most popular colours and carrier plates to cut down on how long you'll need to wait for your order to be dispatched.
If you just want a standard black pad with a generic carrier plate, I'll normally be able to dispatch your order on the same day.
I get this comment quite a lot surprisingly! and sometimes people will tell me that they'd quite happily pay £50 for one. (If you really want to pay £50 for one, I'm happy to take a donation)
One of the core principles of this design is to make it affordable to everyone! This isn't a money making enterprise - the idea is to be able to design and manufacture bespoke products for normal air gun shooters and make enough profit to help fund future projects and improvements.
You can certainly buy much more expensive target shooting pads - in fact it's not uncommon to pay 5 or even 10 times as much for a rival butt pad. The BSB pad doesn't claim to be the best butt pad on the market, nor does it claim to be the most feature packed or adjustable pad. But I think you'd be very hard pushed to say it's not the best value for money butt pad you can buy. (probably)
They're made of quite a tough UV Stable polymer material that should easily stand up to normal everyday use.
The polymer will soften in high temperatures - above around 70-90 degrees C.
The paddles are held in place with friction, so if you apply force to them, eventually you're going to apply enough force to overcome that friction.
However, the paddle design incorporates a couple of neat tricks to help increase the friction force needed to move them, and those little tricks are hidden from view inside the body of the butt pad.
Firstly, the paddles have a donut shaped protrusion on one of the faces which locks into a slightly undersized donut shaped indent on the central body of the pad. When you tighten up the M5 bolt, the donut adds a lot of extra friction between the two faces.
Secondly, the paddles also have a small extrusion coming out from the hinged section of the paddle. This locates into channel inside the body of the pad (hidden from view) which is again, slightly undersized so that when you tighten the bolts of the centre section, it applies an additional clamping force to the extrusion on the paddle.
We've done some testing on this system and it seems to hold up extremely well - around 40kg of force is needed to move the paddles when they're torqued up to around 6Nm
The great thing about the extra friction features is that if you should accidental move the paddles, they won't become 'flappy', they'll just stay in the new position until you apply enough force to move them back again. Not that I'm recommending you do that, but the last thing you want in a competition is a floppy paddle.
You can have any colour you want, I just happen to think they look good with a black carrier plate personally.
If you want something a bit different though, just drop me a line on the Contact Brian page to arrange it.
Bear in mind though, that I only tend to keep black carrier plates ready made in stock, so if you want a different colour, I'll almost certainly have to make it to order and if you need it yesterday you might be out of luck. I'll do my best though.
I'll be expanding the range of custom carrier plates I make whenever I get the chance to.
If your rifle isn't listed as an option, drop me a line on the Contact Brian page and if it's something a lot of people are asking for (and it's not impossible!) then maybe I can develop something for you.
Please see the Carrier Plate Page for more details of the plates I currently make.
These pads have been outstandingly popular so far. Based on the number of pads I've made for HFT shooters, I would be surprised if you managed to attend an HFT competition and didn't see at least one of them being used by someone.
I'm sure if you approach someone using one of my pads and ask if you could look at their butt, they'll be happy to show you.
Alternatively, if wandering up to strangers and asking to see their butt isn't your cup of tea, you could always pop into my Indoor Range in Doncaster (DN1 2ST) where you can try out a pad for yourself.
Actually, I designed them originally so that the curved paddle went to the bottom, but a lot of shooters have found that they prefer the pad to be fitted the other way up.
It doesn't really matter what way up you fit it, whichever feels most comfortable for you really.
Of course, although I probably will never get around to making a spares section on this webshop.
If you want any spares, a different carrier plate etc etc.. just drop me a line on the Contact Brian page.
3D printing has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years, so a lot of negative reports you might read on the internet may be based on outdated polymers.
I've heard 3D printed parts are biodegradable
Yup, you've heard right, they are! but I think this is often reported as a way to run down 3D printing as a manufacturing process. The word 'Biodegradable' conjures up an image of opening your gun case one day to find your butt pad has disappeared into thin air. That's not what it means though, the polymers used to make the BSB Pad will Biodegrade (so they aren't harmful to the environment) but it would take many years to happen if you buried the BSB Pad in a landfill site. They degrade because bacteria and insects like to eat it, they don't just disappear of their own accord if left in a cupboard.
When you stop and think about it, you're usually fitting a BSB Pad to a wooden stock - and wood itself is also biodegradable, actually it's probably slightly more biodegradable than the material the BSB Pad is made from.
Put it this way, if you're thinking of burying your stock with a BSB Pad in a landfill site for a few years, when you dig it up again the BSB Pad will be in a lot better condition than the rest of your stock.