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Old 09-22-2004, 12:06 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Well, I am a senior at the University of Miami (FL), and my major is mechanical engineering. I am beginning to decide on my capstone senior design project, and since I am very much into shooting and rifles, I want to direct my design to those areas. The project can't be too expensive, as funding comes from the students, and a working prototype must be built by the end of April. Here is a thought I just had while in my Vibrations class, what if there was someway to lessen the recoil of highpower rifles, for example the Garand, by using some sort of spring and damper setup. There would be a cushioned plate which you would position as you would the buttplate of your rifle, and attached to this plate would be some sort of spring and damper system which would then attach to the rifle. It couldnt be too long because that can affect the shooters natural aiming and firing routine, and it has to be somewhat modular so it could attach to just about any rifle. The whole premise would be that the damper would dissipate hopefully a lot of the energy created by the recoil so that the shooter's shoulder doesn't bear the grunt of it. This would allow women, bigger children, or smaller guys to shoot some of the higher powered rifles they may not normally be able to shoot. It would also be great for shooters with bad shoulders, because I know that over the years the shoulders get alot of wear and tear from shooting. If a spring and damper wouldn't be powerful enough, maybe some sort of hydraulic or pneumatic setup to cause the necessary deceleration of the rifle into the shoulder. Maybe this could help or prevent that? I'm not sure if this sort of thing has already been thought of?? Let me know what you guys think....or any other suggestions that might be feasible. TIA...
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Old 09-22-2004, 12:13 PM   #2
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The Garand doesn't need messing with recoil wise.....
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Old 09-22-2004, 12:20 PM   #3
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All you need to take care of the recoil of a Garand is a shooting jacket and a sling.

Now there are plenty of really highpowered bolt rifles that could use something like that but anything that that allows that much movement of the rifle will only result in getting your face cut badly with a scope.
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Old 09-22-2004, 12:57 PM   #4
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For the purposes of a design project, I think the M1/M14 would be a pretty good place to start. Parts are cheap and you've already got buttplate cavities to work with. What you learn there could easily be applied to most any other rifle/shotgun.

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Old 09-22-2004, 03:52 PM   #5
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Cool, I think it is an excellent project
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Old 09-22-2004, 04:41 PM   #6
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Years ago (I'm old) I remember a product that did just what you are thinking about. If I remember correctly, it was a test tube size gizmo, that had some heavy liquid in it, (may have been mercury). The idea was you drilled a hole in the butstock and fitted this device in. In my humble opinion, it was a useless device. Recoil is a mind thing. Hold the rifle in tight, and just roll with it. I have, over the years, fired just about everything, and there was never anything that "hurt" me.
Good luck with your project.
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Old 09-22-2004, 05:00 PM   #7
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An answer in search of a problem?
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Old 09-22-2004, 05:26 PM   #8
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nspark56 was correct. If you want to reduce the recoil with out using a jacket or sling as Cornbread2 says. Take an old brass oiler and fill it with murcury then wedge it into the butt stock so it will not move. Or you could use a chunk of lead.

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Old 09-22-2004, 06:06 PM   #9
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brownells sells a spring-loaded recoil reducer
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Old 09-22-2004, 06:24 PM   #10
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Mike theres a plethora of devices that have been invented and marketed for the control of recoil,but have at it! Delloro is correct most of them can be seen in the Brownells catalog,there is the simple slip on rubber butt pads,Morgan pads which adjust for various comfort and the fluid filled cylinders that fit into the hole cylinder of the stocks. Most were designed for the trap shooter in mind who stand and shoot a hundred or so rounds at a givin match. Check it out on there websight or look at one of there catalogs. Good Luck with your invention.
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