#1 Order your pad
At checkout, we ask info about Which Tikka Rifle you have, and what cartridge
#2 Recoil Calculation
We do fancy math to Determine the right Lattice structure for your rifle's recoil
#3 We Make your Pad
We spend 5 hours of machine time crafting your pad
#4 60-sec install
Just screw it on. You'll want to kiss us, but don't... unless you've brushed.
Your gun will be 4oz lighter when you upgrade to the Backstop Recoil Pad. The Backstop weighs just 7 oz, compared to 12oz on the factory Tikka Pad.
The factory recoil pad on Tikka rifles looks very basic. It's a hunk of rubber with a logo on it. Backstop has an eye-catching design with hexagon patterns on the top to hide the screw holes.
We tested it in extreme cold to make sure it still has the right supple squishiness. We put it in a hot car to make sure it won't get damaged. Left it in the sun, jabbed with a fork, sumos, farts, all the tests.
Backstop's advanced lattice structures tuned to your rifle's recoil level are designed to dramatically improve your ability to spot your impact in the scope during recoil.
The factory Tikka recoil pad has a large angled portion at the bottom of the pad. This pushes the muzzle up during recoil. Backstop is designed with a flat face to reduce muzzle jump.
By drastically reducing the peak of the recoil impulse on a Tikka Rifle, the Backstop pad allows you to shoot for longer sessions and more rounds without as much shoulder pain in heavier cartridges.
The Case that Protects Your Pad's Squishiness in storage
Every Backstop Recoil Pad comes with the patent-pending Throne which protects your recoil pad during long-term storage. When guns are stored on the recoil pad, it causes a soft pad to deform over time. Most companies just make their pad way too stiff so it won’t deform, but it also make it not soak up the recoil well.
Backstop doesn’t compromise. We invented the “throne”–a guard that protects your pad’s supple squishiness during long-term storage. Backstop isn’t fragile. It’s fine to store it on the butt pad for a week while at the hunting cabin, but for long-term storage, just slip the throne on.
INCLUDED WITH EVERY PAD WE SELL
The Backstop recoil pad for the Tikka T3x dramatically slows the recoil impulse of Tikka rifles, and improves your view through the scope during recoil so you can spot your impacts. It is designed with crush zones and advanced lattice structures to slow each phase of the recoil, and to resist muzzle jump. Designed with exotic materials like carbon fiber and elastomers, it is a lightweight and high performing recoil pad.
Tikka rifles use a few different recoil pads depending on which exact model you have. So whether you have a T3x, T3, T3x Superlite or whatever, we’ll get the right pad to you.
When you place your order at the top of this page, we ask you a few questions about your rifle and we’ll make sure we send you a pad that fits just right.
Unlike other recoil pad companies, we don’t think it’s the customer’s job to figure out what specific SKU you need. We do it for you.
This is where we saw the biggest gains in performance.
Most companies don’t want to make different densities because it means more SKUs and more shelf space.
Because we sell direct to consumer with lean manufacturing processes, we can dial it in to your gun.
A pad can’t be too soft or it “bottoms out.” It can’t be too hard or rifle velocity isn’t sufficiently slowed before the peak and momentum builds. As long as a rifle’s recoil is between those extremes, there isn’t too much difference. So when you order, we do a calculation and place your rifle in one of several recoil categories and make a pad matching that density.
We spent many thousands of dollars testing countless materials and manufacturing processes before landing on the supple squishiness that is the Backstop Pad.
Grippiness was important to us. It had to have just the right amount of grip so it doesn’t slip on the shoulder during recoil, but not so much that it gets caught on your shirt and makes it hard to adjust on your shoulder.
I think you’ll like the feel of it.
Yes. Compared to injection molding, 3d printing is (1) MORE expensive for us to manufacture (2) has a much LARGER up-front cost, (3) takes LONGER to produce each pad, and (4) INCREASES our cost of goods.
So why don’t we use a traditional manufacturing method? Because none of them can produce the intricate lattice geometries that we found to perform far better at soaking up recoil. In making Backstop, we were determined to choose a no-compromise approach to performance.
You’ll be surprised when you hold a Backstop pad in your hand. It looks and feels high-end.
That’s the patent-pending “throne.”
Recoil pads from our competitors are WAY too stiff to reduce recoil effectively. It’s not that they can’t make their pad softer, it’s that if they do, it will deform and damage the pad if you store the gun butt-down for a year in your gun safe.
The Backstop Pad is all about extreme performance. The throne takes all the pressure off the pad so it won’t be damaged during long-term storage.
The Backstop pad isn’t fragile. You’ll be fine leaving your gun resting on the pad for a week while at the hunting cabin, but for more than a week of storage, either store the gun horizontally, or just use the awesome throne to protect your pad. It’s included in the box with every pad we sell.
We’re hunters, so believe me when I say we EXTENSIVELY tested durability.
Jim jabbed our prototypes with forks hundreds of times to make sure it wouldn’t show wear easily. He left it out in the hot summer sun for 3 months to see how it would stand up to the elements. We tested it in sub-zero temperatures, left it in a hot car, drove a car over it, etc.
It’ll hold up to whatever you throw at it… unless the thing you happen to be throwing is a grenade. We haven’t tested that.
We get it. While Backstop certainly isn’t the most expensive on the market, it is still a premium product, and we think it provides the best performance.
If Backstop is out of your reach right now, we recommend you pick up a Limbsaver. We think Limbsaver is the second best recoil pad on the market, and much better than the factory pad. Here’s a link to the exact model of Limbsaver you need for many Tikka rifles.