Limbsaver Selling Recoil Pads for Magpul Stocks

LimbSaver Magpul

Limbsaver is now selling pre-fit recoil pads for the Magpul carbine stocks that should fit both the CTR and MOE adjustable stocks.  The recoil pads use the same NAVCOM material the company uses in their other recoil pads.

LimbSaver MagPul

MSRP is $41.99, but looking around the internet I saw prices of $30-35 for the item.  Limbsaver claims recoil reduction of up to 70% through a process of dampening and redirecting the recoil.

LimbSaver MagPul

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  • Gunny Pinochet

    I’m not worried about the recoil on a 5.56 but adding a little extra to the LOP will be nice for tall people such a myself.

  • That’s a tall claim. With a $15 dollar cavalry comp my rifle feels spooky still when I fire it. Would like to see someone verify the effectiveness of a recoil / muzzle rise reducing butt-pad.

  • RocketScientist

    The 70% claim is not particularly informative without knowing how they determined it. When analysing transient shock events, peak time-domain acceleration doesn’t neccesarily matter much. Usually a frequency-domain or area-under-curve type of analysis is more informative. The standard (at least in the aerospace/defense industry) is SRS (Shock Response Spectrum). For example, ee can do a pyroshock test with one run showing 90,000 G peak time-domain acceleration, and the next showing 10,000 G, but both have a similar SRS and are equally as damaging to the UUT (unit under test). We could technically claim an 89% reduction in shock levels between those runs but it wouldn’t be a good indicator of the intensity of the shock.

    Do you have a link to the page where you found that image/graphic? Spent a few mins on limbsaver’s website and on google and can’t come across it. I was hoping to see a higher-res version of their data plot to help determine how ‘honest’ they’re being with their claims.

  • gunslinger

    does a 556 really need a recoil pad, specifically one called a “limb saver?”

    i’ve shot a fair amount of 556, and never had a problem

    and for at least 30 bucks?

    as for LoP, fine. but why not spend the extra money and get a different stock?

    • RocketScientist

      Not every AR built shoot 5.56. There are -15’s built for various .30 caliber rounds, not to mention all the other ‘niche’ AR chamberings (6.5 Grendel, .50 Beowulf, .458 SOCOM, etc). Also, magpul makes stocks for the large-reciever ‘AR-10’ style guns that can be chambered in 7.62, 6.5 Creedmore, .300 WSM, .243 Win, .260 Rem, 7/08 Rem, etc. Even in 5.56, with a lightweight rifle the minor recoil can extend the time to regain the target and take a follow-on shot. I would imagine in competition or a real-life firefight that keeping the muzzle even a little bit more stable could be an advantage.

      • gunslinger

        does an AR-10 use the same buffer tube dimensioning as an AR-15?

        if not, how much of the AR market does the non 556 projectile make up?

        • JumpIf NotZero

          The AR10 can use the same buffer tube with a stupid small (DPMS style buffer) or an A5 style tube with a normal buffer. Or rifle with a weird AR10 rifle buffer.

          IMO the buffer system is the worst part about the AR10. It’s usually an afterthought or an issue to get the proper weight and reciprocal mass. It can be done well, but MOST AR10s are either unlocking early or cycling too fast.

          • gunslinger

            are you talking about commercial vs mil-spec buffer tubes? in which case that’s different external diameters (which would matter in fitting a collapsible stock, where as internal measurements would be for the actual buffer and spring and would be more in line with actual firing properties.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            No. Milspec and Commercial are the same length, Carbine, Rifle, and A5 are all different.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Hey looks, a product no one asked for or needs!

    556 aside. If you need a recoil pad for an AR15 or AR10 (in any common caliber… YOU’RE LIKELY DOING IT WRONG. The recoil pad might be useful for someone that has a carbine RE at its maxed setting and needs a little more length, but that’s not most people.

    I will say the Magpul stocks aren’t the best for being prone, but I’m not sure of the number of people putting 100 rounds out in a session prone with an AR10 and no brake/comp/suppressor to suck up some recoil. Sometimes it’s hard to get the gun off your collar bone, but still, I would sooner suck it up than try and bandaid it.

    I get that there might be one or two percent of AR10 owners with Magpul stocks that might like this, but for almost everyone else this is a crutch item at best.

    Everything that goes on the gun must enhance the weapon system’s capabilities. This does not.

    • Ken

      But, but it looks cool…

    • Jeff

      What about the 5 people out there with .50 Beowulf AR’s? Probably not enough to justify the products’ existence, still, it would be applicable there. Ok, probably not but it might help a LITTLE with that recoil… 🙂

    • Austin

      Alternately, people who use AR-15 stocks on things like 12-Gauge shotguns might appreciate this.

    • sqrpnt NC

      Any item that reduces recoil, felt recoil, muzzle jump ON ANY CALIBER is prudent and well worth the minimal investment. I am amazed at the people on the range with their AR’s bouncing around OFF TARGET after every shot, no matter how weenie the cartridge. These are the guys that say recoil is not an issue, yet they lose sight picture after every round fired. When you can fire an AR (just an example) with a Leupold 6.5 -20X off hand at 20X (100 meters) and still see the hits after each trigger pull you have a much more safe and efficient weapon. Maybe dirt shooters don’t care, but folks who care about hitting their target and maintaining sight picture have woken up to the common sense of recoil reduction on ANY caliber. Also, any butt stock pad that gives a good/comfortable purchase on your shoulder makes for a better shooting experience. I have never tried this limbsaver, but if it offered even one bit of improved comfort while shooting I certainly wouldn’t dismiss it.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        If you think an AR bouncing off target is a recoil pad issue…. Indian and not the Arrow.

  • Joseph

    Well, let’s see what professional critics say I guess. I think I get the concept, but am unsure it is effective in the way they say, and at that, under realistic conditions.

  • Lance

    Thats sad if your feeling too much recoil from a 5.56 round. Its for extra length for your arm fine but for recoil come on!

    • Anonymoose

      What if you’re using a larger caliber upper?

    • Anonymoose

      Or a piston upper?

  • 5

    IMO recoil pads on AR’s are more for keeping the rifle on the shoulder than for recoil reduction.

  • 306_AD

    This is perfect for the weinnies who complain about 5.56 recoil in online forums.

  • Aaron E

    When I first looked at this article I had the same thoughts as most of the posters – why? Especially since the vast AR market is designed around the .223/5.56mm that are not punishing rounds to fire.

    However, Military and Police users are often wearing heavy ballistic vests. Anyone who has used these vests know that a solid shouldering can become precarious at best when rapidly changing positions to shoot, shooting on the move, or CQB techniques that involve tight movement and multiple shoulderings of the rifle.

    The basic collapsible AR-15 stock has some aggressive teeth to help prevent this, but even it can be problematic. Plus the movement in those stocks have left many shooters looking for a sturdier feel. The Magpul stocks answer that complaint (are much sturdier), but have a less aggressive butt surface.

    The Limbsaver looks to be a “soft” butt pad. As such, it could provide some “stick” against the vest material as opposed to the standard hard surface. In that regard, this option may be viable and appreciated.

  • MOG

    You mean there are things like recoil pads? Never shot anything bigger than 30-06 from the shoulder, we did not need recoil pads on light weights at the time. If you actually need a recoil pad for a 5.56, I don’t know what to say. It’s your money, spend it like you want to.

  • Don

    Lots of posts by those that can’t understand the product, or just can’t pass up a chance to say how big their penis is.

    Now go back to shooting the 50 rounds a year you put through your junk $500 parts gun, and let those who actually shoot, read in peace…..

    I’ll be buying at least two, for my wife’s lightweight .308, and a 870 with an AR stock adapter. I may try it on a 5.56 gun as well to see how well it allows for fast followup shots. I have Limbsavers on quite a few of my hunting rifles.

  • Professional Spectator

    Interesting comments, especially those who are quick to imply the less the manly people who would need a recoil pad for something like a 5.56 rifle. Limbsaver is the perfect item for those of us who used to shoot, but because of medical injuries are limited to shock or jarring of neck, shoulders, or have limited use in their arms. Anyone can be an armchair quarterback, but you should check out all the facts before running off with the suck muscle. To any Wounded Warrior or injured LEO or other 1st Responder, Limbsaver is a perfect option for us to enjoy time on the range.