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Excellent recoil pad
on May 5, 2011
This pad adds about 1" to the length of pull. You can reuse the original wood screws on the butt plate. Installation takes about 1 minute, and the fit is pretty good - not "custom" quality, but not bad - it depends on who made the stock. My recommendation would be to leave the metal butt plate on, and put the pad on top of it. Between the added length and the recoil absorption, my AKs much more comfortable to shoot, even with my old shoulder injury.
The pad has a hole to allow access to the butt stock cleaning kit trap, which is nice. The hole is almost an exact match to the trap cover, which means big fingered folks will have to use their little fingers to depress the trap. Also, the cleaning kit is a very snug fit coming out - going in is no problem. This means the kit may hang up coming out, but a few raps on the bottom of the stock will get it out far enough to grab. The best part is, you won't be losing it accidentally!
I have three of these, on three different makes of AK. By themselves they make all of the rifles more comfortable, and when combined with a recoil buffer they have little more felt recoil than an AR. For most people not used to the deliberately short stocks of the AK series, the extra length of pull is a benefit as well. I would highly recommend them to anyone.