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Thread: Recoil Buffers

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    Recoil Buffers

    What's the general opinion about recoil buffers. Are they worth adding? Brownell's has about 8 different brands.
    I have a Rock Island Tactical 1911A1. Would I need to replace the rod and spring as well?

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    I'm staying out of this one ...
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    IMO they are not worth the trouble.

    I was told to change them every 1000-1500rds. The disintegrated about 250.
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    A recoil buffer is a device that protects what is already the most overbuilt area of your frame, and a reasonably well built part of the slide. For that, you get a bit less slide travel which, depending on where your pistol lies on the tolerance range of various parts, may or may not keep the gun from slingshooting properly, and/or interfere with the gun's timing and introduce some malfunctions.

    So all in all, you get a couple of potential downsides from them, and a questionable upside (what are you trying to protect?)
    Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.
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    Last edited by Spyros; 22nd July 2017 at 10:00.


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    The worst thing about recoil buffers is the sound of John Moses Browning rolling over in his grave every time one is installed.
    "Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you." --Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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    I find them to be very useful and use them in all of my 1911's. That said, I do pay attention to them, they give me feed back as to the particular load I'm shooting and I like the difference in feel. Same spring can be used, do not cut the spring as the recoil spring compressed space is the same, and any type of guide rod is fine. They do shorten the stroke by .100", but anything shorter than a GM shortens the stroke by a lot more. So...

    CAW
    “If it ain't broke, don't fix it' is the slogan of the complacent, the arrogant or the scared. It's an excuse for inaction, a call to non-arms.” Colin Powell

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    I use the blue Wilsons in most guns. Yes to shortening the stroke. Never had one cause an issue but do replace them when needed and check whenever I clean which isn't after every use. They have lasted through a whole week of class but might come out well abused.

    Try 'em they're cheap, won't hurt anything, then you'll know. I do think there's a real benefit in Colt 10mm Deltas.

    As far as JMB rolling over in his grave he's probably gone around the block a dozen times by now with all the junk people do to 1911's. One more trip due to a recoil buffer isn't going to matter.

    Jim

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    I wouldn't use them in a carry weapon.

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    I use them, but with very heavy caution.

    1 - Make sure your gun will function with them. Some will, some won't...doesn't make sense...but that's the way it is.
    Commanders are especially picky about them. Used in anything shorter than a Commander length slide, will cause
    the slide not to cycle fully.

    2 - Evey time you clean and inspect your gun...yes, you should be inspecting parts for wear etc., then also inspect the 'buff that same way.

    If you fail to heed both of the above, do not use them.
    If it isn't durable, it isn't reliable.

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    I won't use them.
    "Sights are for the unenlightened."

    Rick

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