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    Polymer Recoil Buffers?

    Yes, I am just kind of looking at gun parts and asking questions today, its a slow day at work.

    Who runs some sort of polymer recoil buffer in any of their semi-automatic weapons (for examples for rifles, you can look here: http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=3...RECOIL_BUFFERS) They seem to be available for most semi-auto pistols and rifles. And claim to reduce recoil and wear and taer on your firearm.

    I would think that if they were needed, manufacturers would put them in at the factory, and be part of the design. Is there really any need for these?
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    Feel exactly the same way. When I got my 1911 a year ago the gun store salesman talked me into some. I was shooting about a month later and my gun jammed. Went home and wondered what had happened. Took the gun down. The recoil buffer had disintegrated and was in pieces, jamming the gun. Threw them away. Never to be used in a SD pistol again.

    As you said, if the manufacturer required them, they would have been included or in the manual. Fine for a range visit. Not for carry

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    I saw that your Brownell's page was a Buffer Technologies brand buffer.

    Here is their website.
    http://www.buffertech.com/Default.aspx

    They are reported to be about the best and are supposed to be able to endure 5K rounds.

    I HAVE shot a 1911 with a Buffer Technologies buffer installed and "felt" recoil seemed a bit softer.
    I did not notice any real decrease in muzzle rise.
    I don't have one installed in any of my firearms though if I owned a stamped receiver AK (which I do not) - I would probably add one to reduced battering.

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    I run a recoil buffer in my SLR-95, and I've also grown accustomed to using the bolt buffers in my Ruger 10/22s. They do make a difference IMO. Everything else, I run stock. Pistols? Never seen the need to even experiment with them.

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    So, the general thoughts so far seem to be that they might reduce felt recoil. But might not be a good idea to put in a carry gun.

    I was just reading around today and wondered if I was missing out on something. And I don't feel a great compulsion to start buying one for every semi-auto I have yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    But might not be a good idea to put in a carry gun.
    I wouldn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    I wouldn't.
    If JMB wanted one in the 1911, he would of put one in there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    If JMB wanted one in the 1911, he would of put one in there...
    John Moses may have had to use leather though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    John Moses may have had to use leather though.
    Hey was innovative enough, he could of come up with something better than leather.

    Maybe I will try one out in my AK, as it doesn't see serious HD use anymore, just to see what difference I feel. I'll just add it to the list of things to get from Brownells.
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    Wilson Shok-Buffs caused my 1911 to puke on its shoes. Never again.

    Recoil "buffer" in a 10/22? Well worth the few bucks to cut down the hard 'smack' when the bolt cycles.
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    Wouldn't the proper spring weight for the load you are using be the better way to go? But I suppose for some firearms that might not be practical.

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    Heckler Koch has used them for decades in some of their line. Nothing new.

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    only 1 i would and do use is the Ruger 10/22, and that it because it is suppresed, it cuts action noise some

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley16 View Post
    Heckler Koch has used them for decades in some of their line. Nothing new.
    My HK P2000 has one from the factory. Does it make any difference in felt recoil? Maybe but not sure. I know that it is a flawless weapon that has not ftf since I have owned it.

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    I've tried them in Glocks and 1911's just because. I notice no difference, I wouldnt waste my money again. I do have them in my 10/22's that shoot bench rest, there is a slight difference. Not enough to encourage the casual shooter that they need one, but if you're counting 100ths of an inch and 1000ths of a second, every little bit helps.
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