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Shock Buffers for 1911s

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  1. Charlie

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    I searched the forum and couldn't find anything related to shock buffers .............. so here's my question. Has anyone had any experience with shock buffers specifically designated for a shorter barreled 1911? I was happily surprised when I found that my Colt Rail Gun had a shock buffer installed when I got it from a friend and upon firing it I noticed a significant reduction in felt recoil (although it could have been helped by the stiffer springs my friend had installed)! I looked in my Brownell's catalog and found several manufacturers that make the shock buffers but no mention of any of them being different between a full size, Commander size, or Officer size barrel. There didn't seem to be any distinction regarding barrel size. The Defender 1911 (3") doesn't (to me) seem to be difficult to control but I'd like to try a shock buffer to see if it would reduce the felt recoil (and they are pretty cheap). Any information would be greatly appreciated, especially from someone who has used them on a shorter barreled pistol ( 1911 or other). Thanks.
     


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    Generally, the short barreled 1911s don't have enough extra room in the spring tunnel area for the addition of a buffer. Reducing felt recoil isn't their purpose. They are designed to reduce frame battering caused by too weak a spring. They wear out quickly and can shed pieces which can jam the gun,
     
  3. JimBobKelley

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    I asked the same question a while back and was told to stay away from them because if by chance one breaks apart then you could have some issues with gun function when it matters most. I believe it was TR Graham that offered that advice. I always thought they were used for under powered or worn springs so the frame does not take a beating. No first hand experience just first hand advice from a trusted source. YMMV.
     
  4. Charlie

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    Thanks for the input. I knew their initial purpose was to lessen slide battering but they do reduce recoil to a certain extent. I'm going to contact the manufacturers of a couple and see what they say.
     
  5. Andy

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    Quoted for truth. I loathe and despise shock-buffers.
     
  6. Charlie

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    Why so? Specifically, just trying to get opinions.
     
  7. Spcwolf

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    Just use a stronger spring.
     
  8. Andy

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    1. They're a crutch for folks who don't want to take the effort to learn recoil-control via proper technique.
    2. They're a crutch for folks who won't change out their recoil-springs.
    3. They're a crutch for companies who use sub-standard recoil-springs.
    4. They wear down and fall apart at inopportune moments, tying up the gun.
    5. They take up space inside the gun to the extent that some slides can't even complete a full slide-cycle - the slide short-strokes to where it can stove-pipe by closing early, won't lock open on an empty magazine, or worse - can't get back far enough to clear the rim of the next round in the magazine, resulting in an empty chamber and hence... the Dead Man's Click.
     
  9. Charlie

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    Thanks for your input.
     
  10. Charlie

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    Ed Brown (premier 1911 builder), who also sells shock buffers just told me (not him but an employee) they do not recommend shock buffers on any 1911 other than the full size govt. model. Pretty much answers that question.
     


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