To Buff or not to Buff ???

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by TexMex247, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. TexMex247

    TexMex247 Well-Known TGT Supporter

    May 11, 2009
    Leander(NW Austin)
    I recently picked up a wilson combat shok buff kit for my S&W 1911. I was just wondering if anyone out there has used these and if they really make a difference. I don't expect anything dramatic, i just want to minimize wear on my Scandium alloy frame and internals. I bought the 2G kit which includes a much longer spring as well as 2 buffer pads. If you have used these with success, lemme' know about it. Thanks - Texmex

  2. Army 1911

    Army 1911 Well-Known

    Mar 17, 2008
    Dallas Texas or so
    Keep in mind that the springs will shorten as they take their "set."
    Shockbuffs do take up room in the spring tunnel and can pose problems.
    1. On some guns they take up enough room that the slide may not lock back on empty or the hammer my not cock properly.
    2. They wear out and may even shred when they do. The pieces can cause jamming and disassembly issues.

    Just run the heaviest spring that your ammo will cycle with. Don't worry about the wear and tear. You will probably not ever wear a frame out shooting standard pressure loads.

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