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I did in my Tac Sport, Atlas, Edge and Eagle. I stopped in my 1911 guns.

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I've gone back and forth in my SA loaded. Currently using the blue Wilson Shok-Buf. Has not caused any issues at all. I like the way the recoil cycle feels. YMMV

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I've gone back and forth in my SA loaded. Currently using the blue Wilson Shok-Buf. Has not caused any issues at all. I like the way the recoil cycle feels. YMMV

Same here. Using the blue Wilson in a SA RO in 45. Feels like the sightly shorter slide cycle returns my sights quicker. Whether or not it does, I like it. I change every 1500 rounds or so and have not noticed and cracks or excessive wear in the buff within 1500 rounds and have gone through 5 since I started using them.


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M-class SS and limited shooter. I've never been a fan of shock-buffs in the past. tried one in my .45 1911 and couldn't tell a difference, so I figured keep it simple and run without.

 

But then my new atlas titan came with one, and adam suggested trying with and without and seeing which I like better and which returns the sight most quickly. So I did that. 11 or 12lb recoil spring with shockbuff returns the sight noticeably quicker and more predictably than without the shock buff. I couldn't tell the diff between 11 and 12, so I stuck with 12 for better reliability and feeding. FWIW, the gun still locks back and slingshots easily, so shortstroking doesn't apppear to be an issue.

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I have a new Wilson set that’s been in my box for years. I think I’ll play with it now on my limited gun. Never hurts to try and make it that much better 

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I tried them in my CK Arms guns and couldn't tell the difference, so I took them out.  One less thing to break during a match.

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On 10/14/2018 at 9:56 PM, mwc said:

I tried them in my CK Arms guns and couldn't tell the difference, so I took them out.  One less thing to break during a match.

 

I will still try it but most likely will have the same results/findings 

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used a rubber one for thousands of rounds with no issues ever.... did it help? can't really say it made a difference in shooting.

 

certainly won't bring you from M class to GM... or C class to B class for that matter,

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Ive also had a shok buff made of aluminium, it is said that the feel should be the same as if you dont have a shok buff. 

 

Honestly I cannot tell the difference.

 

Shok buffs are meant to reduce beating up the slide and the frame.

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I used them way back when and a lot of us cut our own from various materials. After a long hiatus from shooting I will tell you I have none in my new gun and it runs like a sewing machine. 

 

As for them causing issues with reliability, “back in the day” we cleaned our guns after every trip to the range so we would see them deteriorating and replace before causing issues. Today we have guns much more tolerant of not being cleaned which is awesome except for this particular case.

 

After seeing this thread I might try one just for S&Gs as I forgot about them.

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I use one in my SS 9. My friends dad put one in when he was doing a trigger job and I have just left it. I’m not sure that it does much in that gun but it hasn’t caused any problems.


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On my old Akai limited 2011 .40 I tried the aluminum and egw shock buffs, on that gun it worked perfect no issues at all, I even tried using them both together so the egw would be be sandwiched between the recoil rod and the aluminum buffer and that also worked fine but in the end I only used the aluminum buffer my slide was also stroked otherwise im sure the two of them together wouldn't work on a non stroked slide. Now I have a 2011 9mm open and I tried the aluminum buffer and 6 out of 10 times it would cause the slide to lock back, i tried doing some fitting on it to see if i could get it to stop locking up the slide but that didnt really change anything, so now no buffer for me. I don't think the gun needs it anyways since when I had it in there I saw very little signs of it being hit hard at all.

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I run one. I like the recoil impulse with it. I use a blue Wilson buff. Seems like I get a dull thump at the end of the recoil stroke vs a harder hit of steel on steel.

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If you constantly shoot the same load, simply using the proper recoil spring is the best bet so there are no worries about potential shok buff issues. If you shoot different loads often, spring the gun for your weakest load and run a shok buff to prevent battering with heavier loads *if necessary*. Just remember that they are a wear item and should be inspected regularly and replaced as needed.

 

However if you're running mouse fart loads and major loads, get two different recoil springs and swap them out when you change loads. A shok buff won't be enough to cushion that much of a power difference.

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Oddly enough the latest Limcat limited gun I bought had one in it. I shot it last week and couldn't feel any difference. 

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I use them in my limited and single stack guns out of habit, but I cannot feel the difference if I run without them.  I use the Wilson blue ones and have never had a problem with them falling apart.

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Not every gun will run with Buffer, but if they will, it is cheap insurance.  I have had two guns over the years, a Kimber 45 and a SVI open gun that with buffer in they would not cycle, take it out and they will??? So you run with-out.

 

 

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I bought an Atlas Nemesis and I know Atlas puts them in all their guns....i have had no issues.

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Ive been running the CP buffs in my RRA .45 single stack for a few thousand rounds.... I think im only on the second one.

I do like the way recoil feels with it installed and have not had any problems so far

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One of my Open guns has a very light slide and I run a 7lb spring, that gun gets a buffer in it. I did not use one initially but when I started seeing the penning on the rails I put one in, never been an issue in that gun. My other Open gun wont work with a buffer.

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Tried one, didn't notice a difference. Did have one jam on my otherwise never had a jam gun. Took it out

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I shoot fairly light loads (120 pf or so)  in my Dan Wesson Specialist 1911 9mm for steel challenge and action steel.  I use a Wilson blue shock buff in conjunction with an 8 lb recoil spring.  After >10,00 rounds, the shock buff has no visual deformation at all.  My thinking is that it protects the frame without any downsides.  

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I like Wilson buffs in mine, never saw a need for stroking due to short cycling. I’m running a 10# spring in the limited gun with no battering or degradation of the buff. Heavier springs may speed up the dwell at the rear of the slide and not allow proper feeding from the mag with a buff though. Change mine out every 1000 rounds and don’t have problems. Cheap and effective. Best of luck!


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Taran Tactical sells nice solid shock buffs.  If your going to use them watch them.  I am a fan because it does seem like a high impact area, and if you can put something in place that cost almost nothing to absorb some impact and possible extend the life of an expensive firearm why not??? I pull them and look, you will know if your gun is slamming back into buffer or not?  If your hitting it hard maybe increase spring weight to lessen blow? or if no signs of impact, than all is well??  

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