Thread: Recoil buffer?
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:05   #7
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The first commercially available (1911) shock buffs that I saw appeared in the early 80s, along with "Heavy Duty" springs.

"What's it for?" I asked, as I am wont to do.

"To prevent the destruction of the frame."



Because 90% of what we recognize as recoil...muzzle flip...occurs when the slide impacts the frame, the neoprene buffer does have a small effect on that, but nothin' that I could really hang my hat on in a back-to-back comparison. As far as "Frame Damage" goes, it's snake oil. The slide doesn't hit the frame all that hard, and the abutments are designed to absorb that.

Marketing 101:

First, convince the customer that he needs it...and then sell it to him.
The 1911? Well...It ain't exactly a Swiss watch.

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