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.
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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