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Old 11-04-2013, 12:39 AM   #1
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At first thought a buffer sounds like a great idea! But then again an AK-47 is designed to function under adverse conditions very reliably.

So my question is this a worthwhile addition? I's certainly affordable but is it worth the effort?

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Old 11-04-2013, 12:55 AM   #2
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Is the buffer a small rubber disc that you put your return spring on? If so then yes, it reduces wear and tear a lot and lowers recoil. I'm looking to get one for my SKS.

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Essentially more than a disk but yes that is the general idea.

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Then yeah I'd invest in one. In the long run it'll pay off. It'll save your spring and bolt wear.

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Go for it. You're not in Afghanistan. The AK's have higher gas pressures than necessary to cycle a clean action. A small buffer won't hurt it.

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I have one that has fired 1,000s of Milsurp rounds. The rifle has never had a problem. Most of these add on tricks are worthless.

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I have heard many stories of cracked receivers from buffers in AK's,

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Don't buy one, they can cause malfunctions and do nothing to help recoil or stop parts wear

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Don't buy one, they can cause malfunctions and do nothing to help recoil or stop parts wear
perhaps so, but he won't know till he tries. You all remember we are talking perceived recoil, not the measured recoil, right?
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I installed buffers in a couple of my AK's a while back when I first started into AK's, the buffers started causing problems immediately.

Jams galore on two separate rifles with buffers and they definitely had more recoil than before, buffers came out and never had a problem with either rifle again.

The only real reasons to buy a buffer for an AK are weak recoil springs where the carrier is impacting the receiver (springs are less than $20 btw) or an oversized gas port.

Not to mention your carrier extremely rarely (if ever) hits the receiver, if you watch high-speed videos of AK's in action you will see that the carrier stops short and is pushed forward before it can impact the receiver.
With a buffer you're adding a piece that is going to be hit by the carrier and in turn is impacting the receiver, causing more unnecessary force to be exerted into your shoulder and more unnecessary force on your rifles overall integrity.

Just trying to save people some pocket change here by adding my own experiences.

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