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FernandoTheCommando 03-03-2013 02:58 PM

charging handle
Probably an old topic, but do most mini 14s have some play in the charging handle. Just a bit of rattle is normal I'm guessing. Thinking about throwing a 1911 buffer on it. Does the buffer go on the gas block side AND the side that retains the recoil spring towards the breach?

tri70 03-04-2013 06:25 PM

Yes the slide does have play in it. I have used buffers on both sides, gas block and against the receiver.

FernandoTheCommando 03-04-2013 08:59 PM

With the buffers on both ends (1911 type) did you have any trouble with the bolt not staying locked to the rear after the last shot is fired?

tri70 03-04-2013 09:30 PM

Most people have no problems with the gas block. May have cut or sand down for the rear. I used a flat vacuum cleaner belt.

FernandoTheCommando 03-04-2013 09:34 PM

You used a vacuum cleaner belt as a rear buffer? I'm fine with sanding the buffer down if that's what you mean. Def not comfortable enough to grind away the steel if need be.

tri70 03-04-2013 11:59 PM

Yes the buffer only, the flat vacuum cleaner belt works perfect on all 3 minis.

COBrien 03-05-2013 04:13 PM

I've got Wilson Combat Shok-Buffs (intended for 1911s) front and rear in my 2008 580 series, and have had no problems with under-gassing (due to the buffer on the gas block) or failure to lock open.

They're inexpensive, but not free like tri70's vacuum belts! ;)

pioneer461 03-05-2013 05:16 PM

My 20 year old Mini works just the way I want, right out of the box. See no reason to mess with it. "If it ain't broke..." But, that's just me.

bamashooter68 03-06-2013 05:38 AM

I use 1911 wilson combat buffers on the op rod and gas tube of my 580 mini-14. I havent had one single issue in over 1,000rds with these buffers installed. I have heard of people sanding down the gas tube buffer to insure no out of battery or last round lock open incidents or using a vacuum cleaner belt because of its thinness and toughness.

My op rod has some play in it like most other mini's do. No big deal.

FernandoTheCommando 03-06-2013 04:19 PM

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Thanks to you all for your insight. Just ordered the Wilson combat 1911 buffers. Can't wait to try it. Just need to find an accu-strut and I'll be done.

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