Are Those Shock Absorber buffer/Washer pieces in Handguns Really Necessary?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by CAMCHAMPION1988, Jan 5, 2012.


    CAMCHAMPION1988 New Member

    I have been noticing alot people have been adding those Shock Absorber buffer/Washer Pieces in there Handguns Semiautos. Just wondering do they really reduce wear all that much i would imagine they would give you a noticeable result over time. But like in a 1911 or Glock do you think they really give you something extra as in reduce wear. I mean i know slide bangs on the frame pretty harshly and over time i could see how they would work it's like a bumper
    Your Opinion?
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

    My grandfather's Colt was made in 1912. It wasn't a safe queen, it was his daily carry and regular shooter. My dad has it now, and it's probably rusting in the top of his closet.

    What I'm getting at is, a good quality handgun should last just damn near indefinitely with regular PM, regardless of the latest and greatest doo dads and gee gaws.

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    completely unneccessary. in fact its just the opposite of what is claimed. the recoil springs in handguns are designed to fully cycle. if the spring doesnt fully compress because a "shokbuffer" is present more recoil forces are imparted to the frame because the spring is not taking the pounding. that energy HAS to go somewhere. not to mention if one decides to come apart and migrate around the internals.

    if a handgun cracks under normal use it was defective to begin with or just a crappy design (US military M9 berretas for one example) and no amount of gimmicky stuff is going to prevent that. if it isnt defective then it will liekly outlast the owner.
  4. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

    Never seen anything like that, but can't say it sounds like a good idea.
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    IMO, just another way to get your money.

    Most of the time, if the recoil spring is changed at a regular interval, such a thing as the "shock buffer" is not needed.

    I've seen where some have relied on the shock buffer and had it come apart in competition, locking up the handgun.
  6. Clem

    Clem Member

    I tend to put slightly heavier springs in my 1911s. In the past I have used the plastic buffers, but I have gone back to the spring loaded plunger in the recoil spring guide. They were available in the ‘70s and I haven’t seen them much since. Unlike the shockbuff, the spring plunger lets the slide recoil the full distance.
  7. Glockpotion23

    Glockpotion23 New Member

    I hear those buffers mess your gun up; at least it did with that Glock:eek: