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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?
 

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

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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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! ;)
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Thanks! I like reliable, combat accurate guns. I buy guns that I know will go bang every time. Never cared about sub MOA accuracy or fancy acog scopes.
 
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