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Old 08-13-2020, 12:55 AM   #1
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Wilson Shok buffer

I installed one, along with a Wilson flat spring in a new lightweight. I could not get the slide to sllng-shot close. The slide stop lever sat just slightly in it's slide recess snd wouldn't allow it. It would close the slide just fine if I used the stop lever, though. Field stripped again and could see no problems. Same problem when reassembled.
So I moved on to the Custom 2 and performed the same procedure installing the buffer with the very same results.
Back to the LW and removed the buffer. Problem solved.
I left the buffer in the Custom 2 because I want to if it will wear in and allow me to sling shot the slide to chamber.
Is it just me?
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Old 08-13-2020, 03:32 AM   #2
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I can’t help you as I’ve never used a buffer. Never saw the need. Others will be along soon with advise.
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Old 08-13-2020, 04:08 AM   #3
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It should work with a 5” barrel. I know it’s not recommended for a 4” barrel. I tried it in my Raptor 45 and a Springfield RO 9mm. They both work but I don’t see any difference when I shoot. They came with the kit so I gave them a try. If it doesn’t work in your 1911 I would just remove it. Your not missing anything special.
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It’s not just you. Not being able to sling shot the slide is fairly common. All depends on the specific gun and the thickness of the buff. I’ve tried the shok buffs years ago but ultimately decided against them. As JC45 said, you’re not missing anything.
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Old 08-13-2020, 05:51 AM   #5
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I've never run a buffer in any of my guns, never saw a need for it.
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:24 AM   #6
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Ran a buffer in an old Colt many moons ago cause it was "latest and greatest" but it was finally removed because I saw no improvement or advantage to it being installed.

I figure if they were really needed new Wilson Combat pistols would come from the factory with one installed so I see no reason to add one.
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Old 08-13-2020, 11:42 AM   #7
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Thanks, Y'all. I'll leave it in the one just to see what happens over time.
I have a Colt Commander that works just fine with it.
Go figure.
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Thanks, Y'all. I'll leave it in the one just to see what happens over time.
I have a Colt Commander that works just fine with it.
Go figure.

I don't know maybe the Colt's could be a little more "loose?"
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My 2 WC's one a 5 inch round recoil spring and came with a buffer. The 4 inch with the flat wire spring did not. Wilson recommends it in the 5 inch guns but I don't see any difference.
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Old 08-23-2020, 04:44 PM   #10
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No such problem in my Springfield. I'm not convinced there's much benefit though...
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