1911 Buffer on Mini-14

Discussion in 'Ruger Mini 14' started by KMO, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. KMO

    KMO Northern Arizona

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    After having poor luck using recoil buffers that are marketed for use on the Mini-14, I took some advice from a friend and tried a buffer made for a 1911 pistol instead. Not only was it a cheaper way to go, they work great. The buffer goes on the guide rod where the “tongue” end of the guide rod & recoil spring meet the cross pin in the receiver. To install one, just pull back slightly on the spring & rod together until it is free of the cross pin. While doing so, be careful to observe which side of that cross pin the “tongue” was on (the top side). Inverting the guide rod will turn your Mini-14 into a single action shooter. The older Mini’s don’t have this tongue, but a centered insert into a recess instead. Anyway, just insert the 1911 buffer onto the guide rod with the ears toward the barrel, and release the rod & spring back into the receiver. Done! My friend took some good pics of his install...keep in mind the action is laying upside down...

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  2. TexPat

    TexPat New Member

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    Why do I need a package of 6? Do they wear out that fast?
     

  3. Popeye

    Popeye New Member

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    Not a bad idea.Just stops steel from banging into steel. I use one all the time on my 1911 and my Mini. :D
     
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  4. glock26USMC

    glock26USMC New Member

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    House cleaning performed...

    Please keep posts on topic!
     
  5. Popeye

    Popeye New Member

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    I'd probably take the buffers off my Mini14 and 1911 if I was using it in a SHTF life and death situation even though I've never seen one jam up a pistol or rifle. However for a non threatening situation like range shooting I find it not to be a problem. I personally see no reason to have my 1911 or mini 14 operating system slam steel against steel head on into the face of the reciever when there are other options available so it doesn't do that. It's not like they cost a fortune. If I remember a pack of 6 was less then $3. Also seems to me like the buffer would be something you'd check the condition of just like anyother part in the pistol/rifle when you were cleaning the gun so these jams you speak of wouldn't happen. It's not like you can miss it,it's kind of in your face when you take the pistol /rifle apart for proper cleaning. I also have a 1/4" nylon bolt shoulder in my 10/22 as a buffer. I think it cost 35 cents and has been it there for thousands of rounds.:D
     
  6. KMO

    KMO Northern Arizona

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    Yes, although these can be found for a cheaper price if you look around a bit...;)