1. Will the Recoil Buffer interfere with reliability?
No, it will only enhance the reliability.
2. Do I have to modify my gun in any way to install a recoil buffer?
No. The buffer either replaces an existing part or is attached to one.
3. Will the buffer be effected by oils and solvents?
No. The buffers are made from polyurethanes and are uneffected by any type of bore solvent or gun oil.
4. Will the buffers work in full auto weapons?
5. What is the service life of a recoil buffer?
This varies from model to model. Most models will have a service life of at least 5,000 rounds.
6. Why do I need a recoil buffer?
To protect the receiver from the metal to metal pounding that takes place each time you fire your gun.
7. I am having trouble with the installation of the AK recoil buffer. Can you give me instructions?
Removal of the recoil spring from the recoil spring guide is accomplished by pulling the spring away from the end of the assembly and removing the spring retaining clip. The simplest way is to put the end with a angle on it on a table or workbench. Grip it with both hands, at the top, like a ball bat, push down relieving the spring pressure on the retaining clip. The spring can then be held in a compressed position by one hand while the retaining clip is removed with the other hand.
These clips are one of three types.
The first one is very common on Chinese guns and is a stamped metal piece with a raised dimple in the center and a groove on each side, making it figure eight shaped. When you remove pressure from the clip, slightly spread the two twisted wires inside the recoil spring and the clip will fall free from its position on top of the spring.
The second type is a round machined steel piece with two notches on the side opposite each other. When you remove the spring pressure from the retaining clip and spread the two twisted wires inside the recoil spring the clip will fall free.
The third type uses a rod inside the spring instead to the twisted wire used in the two methods above. Again the retaining piece is a machined steel part but instead of two notches there is only one. The rod has a flange at the end with a corresponding countersunk cut in the retaining piece. When the pressure is removed from the retaining piece it will move down the rod about an 1/8" and can be slid to the side. There is a flat place on the rod which allows the retaining piece to slid to the side.