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Posted: 5/19/2003 12:26:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/19/2003 1:26:08 PM EDT by M4it]
I recently purchased a new Colt A2 stock and it came with a buffer with a plastic casing. Is Colt making them this way now or did I get taken? Which is better, the plastic or metal?

Thanks
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 1:43:26 PM EDT
As far as I know, Colt never offered a plastic Buffer. That must be an after market version. Is it black, with injection mold markings? Either way, I would get rid of it and get an Aluminum A2 buffer with proper counterweights. Much safer then the plastic knockoff. ls
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 9:05:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 9:21:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Troy: Most "civilian" Colt rifles come with the solid plastic buffer, along with a plastic door on the buttplate. I recommend getting a proper aluminum one. -Troy
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Maybe, but arent plastic or should I say polymers the way of the future. GG
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 10:26:27 PM EDT
Great, thanks again for your help! I was afraid this was not a Colt. Do you recomend using a metal buffer instead of the plastic one?
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 10:55:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gun Guru:
Originally Posted By Troy: Most "civilian" Colt rifles come with the solid plastic buffer, along with a plastic door on the buttplate. I recommend getting a proper aluminum one. -Troy
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Maybe, but arent plastic or should I say polymers the way of the future. GG
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Right GG. The KAC SR25 uses a polymer buffer.
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 11:58:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/20/2003 3:24:45 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Troy: Plastics certainly have their uses (I love lightweight polymer handgun frames!), but they make poor buffers. They don't weigh enough, and they don't have the deadening weights inside that reduce buffer bounce. Keep in mind that the SR25 has a plastic buffer for the same reason Colt uses them on their civilian rifles: to reduce cost. No military or police department would accept a plastic buffer in an AR15, and many SR25 users replace their Knights plastic buffer with an aluminum Armalite AR10 buffer. But, it's your rifle to do with as you please. No one says you have to listen to me or anyone else. I was just offering advice. -Troy
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You have a valid point as I have yet to fire the used SR-25 I purchased to have a reference point between a regular buffer and a polymer one. Thanks for the info on the Armalite AR10 buffer. I would not be surprised if I ended up going that route. That is what I love about this site. You learn something new and valuable every day. Thanks Troy!
Link Posted: 5/20/2003 5:41:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Troy: Keep in mind that the SR25 has a plastic buffer for the same reason Colt uses them on their civilian rifles: to reduce cost
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This is no doubt the reason for the plastic buffer. What I can't figure out is why Colt rifles cost more. It must be all the politically correct unspec parts they use are in such high demand...
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