Its a Shok Buff if its a carry gun pitch it in the trash and move on ...
If its a range gun you can go either way
Some People love um some people hate them I use them on range guns figure it can't hurt if the gun will run with one in it but for carry as i said above i pitch them in the trash they can brake down and cause the gun to jam .
Shock buffers will only cause problems especially on a carry weapon and will happen at a most inopportune time, when you actually need to draw your weapon!!!! Bud hit it on the head, fine for a range weapon if it operates alright but never on a carry weapon.
I ordered and installed one on my K.C.II but then removed it. However it did feel like it was recoiling smoother with the buffer installed. My K.C.II is very acurate and I'm sure it makes me look good 'cause it shoots better than I do.
I have installed the buffer on my CD1911 and that pistol seems to like them. The best I can do with the CD 1911 is 4" or 5" groups at 25'. The K.C.II cuts that in half or better.
I read these postings about Shok Buffers coming apart. I have also read stories about Bigfoot. I've never seen either.
I've shot countless IDPA matches that were 50 to 200 rounds, never an issues with a Shok Buffer.
I have went to many training classes that were 500+ rounds in a day, never an issue with a Shok Buffer.
I have several shooting buddies that use, and have never had a problem, with a Shok Buffer.
I have used Shok Buffers in Wilson Combat, Colt, Springfield Armory, and Smith & Wesson, never a problem.
I'm not saying one will last forever. When I clean the gun I inspect the buffer and replace it if needed (1500 - 2000 round life). I do the same thing with the springs in the gun.
So it doesn't hurt anything, it only cost a few cents, it may be doing some good, sounds like a reasonable thing to use to me.
One came on a Springfield Armory Champion that I had (or the gunsmith that customized it for me put one in before I got it back from him) and at around the 800 round mark, the weapon started having trouble. I took it apart and found little tiny clear chunks of soft plastic in places where they didn't need to be. Then I found what was left of the buffer pad - all flattened out and torn up. I took it out, threw it away, and the pistol never had another problem.
None of my other weapons have one and I've never missed it.
I have a shok buffer on my TLE/RL II Ive about a hundred rounds through it with it on and haven't had any problems. My only complaint is after the I empty a Magazine and the slide locks back i have to press the slide release lever instead of pulling the slide back. It isn't a big issue just and annoyance.