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I have a used Custon11 Kimber, it is a great shooter. My question is, on the guide rod is a blue (buffer)? Is this an ad on? Is it needed? I only shoot standard pressure rounds.

Thank you
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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 .
My gunsmith says "If the gun is sprung right - it doesn't need a shok buff". I tend to believe him.

If your slide is recoiling with enough force that you think a buff is necessary, get a stiffer spring.

Sometimes, using a buff will inhibit the ability to slingshot the slide closed.
Thank you for the information. It's going to the trash bin. BTW that Kimber eats everything I feed it. What a great 1911.
Good move, some guns start to jam with them after a while. Just another product that is not needed to get more money as far as I am concerned, there will be those that disagree with me though.
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.
Answer to a question that was not asked.
Fix for a problem that never was.
I agree about putting it some place we will always know where it is.
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.
my customII runs smooth with a Wilson shokbuff/factory 16# spring whereas my HS would shot cycle and FRTB.
Like most people, if it's a fun gun run if you want but a carry gun pitch it, it's not worth your life. It's KISS.
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.
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