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Thread: M16 buffers

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    M16 buffers

    Will a heavier buffer slow the cyclic rate? Can I go too heavy? Will I damage anything?

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    In general, a heavier buffer will reduce the cyclic rate. From DPMS: "The heavyweight buffer is used to slow down the cycle rate on carbine style AR rifles which helps lengthen receiver life. A heavyweight buffer could potentially increase performance with hotter loads or shorter barreled systems by slowing the cyclic rate enough to allow the magazine to ready a new round for the chamber, helping to cure a short stroking problem." There are also hybrids such as the MGI buffer that reduces cyclic and perceived recoil. Here's a review:

    Jeff Folloder

    NFATCA Executive Director

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