1911 Dwyer Group Gripper - Does it NEED a buffer?


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WardenWolf
March 20, 2009, 06:32 PM
The instructions for the Dwyer / Wilson Combat Group Gripper kit that I just installed on my father's Colt Combat Commander says to install a buffer on the guide rod. Unfortunately, it did not come with one, and it did not inform me of this when I purchased it. So my question is, does it actually need the buffer, or will it be just fine without one? I really don't want to have to wait another week for a buffer to come in.

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Jim Watson
March 20, 2009, 07:02 PM
Mr Dwyer didn't use buffers. Wilson is just using their version as a vehicle to sell buffers, which some like and some don't. Go shooting. Good luck.

WardenWolf
March 20, 2009, 07:06 PM
That's what I thought. Thanks. I figured as much because the instructions were printed by Wilson and not Dwyer, and specifically mentioned a Wilson buffer. The Group Gripper dropped right in with no filing required, so I'll see how it works. I may also replace the bushing, but it seems fine. The action seems much smoother with the Group Gripper installed, with the barrel not rattling around as much. Only thing I wish is that the Group Gripper didn't have an exposed allen head at the front, and didn't so significantly change the reassembly procedure.

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