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Will it still cycle if I shorten the barrel?

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  1. Goneshoot'n

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    Quick question, I have a Browning Buckmark barrel I would like to shorten to 2.5." Will this still generate enough pressure to cycle reliably without modifying the recoil spring?
     
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    Yeah I lopped one down to about 2" ran fine.
     
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    Ol’ Loony has done just about everything to guns it would seem.
     
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    Admittedly, I break a lot of perfectly good stuff lol
     
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    Speaking of, if you want my snubbed camper barrel you can have it. I screwed up the sight install.....twice....so it's really only usefully with an optic or if your going to fix it.
     
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    I'd appreciate that! I happen to be using a red dot sight on that pistol.
     
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  7. Goneshoot'n

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    On this same note, does barrel length have anything at all to do with a recoil operated gun's ability to cycle? The way I think of it is that there has to be enough pressure generated in the barrel to operate the slide, and less barrel length=less pressure, is there any truth to that?
     
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    It probably is to a degree, but how much I don't know.

    Shoot me a pm with your mailing address and I'll send it out.
     
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  9. Drail

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    Most pistols are recoil operated so it won't matter. The mass of the moving part (the slide usually) determines how much force is necessary to cycle the gun.
     
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    Dumb question. Why? Shorten the barrel.
     
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    I cut mine so i could shove it into a pocket, or my into a fanny pack.

    Turned down, and threaded it would be a great .22 suppressor host.
     
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