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Hi Ya'll,

I just bought a 91 A3 that looks like it has never been shot. The bolt and all parts look like new. Even the Safety to fire lever has hardly a trace of wear. I read a lot here about buffers and would like to know how to change the buffers on this gun before I shot it since the rubber is original and 30 years old. I have both stocks. In addition, I have read much about bolt gap .... it looks Ok .... but I've posted pics for someone to eyeball it for me. Thanks in advance for any assistance. This 91 is a beauty and I want to keep it that way.

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Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to the boards. That gun looks brand spank'in new, and a "HH" date code to boot. I doubt there will be any issue with the bolt gap, but it would be nice to go ahead and check it with a feeler gauge so you know what you're starting with.

There is no rubber in the buffer to worry about unless someone put one of the Buffer Technologies buffers in the A2 stock.





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I just went back and looked at your picture and saw that the rifle has a port buffer on there. That must be the rubber that you are reffering to. I would not worry about it; is it brittle? I have never seen replacement rubber for this part and the only way I know to replace this is to replace the whole unit -DON'T DO IT!!! Every rifle that I have seen that once had a port buffer has very bad scratches in this area either from placement or removal (not sure when the damage takes place).

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Hi Turbo Com, thanks for the reply ... I was thinking there maybe a rubber type buffer like in my P9S 9 and 45. Those dried up and became brittle. In the manual it shows a buffer in the fixed stock. Is that a rubber buffer? In the collapsable there seems to be a round hollow protrusion. I wasn't sure it that bounced off a rubber component. I didn't want to goes wrenching on things that don't need wrenching.

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Hi Turbo Com, thanks for the reply ... I was thinking there maybe a rubber type buffer like in my P9S 9 and 45. Those dried up and became brittle. In the manual it shows a buffer in the fixed stock. Is that a rubber buffer? In the collapsable there seems to be a round hollow protrusion. I wasn't sure it that bounced off a rubber component. I didn't want to goes wrenching on things that don't need wrenching.

Rgds,

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There is no rubber to replace in the .223 or .308 A3 stocks. Only the 9mm A3 has a rubber "H" shaped buffer.

Again I must say you made a great purchase; that is one clean rifle. Just don't remove the port buffer or carry handle and you won't be disappointed. At one time one of my 91's had a carry handle attached and there is a pencil width longitudinal line on the receiver as proof.

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Thanks again Turbo Com .... I kind of figured that about the buffer. The rubber on the buffer is still flexible ... so maybe I'll get some use out of it. I have an ARMS scope mount with it and there are the slightest marks from that. can you recommend a modest scope for this rifle. I don't want to shoot 5oo yrs. just 100-200 in a combat mode. i would like to keep the stop short so i can use the handle if need be. i look forward to your advise.

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I have an A3 in near new condition and she's a safe queen/hierloom, only sighted in well. I shoot my PTR instead
 

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I would look for a Hensoldt. These complete kits were being sold for less than $500 a couple of years ago in new condition. If you can find the scope by itself, you might save some money and it will bolt right on to your ARMS #1 since it is a STANAG mount. If you are careful with the claw style mounts, markings on the receiver will be minimal. I currently use the B&T 21262 mount which doesn't mark up the receiver, but I don't think it is an option for you with the port buffer in place. Aside from marking up the receiver, the only other issue I have with the claw mounts is that you will need a cheek riser for the stock to get a good cheek weld. This one works good and I use it on my HK93:

HK / CETME Cheekpiece from CHEROKEE ACCESSORIES. Makers of the original cheekpiece cheek-piece cheek-rest for HK / CETME and AR 15 DELTA CAR M4





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Hi TC, Thanks for the advise ..... great pics too! I'm leaning towards a Trijicon 3.5 now ... It's just a few hundred more from the prices I saw on ebay for the Hensoldt with claw. Couldn't find just the scope. I'm going to check out an ACOG at a local store with Claw in hand. I'll post if I go that way.
 
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