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Greetings. So I shelled out the "long green" for a PSG 1 buffer, arrived today. I am confused (not an unusual state for me) as there appears to be no "buff" to it. That is to say the "piston" does not compress with nearly all my considerable weight on it. Might as well bolt in a solid steel rod for the bolt-head carrier to interact with. What am I missing here?
 

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You have it backwards....if you could compress it by hand THEN there would be no buffering going on.
 

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Hit it with a plastic or dead blow hammer and you'll feel it compress. When I bought my heavy buffer, it felt locked up. I held it like a knife handle and slammed it into a 2x4 and it seemed to break loose and began compressing, but I still couldn't push it in under weight.
 

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Hello, and thanks for the replies. So I put the PSG1 buffer in an arbor press (gently) and - no surprise to you more knowledgeable folks - it compresses quite nicely. Unfortunately I am still having considerable mud in the water. I also have two PCS buffers (recent manufacture - same batch) each of which can be compressed by hand - but with considerably different force from one to the next. I do not have any experience with the Bill Springfield entry, but I understand they use lighter springs than the standard G3. I realize all these different buffers may be set up to run on their own "program", but is there anything like "specs" out there ? Thanks to all for your consideration.
 
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