Buffer tube solutions for Ar-platform carbines and rifles
How do you know if your AR is running well? Other than by feel, there’s a more accurate way to see if your rifle’s action is healthy or not. Watch for its brass ejection pattern and you’ll see if your rifle is over- or under-gassed or if it’s running perfectly.
With your muzzle pointing downrange, let’s say that the muzzle end is considered pointing at 12 o’clock. Directly to your right is 3 and behind you is 6. If you notice your fired brass ejecting forward of you, between 12 and 3 o’clock, it can mean that your rifle is over-gassed. If your brass flies between 3:00 and 4:30, your gas system is considered healthy. If your brass is ejected back towards 4:30 to 6:00, your rifle may be under-gassed and short-stroking.
Many of the reasons your rifle may be overor under-gassed may include ammunition choice or gas block issues. It’ll take some experimenting to figure it out. Many times the issue can be solved without having to have to make a trip to the gunsmith simply by adjusting your AR’S buffer system. A heavier or lighter buffer or action spring can help tune your rifle for perfect operation. Rule of thumb is that if your rifle is overgassed, you’ll want to try a heavier buffer or spring. If it’s under-gassed, you might want to try a lighter buffer.
Replacing your stock buffer and spring isn’t only for tuning the health of your AR’S action. Using advanced aftermarket buffer assembly parts can also help soften your rifle’s perceived recoil, smooth its operation, and with some products even make it run quieter by getting rid of the recoil spring’s distinctive (and annoying) “twang” sound. Gathered here for you is the latest in recoil buffer and springs for your Ar-type rifle.