Making Mini 14 Buffers
Ten years ago when i was tweaking my Mini guys were making buffers out of all kinds of stuff plumbing washers, leather and vacuum cleaner belts. Back then some guys used 1911 buffers but they seamed to be a little thick for Minis. They would thin them down a little and they would work fine. I am thinking that 1911 buffers must come in different thicknesses from brand to brand because their are guys on the forum using 1911 buffers and they are working well for them.
I chose to use vacuum cleaner belts. A friend just bought a used Mini and we are going to tweak it and see if we can make a shooter out of it. Today i made a set of buffers for it and while i was at it i made a new set for my Mini. Mine are ten years old and were still in good shape i put a new set in my Mini just for the heck of it. When i went to store to buy the belts i found the belt i use it is Bissell #8.
To make the buffers punch or cut a 5/16 hole in the belt leaving both ends a little long then cut the ends a little at a time until they fit the gun nice and flat. Here is a pic of the new buffers i made along with the ten year old buffers.
Here is a pic of the front buffer in place.
This is a pic of the rear buffer in place.
That's it there is not much to making your own buffers if you are so inclined.