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Old 02-15-2013, 13:59   #1
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LWD Stainless Steel Guide Rod & Recoil Spring for G22

Just ordered a new LWD Stainless Steel guide rod & recoil spring for my 2nd gen G22 from Sportsman's Guide to replace my original stock one. Has anyone else replaced their guide rod & spring with a steel or tungsten one? Better performance? Would love some feedback. Thanks.
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Old 02-15-2013, 14:21   #2
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while i dont thing there is any ground breaking advantage. i do believe that you can find springs and rods of better materiel and higher quality performance in the after market world. will it make your weapon or yourself shoot better........probably not. will your RSA last longer ...maybe.

i am a bit of a spring snob. i like a an over engerniered spring, like CS springs.
the real question for you is .... whose spring is LWD using? whAT materials were used? what is the spring rating and is it an appropriate rating for your particular weapon/ammo set up?

i am sort of in the same boat...... here is my thread on a similar subject. check it out.......

http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1471473

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Old 02-15-2013, 14:34   #3
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I use to change all my RSA out with stainless steel ones. I don't anymore because there really is no difference in them, expect the price.
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Old 02-16-2013, 18:45   #4
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I have a captured SS RSA I got from Lone Wolf in my Gen 3 G22..They are made by Lightning Strike..I have them in ALL my Glocks...AWESOME product..!!
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Old 02-16-2013, 19:50   #5
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Got stainless steel rods in all of my Glocks- the extra forward weight is nice and they've yet to wear out. They're also non-captive so changing out springs is a breeze.
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Old 02-16-2013, 22:52   #6
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Elimination a possible failure is always a good move. All 19 of my Glocks have stainless rods and I dont feel any weight difference but you might with Tungston. You will never wear out a stainless ro, it wont break and spring weight is very easily changed to suit your needs, I'm not slamming the factory polymer rod because most do hold up quite good but they haav broken simply from improper installation. Stainless rod cant do that. Again, Good move, BUT to each their own....
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Old 02-17-2013, 22:31   #7
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This one I ordered from Sportsman's Guide said it comes with standard Glock tension in the spring (17 pounds), but is adjustable for personal preference. My G22 is a 2nd gen I got used as a Police trade-in. Made in '97. I'm replacing the guide rod simply because of the age and wear. Keeping the original factory one as a back up just in case the after-market one doesn't work well when I shoot 9mm out of it with my 40-9 conversion barrel. Not expecting any problems... but is always good to have spare back-up parts. Will post a range report after I go to the range Friday. Will be using 3 different brands & different grains of .40 & 2 different brands of 9mm. Will see how she does.
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Old 02-23-2013, 13:47   #8
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Well... took the G22 to the range yesterday with the new LWD stainless guide rod & spring assembly. I've heard conflicting stories about them. I have to say... I'm now buying the "improved accuracy" bit. My G22 has always fired left & high (fixed sights). With the new guide rod & spring I was putting the rounds dead center consistently. I now believe the polymer guide rod "flex" theory to be true. Anyway... to each his own... for me, it was worth the $25+ investment. Worked well with both .40 & 9mm (LWD 40-9 conversion barrel).
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Old 02-23-2013, 14:29   #9
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I only have them in my "play" guns. I like the extra forward weight and ability to change spring weights to match my loads. I use the Wolff uncaptured guiderod and springs.
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Old 02-23-2013, 16:43   #10
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I now believe the polymer guide rod "flex" theory to be true.
This is NOT a theory, lock your slide back with the stock polymer rod in it and look at it curling up in the air. It does flex, just the nature of the beast. In my opinion any stainless rod is an improvement simply because it can't break. Eliminating a potential problem in a carry pistol or any other for that matter is a definate +.
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