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Factory guide rod v. SS guide rod ?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by mrsig, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. mrsig

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    I would be interested in opinions on if it is worth the expense to replace the factory guide rod and spring with a stainless unit ? Is it incrementally better on recoil & muzzle flip. I have been looking at some from the Glock Store but mainly for my 32, 20, & 21 as opposed to the 9mm & .40's. thanks.
     

  2. Rev.357

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    No better unless you plan to change the spring weights. Going to a heavy spring you will feel more recoil & lighter will batter the gun more but you will feel a little less recoil!
     
  3. 24601

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  4. Scrappy

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    First don't buy from Glock store!!!
    Second the Stainless ones should in theory give better accuracy because no flex like plastic ones. They weigh a tad more so might help alittle with muzzle flip and recoil in theory.
    Better piece of mind too. With that said I ordered one from Lone Wolf. So I shall see myself,lol.
     
  5. todd_g

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    Factory for me, spend your money extra mags or something.
     
  6. LASTRESORT20

    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

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    I have SS and it works well with Piece of mind....Factory makes good spare
     
  7. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    The only purpose of a guide rod is to align the recoil spring. I use factory units in all my Glocks. Stainless steel will neither improve your accuracy nor your sex life.
     
  8. itstime

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    I agree with this statement. I did SS on one gun, a G17 and left the others stock. No difference to me.
     
  9. unit1069

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    The Wolff stainless steel guide rod and 20# Wolff spring sure makes my G-32 a dream to shoot. A considerable improvement over the stock Glock RSA, in my opinion.
     
  10. SJ 40

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    Factory for myself,after market will lighten your wallet. SJ 40
     
  11. JakeFromStateFarm

    JakeFromStateFarm .40 S&W

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    Factory is prefectly fine, BUT I ordered a SS rod just to see for my self as well. Always been curious.
     
  12. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg BTF Inventor

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    Not worth more than 50 cents. But I haven't heard of any pandemic problems from them.
     
  13. Bruce M

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    :rofl::rofl:

    :rofl::rofl:
     
  14. TTex

    TTex Cannon Fodder

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    In my opinion the Gen 4 stock unit with dual recoil spring looks pretty hardy so I dont change them, the Gen 3's on the other hand seem pretty flimsy. I changed mine out in my Gen 3 17, but didnt mess with my Gen 4's. If you are looking for a more robust/rugged part I give the advantage to the stainless steel, but if you are looking for accuarcy, or recoil reduction then the benifits are negligable.
     
  15. Paxmo

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    After 19 yrs I replaced the original gr with a ss with heavier weight. Noted better lockup and improvement in accuracy.:wavey:
     
  16. bunk22

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    I've got them in my Glocks, they look good but no difference from stock that I can tell.
     
  17. cciman

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    You don't really NEED anything beyond factory, unless you are planning to shoot continuously until the guide rod melts. Even then it will continue to function. Or you are hand loading and want to vary your spring pressures, or competition shooting with very light loads. Those are the only practical reasons.

    The only reason the guide rod is there (for most consumers) is to allow you to easily position the spring before putting the slide on. The stock unit is very hardy, and simple-- as well as cheap and easy to replace. I'm sure alot more GLOCK R&D went into the RSA design than the sellers of the rods did. The Gen4 rod was in answer to the Lego mentality, raised the price, did not change the function, and made it less tolerant to ammo variety

    The Steel GR is just another COOL thing you can do, spend money on, and brag about-- but really think of what you are achieving over stock. It does not make you gun more accurate or reliable. If you wanna change springs, better do your research.