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Recoil springs

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by smousefam5, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. smousefam5


    Apr 10, 2007
    Idaho Falls, ID
    Is it possible to remove the factory recoil spring from the factory guide rod? I have a SS guide rod coming and want to know if I can use the factory spring or if I need to order a new spring. Thanks!
  2. JohnKSa


    Sep 8, 2000
    DFW Area, TX
    Sure, the factory rod is plastic, you can just cut it in two pieces with a wirecutter. Just be sure not to damage the spring in the process.

    Last edited: Mar 20, 2010

  3. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    What brand spring does the maker/seller of the guide say to use?
    Should be able to use the OEM spring but I would not in case you want to change back to it.
  4. Glock4Life


    Jan 21, 2003
    They can be dismantled without cutting actually but assuming you're talking about ISMI(flat) springs, I'd buy one, as previously mentioned, to save the stock captured unit as a backup when price is considered. In fact, I'd recommend buying several springs of various weights so you can determine which setup exudes a perceived recoil you are most attune with.