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How often do pistol guide rods break? Do they ever break really? When looking at my Makarov, I see it as advantage that it has no guide rod to break on it.
 

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Some of my pistols have over 7k rounds through them. So far none breakage ever happen.
 

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its pretty rare, all of my handguns are still on their original guide rods
 

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When I bought my Glock G20 in 10mm, I also bought a 9x25 Dillon barrel. Because I would be using it mainly for heavy loads, I changed the guide spring from 17# to 20#. I just bought the 20# spring on a new captured stainless guide rod. Now my original captured 17# spring and fiber rod is a backup. Necessary, due to breakage, probably not. But neither is a buffer. I installed one of them, also. Good luck.
 

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IMO it's a byproduct of the 1911 market.
Everyone thought they needed a FLGR for them, so a guide rod industry was born.
Next step logically, is to convince everyone else that they need a better guide rod too.:supergrin:

ETA: a makarov uses the barrel as a guide rod, typical of blowback guns.
 

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The biggest threat to plastic guiderods is heat. So long as you dont subject your gun to one of those 1,000 round endurance tests you should be fine.
 
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