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Posted: 3/3/2002 10:59:21 AM EDT
I am getting a 1911 built up for me. I would like to know what length, if any, is recommended for the guide rod and your reasoning.
Reliability is my first priority, then accuraccy.
Link Posted: 3/3/2002 11:48:01 PM EDT
The regular short one. Why? Because J.M. Browning designed it that way. I have heard that full length guide rods keep the recoil spring from kinking, but I think that's a solution in search of a problem. I've never heard of anyone having a problem with kinking recoil springs. But if anyone has any anecdotal evidence to share, I'm all ears.
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 2:49:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2002 2:50:31 AM EDT by KurtsKustom]
Link Posted: 3/15/2002 6:31:30 PM EDT
Use a 2 piece on a bushing gun (Wilson #148.5 is excellent), remove front half of rod, take down in normal manner.

Use a 1 piece with the reverse plug,,pull slide back, insert pin, push slide forward enough to remove slide stop, remove slide, lift rod/plug/spring out, slide barrel out front, ALL DONE.
Link Posted: 3/15/2002 11:26:59 PM EDT
Not trying to steal this thread, but I have a Springfield 1911 (the AR15.com LEGP). It has a screw in guide rod - uses an allen key. The gun functions fine without it but I haven't fired it that way. Am I just using a normal 2-piece guide rod when I take that out?

I am new to 1911's so I haven't seen any other guide rods...
Link Posted: 3/16/2002 2:15:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2002 8:53:14 AM EDT by KurtsKustom]
Link Posted: 3/20/2002 7:36:03 PM EDT
I agree with Big Bear, for a defensive pistol stick with the original plug, and don't use shock bufs in a defensive gun because if they split apart the pieces could jam your pistol. hock.gif

For a target pistol a full length guide rod adds some additional weight, which is a good thing.

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