Full length guide rod

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by ssqman, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. ssqman

    ssqman New Member

    Oct 26, 2018
    What does it improve on the GI style? Is it just a gimmick?

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    Feb 8, 2018

  3. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
  4. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Like most things 1911, you will see varied opinions as to guide rods. Supposedly, they add a little weight forward to help with recoil. My TRP came with a guide rod. Didn't really notice a difference as to how the gun shot. I did remove it and bought a Wilson Combat Standard guide rod and spring cover for it. Being old school, my preference for simplicity and the original Browning design works for me.
  5. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I use one piece FLGRs in a number of my 1911s, I find that they cycle a little smoother with them.
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  6. 12VMan

    12VMan Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    I did exactly the same with my TRP, primarily because I'm not comfortable carrying a gun that I can't field strip without tools.
  7. WWB

    WWB Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    This right here.
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  8. Les White

    Les White Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2015
    David Lauck of D&L Sports had an interesting experience in a match. He hit the slide on a barrier and ejected the live round without realizing it. For this reason he uses a solid guide rod in his Professional. They do make a solid guide rod that doesn't need tools to disassemble. What are the chances it could happen in a real life combat situation? It does seem to make sense that it would run smoother but I use solid guide rods for David's reason.
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  9. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    I don't notice one bit of difference .
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  10. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I use the Wilson FLGRs that are just short enough that you can turn the barrel bushing and field strip the gun without the hassle of the longer two-piece versions.
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  11. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    I use...and really like one piece full length guide rods in my 1911's.....

    No they are not a gimmick....
  12. Les White

    Les White Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2015
    That is the type I use also. Back in the day I thought the one piece would keep you from racking the slide one handed if need be, but with the new "hook" type rear sights that can be done with the sight. I feel a much better solution to a bad situation if you must do it one handed.
  13. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    I’ve got a TRP that I took the FLG out and then put it back in. I don’t carry it so I don’t worry about it but if I did carry it I wouldn’t worry about any way.

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  14. Flight Medic

    Flight Medic Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2018
    The difference for me is...Ive never sent a spring and plug flying across the room trying to reassemble my 1911 with FLGR. The ones that have the shorties I fu*king STRUGGLE with. I guess working in healthcare for the past 30 years has made for soft, wuss-hands.
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  15. 12VMan

    12VMan Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    That's an option, certainly. I don't have anything against FLGRs in general, I'm just not a fan of the two-piece versions.
  16. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    You'll be killed in the streets with one because you can't press check the gun off a hooker's butt... or something.

    I read it on the Internet so it's gotta be true :D
  17. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    That depends on the exact location of where the FLGR is pressed!

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  18. stlgecko

    stlgecko I’m just here for the 1911’s

    May 24, 2014
    I can shoot a 1911 and tell if it’s a FLGR or not.... and I prefer the FLGR.
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  19. The War Wagon

    The War Wagon Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2018
    Less "SRPROOOOOOOOIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNG" factor on disassembly? :eek:
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  20. j quan

    j quan Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    shot with and without extensively, cannot tell the difference! if the gun comes built with one, cool. if i were building a gun, i would not make it a point to add one. my best and favorite 45's are the cabot 1911 jones with the guide rod and my heirloom custom series 70 without.
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