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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-12-2010, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question for the 1911 guys....

What is the benefit of having a single piece guide rod?

The 4" springfield I'm considering comes with one, I believe. Just curious as to what is better about that, if anything?

I've heard that it makes disassembly easier, as with reassembly, but I wanted to hear from the groupmind.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-12-2010, 03:51 PM
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If you talk to enough 1911 enthusiasts, you'll find that there are a lot of different opinions regarding full length guide rods. Some swear by them, and others say they're a waste of time. I've never owned or shot a 1911 that had one, so I don't have any first hand experience with them. Mine just has the recoil spring and spring cap, and I've never had any trouble with it. You might want to check out the forums at m1911.org and see what those guys say.
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It's preference, I've run gi and full length and never had an issue with either. GI is easier to disassemble.

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Some say that there is a chance of spring bind on the G.I. length rods. I have one of each and both are reliable the G.I. is easier to disassemble as stated above.
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I have a bone stock Springfield with 2 piece guide rod and it is very accurate.

1 piece guide rod is easier to disassemble. Some use the guide rod for "tuning".

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My 1911 wasn't the prettiest or most expensive when it was built.

But between the gunsmith work and the Wilson combat guide rod, spring, buffers and a few other odds and ends, it is arguably one of the sweetest firing firearms many people have ever shot.

I generally get together with a group of friends on one friends ranch to go shooting. We all get to shoot each others guns.

I'm known for having the nicest to shoot firearms. I don't have the most, the most expensive or coolest.... but what I have functions very very well.

You probably won't notice the difference between a one or two piece rod, but you will notice the difference between an old rod and worn bushing and a quality rod and bushing.
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So basically, buy it and decide from there, after some shooting.


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Midwayusa usually has a good selection of parts. Unless you are some ultra bad ass marksman your not going to notice a change in accuracy if that's what your looking for. I've shot rattle traps that were just as accurate as tightly fitted guns. Fitting can be deceiving. The ultra bad ass marksmen have tungsten guiderods for extra weight, helps with muzzle flip. Buy a drop in wilson rod and give it a spin, pick up some extra recoil springs and mainsprings while your at it and play with different spring rates.

M1911.org is a very good information source.

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