Springfield 1911 (9mm) guide rod question...


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2bigfeet
March 30, 2007, 03:14 PM
I have a (9mm) SA 1911 model PI9134LP with the screw out guide rod. Is there a non-screw replacement rod/spring(?) so I don't need a wrench to break down the gun, and if so could you point me in the right direction?

Thanks for any help.

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farscott
March 30, 2007, 03:55 PM
Yes, there are one-piece (Full-Length Guide Rod) FLGRs that replace your two-piece guide rod. Several makers offer them, including STI, Baer, Brown, Wilson, and Kimber. Brownells offers many of them.

I actually prefer the two-piece FLGR over the one-piece as it makes turning the bushing out of battery easier for me. This allows me to not damage a tight barrel-to-bushing fit. Once I learned to keep the threads clean and dry I never had an issue with the two-piece unscrewing during a range session. If you would like and yours is for a five-inch pistol, I would be more than happy to trade a one-piece FLGR from a 9x19 Kimber Stainless Target II for your two-piece FLGR.

If you want to eliminate the FLGR, you can also buy a GI spring plug and recoil spring guide to replace the reverse plug and FLGR.

2bigfeet
March 30, 2007, 06:34 PM
Hi Scott,

Being new to 1911's I think I know about half of what your talking about. But if I'm hearing you, I'm better off staying with what I have rather than going for convenience...?

farscott
March 30, 2007, 08:15 PM
Guide rods are a matter of preference; there is no right or wrong.

A few thoughts:

1) Many people only use the GI spring plug and guide in a carry gun. That way the gun can be cycled by shoving the slide against something. Others dislike the additional effort it takes to field strip and reassemble the gun with a FLGR in place. My personal carry guns, all 1911s, do not use FLGRs.

2) FLGRs are a very contentious subject in the 1911 world. Some people swear by them, and others swear at them. A thread mentioning FLGRs usually gets lots of discussion. Personally, I have noticed no issues caused or fixed by them. I have noted that some guns seem to cycle more smoothly with them in place. I have also noted that oil on the threads of a two-piece FLGR will cause the rod to unscrew in a range session.

3) Have fun with your 1911.

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