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Full-length guide rod for 1911? Yea or nay?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by firearms_instructor, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. firearms_instructor

    firearms_instructor Well-Known Member

    I got a full-length guide with my Colt Gold Cup when I bought it. Is it worth the extra hassle incurred during field stripping? The guy at the gunshop said it made the pistol lock up faster and tighter. True or BS?

    I'ts so much easier to assemble and disassemble the GC without the guide rod in it, I've just been wondering if the guide rod is really "all that".
  2. sm

    sm member


    Replace with GI stubby style.

    Use the FLGR as a hinge pin for a gate - these tend to work quite well for such purposes.
  3. firearms_instructor

    firearms_instructor Well-Known Member

    Do you mean the original standard recoil spring plug? Yes, I have it, it's what's in there now. I take it from your reply that FLGRs are worthless?
  4. sm

    sm member

    In a defensive / combat pistol - yes, worthless.
    I'm not real fond of them for range, gaming or plinking either.

    In this forum do a search ( below and right is "search this forum" feature )
    Discussions get heated on some subjects, see usernames Tuner, Old Fuff for starters.

  5. Badger Arms

    Badger Arms Well-Known Member

    I had Wild West guns install my Beavertail years ago. Had them put a full-length guide rod on at that time also. I haven't looked back... REALLY nice setup. The gun feels smoother and the extra weight up front certainly seems to help. I didn't have a chance to observe the gun before and after objectively as they did a trigger job and beavertail at the same time. All I can say is that I like mine. Takedown is a snap. I'd get a one-piece if I had it to do over again, though.
  6. Josey

    Josey member

    Odd. I have one in my CCW 1911, my M1991A1 and they are deensive/combat pistols. They aid in accuracy and add a slight weight. I like them.
  7. Hal

    Hal Well-Known Member

    The flgr in my Kimber unscrewed a little and tied the gun up 100%.

    Doubt if I'd have one in a carry gun where it could get jostled.

    Don't mind it in the bedroom gun that just sits there though.

    Funny thing is the potential unscrewing issue dosn't bother me as much as having to use a plastic tool to take it down does. I really like the ease of pushing the button on my Commander (w/out the flgr) better.
  8. Treylis

    Treylis Well-Known Member

    I have a FLGR in my carry gun. I kinda like the extra weight on the barrel end, reduces muzzle flip a bit.
  9. Boats

    Boats member

    Count me in the "FLGRs are worthless" camp. Somehow, 1911A1 combat pistols made it for decades without that useless appendage, and I still think the reasons given for it are bunk.

    Perhaps someone could expound on why, on a 1911 with a well fitted bushing, the FLGR would improve accuracy? The ones I have seen certainly don't aid in functioning. They do complicate the field strip. Any effect on "muzzle flip" on a five inch specimen has to be negligible at best unless the rod is made of depleted uranium.:rolleyes:

    I should have saved the five I have taken out of various 1911s and sold them on eBay or something. I just never knew there was a market for extraneous pistol garbage.:evil:
  10. 12 Volt Man

    12 Volt Man Well-Known Member

    I am not sure that they are worthless yet.
    I know that I am not fond of the two piece one that is in my Springfield Loaded. You need an allen wrench to take it out. I think I would much rather have a one piece.
  11. John Forsyth

    John Forsyth Well-Known Member

    This is one of those subjects that has been beat to death. Along with do or not like forward cocking serrations.

    There are basically two camps. One, they are useless and only take money out of your pocket. And two, they keep the spring from binding and add a little weight to the front of the gun.

    Whatever. It's your pistol, do what you want with it.
  12. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Well-Known Member

    It's just strange that most other guns I see have a full length guide rod.

    I haven't seen problems with well made FLGR or short stubby ones that fit correctly in the 1911. Whichever you want, as long as it works.
  13. fix

    fix Well-Known Member

    Is it a 9mm or a .45ACP?

    Does it have forward slide serrations?

    Front strap checkering?

    It is essential that I know the answers to these questions before I can assist you. :D
  14. halvey

    halvey Well-Known Member

    I like it for a target gun. Keeps the muzzle flip down a bit. If I carried a gov't 1911, I'd probably not use one to keep the weight down.
  15. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    I never understood the reasoning behind the binding story. Where is there room for the spring to bind and why haven't they been binding all these years before the FLRG?
  16. Black Snowman

    Black Snowman Well-Known Member

    I'm not convinced a FLGR has any signifigant advantages. In my Delta Elite I replaced the wierd factory double springs and plastic guide with a Wolff spring and standard metal guide rod. Runs like a champ and didn't cost an arm and a leg either.
  17. Badger Arms

    Badger Arms Well-Known Member

    Binding springs are not just binding, they bear unevenly on the barrel, putting it in a slightly different spot each time you fire. This is small and insignificant on most guns and as you point out, a fitted bushing is probably a better way to go. Problem is, fittend bushings and tight barrels rob more from reliability than a full-length guide rod ever will.
  18. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    Nope i find them more of a pain i like the short stubby GI style
  19. firearms_instructor

    firearms_instructor Well-Known Member


    "Is it a 9mm or a .45ACP?" - .45, of course. This pistol replaced a 9mm (Largo, Star Modelo Super).

    "Does it have forward slide serrations?" - Nope.

    "Front strap checkering?" - Nope.

    "It is essential that I know the answers to these questions before I can assist you." - Thank you kindly, sir. Of course it's important to have all the hardware and software specs for proper troubleshooting.

    It's a Mark IV Series '80 stainless steel Gold Cup with a Hogue rubber wraparound grip and a Wilson Combat extended slide release for my short thumb. And when the roll pin broke on the Elliason rear sight I replaced it with a section of 1/16" drill bit. Other than that, it's box-stock. I currently have the original standard recoil spring plug in it, I don't like having to use a special tool for disassembly.
  20. fix

    fix Well-Known Member

    There's your answer.


    bountyhunter posted a neat trick that works around this problem here . I have seen it done, and it works like a charm. I just don't care that much for the FLGR anyway.

    Seriously, this really is like a debate over forward slide serrations in that it boils down to personal preference more than functional advantage/disadvantage.

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