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Problems with steel guide rod: GLOCK

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by KBintheSLC, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Well-Known Member

    I recently picked up a stainless steel guide rod and spring assembly from "Glockstore" (made by Glockmeister) for my G26. So I am wondering, has anyone had any problems with this product or by using steel guide rods in general?

    I know that many recommend against steel rods for little Kel-Tec p32's as they can accelerate wear on the slide hole, the seating notch for the back of the rod in the lower frame, and the tip of the barrel which strikes the rod.

    If you have been using a steel rod in your Glock for a significant amount of time, will you please share your experience? Pros and Cons.

  2. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    And why did you purchase a steel recoil rod assembly for your G26?
  3. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Well-Known Member

    To avoid this. I hear that it happens from time to time. To add a touch of weight to the muzzle.

  4. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    According to the link, the shooter was using +P ammo:
    Therefore higher BANG!
  5. mes228

    mes228 Well-Known Member


    Just trust Glock and you'll have a more reliable pistol, a more durable pistol. Leave it alone, they know what they are doing. They do not build guns to fail. No matter what anyone tells you, put your confidence in the builder. Glock will tell you if theres something wrong with your pistol that needs replacing. Then they will do it free.
  6. AndyC

    AndyC Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't drink anyone's kool-aid so deeply that I'm going to rely on them to tell me when there's a problem with my firearm.
  7. R&J

    R&J Well-Known Member

    It Should Be Okay...

    Many people swap out the guide rod/recoil spring for a stainless or tungsten aftermarket model.

    Captured or non-captured, aftermarket units let you experiment with spring weights on the same rod, as well. This is part of the fine tuning process for many competitive shooters.

    I use a stainless guide rod and 22 lb. spring on my G21 when shooting 10 mm with a KKM Conversion Barrel. I do this to offset the slightly lighter slide on the G21, and to absorb excess recoil from the hot Double Taploads I like to shoot. The set up is reliable with most 10 mm ammos.

    One Check: With a bright light, loook between the dust cover and slide bottom, and manually draw back the slide all the way. The spring coils, flat or round, should not fully compress before the slide is fully retracted. Some springs won't fully compress at all. If the coils compress before the slide is all the way back, your pistol is needlessly taking a pounding.

  8. Robert Hairless

    Robert Hairless Well-Known Member

    I installed the Glockmeister recoil assembly in my Glock 27 a few years ago after the factory assembly broke during a range session. In my range sessions I use only Winchester white box ammunition except for periodic practice with Winchest SXT LE ammunition.

    The Glockmeister part has worked well for me in that pistol for several thousand rounds since then. I'll keep it.

    Glock did send me a replacement factory part.
  9. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    If the standard guide rod ever breaks in mine, I might try one.

    I would not worry about a steel guide rod causing wear on the pistol. The Glock is in a little different league than the Kel-Tec. ;)
  10. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Well-Known Member

    This is true but it is not a viable excuse if that's what you are going at. The Glock is designed for +P. Using it should not be a problem. Also, with such a short barrel in the G26, it is a good idea to use +P to ensure proper velocity/expansion.

    My main concern for posting the thread was more in the realm of... has your Glock's reliability suffered by using a steel rod? Particularly, the one mentioned above.
  11. Robert Hairless

    Robert Hairless Well-Known Member

    Perhaps I should have mentioned that I also put a Glockmeister recoil assembly (which is steel) in my Glock 26 and that it works reliably too.

    I shoot these guns a lot.
  12. ftierson

    ftierson Member.

    Because I'm really anal that way, I put aside a couple of stainless captured spring units for both my Glock 17 and my Glock 21...

    And I continue to shoot the pistols with their factory springs and plastic guide rods...

    But I sleep better knowing that I have stainless replacements if needed...

    Again, I have them, if needed...


  13. stevelyn

    stevelyn Well-Known Member

    Uncle Gaston designed it correctly adding anything other than night sights just mucks up a perfectly reliable pistol.
  14. RTFM

    RTFM member

    I think we missed something here.....

    Your getting your inital information from a site that is called:


    (Game Gossip)

    Am I the only one suspecting a mall ninjas at work - with his +p+++ super 7 slick purple eagle amunition?

    KBintheSLC - I would think the information at Game Gossip to be less than accurate when it comes to fire arms, take any information you read there at your own risk.

    Or should I say it this way:

    kB1N+hE5LC - 1 w0UlD THINk THE iNfORm@+10n @+ G@m3 go55Ip tO B3 L35$ +HAN @CcUr4Te WHEn I+ C0ME$ To PhirE @Rm5, TAk3 4Ny 1nF0rM@t1ON j00 R3@D tH3R3 4t j00R 0Wnzor rI$K.

    TOADMAN Well-Known Member

    For self defense, I prefer stock Glocks.. If it ain't broke, why fix it?
  16. 1557

    1557 Well-Known Member

    The Glocks should be run with stock parts.They won't fail(rarely) just the way they come out of the box.The only thing that may need changing are the sights and even this is not entirely necessary unless you want night sights.
  17. BossHog

    BossHog Active Member

    I have a stainless guide rod assembly and heavier (20#) spring in my G33 because I feel that the stock assembly is under-sprung at 17# for the 357SIG cartridge.
  18. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    Tungsten, captured guide rod and 22 pound recoil spring in a G23, here. If you ask me, increased +4 lb. recoil springs should come standard in all .40s that are built on 9mm frames. I'm not going to fire even a single round more through my Kahr MK40 until I've saved up for a steel guide rod and Wolff 24.5 pound recoil springs for it.

    No problems with the tungsten guide rod. And for some inexplicable reason, I can no longer limp-wrist the gun when trying to induce a malfunction. You'd think a heavier spring would have the opposite effect, but no. I could still get limp-wrist malfunctions with the stock 18 pound spring on the tungsten rod, so it's not the extra ounce.

    Some people claim that an aftermarket guide rod will eliminate the squeaking when you rack the slide, but this is not the case in my experience. I don't mind the squeak, though.
  19. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

  20. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    I tried a stainless steel guide rod in my Glock 34.
    It dramatically changed point of impact/point of aim.

    I now stick with factory guide rod/spring assemblies and replace them every three thousand rounds.

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