The 1911 guide rod conundrum

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DaisyCutter, Jun 28, 2016.

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  1. RainDodger

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    If John Moses said, "... didn't think it needed no FLGR", I assume he meant it DID need an FLGR?! :) That's a joke, son.
     
  2. DaisyCutter

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    That's what I concluded. I ordered a GI guide & plug AND a 1-piece FLGR. I'm going to test them out against the OEM 2-piece guide and generate my own first-hand opinion. Other than blasting off and nuking the entire site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

    I'll post my own results once I conclude the test and make a selection.
     
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    I am really eager to read that report
     
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    What brand of one-piece FLGR did you order?
     
  5. DaisyCutter

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    I ordered Wilson hardware, through Brownells.
     
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    Then you need to order a flat wire recoil spring, gi- and full-length 1/4" diameter guide rods for it, and a plug for the new FLGR, just to cover the waterfront, so to speak...

    Andy
     
  7. DaisyCutter

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    https://flic.kr/p/JVh2n9

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    I got my loot. I wanted to see how it all worked. The blue locktite on the OEM Springfield 2-piece guide rod held on good. It took a lot of torque on the Allen wrench to remove it. I wasn't happy with that.

    Then I tried the GI rod and plug. Desktop function was fine. Though this 1911 isn't as smooth with the GI components.

    Then I tried the 1-piece Wilson guide rod. It functions on the desktop fine, and is as smooth as the OEM. Field strip doesn't require a tool either. So far, this is my favorite.

    I'll do a function and accuracy test soon.
     
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    Thanks for the follow up. I'm sold on the Wilson FLGRs but don't have them in all my 1911s, it's just not appropriate for some of them.
    Looking forward to your range report.
     
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