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Old 10-18-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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I have been shooting a 1911 for many, many moons now and have a newbie question:

What is the advantage of a full length guide rod?
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:39 PM   #2
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None.

You only need a flg if your using a recoil spring above 20lbs. At that point it helps to keep it from binding. Below that it serves no purpose.
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There is psychological advantage.

A loose pistol will feel somewhat more precise and smooth when racking the slide.
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Thanks for the answers.

The reason I asked is, my son bought a used .45 that had a lot of bells and whistles added and this was one. The slide had been sticking at full recoil and after a bunch of trial and error I found that the FGR was slightly bent. I managed to straigten it and changed to a known spring (16# Wolff) and the gun operates fine now. It was my gut feeling just to go back to the original spring and guide rod if there was no advantage to the FGR.

My son's .45 is kind of interesting in that it is a Remington Rand slide on a Randall frame. (a real bargain at a gun show) We figure in time we can find the matching slide and frame to make two nice .45s.
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Jon nailed it, if you are shooting standard .45 ACP loads you have no need for anything other than the standard GI guide rod.
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I have been shooting a 1911 for many, many moons now and have a newbie question:

What is the advantage of a full length guide rod?
You can drill a hole in it and use it to take down the rod, spring, and reverse plug as a captive assembly. You never have to fight a recoil spring again.
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You only need a flg if your using a recoil spring above 20lbs. At that point it helps to keep it from binding. Below that it serves no purpose.
What he said. I have both in several guns and I can't tell any advantages to one or the other.
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I actually needed to figure this one out for myself since it's a personal choice. I
Shot with my flgr, 150 rounds, and then disassembled and put on the GI guide rod, 150 rounds, and then AGAIN flgr 100 rounds... Result? NO difference on my shooting. For some
Psychological reason it seemed to feel smoother
With the flgr but I shot pretty much the same. Going
With the GI guide rod for easy stripping
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The reason there is no difference in accuracy is because the 1911 locks up on the barrel bushing and the locking lugs cut in the barrel hood at the top rear of the slide and top of the chamber. The guide rod and spring doesnt play any part of the accuracy equation.
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I just think it's psychology plays the most part for Newbie
Shooters including myself ^^
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