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Dr. Marneaus 06-29-2009 09:12 PM

another quick guide rod question
I recently picked up a full length 2 piece guide rod and a heavier recoil spring for my 1911 to help with some FTF issues I was having.

the gun functions way better now, it feeds perfectly and feels a lot more crisp when firing and cycling. However, i have a question.

What do those of you with a 2 peice guide rod do to keep it from coming un screwed while fireing? After a mag, mine will be loose and i have to tighten it down with my fingers.

I've read of some people shortening the rod so that they can still depress the end cap enough to remove the barrel bushing like normal, and just putting loctite on the threads (essentially making it a 1 piece full length rod) but i'm not sure if that's the best idea.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks folks!

Dillinger 06-30-2009 07:43 PM

I am bumping this up so someone else can take a crack at it.

I only have ( 1 ) 2 piece guide rod and that is in my Big Thunder II project. With that big 24# spring compressed under it, it never comes loose on it's own.

I am afraid I am of no help on this one..... :confused:


matt g 06-30-2009 08:24 PM

Blue Loctite? Fingernail polish?

matt g 06-30-2009 08:59 PM

Another option is to use soft jawed pliers to snug it down tighter. A good substitute would be electrical tape around the jaws of a couple pairs of Channel Locks.

masterPsmith 07-01-2009 03:26 AM

Properly tightened it won't come loose. Turn it down until it stops, then turn just slightly (approx 5 minutes on a clock and no more). It should not come loose...


Dr. Marneaus 07-01-2009 04:46 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the quick replies.

I've tried tightening it down all the way but there doesn't seem to be any where to go past when it stops turning, but i'll try my best to snug it down tighter.

Also, I thought about loctite, but wont that be a pain every time i go to clean the gun? unless I could depress the end cap enough to remove the barrel bushing, i'd have to break the loctite every time i wanted to do more than take the slide off.

As I mentioned, i've read about folks shortening the rod by a few mm so that they can push down the end cap enough and disassemble the gun like normal, and turning it into a 1 piece, essentially.

robocop10mm 07-01-2009 05:48 PM

Also could be a design issue. The design and manufacturing techniques can be modified to prevent the loosening.

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