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Old 01-17-2014, 12:05 PM   #11
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Well, the model I went with has one (Springfield Loaded). I read a 2012 article from a professional shooter yesterday that was admiring this model, and said it was the tightest 1911 he owns (many).

But he also stated the same thing everyone here is saying. He did not think the full length rods made a difference on today's guns.
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I have a Spinco full length guide rod I put in my Sig 1911. I actually find it easier to disassemble because I can remove the slide as one piece. I also can completely reassemble the slide and then put it back on the frame. It like every other semi I've owned. My h&k's, sigs, glocks, and fn. It's just familiar to me now.
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This is how it looks when I take it a part.

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Does this rod need to be unscrewed then?
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I have a Spinco full length guide rod I put in my Sig 1911. I actually find it easier to disassemble because I can remove the slide as one piece. I also can completely reassemble the slide and then put it back on the frame. It like every other semi I've owned. My h&k's, sigs, glocks, and fn. It's just familiar to me now.
That's an interesting perpective. Almost all modern non 1911 semi-auto's have full length guide rods. So maybe the question is why NOT have one? They don't all seem harder to field strip (the non tool ones). And the fact of the matter is that most likely a very large majority of 1911 owners won't really have the need to quick strip their guns anyway?
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True that most may not have the need to quick strip their 1911 ' s but I can't see how having the ability to do so would be a bad thing.
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I have a Spinco full length guide rod I put in my Sig 1911. I actually find it easier to disassemble because I can remove the slide as one piece. I also can completely reassemble the slide and then put it back on the frame. It like every other semi I've owned. My h&k's, sigs, glocks, and fn. It's just familiar to me now.
I do the same with my 1911, but I don't have a FLGR. It's just how you learn to disassemble them. Some prefer one way, some another.
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I've had them both ways never noticed a difference. I certainly don't agree with the logic that if JMB had wanted it there it would have been there logic. We have all kinds of things on the 1911 that weren't on the original. We have improved sights, palm swells,flat or curved main spring housings, checkering on the front of the grip, extended and ambi safeties.
It wasn't logic, RJ, it was humor...
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I have an officers w/o one and a combat elite w a Tungsten FLGR. If you are building a performance piece - I think it used to be called class A limited or was it unlimited ? Anyway, you could modfiy anything within the gun but could not add recoil compensators etc.

The weight fwd adds a few ounces but only helps incrementally. Between the FLGR and the customs bushing - (wrench absolutely necessary) it's a PIA to break down.

I paid $65 from Wilson Combat for the Tungsten 1 piece rod in early 90's - not sure they make this piece anymore.

If I can get some extra cash, I might buy WC's original guide rod, spring, plug to try and "quantify" the difference.
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I'm currently doing a custom build, and opted for the original style. I've had both, and haven't noticed a difference in cycling or anything like that. The reason I went with the original style is, I once read in a self defense blog, that if one of your arms is rendered unusable in the heat of battle, your able to use a corner or the edge of a table to rack your slide. With a full length guide rod you can't, or at least it would be more difficult. A silly reason I know, but it kinda stuck in my head. I do find the original style a little easier to take down.
They just came out w a rear sight that is designed to "catch" on surfaces to rack the slide. I know how strange facts or opinions can somehow "stick" in your mind.

I once saw a video of this round disk that was fitted to bushing and by twisting you could remove bushing while catching spring n plug. Same w reassembly. Can't find it again for love nor money. Tried to Goggle it & got a ton of responses. It didn't seem to matter if you had a FLGR or not w this device. Wish I had written the co name down.
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