Guide rod on Ruger LC 9

Discussion in 'Ruger Handgun Forum' started by widowmaker, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. widowmaker

    widowmaker New Member

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    The guide rod on my LC 9 looks to be plastic. If it is, is there a steel replacement? Has anyone had trouble with it yet?
    This is going to be my primary carry gun and I want it reliable as possible.
     
  2. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    why do you believe a steel guide rod will be any more reliable than a plastic one? just curious.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I've been swapping out steel guide rods for plastic ones when I can... less weight is a good thing. I've never ever heard of any failure from plastic guide rods. I HAVE heard of issues with steel ones getting bent and causing difficult cycling or just locking the gun up.
     
  4. widowmaker

    widowmaker New Member

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    I don't know if a plastic guide rod is better or worse than a steel one. That's why I asked the question.
    I just wondered if anyone has had an issue with it.
    I haven't shot this pistol very much yet and would like any feedback I can get.
    Thanks guys
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    They work just fine. My wife has 500 rounds through her lc9 no issues
     
  6. John_Deer

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    Quite often the plastic guide rod is more reliable than a metal guide rod. I have had recoil springs wear down and slip over the head of a metal guide rod, binding the action. I have never had the recoil spring wear out a plastic guide rod. I have replaced a plastic guide rod because it was showing signs of wear, never because my gun was malfunctioning.

    The long nail like part of the guide rod seldom wears out. The head of the guide rod is always the culprit.
     
  7. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    its not Plastic! It's Polymer! I have close to 1500 rounds in just over 2 years thru mine, and only thing I have done besides Taking On and Back Off a side mounted Laser,...a new set of springs....which it did not even NEED....


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  8. Pasquanel

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    Whatever, 1911's have used metal guide rods for over 100 years with no problems any of my guns that had plastic, sorry polymer now have SS guide rods and they function just fine! If you're happy with your plas....err polymer guide rods I'm happy with you its kind of like when the cat lapped his butt hey "to each his own"! These guns come with plastic guide rods first and for-most because they're cheaper and they are also lighter and they work! They also bend and flex and chafe, but in reality the rest of the polymer frame will probably give out first;)
     
  9. SSGN_Doc

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    The only plastic guide rod I saw fail was in a Glock that was shot for 1000 rounds straight and got hot enough that the guide rod head failed and the guide rod left the gun. The pistol continued to run without it for the final few mags.

    Plastic is polymer, but not all polymer is plastic. Guide rods are not extremely expensive. They just guide a spring. With a lot of the flat wound springs they are a bit less stressed and even maybe less critical to preventing binding than when used with a wire coil spring.
     
  10. John_Deer

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    It is not a clip it is a magazine!

    I own a Glock, it is not made of polymer. The Glock is made of Gaston's Fantastic Plastic. I even have a Fantastic Plastic holster for the Glock.
     
  11. John_Deer

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    The indians used stone arrowheads that are still usable a thousand years later. The indians were slaughtered by guns that would only last a few hundred rounds without something breaking.
     
  12. DrFootball

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    I never say "Clip" so you must be calling someone else out.
    If the Glock works for you,..Mazel Tov....


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    Last edited: Apr 30, 2014
  13. oO_Rogue_Oo

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  14. grandpubba

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    I have a synthetic(polymer) guide rod in one of my pistols, the recoil/guide rod was one assembly, on mine the spring failed and started digging into the guide rod creating issues with cycling.

    S&W sent out one for free, they stated on average figure 1000 rounds before replacing, i probably had close to 7-8k rounds.

    Don't be afraid of it. It will function just fine.
     
  15. widowmaker

    widowmaker New Member

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the feedback.
    I got this LC 9 to replace my PD95 as a carry gun.
    It's smaller, lighter and just as effective I believe.
     
  16. DrFootball

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    One of the 3 or 4 best Guns In its class Catagory. I have mine just a bit over 2 years, with close to 1500 rounds through it. All I have done is change the Spring, and add a laser which I take off and put back on as I please, and 2 of my extra Mags( of 6 total) are the Ext. 9 rounders.


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  17. MoHawk

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    I have the Galloway Precision stainless steel guide rod and the 20lbs recoil springs in my LC9. I like it better than stock and trust it a bit more too.
     
  18. DrFootball

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    Keep in mind: the cleaner you keep her the better she runs. But with that, I have had less then 10 FTF's/FTE's in almost 1500 rounds. Keep the chamber and feed ramp as shiny like new as you can. She does feed HP 's but some hang up here and there, esp. The Remington Golden Sabers, due to the wide opening in the tip,.HP's that aren't as wide don't cause feeding problems. Rounds like the Hornady Critical Defense & Duty run fine. So do Fiocchi's, Federals' and a few others. Also get either a few of the ext. Mags, or the rubber overgrip for it,..it makes a difference..


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