Guide Rods

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Capt18, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Capt18

    Capt18 New Member

    The Sig raptor is the only 1911 I own without a guide rod. The gun shoots fine however,I have noticed the groupings are not as consistent as my other 1911's. I
    Have two piece and solid rods on my other 1911's. I also add a shock buff to them. I was told years ago that guide rods stabiize the slide hence the accuracy. Could this be the issue with my groupings?
  2. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    Doubt it. Inconsistant grouping when you shoot other 1911 just fine i would check to make sure the sights arent a little loose. Or the bushing isnt locking the barrel to the slide consistantly the same.

    The only thing mechanically that can cause bad accuracy is inconsistant lockup or loose sights. A guide rod isnt gonnado squat unless the bushing on the guide rode is better fitted.

    My ww2 ithaca 1911a1 rattles like a box of poker chips in a earthquake but it literally puts all the shots in one hole at 10 yards

    I have never seen proof that tight frame to slide fit has anything to do with accuracy if thats the only difference
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2011

  3. AznZOhAn

    AznZOhAn New Member

    Try getting a recoil spring, I had that problem with one of my 1911s. I put in a 22 lbs spring and it shoots like new.
  4. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

    Last edited: Jul 14, 2011
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    The recoil spring guide rod was designed to guide the recoil spring so it would not "kink" when the slide recoiled.

    The only one I have seen that could possibly affect accuracy is the "Group Gripper" (Brownells 965-203-991DH). It has a special link that is pushes up on the barrel when the slide is in battery. An attempt to keep things returning to the same position prior to the next shot.