How many change their plastic guide rod for steel

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by Eric76, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Eric76

    Eric76 New Member

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    I love my new Glock 19 the only thing I considerd was the guide rod. How many of you guys have switched to SS or something else and what do you think? Im up in the air on rather or not to put a SS one in. No change to the spring weight, just a SS rod captured with factory weight spring.
     
  2. Eric76

    Eric76 New Member

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    Thanks for the input. When I 1st started looking into it ,I think I got sucked in to the internet talk about this being necessary. I think Im with you it is designed that way so , its probably better than adding a harder heavier rod. Besides I am more accurate with this weapon ,than any other I've shot ,the way it is right out of the box (Why should I change a good thing?).I thought if someone made a good point to me about steel I would listen.
     

  3. indyfan

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    Here's a list of things my local Glock Armorer advised I should upgrade on my G19

    Trigger
    slide release
    mag release
    Spring
     
  4. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    I've been a Glock Armorer and Transitional Law Enforcement Instructor since 1989, and still use the factory Glock plastic guide rods in my 9mm's. Never had a problem of any kind.

    Though I do have a Harrts Recoil Reducing system that I keep in my .357Sig top end, with a beefed up spring.

    Your G19 is GTG for several thousand rds with that spring and guide rod.
     
  5. DrumJunkie

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    Back when I had a Glock I did change the rod for a steel one. But it was more about wanting a different spring (was breaking all the rules with some reloaded ammo and it was a litttle hot). I have never heard of one of the plastic guide rods failing. They sure look like they might but it just never seems to happen so I guess they are plenty stout enough.

    I am no Glock fan for reasons of my own. But you can not dispute that they work just like they come out of the box. For what a Glock is built for they fill that need quite well. If you have one and you are not having any issues from your plastic rod then leave it be. Save the money for ammo to scare your neighbors :eek:.
     
  6. Eric76

    Eric76 New Member

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    Im thinking the same thing , I should just change it when im supposed to (i think its 7000 rds in the manual) and at this rate that will be a long time.....
    By the way I love your signature,which would you say we are right now? Im leaning toward the former....
     
  7. ElvisIsDead

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    Being the new kid on the block here I don't want to rock the boat quite yet. I'll do plenty of that once my feet are planted better here on the forum but I do have to ask something. How much money did you spend doing all these upgrades? Was the Glock Armorer who suggested you do all this the same one you paid to do it? Does performing these upgrades void your warranty? I don't know much about Glocks so I may be wrong. I'm an older guy from the old school shooting style where guns are made of metal. Plastic guns to me are something I buy my grandchildren, they fill them with water and squirt each other in the yard. Give me a Smith & Wesson, Ruger or Colt .357 magnum or a 1911 anyday.

    I don't intend this series of questions to insult anyone but to me it just makes more sense to buy a gun that came with all these upgrades standard from the factory even if you have to spend a little more money. An I just being a crazy old koot?
     
  8. M14sRock

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    No insult here, and you don't seem like a "Crazy old coot".

    Changing those parts is personal taste, but not necesary at all. Personally I hate the extended slide stops (on anything), especially on Glocks. And I find the factory plastic recoil guide to be outstanding, and easy. My Glocks do all sport smooth triggers. Doing these upgrades, if desired, would run about $50.

    For comparison, just putting a good slide stop in a 1911 will cost more than half of that.
     
  9. StanDJ77

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    I heard the steel guide spring rod helps with recoil. Other than that and being more durable, the stocked one should be suffice. Me personally, the rod would be the only thing i would change. I examined the glock and the mag, slide release, and slide stop all seemed just fine for me:)
     
  10. Eric76

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    That was really the only reason I considered the SS rod was to control the muzzle flip but I been able to do that more and more as I practice so I dont think Ill be changing it..Do you own a glock and have experience with the SS. Just curious if it helped the muzzle flip at all. I was told by a armorer for Glock who know his guns to leave it alone so if Im not gaining anything Ill leave it alone. As for all the other options, I like the gun as is , no other changes to mine.. Just played with the idea of changing the rod.People like the trigger job though. I know alot of glock owners have the trigger job done.Ill worry about that later...
     
  11. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    With the right grip/technique you won't have any muzzle flip with a G19. Recoil will be straight back.
     
  12. Neophyte1

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    Chopped n Blocked

    G37; Sir we agree:) Why can I not ? ? any and all parts as I wish. hmmm
    on the last 327 with high compression Holly 6 barrel; with flo master hmmm
    It sir; was my dime:

    Glock???? mods include????
    Remingtons??? mods include???
    Ruger ?? mods include??
    Smith ? mods include?
    Mosin mods include

    With an endeavor; hmmm
    Reloading : = mods?????
    Scope: = mods????
    Sights: = mods
    It all becomes a step in time:); which step?; is mine to enjoy :):)
     
  13. indyfan

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    First it starts with the Guide Rod, then next thing you know you got this

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  14. Dizzll

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    Damn I don't use my G19 hardly at all anymore, where can I get that setup?
     
  15. Ralphhster

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    I have a pot load of Glocks and use them everyday---business,fun, and competition---I have had nothing but the best of luck with ALL of them--- A N D ---none have had need for modifications ! Other than the darn Gen 4s , they seem to need a little TLC to function well !
     
  16. Snubshooter

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    I like the factory extended slide release, more comfy for me to use. I also use steel guide rods in my G34 and target G17 but my G20 has the factory plastic as does my SHTF G17 and my G30. Both types work, the steel rods are more accurate so it comes down to personal taste, need, and use.
     
  17. Patrick Sperry

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    Change the spring..?

    Granted, my 20 is a bit old, but I sure do not remember anything about changing the spring per so many rounds down the spout in the manual. Mine has close to 100 K through it, and everything works just fine.

    Dumb question; how do you tell which generation a pistol is?
     
  18. IXLR8

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    Its simple... If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    There are tens of thousands of shooters that never have a problem with the plastic rod.
     
  19. Snubshooter

    Snubshooter New Member

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    P Sperry- The Glock generations are denoted by the grip shapes and caliber introduction, IE: True 1st gens are G17s w/18 round mags and really pebbly round grips, however the first G19s have the first frame contour change (less pebbly, no finger grooves, faux grip panels) there are internal differences as well (slight). For more try Glock Talk they may have pics for you to compare changes. ENJOY
     
  20. hunter Joe

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    Just remember boys and girls, anything you add to your Glock other than factory parts negates the warranty. I inquired about the use of the steel guide rod at my Glock armorer re-sert class on Wednesday and it was confirmed, Gaston don't like any other parts in his Glocks.