Sig stainless guide rod worth it?

Sig stainless guide rod worth it?

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    Sig stainless guide rod worth it?

    It comes with a plastic guide rod. I noticed on the Sig site that they have a replacement stainless version.

    Do they have a problem with the plastic ones, or are they just for looks?
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    Which Sig are you talking about? All of mine are metal.
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    The stock rod is not actually plastic, I don't think, but it is light and has a peculiar finish. The stock rod is hollow (which makes it so light), and the stainless steel rod you see on their web site is solid.

    I have never shot one with a solid guide rod, so I don't know why they are there. The stock guide rod is just fine for me. It could just be a weight thing to keep the barrel down during recoil. *shrug*
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Which Sig are you talking about? All of mine are metal.
    New 220R Equinox. It is hollow, and I guess it could be metal, just thought it was plastic.

    If I am wrong and it is plastic, that doesn't mean I have to get a High Point now do I?

    I really like this pistol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryD View Post

    If I am wrong and it is plastic, that doesn't mean I have to get a High Point now do I?




    heck no.
    I'm 99% sure its metal.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    My 229 has a hollow guide rod that looks/feels sorta cheap, but even with 3k+ rounds through it, just some finish wear. I'd think you ought to be fine.

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    Are you talking about the Stainless steel guide rods made by Steve?
    BEAUTIFUL pieces of machine work. They do add a bit of worthwhile weight out front.

    Steve Bedair Stainless Guide Rods for Handguns


    My SIG guide rods are hollow, sealed, Stainless & filled with liquid Mercury.
    Just try to find yerself one of those now-a-days.

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    Worth it? Depends on the individual. Personally, I believe in the solid guide rod in every pistol I have. I have this one for my P220R Sig Sauer magazines, Sig Sauer parts and Sig Sauer accessories at Top Gun Supply
    Better price than the SIG factory, and this supplier is very fast with shipping. I actually ordered mine with an 18lb spring. It will also come with a firing pin spring. It is the Bedair rod. The SIG factory is a hollow carbon steel rod with 20lb spring on mine. They changed this somewhat recently as the OEM spring in the P220's used to be 16lb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    My SIG guide rods are hollow, sealed, Stainless & filled with liquid Mercury.
    Just try to find yerself one of those now-a-days.
    Lucky fish poop on the bottom of the sea. I have a pair for my G19s. I don't know about "recoil reduction" per se, but recovery is a bit faster.

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    I have Bedair guide rods on my SIG's... they're the kind of quality SIG should have included in the first place and they look great.

    I think Top Gun is the best place to get them from too!
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    20,000+ rounds, standard guide rod, no problems. Not in any hurry to fix something that, for me, certainly isn't broken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Are you talking about the Stainless steel guide rods made by Steve?
    BEAUTIFUL pieces of machine work. They do add a bit of worthwhile weight out front.

    Steve Bedair Stainless Guide Rods for Handguns


    My SIG guide rods are hollow, sealed, Stainless & filled with liquid Mercury.
    Just try to find yerself one of those now-a-days.
    I have one of Steve's guide rods and I have an issue I need to talk to Steve about. The base on the SS guide rod he sold me is thicker than sig specifications (P239 .40). After about 150-200 shots the base of the rod was chewed up pretty bad. Leading me to believe this was a little to much out of spec and most likely very stressfull on the frame of the gun. Comparing it to the Sig guide rod there is no metal damage whatsoever other than some of the coating has worn off. Needless to say I have re-installed the Sig factory guide rod. I will be contacting Steve to see if he makes guide rods with thinner bases and more to Sig specs.

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    I've got one of Steve's as well on my P239SAS .40 and have no issues at all. Maybe you got an oops. I'm sure he'll make it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prawls View Post
    I've got one of Steve's as well on my P239SAS .40 and have no issues at all. Maybe you got an oops. I'm sure he'll make it right.
    Steve is making it right! He's sending me another guide rod with a thinner base, more like the factory spec rod that came with the 239. I really liked the cosmetics of Bedair guide rods and did not want to put the factory black hollow rod back in. We'll see how this works out. A very nice guy to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    The SIG factory [guide rod] is a hollow carbon steel rod [...]
    That would explain the strange finish! Thanks, Ram Rod.
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