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    guide rod for 1911

    Is it possible to get a standard guide rod that does not come out the end of the slide like the long guide rod on my rock river does? I think it looks cleaner and cooler to pull the slide back and have just the barrel come out. Would I have to have a gunsmith work on it or is it a drop in piece?
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    I'm not gunsmith, but it is an easy swap to make. Just get a replacement plug, recoil spring, and recoil spring guide. Swap them out, should work ok. I hate guide rods in my 1911's
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    Quote Originally Posted by INccwchris View Post
    Is it possible to get a standard guide rod that does not come out the end of the slide like the long guide rod on my rock river does? I think it looks cleaner and cooler to pull the slide back and have just the barrel come out. Would I have to have a gunsmith work on it or is it a drop in piece?
    Ed Brown sells the "GI" recoil spring plug and guide rod (you can get them through Brownells also), you shouldn't need a new spring unless you want one. http://edbrown.com/cgi/htmlos.cgi/00...37229512231965
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    The GI ones are drop in. No gunsmith needed.
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    Ditto OD. Take that full length guide rod and hurl it into the trash can. It serves absolutely no real or useful purpose.

    Here you go - From Brownell's Click The Link.
    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1..._for_1911_AUTO
    Call Brownell's with a phone order and your new drop in parts will be on your doorstep in a few days...satisfaction guaranteed or your money cheerfully refunded.


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    What QKShooter said. $25 or so for new parts from Brownell's restored my TRP to what Saint John intended.

    Anyone want to buy a like-new (unfired) 2-piece guide rod and bushing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    What QKShooter said. $25 or so for new parts from Brownell's restored my TRP to what Saint John intended.

    Anyone want to buy a like-new (unfired) 2-piece guide rod and bushing?
    No thanks, I've got a whole box of 'em that are take-offs as well.

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    In A Pinch...
    If you have a high quality FLGR that is the same rod diameter as the GI - You can hacksaw off the FLGR to the same length as the Mil Spec GI and then nicely round & bevel off the cut and also still use the FLGR recoil spring plug (even though it has a hole in it that will no longer be used) Hints From Heloise. <~~~
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    In A Pinch...
    If you have a high quality FLGR that is the same rod diameter as the GI - You can hacksaw off the FLGR to the same length as the Mil Spec GI and then nicely round & bevel off the cut and also still use the FLGR recoil spring plug (even though it has a hole in it that will no longer be used) Hints From Heloise. <~~~
    And, you can use an empty .45 ACP case as a recoil spring plug.
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    Now that's a new one on me.
    I need to try that just for the heckovit.
    I must have been hiding in a dark cave for a while when somebody discovered that little trick...though I do know that ya can use a Commander recoil spring plug in a full length 1911 but, not the reverse.

    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    And, you can use an empty .45 ACP case as a recoil spring plug.

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    All my 1911's have been converted to a GI rod/plug if they came with a FLGR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    All my 1911's have been converted to a GI rod/plug if they came with a FLGR.
    Any advantage to changing them out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppelin03 View Post
    Any advantage to changing them out?
    Easier to deal with by a maintenance standpoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Now that's a new one on me.
    I need to try that just for the heckovit.
    I must have been hiding in a dark cave for a while when somebody discovered that little trick...though I do know that ya can use a Commander recoil spring plug in a full length 1911 but, not the reverse.
    It's good for an emergency, but I wouldn't dump my stock plugs though.
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    I prefer tool-free takedown. One-handed reloading drills are simplified also...set the plug on a table or board and push forward. Can't do that with a FLGR.
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