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Old 01-16-2013, 3:10 AM
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Default Question about replacing the guide rod in my Glock?

Wanted to know is it a bad idea to go to a stainless steel or tungsten type?
I normally leave things stock but was thinking of changing some things on my Glock.
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Old 01-16-2013, 4:47 AM
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I have a tungsten rod in my 35. Adds a nice bit of weight, but functionally it's the same. I've had no issues in 3k or so rounds.
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Old 01-16-2013, 5:04 AM
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Leave it stock. They cost $8 bucks and should be changed every 5,000 rounds.
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I used a stainless in my G23, It tighten my grouping just a bit.
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Old 01-16-2013, 6:13 AM
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You can use metal guide rods, with factory springs, they won't hurt anything, or help anything either. I run them on my G17L and G34 because the nose cut out is only semi round and it's easier to get the metal one in. And contrary to popular belief I only replace the recoil spring when it gets too weak to close the slide. The G17 on the bottom has over 80,000 miles on it with no new spring.



Stainless guide rod in a LoneWolf G34 upper

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I put one on my G20 and I did not see any noticeable difference.
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You can use metal guide rods, with factory springs, they won't hurt anything, or help anything either. I run them on my G17L and G34 because the nose cut out is only semi round and it's easier to get the metal one in. And contrary to popular belief I only replace the recoil spring when it gets too weak to close the slide. The G17 on the bottom has over 80,000 miles on it with no new spring.
Highlander, are you using Lone Wolf stainless guide rods and if so, do they work okay? Have you had any reliability problems with the removable tip?
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I would leave it as is no need to change it
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I've been debating the tungsten for some added weight on my G21, but since everyone selling parts is SLAMMED right now I'll just wait and work on fundamentals.
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leave it stock, purchase a spare stock unit for future use if you got a itchy wallet.
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Stock rocks!
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Highlander, are you using Lone Wolf stainless guide rods and if so, do they work okay? Have you had any reliability problems with the removable tip?
They work fine, you can use the factory springs or ISMI flat wound springs, and the tip does not come off. Like I said, I only use them on my G34 and G17L because the counter bore which meets the front of the guide rod is not 360 degrees like a G17.
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I have a stainless steel guide rod with the OEM spring in my G17.

I added it to put a little more weight up front. No issues in 2K+ rounds
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Just buy two or three factory guide rods and be set for life
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Just buy one steel guide rod and be set for life. The stock ones do work fine tho.
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I do have a tungsten rod guide in my Glock 34, with a factory weight 17 pound recoil spring. To be perfectly honest, I do not know if it really makes much of a difference. There is no question that it is significantly heavier than the stock plastic one. Does it make a difference, I really don’t know, although I haven’t tried to do any sort of real test. The theory is that more weight up front should cause the barrel to raise a bit less in recoil and recover faster. Perhaps it does, but I guess I am just not able to notice the difference, with the range ammunition I use.

Now having said that, it works just fine and is 100% reliable, (around 12,000+ rounds with no issues) so if you have a few extra bucks to burn, why not. It certainly does not hurt anything.

I try to make it out to the range at least once a week and go through on average 200 rounds per session.

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Stock for me, bought some extras just in case.
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