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1 piece vs 2 piece guide rods

This is a discussion on 1 piece vs 2 piece guide rods within the M1911 forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; Dear people who know much more about 1911s than I ever will, My new (and only) 1911 is an SA Lightweight Operator. It has a ...


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Old 06-18-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
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1 piece vs 2 piece guide rods

Dear people who know much more about 1911s than I ever will,

My new (and only) 1911 is an SA Lightweight Operator. It has a one piece guide rod. I may be opening a can of worms by asking this question, but,

1. What are the advantages of a one piece guide rod?
2. What are the disadvantages of a one piece guide rod? (dissassembly comes right to mind)
3. How does one "convert" a one piece guide rod to a two piece guide rod?
4. What would the advantage be of doing #3

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Old 06-18-2008, 12:25 PM   #2
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Now is it 1 short piece or a short piece then a longer piece that screws into it..with like a hex head.

or 1 full length piece
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Now is it 1 short piece or a short piece then a longer piece that screws into it..with like a hex head. or 1 full length piece
The guide rod it came with is a one piece though it is really two - one screws into the other with a hex head.

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Old 06-19-2008, 07:05 PM   #4
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A one piece guide rod is designed to limit the spring movement. Picture a slinky, and how it can bend in the middle. With a rod down the middle the spring is prevented from twisting out of the plane.
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I think youl find the one you have more convenient for cleaning purposes....it acts as a one piece rod when together (stability, prevents binding) but is easily loosened and removed for cleaning.

id let it ride
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Old 06-20-2008, 01:18 AM   #6
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I think youl find the one you have more convenient for cleaning purposes....it acts as a one piece rod when together (stability, prevents binding) but is easily loosened and removed for cleaning.

id let it ride
Makes sense to me.

Thank you for taking the time to answer. I appreciate the advice.

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i have a solid one piece on my kimber pro carry and as long as you have a paper clip or the take town tool its easy but i dont have any experience with the other 1911 styles
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guide rod

I once owned a loaded model with the two piece guide rod. It can get loose during shooting and as long as you have the wrench with you,
you can retighten it.

My best solution was to use blue loctite on the threads. It can be unscrewed with the wrench. At the next cleaning, it may not be necessary to renew the blue loctite.

The two piece guide rod is very good in my Springfield.

Therefore, why buy something you do not need. Blue loctite has a lot of uses and will cost you less than buying some other system.

I have 3 1911 style pistols which have the GI set up. They all function flawlessly and can be taken down without using a wrench of any kind.

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