Glock 19 Guide Rod Assmebly question. (Warning, newbie question!) :)

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by Petty43fan, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. Petty43fan

    Petty43fan New Member

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    Please forgive my ignorance, but I just purchased my first Glock, and have a question. I have always had revolvers, and when I got my CWP, I used a S&W 442 as my primary carry, mainly because if there is a chance in ten million of a pistol malfunctioning, it will be mine, in a circumstance when I desperately need it, (you just have to know my luck. LOL!) so I thought my odds would be better with a revolver. Anyway, I always said that the only pistol I would trust my life with would be a Glock, for their dependability, but couldn't afford one. I finally saved up and bought my G 19 and love it! I've run about 500 rounds through it with absolutely no problems whatsoever. But while recently looking through accessories for it, I came across an ad for Lone Wolf Stainless Steel Guide Rod Assemblies for Glocks, and they state :" The factory plastic guide rod can crack, chip or break, causing feeding or ejection failures". Obviously this is not what I want to hear, but in researching for so long before buying one, I never ran across this as a problem before. Is this just an advertising hook for them or is there potentially a problem with this? Just wondering if this should be something I upgrade or not. Like I said, please forgive my ignorance as I am still learning. Thanks in advance for any advice!
     
  2. Webphisher

    Webphisher Duct Tape, Alabama Chrome

    The guide rod and recoil spring assembly is a consumable piece. Much like brake pads. At some point it will need replacing. That being said I have yet to worry or see a need to switch to a stainless steel or tungsten one. Some people will swear it reduces muzzle flip, and some people will say they feel no difference between the two.
     

  3. zipper046

    zipper046 Member Supporter

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    You will not need to worry. Most shooters who replace the stock guide rod, do so to add a little more weight up front. This helps dampen recoil and get the shooter back on target quickly for follow up shots.

    In 1,000's of rounds through personal gloves and our Department issue Glocks I have never seen one break or chip.

    You'll be fine with the stock. Buy a second stock one to have as a spare just in case, and for when you need to replace the recoil spring.

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  4. voyager4520

    voyager4520 New Member

    It's advertising. The chipped guide rods you'll see out there happened because someone put the gun back together wrong, they didn't fully seat the base of the guide rod into the crescent-shaped notch in the barrel lug before reassembling.

    Now the sub-compact guide rods have been known to have the outer spring jump over it's sleeve, rendering the gun inoperable. I have a G27 and it's never happened to me, but I have honestly considered getting an aftermarket assembly.

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  5. sgtcowboyusmc

    sgtcowboyusmc New Member

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    I have around 20,000 in one of my Glock 30's (It is my Always Gun) and I am seriously thinking of replacing it with a new one, but it will probably be a Glock spring. So far it has been good and I see no reason to go to an aftermarket! None of my other Glocks are close to 20,000 rounds so they will just keep the stock springs unless I turn one 21 into a 20 then I might buy the just heavier than stock spring for the 10mm. but I see no reason to change the rest of them. As has been said earlier It is mostly a Marketing gimmick!