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Some people report a perceived reduction in muzzle flip using the stainless steel and tungsten guide rods. I've not tried them, I'm just not buying it really. I don't have any problems with the stock system so I've decided to not try to fix something that's not broken.
 

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I have a stainless steel guide rod w/factory weight spring in my 22C. I have noticed no change in anything. :)

Only reason I bought it was because after 7 years and 8,000 rounds the factory guide rod started to get a white spot on the plastic at the base of the rod at the end where it pushes up against the bottom of the barrel. Don't know if it was dirt or if the plastic was starting to fatigue, but I didn't wanna chance it. I was going to get a factory piece but heard that the added weight of the SS rods would help reduce recoil, so I got a SS one. Either way it does it's job closing the slide so I'm happy with it.
 

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The only reason I'd get a SS rod is if I polish my barrel, so it matches lol.
 

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Ya I'm debating on getting a SS guide rod for my clock 23 but I'm confused about the weights. I believe the stock weight is 18lbs. And the have up too 22 lbs, so is more better or???? Any one that can explain the difference it be helpful
 

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The s/s rod I put into my G36 significantly tightened my groups. As for recoil? I didn't notice a change.
 

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The perceived recoil reduction from choosing a heavier recoil spring assembly rod is 100% mental. There is not enough weight difference to change the actual muzzle flip. Heck, even with my G34 I could perceive a noticable difference in recoil from my G17.
 

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Well my son Austin 14 & I went shooting yesterday. I put the stock recoil springs back in both of my GLOCKS 23 & 27 GEN 4's. I did not notice any difference between the SS & stock springs!! A little bit in the 27 but not much.
 

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If you keep a firm grip with both hands through the entire shot and follow-through your sights will come back to zero without the need for any type of recoil reduction. Most people make the mistake of relaxing their grip just a hair after the gun goes bang. This causes a need for grip adjustment as the gun recoils/follow through. Don't do that and focus on the firm grip and the front sight. Make a conscious effort of this and after a few more trips to the range it'll be skill/habit and then you can focus on another area for improvement.
 
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