The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Semi-automatic Forum

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 5, 2010, 10:07 AM   #1
Deputy Dog
Senior Member
Join Date: June 12, 2009
Posts: 247
Stainless Steel Guide Rods?

How many here actually use the Stainless Steel Guide Rod in their Glocks?
What are some good ones and which ones should I stay away from? And where is a good place to buy them online from? I have always had the original factory plastic Rods in all my guns, but I am open to Ideas to to what people think, and if there is an advantage to the Stainless Steel or Tungsten over the Original plastic! I know alot of manufactures make their guns with them, I'm thinking because its cheaper, but it works. So please give the highs and lows, pro's and con's etc. etc. What ever experiences good or bad please let me hear it, they are being considered for the following models to which all get carried for CCW from time to time depending on mission statement.
Glock 21
Glock 17
Glock 32


Deputy Dog is offline  
Old July 5, 2010, 10:22 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: July 28, 2007
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 10,950
I use an ISMI recoil spring and stainless guide rod in my G29. The chipping on the aluminum end of the OEM guide rod (the other end is plastic) was enough to convince me that I need to ask someone who knew more about them than I do. I asked the Glock "expert" at the gun show who sold me and installed my Meprolight sights about the guide rod and the wear I had on it.

I had shot about a thousand rounds and he inspected it and asked me if I was going to be keeping the pistol or selling/trading it soon and I told him that it was my EDC and a keeper, so he recommended the ISMI setup. He said he could sell me another OEM rod/spring, but then I'd be back for another after the same amount of wear (little more than a thousand rounds) The original part simply takes a beating and shows wear quickly. I've got about 500 rounds on the new setup and it looks no different than when it was new. It's a very well-built piece and is solid as a rock. I over-paid a bit for it because I was at the gun show (online is always cheaper) but I got it for fifty bucks.
Attention Brass rats and other reloaders: I really need .327 Federal Magnum brass, no lot size too small. Tell me what caliber you need and I'll see what I have to swap. PM me and we'll discuss.
Sevens is offline  
Old July 5, 2010, 10:32 AM   #3
Uncle Malice
Senior Member
Join Date: May 11, 2009
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 4,455
I tried a stainless guide rod in mine before... ended up taking it out.

It's unnecessary. Plastic is more than adequate. The guide rod is not load bearing, it serves only to keep the recoil spring straight.

One of the biggest advantages of Glocks is their light weight. I'm not sure why you would want to add more weight to it.

With that said, I did add a stainless guide rod to my P229 Stainless Elite, but it was purely for aesthetic reasons.

Just keep the plastic one. It will serve you well and it's inexpensive.
Glock 43 | Glock 26 G4 | Glock 19 G4 BFG | HK USP 9 | HK USP 45 (Tan) | HK P2000 | HK P30L | HK VP9 | HK 45 C | HK 45 C "Sand" | Walther PPQ 9
Daniel Defense DDM4 V4 | Arsenal SGL 21 | ASA Side-Charger SBR | Savage Mark II FV-SR
Mossberg 590A1 20" SP | Mossberg 590A1 14" Shockwave
Uncle Malice is offline  
Old July 5, 2010, 10:41 AM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: November 15, 2007
Location: The Alamo!
Posts: 2,034
I'm not a glock expert, I don't own one, but watch this:

Looks like it does some flexing when shot. Maybe the plastic isn't a bad idea after all.

Leejack is offline  
Old July 5, 2010, 11:41 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: April 12, 2006
Location: NKY
Posts: 11,943
I've never been convinced that a stainless steel guide rod would be an improvement over the plastic rod. Kind of an answer in search of a problem in my opinion much like full length guide rods in 1911s.
"He who laughs last, laughs dead." Homer Simpson
Kreyzhorse is offline  
Old July 5, 2010, 11:55 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: July 5, 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,719
I've kept the plastic guide rod in every gun that comes with one except the Glocks. I've had a guide rod on a Glock 23 break while at the range and since then I've always put a Wolff guide rod/spring in my Glocks. If I ever have a plastic one fail in anything else I'll start changing them out with that platform as well.
"Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul."
hoytinak is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 08:53 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: November 20, 2008
Posts: 10,526
stainless steel guide rods are completely unnecessary in Glocks. My Glock is about 20 years old, has had countless thousands of rounds shot through it and the plastic guide-rod works just fine. It was designed to work with a plastic guide rod, and in fact, the Glock guy at a gun show actually talked me out of buying one - said it was pointless, unless I was looking to add a little weight to the muzzle.
Skans is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 12:30 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: August 31, 2001
Location: Virginia
Posts: 193
I have several spares in my gun kits. As with the Beretta 92FS and later models, they switched to the polymer guide rods for several reasons:

1. They allow grime and dirt to move more freely thereby cutting down on jams.

2. They dissipate heat much faster than steel allowing prolonged use of your weapon.

With the way they are made these days, I frankly don't see a downside to them, it all comes down to personal choices, you like them or you don't. Frankly, in my comp and carry weapons, I use the steel guide rods to add weight to the weapon as I'm not in a desert environment and I'm not going to be firing non stop causing rapid heat build up.
NRA Life Member: 45 years
1911 Shooter/Owner: 40 Years
‎לפעמים אדם עונה גורלו על הכביש הוא לקח כדי למנוע אותו.
(Sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he chooses to avoid it)
sousana is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2016 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.06185 seconds with 9 queries