We make stainless steel guide rods for just about any gun you might want to put a stainless-steel rod in, from a Beretta 92FS Compact to a Smith & Wesson SD40VE and a Glock 19 Gen 3 guide rod.  

We do not, however, offer a stainless steel guide rod for the Red Ryder BB Gun that Ralphie has his heart set on in the 1983 holiday favorite A Christmas Story

As the folks at Harpers Bazaar say in their roundup of the funniest Christmas movies ever, “It should be called A Christmas Staple, as no holiday is complete be without Bob Clark’s 1940s-set family comedy. A festive story about a kid who spends the season rattling off to anyone who will listen that he wants a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa, it’s the gift that keeps on giving laughs.”

Of course, getting that one thing you want Santa to bring more than anything is no laughing matter. Maybe that’s why the Red Ryder BB Gun is still popping up in letters to Santa. 

The Red Ryder 1938 BB Gun

This isn’t some plastic toy made to capitalize on the popularity of the movie. Daisy has been making air guns for more than 125 years.

They might be playing off the popularity of the movie when they claim the Daisy Red Ryder is, “the most famous BB gun in the world,” but who cares? The Red Ryder is iconic in gun circles as well as to movie buffs. 

The original was introduced in 1938 and many a marksman learned marksmanship and gun safety with a Red Ryder in his – or her – hands. (You’ll just have to explain about the benefits of using stainless steel guide rods when they get a little older.)

We are sure there will be many happy kids who discover a Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun waiting for them under the Christmas tree this year. 

From all of us at Stainless Steel Guide Rods, best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!

Here at Stainless Steel Guide Rods, we get a lot of questions about proper maintenance of guns, including the Smith & Wesson SD9 and the CZ PO9 as well as the Sig Sauer P365.

When you purchase a quality pistol for personal defense, like Sig Sauer’s P365, you want to have confidence that your chosen pistol will function reliably wherever and whenever it is called into action. 

When you carry the gun to defend your life in an emergency, you should shoot it regularly at the range to assure it functions well. You also should practice shooting your pistol on a regular basis to establish and maintain skill and confidence in shooting it accurately. 

The Sig Sauer P365 is a little semi-automatic pistol in a substantial caliber – 9mm. It is basic physics that the smaller and lighter the gun, the greater the recoil, and the more wear and tear on the hearts of the gun’s action. These would include the slide, the barrel, and the guide rod recoil spring assembly. 

Most manufacturers recommend regular inspection and maintenance of the barrel, guide rod spring assembly and slide, as well as replacement of the guide rod spring assembly after a certain number of rounds. 

We at Stainless Steel Guide Rods are producing and making available a single spring Stainless Steel Guide Rod for Sig Sauer pistols including the Sig Sauer P365. This replacement guide rods have been factory machine- and hand-tested for excellent fit and function. Its tolerances are neither too tight nor too loose. And our Sig P365 guide rod matches your quality pistol extremely well. 

Once you receive your stainless-steel guide rod, field strip your P365, clean your gun, apply appropriate lubrication to the guide rod and other stress points in your pistol, and re-assemble. Then take your Sig P-365 to the range and shoot it. Run at least 100 rounds through your gun to assure reliability. 

You should always test shoot your firearm after replacing any parts before you resume carrying it. Remember your everyday carry gun is your emergency rescue tool just like your fire extinguisher. Because you take survival seriously, you must be certain that your self-defense concealed carry pistol is ready to roll whenever you are. Your life and the lives of those whom you love are worth it.  

If you have any questions about maintaining your gun, please feel free to contact our experts at Stainless Steel Guide Rods

Every gun owner wants precision and dependability when it comes to firearms. We sell a lot of Glock guide rods – including Glock 19 gen 3 guide rods and Glock 17 gen 5 guide rods – and that’s because the Glock handgun is among one of the most popular handgun brands.

The popularity of Glocks is no fluke. There are several advantages to using Glocks with stainless steel guide rods. We’ll look at six of the most significant advantages and how they can affect you. 

Glocks are popular because Glock handguns are:

1 – Durable

Glock handguns feature a polymer frame that makes it very durable. Most handguns feature a steel or aluminum frame which makes them more susceptible to cracks or dents. Glock handguns can absorb impact and remain free from dents or cracks, making it one of the most durable handgun models on the market.

2 – Dependable

Dependability is a vital handgun characteristic. When you are firing your handgun, you need it to be dependable during use. Glock handguns feature a lightweight, sturdy frame and a comfortable handgrip. These features make it one of the most dependable guns.

3 – Lightweight

The benefits of a lightweight handgun are that they are easy to conceal carry. Lightweight handguns are also easier to clean.

4 – Increased Performance with Glock Stainless-Steel Guide Rods

Most Glock handguns come with plastic guide rods, but they can home stainless-steel rods. These upgraded Glock guide rods help improve handgun performance. The stainless-steel rod helps reduce recoil, eliminated muzzle flip, and increases accuracy when firing.

5 – Low Recoil

The combination of the polymer frame, grip angle, hand-filling grip and low-bore aids help eliminate excessive recoil during use. Every Glock handgun comes equipped with these features making them a great choice for those who desire low recoil when firing.

6 – Customizable

Glock handguns are incredibly versatile. Upon purchase, most models come equipped with a variety of backstraps that you can use to customize the feel of your handgun. This makes the gun more comfortable to hold. And, of course, as we already mentioned, you can customize your Glock with stainless-steel guide rods

To learn more about Glock stainless-steel guide rods – including Glock 17 guide rods and 

Glock 19 guide rods, contact us.

You may be an experienced owner of a Smith & Wesson SD9. Over the years, you may have developed a preference for Glock and our guide rods for their models. You have developed an appreciation for stainless steel guide rods. But there was a time, when you didn’t know one end of the gun from the other. In other words, we all have to start somewhere.

Keep that in mind if you are preparing to train a beginning shooter. It is the hardest job for the firearms instructor. It doesn’t matter how much experience or talent you may have. Building a good foundation requires patience, plenty of fortitude and good rapport with the student. 

Let’s start at the beginning

When you work with a “newbie,” someone who is not familiar with firearms, or someone who has been taught improperly in the past, you first need to build a good foundation from which the student can build his or her knowledge and skills. Developing foundational skills is not “high-speed/low-drag” work. It is laborious and unadventurous. 

If you have ever taken martial arts classes, and especially if you have dropped out, you can understand how tedious learning foundational material can be. This is why martial arts instructors who teach children are often the best martial arts instructors.    

What can you do to lower a new shooter’s anxiety? 

Many beginning shooters are frightened by the idea of holding the awesome power of a firearm in their hands and unleashing its power just by pulling the trigger. An easy and simple way to get a new shooter off the ground is by training them on a .22 caliber handgun. 

Whether you go with something like a Smith & Wesson MP or a Beretta M9 22, be sure to teach your student about the importance of using a stainless-steel guide rod! And, if you’d like more help, just contact us.

Here at Stainless Steel Guide Rods, people are always asking us what kind of gun we would recommend for them. There are so many quality handgun choices in the marketplace these days – from the Smith & Wesson SD40VE to a CZ 75 compact – choosing can be a bit difficult. There are lots of good choices you can make, depending on who you are shopping for and what they might want to use the gun for. 

If you’re looking for a popular every day carry or EDC piece, you might want to consider the venerable KEL-TEC P-11 9mm semi-automatic pistol. This would be a double action only or DAO firearm.

You can have the best blaster in the world. But if you don’t have it with you when you need it, what good is it? Therefore, a small-caliber handgun that is easy to carry all day will do more for you when the chips are down than a powerful large-caliber handgun that is a bear to tote around. You are likely to leave the latter at home in the safe. 

The KEL-TEC Advantage

In you carry a gun for self-defense, you need a reliable handgun that you can rapidly put into action. If you’re facing an imminent threat, you’ll be awfully glad to have a “point and shoot” pistol. 

Defensive handgun afficionados have been intrigued with Kel-Tecs since George Kelgren, the company’s founder and president, released his first official production semi-automatic pistol, the 9mm P-11, in the 1990s. This semi-automatic 9mm pistol has been significantly improved and made more reliable over the years as the kinks have been ironed out. 

Advantages of today’s KEL-TEC P-11: 

  • It is affordable. Street prices for a new P-11 average between $250. and $300.  
  • The P-11 is a low-profile subcompact pistol that is small in height (4.3 inches), length (5.6 inches) and width (1 inch).
  • It is quite light weight (14 oz. unloaded/20 oz. loaded), but still packs a punch.
  • Reliability

Our stainless-steel guide rod for the KEL-TEC P-11 is made from the finest 304 stainless steel. As with all of our guide rods, our KEL-TEC P-11 guide rod is measured to the manufacturer’s factory specifications, and we ensure the finest fit and finish on all of our parts. This is a great upgrade to the guide rod in your KEL-TEC P11.

There are lots of great choices if you’re looking for a gun for concealed carry purposes, including the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9mm, the S&W 340 PD, the Glock G19X, the Glock 43 and the Sig Sauer P365. (And we have stainless-steel guide rods for all of them!)

What makes a great concealed carry weapon? You should look for a small, lightweight yet substantial caliber pistol because:

  1. They are easier than a big gun to conceal. 
  2. For most people, they are more comfortable to carry. 
  3. You want the power and penetration that you get with a 9 mm load or greater. 

 

The Sig Sauer P365 sub-compact 9mm semi-automatic pistol is currently popular for all these reasons.  

The Importance of Maintenance with Concealed Carry Guns

Since they are chosen to be carried often, concealed carry guns are subject to more wear and tear from sweat, heat, lint, etc. than are handguns that are not every day carry guns. Therefore, more attention must be given to regular maintenance of the gun, inspection of its essential parts, and upgrades when parts are wearing down. 

Handguns that are not maintained properly tend to be less reliable. Proper pistol maintenance, as most firearm manufacturers recommend, requires that the recoil spring guide rod assembly be replaced after firing a certain number of rounds through the pistol. The recoil spring guide rod assembly, which is the heart of the mechanical action of a semi-automatic pistol, takes a major beating. And the smaller the pistol, the greater the beating.  

Whether you prefer the Sig Sauer P365, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9mm, the S&W 340 PD, the Glock G19X, the Glock 43 or one of many other great choices for concealed carry, you can order a single spring stainless steel guide rod for your gun from us. Stainless-steel guide rods have tested extremely well. They will provide a little extra weight to the pistol which aids shooting reliability. Its stainless-steel composition allows it to take lubricating oil well. An appropriately lubricated pistol is essential for reliability.

The CZ 75 Compact is among the most popular firearms produced by the legendary brand that gets its name from its Czech roots. CZ stands for Česká zbrojovka, which translates to ‘Czech armory.’ The brand traces its roots back to 1936. When production began in 1937, the focus was on aircraft machine guns, military pistols and small-bore rifles. 

In addition to the CZ 75 Compact, we offer stainless steel guide rods for many other popular handguns from CZ, including: 

  • CZ P07
  • CZ P01
  • CZ P10 C
  • CZ PCR
  • CZ P09
  • CZ 75B
  • CZ 75 P07
  • CZ 40P
  • CZ 75 Shadow
  • CZ 75 Kadet

The Benefits of Owning a CZ Handgun

The CZ 75 is the flagship model of the CZ handgun line. Since it was first introduced in 1975, more than 1 million CZ 75s have been made. CZ has developed an entire family of pistols around the basic CZ 75 design, including the CZ 75 Compact.  

Like all CZ handguns, the CZ 75 has a number of outstanding features, including: 

  • Durability

CZ handguns are incredibly durable. CZ’s feature a very durable frame which is a considerable benefit for gun owners who travel often and use their handgun frequently. The durable frame helps to reduce recoil, which makes for more comfortable use as well.

  • Reliability

Having a reliable handgun is vital. One of the most popular handgun brands for military and police, CZ handguns are among some of the most reliable handguns on the market. Their durable frame and comfortable feel make them the perfect gun for everyday use.

  • Stainless Steel Rod Compatibility

Every CZ model is compatible with stainless steel rods. Guide rods are an overlooked part of a handgun, but they are one of the most important features. By adding a stainless steel rod to your CZ model, you increase the weight of the handgun, which can reduce muzzle flip and improve your shot accuracy over a period of time.

We are proud to offer stainless steel guide rods for the most popular CZ models, including the CZ 75 Compact. We also have stainless steel rods for many other popular handguns, including Gen 3 Guide Rod, Glock 17 Gen 4 Stainless Steel Guide Rod, Glock 17 Gen 5 Guide Rod, Glock 19 Gen 3 Guide Rod, Glock 19 Guide Rod and Spring, Shield 2.0, M&P Guide Rod, Beretta 92FS Compact and more.

Firearms come in a wide variety from the lightweight Smith & Wesson Shield 2.0 to heavier firearms like a CZ 75 Compact. A stainless steel rod will add weight and enhance the performance of both. 

The extra weight provided by stainless steel rods can give you extra control by lowering the recoil, increasing shot accuracy and decreasing muzzle flip. The added weight can also increase slide speed.

Whether you prefer the lightweight feel of the Glock 19 with a guide rod and spring or desire a more substantial model, it’s important to understand the benefits of each to help make choosing the right firearm for you easier.

Lightweight Firearms vs. Heavier Firearms

The most significant benefit of owning a lightweight firearm is how effortlessly you can carry it. Most individuals who conceal carry prefer a more lightweight firearm because it is easier to transport and carry on you. Most gun owners also like lightweight models because they usually are made of fewer parts which means they are easier to clean.

Many women who own a handgun prefer to carry a lightweight one, such as the Smith & Wesson Shield 2.0, which also features a slim profile that fits easily into a smaller hand. 

On the other hand, there are plenty of people who prefer heavier firearms. Some firearms are heavy due to their frame material – such as the CZ 75 Compact – while some are heavier due to the addition of stainless steel rods. For gun owners who plan to use stainless steel rods, they will add weight to their firearm, which can help reduce any recoil when shooting.

Whether you’re buying a Glock guide rod for your first gun or looking for a stainless steel guide rod for the Beretta 92FS Compact you’ve known and loved, there is a lot to keep track of when it comes to owning a handgun.

Conceal Carry Laws Vary 

Depending on what state you live in, conceal carry laws can vary. Each state has its own set of laws that handgun owners have to abide by. It’s also important to note that if you are planning to travel, you must check the carry laws in the area you will be in to make sure you are following them correctly. Handgun owners will also have to abide by specific business laws. Some businesses do not allow any type of carrying in their establishment.

You Must Renew Your Permit Depending on Where You Live

Knowing when to renew your permit is vital. Handgun owners must renew their conceal carry permit yearly in some states. For Federal Firearms Permits, they must be renewed every three years. 

And perhaps most importantly, 

Stainless Steel Rods Increase Performance

Most handgun owners keep the factory-equipped plastic guide rod in their handgun, but for the owners who want to increase the performance of their handgun, you have the ability to upgrade. Most handguns can home stainless steel rods. Whether for a Smith & Wesson SD9 or Glock 17 Gen 5, guide rods of stainless steel help to increase the firearm’s performance by lowering the recoil, increasing shot precision and decreasing muzzle flip.

When it comes to your handguns, you want a company you can trust. At Stainless Steel Guide Rods, we carry a wide variety of guide rods, including a variety of Glock Guides, such as the Glock 17 Gen 5 Guide Rod, Glock 19 Gen 3 Guide Rod and the Glock 19 Guide Rod, as well as  the Smith & Wesson Shield 2.0 and M&P Guide Rod, and pride ourselves on customer service.

A large amount of Smith & Wesson Shield 2.0s is sold in the U.S. every year. Smith & Wesson are among some of the most prestigious firearms in the country. Even people who know nothing about guns have heard about Smith & Wesson – for good reason. 

There is a lot to like about the Smith & Wesson Shield 2.0 handgun:

The Shield 2.0 is voted one of the best conceal carry handguns. The Smith & Wesson Shield is lightweight, which makes it a perfect handgun for carrying on you. Not only is it lightweight, but it is also very compact.

It’s great for women. The Smith & Wesson SD4VE and the Smith & Wesson SD9 are both great guns, but, weighing in at only 19 ounces, the Smith & Wesson Shield 2.0 is a great choice for women. In addition to its low weight, the Shield 2.0 has a compact frame, which can fit well in the smaller hands that most women have. 

It’s compatible with our stainless steel guide rods. Like the Shield 2.0 is able to hold a stainless steel rod which will add extra weight to the gun. Since the Smith & Wesson Shield 2.0 is lightweight, the extra weight will increase performance without making the gun too heavy. The extra weight will help reduce muzzle flip, eliminate excessive recoil, and increase shot accuracy.

We carry stainless steel guide rods for the:

We also offer stainless steel guide rods for the Smith & Wesson SD40VE, the Smith & Wesson SD9 VE, the Smith & Wesson SW99 and the Smith & Wesson SW9. We also carry rods of stainless steel for the Beretta 92FS Compact, the CZ75 Compact, CZ P07, the Glock 17 Gen 4, Glock 17 Gen 5 and many more.