Firearms come in a wide variety from the lightweight Glocks with guide rods made of plastic to the heavier firearms like a CZ 75 Compact with a stainless-steel rod. Which type of gun is right for you? Understanding the benefits of each can help you decide whether you should go with the lightweight feel or a more substantial model.

Benefits of a Lightweight Firearm

  • The most significant benefit of owning a lightweight firearm is how effortlessly you can carry it. if you are looking for a gun that you can conceal carry, you may prefer a more lightweight firearm because it is easier to transport and carry on you. 
  • Many of the gun owners who choose lightweight models like the fact that they are made of fewer parts which means they are easier to clean.


Benefits of a Heavy Firearm

  • Some firearms are heavy due to their frame material 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. 
  • Many of the gun owners who prefer heavy firearms will point to the fact that the added weight of a stainless-steel guide rod can also increase slide speed, improve shot accuracy and the overall performance of the gun.

If you started out with a lightweight firearm and would like to experience the difference that the added weight of a stainless-steel guide rod can make, you will be happy to know that our stainless-steel guide rods are CNC machined from 304 stainless steel to ensure not only quality but also fitment to the specs of your gun – whether you are looking for a guide rod for a Glock 19 Gen 3, Beretta 92FS Compact, CZ P07 or Smith and Wesson SD40VE.

A .22 caliber pistol, like the Smith & Wesson SW22, is a good weapon for a beginner. But unfortunately, sometimes beginners get a head of themselves and go right for a more powerful gun like a 9mm Glock 17 gen 5 (we have guide rods for this and many other Glocks).

So, let’s say a beginner comes to you and wants to work with his or her 9mm or .40 caliber pistol. Well, you can still step down for starters to a .22. But your student will probably want to shoot his or her 9mm or .40 caliber blaster. 

In a lightweight polymer subcompact or pocket semi-automatic pistol such as a Smith & Wesson Shield in 9mm or .40 caliber, a Smith & Wesson SD9, a Sig Sauer P365 9mm, or a Sig Sauer P938, this spells substantial R-E-C-O-I-L.

Guide rods are an essential element of most semi-automatic pistols. However, the guide rods that come with the handguns just mentioned in the factory box are made of plastic. This can present several disadvantages such as improper oiling, springs that are too tight, and overuse. Problems that can arise as a result are excess wear and tear on the pistol which can cause malfunctions. Additionally, springs that are too tight can increase recoil.

That’s why we make stainless steel guide rods for the above pistols as well as for a multitude of other pistols including the Sig Sauer SP2022, Smith & Wesson® Shield .45 caliber, Walther PPQ-M2 St, Smith & Wesson® SD40VE, Beretta 92FS Compact and M9A1, HK VP9, CZ 75 compact, CZ p07, CZ p10, and the CZ pcr.

The heft of a stainless-steel guide rod dampens a pistols recoil – and that’s a good thing for the beginning shooter. So, if you are working with a new handgun owner or a beginning shooter, consider giving the gift of an American-made stainless steel guide rod to replace the plastic one that comes with the gun.

So, you have been or just became a gun owner. You bought your Beretta 92 FS, CZ 95 compact or maybe a Smith & Wesson SD9. Maybe your gun is locked in a safe or hidden in a drawer of your nightstand to make you feel safe and sleep better. Maybe you consider firing a gun as a sport and you want to spend a weekend with friends competing at target shooting.

Whatever your plans are, you need to practice.

Where can you do it safely? We all know that safety is the most important subject in owning a gun and no one wants to neglect it. 

Welcome to the Shooting Range

A shooting range or gun range is a facility dedicated to firearm practice. Some of them are operated by military personnel, but most ranges are owned privately by civilians or sport clubs and provide a practice ground for private gunowners and recreational shooters. 

These facilities usually are overseen by supervisors. They are responsible for weapon safety rules and government regulations at all times.

Shooting ranges can be indoor or outdoor. They can be limited to certain types of pistols.

Indoor Gun Ranges 

Most shooting ranges in urban areas will be indoors. They offer convenience and comfort.

  • No need to worry about rough weather conditions
  • Some operate around the clock under a controlled environment. 
  • Equipped with shooting booths
  • Have installed ventilation systems


All indoor shooting ranges should have proper ventilation to reduce patrons’ exposure to airborne lead particles and other fire by-products.

Outdoor Shooting Ranges 

They typically are built away from occupied areas. 

  • Used for longer-distance shooting 
  • Enclosed and have some features in common with indoor ranges
  • Better for health because of larger areas and “open air” 


Regardless of the natural ventilation of outdoor firing ranges, some of them have ballistic baffles overhead and concrete walls on the sides to decrease exposure to lead and noise. Some outdoor ranges also have sound transmission barriers, absorptive materials, and natural vegetation to reduce noise. 

Before you go to a gun range, make a call and find out about their particular rules and regulations. You probably also need to schedule a time. 

No matter what firearm you choose, you want to make sure you know how to use it safely. Shooting ranges are a great option for you. You may also want to have a proper stainless steel rod. No matter what firearm you choose, a CZ 75 Compact, a Smith & Wesson SD or a Glock 19 gen 3, a stainless steel guide rod will enhance its performance and chances are, we’ll have it, so give us a call 727-472-5603.

The 92 series includes great handguns no matter your level of experience with firearms. The Beretta 92 FS compact is one of the most iconic pistol in the world. NATO-certified Beretta 92FS is designated M9 by the US armed forces. With extraordinary accuracy and reliability, the time-proven 92FS is simply the World Defender. 

The Beretta 92FS Compact Pistol is considered to be on the larger side of compacts, but it’s still pretty concealable and has a good holster, which makes it great for self-defense.

Why is Beretta so popular?

Beretta owners explain it very simply:

  • Easy to shoot
  • Easy to disassemble
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to reassemble
  • Solid, reliable, and accurate


One of the owners of the Beretta 92FS Compact who preferred not to mention his name said that this gun feels great in his hands, and the additional weight of the aluminum frame helps to soften some of the recoil.

Beginners may feel more confident firing a heavier, all-metal pistol contrasting to one with a polymer frame, and more enthusiastic shooters will enjoy learning to master the DA/SA transition. 

As with any firearm, make sure you do your own research before making a purchase. If you are unfamiliar with double action/single action pistols, it will take some time to familiarize yourself with the mechanism.

According to,  Beretta 92FS offers a variety of tactical features that make it equally safe, easy to use and dependable in the holster or at the range. Its reversible magazine release lets you use either hand for strategic magazine changes, while the safety-de-cocker makes it compatible for both right- and left-handed people. 

Buying a gun is a serious matter, even when you go with something iconic like the Beretta 92 FS Compact, there are many things to consider. It might be wise to talk to a gun owner personally and maybe even try a few rounds before making a final decision. 

And, if you do decide to go with the Beretta 92FS Compact and want to upgrade to a stainless steel guide rod, contact us. We also carry Glock guide rods, rods of stainless steel for Smith & Wesson SD40VE and many others.

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.