The Guide Rod – An Important and Often Undervalued Part with Multiple Functions

The handgun guide rod is an essential yet often undervalued part of the weapon. Its important not only for slide speed, but also for the strength and the accuracy of the shooting. However, as is the case with any other gun accessory, some users feel that shooting with a replacement stainless steel guide rod is no different than the stock guide rod.

The stainless steel guide rod enhances the quality of the shooter by making the gun ergonomic, and fulfills a number of the following roles:

  • Prevents the binding of the recoil spring, enhancing the safety of the shooter’s grip on the weapon.
  • Adds additional weight to the muzzle, making the slide – and with it, the entire handgun – heavier, allowing the shooter to control the muzzle flip much better. The recoil energy that moves the slide can be changed by modifying the mass of the gun, possibly making the shooting more accurate, by allowing the shooter to get back on the target faster.
  • Reduces the strength of the smack caused by the gun on the shooter’s hand, making the shooting more comfortable, safer and easier.

Regular care improves the accuracy and the reliability of any machine, and this is even truer for handguns: regular cleaning, lubrication and replacements of parts like the recoil spring or the handgun guide rod will make your weapon function better and live longer.

Though there are new cleaning technologies invented every now and then, the best way to clean your gun is the good old technique of using a wire brush. You need to disassemble your gun after every shooting session and remove all the lead stuck to the bore. Using this old method, you can make sure your gun is completely clean and you can also prevent any damage to the bore, avoiding corrosion.
Lubrication is the next step of any cleaning session. After cleaning the gun, you need to apply a thin film of lubricant on the moving parts. The film of oil applied must be neither too thin, nor too thick: if it is too thin, the friction between the parts will be too strong, which may damage your gun, while if the film is too thick, it attracts gun powder and other dirt particles, which may cause your gun to get stuck. As for the type of lubricant to use, you must always use one of the oils specially designed for firearms.

Another important step in handgun maintenance is parts replacement. If you own an auto-loading pistol, it is recommended that you replace the recoil spring after every 2,000 rounds, to avoid breaking.
Most pistol users replace the handgun guide rod as well, right after they buy the gun. The role of the guide rod is to add some extra weight to the muzzle, thus making the grip more secure on the gun and the recoil energy more controllable. Most pistols come out of the factory with a plastic guide rod. Though some users say they are perfectly fine with the original plastic rod, many shooters prefer to replace it with a metallic handgun guide rod usually made of steel, stainless steel or tungsten, for more accuracy, reliability and safety.

Regular maintenance is essential if you want to use your gun safely and extensively. Clean your weapon after each shooting session, lubricate the moving parts with the proper oil and replace parts like the recoil spring or the handgun guide rod, and you can rest assured your weapon will function properly for a long time.

 

The handgun guide rod is an essential, yet often underestimated part of the weapon, important not only for slide speed, but also for the strength and the accuracy of the shooting, as well as for safety. However, as is the case with any other gun accessory, there are users who believe that the rod is extremely important, while others think that shooting can be just the same without it.

Well, let’s see what it can actually do.

The handgun guide rod enhances the quality of the shooting by making the gun safer and more ergonomic, and it fulfills a number of different roles:

  • – One of the main functions of the guide rod is to prevent the binding of the recoil spring, enhancing the safety of the shooter’s grip on the weapon.
  • – The guide rod adds extra weight to the muzzle, making the slide – and with it, the entire handgun – heavier, allowing the shooter to control the muzzle flip much better. The recoil energy that moves the slide can be changed by modifying the mass of the gun, possibly making the shooting more accurate, by allowing the shooter to get back on the target faster.
  • – The guide rod reduces the strength of the smack caused by the gun on the shooter’s hand, making the shooting more comfortable, safer and easier.

Handgun guide rods are available in different material versions:

  • – Plastic – Most guns come out from the factory with a stock plastic handgun guide rod. Most handguns function perfectly with the original part, but some users like to replace the original guide rod with an aftermarket part, usually one made of steel, stainless steel or tungsten.
  • – Metal – most aftermarket guide rods are made of steel or stainless steel. These captive or non-captive rods feature round or flat springs and they are more solid than plastic rods, so they are able to equalize muzzle climb more efficiently.
  • – Tungsten – the physical properties of tungsten, such as the extremely high tensile strength, the heavy weight and higher density, make it an excellent material for guide rods, more durable than any other material. The best tungsten rods are made of copper-tungsten alloy, allowing the user to benefit from the properties of both metals, making the guide rod less brittle.

Enhanced durability, accuracy and safety for your gun – these are the features that a properly chosen handgun guide rod can add to the experience of shooting.

Today we are taking a look at the top 3 reasons Plastic guide rods malfunction, and what you can do to prevent it! When looking at your gun that you have bought, new or used, the plastic guide rod can take a beating! Make sure you inspect it before firing, as it can lead to gun failure if broken or chipped.plastic guide rod

Reason # 1 – In proper oiling! This means that the gun from the factory, or from the previous buyer did not recieve the love and care it deserved. The guide rod may have not been oiled properly out of the gate, resulting in wear and tear.

Reason # 2 – Spring too tight. Sometimes plastic will expand in the chamber, which will result in the spring on the guide rod to be too tight. This will cause the guide rod to chip, and scratch.

Reason # 3 – Overuse – The guide rod is one of the wear and tear items that does get beaten when the gun is fired over and over. Make sure you check it out before and after firing.

There you have it, the top 3 reason plastic guide rods malfunction or fail in relation to shooting. Here at Stainless Steel Guide Rods, we specialize in upgrading these plastic guide rods to stainless steel to ensure the durability and reliability of your gun. Do yourself a favor and upgrade your guide rod, you will thank us later! We stock all types of guide rods for your hangun, from Sig to Glock.

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Ever wonder why so many people are moving to a stainless steel guide rod for their handgun or pistol? Well, we have heard horror stories of the plastic pins that most guns come with from the manufacturer. 

Take for instance you drive to your local gun range and want to be able to shoot your handgun. We all do this as gun owners, and expect to be able to shoot our firearm without any hiccups or misfires. Well, you have put several 100 rounds through your gun and low and behold, you find that your plastic guide rod has started to chip or get scratched up! This may lead to the guide rod breaking inside your gun, which would cause major issues inside your gun. We have experienced guide rod failure at the local range many of times!

With the stainless steel guide rod from us, you can simply not have to worry about this type of issue with your firearm at all! The added bonus of  stainless steel guide rod is also it reduces muzzle flip in a gun, where it gives the front of the gun a more balanced weight distribution  We are here to help give you the peace of mind you want when using your firearm, and using your firearm when you least expect it! After all, the gun should work when you want it to. Be safe and as always, shoot straight.

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