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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.

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.

When it comes to handguns, you want to invest in the best model to improve your shot accuracy. For many gun owners, the Glock handgun – like the Glock 17 Gen 4 with a stainless steel guide rod or the Glock 19 with guide rod and spring from us – is the answer. Glock handguns are held to a higher standard which means they are produced with significant expectations. 

Here are a few ways Glock handguns can improve shot accuracy:

  • Glocks are reliable: Glocks provide a great hand-fit feel for anyone who uses it. This type of hand-fit design helps to increase reliability. The better a handgun fits in your hand, the more comfortable it feels, which helps to increase your shot accuracy over time.
  • Glocks are durable: Glocks feature a polymer frame that absorbs the impact that would otherwise dent or crack other frame materials such as aluminum. Increased durability means that the handgun can withstand anything. This type of sustainability increases the longevity of a handgun. The longer you own a handgun, the more comfortable you get with it and the more you are able to practice with it. Over time, this will help make your shooting more precise.
  • Glocks are compatible with Stainless Steel Rod: Most Glocks feature a plastic guide rod but have the ability to home a stainless steel rod. When you have a stainless steel Glock guide rod, you add extra weight to the handgun. Glocks tend to lightweight, but when you add in the stainless steel rods, you give it extra weight which can absorb recoil, improve muzzle flip, and increase the accuracy of each shot fired.

To learn more about Glock handguns and Glock guide rods, visit our website or call us at 727-207-0583. Stainless Steel Rod Guides prides itself on offering exceptional guns like the Glock 19, Glock 17, CZ 75 Compact, CZ P07, CZ P10 C, CZ PCR, Shield 2.0, Smith and Wesson SD40VE, and more. To see a full list of our products visit our website at www.ssguiderods.com.