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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.

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 Shoot-strait.com,  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.

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.

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.

The Glock is one of the most popular brands of handguns.  Perhaps surprisingly, it dates only to the early 1980s, when the Austrian Army announced plans to develop a new handgun to replace World War II-era models.  Glock company founder Gaston Glock was an engineer with no experience in designing handguns, but his knowledge of the types of materials that would go into the gun was invaluable.

Glock put together a team of leading handgun experts from throughout Europe.  After much work, the Glock 17 was submitted for trials.  After exhaustive testing and evaluation, the gun was accepted for use by the Austrian Army.  Over the next three decades, the Glock grew in popularity and is now used by armed forces and law enforcement agencies in some 65 countries, including the United States.

There have been several generations of Glocks since the introduction of the Glock 17 – and each of them can benefit by the addition of Stainless Steel Guide Rods.  When used to replace the manufacturer’s guide rods, the stainless steel versions can lead to more comfortable use, increased shooting accuracy, and reduced muzzle flip.

Stainless Steel Guide Rods carries a wide range of stainless steel guide rods for the Glock enthusiast.  These include the Glock 17 gen 4 stainless steel guide rod, the Glock 17 gen 5 guide rod, the Glock 19 gen 3 guide rod and the Glock 19 guide rod and spring.

Our stainless steel rods are CNC machined out of the highest quality 304 stainless steel material.  Our full range of stainless steel guide rods also includes rods for many other gun manufacturers, including AMT, Arex, Beretta, Colt, CZ, HK, Hi-Point, Kahr, KelTec, Ruger, Sig, Smith & Wesson SD9, Smith & Wesson SD40VE, Springfield Armory, Taurus and Walther.

If you have questions about which stainless steel guide rod is right for your gun, call us at 727-207-0583.