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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.

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.