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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.