Firearms come in a wide variety from the lightweight Glocks with guide rods made of plastic to the heavier firearms like a CZ 75 Compact with a stainless-steel rod. Which type of gun is right for you? Understanding the benefits of each can help you decide whether you should go with the lightweight feel or a more substantial model.

Benefits of a Lightweight Firearm

  • The most significant benefit of owning a lightweight firearm is how effortlessly you can carry it. if you are looking for a gun that you can conceal carry, you may prefer a more lightweight firearm because it is easier to transport and carry on you. 
  • Many of the gun owners who choose lightweight models like the fact that they are made of fewer parts which means they are easier to clean.


Benefits of a Heavy Firearm

  • Some firearms are heavy due to their frame material 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. 
  • Many of the gun owners who prefer heavy firearms will point to the fact that the added weight of a stainless-steel guide rod can also increase slide speed, improve shot accuracy and the overall performance of the gun.

If you started out with a lightweight firearm and would like to experience the difference that the added weight of a stainless-steel guide rod can make, you will be happy to know that our stainless-steel guide rods are CNC machined from 304 stainless steel to ensure not only quality but also fitment to the specs of your gun – whether you are looking for a guide rod for a Glock 19 Gen 3, Beretta 92FS Compact, CZ P07 or Smith and Wesson SD40VE.

We make stainless steel guide rods for just about any gun you might want to put a stainless-steel rod in, from a Beretta 92FS Compact to a Smith & Wesson SD40VE and a Glock 19 Gen 3 guide rod.  

We do not, however, offer a stainless steel guide rod for the Red Ryder BB Gun that Ralphie has his heart set on in the 1983 holiday favorite A Christmas Story

As the folks at Harpers Bazaar say in their roundup of the funniest Christmas movies ever, “It should be called A Christmas Staple, as no holiday is complete be without Bob Clark’s 1940s-set family comedy. A festive story about a kid who spends the season rattling off to anyone who will listen that he wants a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa, it’s the gift that keeps on giving laughs.”

Of course, getting that one thing you want Santa to bring more than anything is no laughing matter. Maybe that’s why the Red Ryder BB Gun is still popping up in letters to Santa. 

The Red Ryder 1938 BB Gun

This isn’t some plastic toy made to capitalize on the popularity of the movie. Daisy has been making air guns for more than 125 years.

They might be playing off the popularity of the movie when they claim the Daisy Red Ryder is, “the most famous BB gun in the world,” but who cares? The Red Ryder is iconic in gun circles as well as to movie buffs. 

The original was introduced in 1938 and many a marksman learned marksmanship and gun safety with a Red Ryder in his – or her – hands. (You’ll just have to explain about the benefits of using stainless steel guide rods when they get a little older.)

We are sure there will be many happy kids who discover a Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun waiting for them under the Christmas tree this year. 

From all of us at Stainless Steel Guide Rods, best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!

Every gun owner wants precision and dependability when it comes to firearms. We sell a lot of Glock guide rods – including Glock 19 gen 3 guide rods and Glock 17 gen 5 guide rods – and that’s because the Glock handgun is among one of the most popular handgun brands.

The popularity of Glocks is no fluke. There are several advantages to using Glocks with stainless steel guide rods. We’ll look at six of the most significant advantages and how they can affect you. 

Glocks are popular because Glock handguns are:

1 – Durable

Glock handguns feature a polymer frame that makes it very durable. Most handguns feature a steel or aluminum frame which makes them more susceptible to cracks or dents. Glock handguns can absorb impact and remain free from dents or cracks, making it one of the most durable handgun models on the market.

2 – Dependable

Dependability is a vital handgun characteristic. When you are firing your handgun, you need it to be dependable during use. Glock handguns feature a lightweight, sturdy frame and a comfortable handgrip. These features make it one of the most dependable guns.

3 – Lightweight

The benefits of a lightweight handgun are that they are easy to conceal carry. Lightweight handguns are also easier to clean.

4 – Increased Performance with Glock Stainless-Steel Guide Rods

Most Glock handguns come with plastic guide rods, but they can home stainless-steel rods. These upgraded Glock guide rods help improve handgun performance. The stainless-steel rod helps reduce recoil, eliminated muzzle flip, and increases accuracy when firing.

5 – Low Recoil

The combination of the polymer frame, grip angle, hand-filling grip and low-bore aids help eliminate excessive recoil during use. Every Glock handgun comes equipped with these features making them a great choice for those who desire low recoil when firing.

6 – Customizable

Glock handguns are incredibly versatile. Upon purchase, most models come equipped with a variety of backstraps that you can use to customize the feel of your handgun. This makes the gun more comfortable to hold. And, of course, as we already mentioned, you can customize your Glock with stainless-steel guide rods

To learn more about Glock stainless-steel guide rods – including Glock 17 guide rods and 

Glock 19 guide rods, contact us.

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