There are lots of great choices if you’re looking for a gun for concealed carry purposes, including the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9mm, the S&W 340 PD, the Glock G19X, the Glock 43 and the Sig Sauer P365. (And we have stainless-steel guide rods for all of them!)

What makes a great concealed carry weapon? You should look for a small, lightweight yet substantial caliber pistol because:

  1. They are easier than a big gun to conceal. 
  2. For most people, they are more comfortable to carry. 
  3. You want the power and penetration that you get with a 9 mm load or greater. 


The Sig Sauer P365 sub-compact 9mm semi-automatic pistol is currently popular for all these reasons.  

The Importance of Maintenance with Concealed Carry Guns

Since they are chosen to be carried often, concealed carry guns are subject to more wear and tear from sweat, heat, lint, etc. than are handguns that are not every day carry guns. Therefore, more attention must be given to regular maintenance of the gun, inspection of its essential parts, and upgrades when parts are wearing down. 

Handguns that are not maintained properly tend to be less reliable. Proper pistol maintenance, as most firearm manufacturers recommend, requires that the recoil spring guide rod assembly be replaced after firing a certain number of rounds through the pistol. The recoil spring guide rod assembly, which is the heart of the mechanical action of a semi-automatic pistol, takes a major beating. And the smaller the pistol, the greater the beating.  

Whether you prefer the Sig Sauer P365, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9mm, the S&W 340 PD, the Glock G19X, the Glock 43 or one of many other great choices for concealed carry, you can order a single spring stainless steel guide rod for your gun from us. Stainless-steel guide rods have tested extremely well. They will provide a little extra weight to the pistol which aids shooting reliability. Its stainless-steel composition allows it to take lubricating oil well. An appropriately lubricated pistol is essential for reliability.

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.

If you’re considering switching your factory plastic guide rods to high-quality stainless-steel guide rods, you’re on the right track. Whether you’re looking for a guide rod for your Glock 17 Gen 4 or are thinking of getting a new guide rod for a CZ P07, a stainless steel guide rod is a great choice.

The Top 2 Benefits of Using Stainless Steel Rods

  • Stainless steel rods add weight: One of the most significant pros of switching to stainless steel guide rods is the extra weight it adds to the handgun. Most gun owners like the excess weight because it can reduce the recoil and make shooting the gun more comfortable.
  • Stainless steel rods improve shooting accuracy: The added weight can increase slide speed which will help improve shot accuracy. Most factory guns come with plastic guide rods that are lightweight and can increase the recoil making shots less accurate.

The decision to upgrade from a plastic guide rod to a stainless steel guide rod for your Glock, Beretta or Smith & Wesson is, of course, up to you. If you’re still unsure about which guide rods would be better for you, contact us to learn more about our guide rods. We can be reached at 727-207-0583 and we’d be happy to help.

When it comes to your handgun, you want to be comfortable when shooting. Here at Stainless Steel Guide Rods we want to help make using your firearm more enjoyable and comfortable in all aspects. We can help you improve your handgun usage with our wide variety of guide rods for Glock, Colt, Beretta, CZ, Ruger, Smith and Wesson, Springfield, AMT and other popular handguns.

If you’re still not sure and have questions, please feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.