2 piece full length guide rod

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by wpshooter, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. wpshooter

    wpshooter Member

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    I see on the Springfield Armory loaded 9mm 1911 pistol that it is described as having a 2 piece full length guide rod.

    What is the difference between a 2 piece guide rod and a 1 piece guide rod and which would be preferable and why ?

    Thanks.
  2. Hammerslagger

    Hammerslagger New Member

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    Some people feel that the 2 piece design is easier to field strip.
  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    In my experience, taking down a 1911 with a full-length guide rod is a pain in the butt. With the two-piece, there is a socket-head on the end of the rod. You use an allen wrench to unscrew it. Unscrew it and take the front part of the rod out through the bottom of the bushing. Then disassemble the gun like a normal 1911. Much easier, but you need the dang allen wrench. Ain't got that and you're back to the pain in the butt full-length rod problem. After breaking mine down a dozen times or so, I decided that I had never had a problem with the standard recoil spring guide, so I replaced my full length rod with a standard length guide. Problem solved.
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