guide rod question

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  1. slickab

    slickab Member

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    I was prepared to bid on a short guide rod and plug online. I PM'd seller and was answered i would need a full length guide rod. My question is, i thought you could simply drop in a short guide rod and plug, retaining your original spring. The gun is a new Taurus PT 1911.
  2. delta13soultaker

    delta13soultaker New Member

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    Depends on Uncle Sam's whim every 3 yrs.
    The PT1911...has a factory full length guide rod but yeah a standard length should work just fine. If in doubt, go ahead and buy an ungraded quality gov spec spring from Wilson or similar.
  3. slickab

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    Thanks for reply delta13. I will take your advise and get a new spring. While i am at it, i think i will check on wilson standard guide rod and plug. I am not familiar with Fusion parts. I have already replaced ambi safety with Wilson standard safety. Thanks again.
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    delta13soultaker New Member

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    Cool. Ed Brown may be another to look at for parts...atleast to compare $
  5. jboynjazz

    jboynjazz New Member

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    slickab, i bought a short guide rod and a standard plug and they dropped right in. i am still useing the factory recoil spring and have had no problems. the only reason i did this is i plan on carrying my pt1911 concealed and in the event that i am limited to one hand usage, i can "push chamber" if i need to. hope i never have the need to but if i do it will be alot easier than with a flgr.
  6. slickab

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    10-4 jboy. I had not mentioned that but that is what i had in mind. I watched Clint Smith demonstrate that technique on Wed night on the range. But then i probably would not be tough enough if i had a 45 slug in my other arm. It looks easier than using your rear sight for the same purpose.
  7. Five of Clubs

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    Any of the guide rod configurations will fit right in your Taurus, but you will notice a little more felt recoil with the shorty plug. The few extra ounces from the full length rod really make quite a difference. I went the other way and bought a heavy rod from Wilson to reduce recoil.
  8. slickab

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    Welcome aboard FOClubs. I'm new here too. But i definitly love the 1911 platform. I bought the PT1911 so i could aford to modify or change out some of the parts. I wish i could find a good barrel for a reasonable price............. and maybe a slide. I'm not going to elaborate but luck of the draw gave me a poorly machined slide. I wish i knew someone with Taurus to e-mail and discuss.....
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