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I have narrowed down my selections for government model full length guide rod setup.

Colt XSE factory

Cylinder and Slide

Wilson Combat

Which model do you recommend?
 

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I recommend the stock GI setup. I think a lot of other people here do as well.

Aahhh....beat me to it Bruce
 

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I have the Wilson Combat one piece FLGR. It requires, in my case, a bushing wrench, I bought an Ed Brown. There is no benefit IMO other than a slight increase in the balance, which I prefer over the GI guide rod due to the additional weight, since my 1911 is for target/competition. It does make disassembly a little more awkward, but I am willing to accept that, it's not really a big deal. A tungsten guide rod is less durable than stainless, but can help with muzzle flip more than stainless.
 

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Full length guide rods do nothing but take your money and make field stripping more difficult. They have never been proven to do anything.
 

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Full length guide rods do nothing but take your money and make field stripping more difficult. They have never been proven to do anything.
+1! They are not needed, and the standard GI guide rod will work fine.

However, for me, I like the way they add a bit of weight to change the balance of the gun. I use one piece guide rods in several of my guns. I always seem to have several standard GI guide rods in my gun parts box, and I simply make my own FLGR from a standard GI guide rod, then drill a hole in the proper location to allow the slide to be removed by using a "slave pin," which is usually a bent paper clip. For me, it is actually faster to remove the slide when using a one piece guide rod, and it prevents the recoil spring from flying across the room....:)
 

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If you are dead set op getting a full length set up, I have the Dawson one which I think is fantastic. It has a captive plug which takes tension off the slide during disassembly.

Mine has been perfect from day 1.
 

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If you are dead set op getting a full length set up, I have the Dawson one which I think is fantastic. It has a captive plug which takes tension off the slide during disassembly.

Mine has been perfect from day 1.
Those were all the rage in USPSA for awhile. Then they started locking back guns when they weren't supposed to. I don't know, I've not used one.

I like the EGW FLGR. I believe it does add weight were needed and it does make the operation smoother.

If there is no benefit, why do all the custom makers put one in?
 

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The Wilson FLGR with a flat spring smoothed out my stainless mark 4 Colt. I swear I get better groups now. I have zero problems with field stripping it too. I dunno...
 

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If you are dead set op getting a full length set up, I have the Dawson one which I think is fantastic. It has a captive plug which takes tension off the slide during disassembly.

Mine has been perfect from day 1.

I prefer the Sprinco Recoil Reducing Guide Rod.....and you can have it full length or short GI length.

http://www.sprinco.com/recoil.html


If there is no benefit, why do all the custom makers put one in?



Bill Wilson said they make a gun more accurate and the Gospel was written.

I subscribed to it for years, but I finally went full circle and like old school short (Sprinco none the less...but short) style now.
 
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