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What are the pros and cons of one and two piece guide rods. Any difference in a full size model (gov't) or commander size?
 

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One piece for self defense carry (if you CHOOSE to have a FLGR in your carry gun). You don't want it coming unscrewed when it counts (even though it is a rare event).

Two piece with comp guns or reverse plug guns (game guns) that don't let the FLGR out of the slide in the normal manner. As a general rule, two piece only when necessary.

If your response doesn't pertain to the difference BETWEEN 1 PIECE AND 2 PIECE FLGRs, as in "aint no use for a FLGR", then please save for THAT discussion.
 

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I have a couple of guns with the one piece rod. Other than it being almost essential you have a bushing wrench, they come apart just like a standard plug equipped 1911.
 
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If you decide on the two piece, get some loctite blue. They may work loose.
Dennis D. Carter
 

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I know everybody hates me here,but I'm gonna help you anyway. The one piece is the way to go,regardless of the style 1911 you're using. The trick is in learning to remove the slide without using the standard method.

Instead of worrying about barrel bushings and wrenches,do this: (for left-handers,it's the opposite) Hook your right thumb across the grip safety,curl your other 4 fingers over the top of the slide.Pull the slide back(cocking the hammer 1st helps,and you might need to help it along with you other hand)until the disassembly notch lines up with the slide stop as normal.Push,then pull,the slide stop out.Slowly allow the slide to come forward.When it comes to the end of the recoil-spring tunnel,you'll need to stick your left thumb over the recoil spring/guide rod,and hold it down.Then,simply remove the slide forward.It's then fairly easy to gently allow the rear of the guide rod to come up, carefully release the spring tension and remove spring and guide rod backward as a unit.
 
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