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I'm interested in reducing the recoil on my PII with one of the following aftermarket guide rods.: There are the onepiece tungstan guide rods, Harrts rod that is filled with Mercury and a steel ball bearing, and the dual spring guide rod from Nowlin....All in the Brownells catalog...Anyone here with any experience with each, positive and negative?
 

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Reducing FELT Recoil

The Tungston Rod adds Weight in the Muzzle, and thus reduces Muzzle Flip.

The Harts' also adds Weight, but the Mercury/Ball Bearing Mechanism helps spread out the Recoil Impulse over Time, thus reducing the "felt" Recoil.

The multiple Spring Setup of the Nowlin also spreads out the Recoil Impulse.

All work to reduce felt Recoil. None actually reduce actual Recoil. The only way to do that is to go to lower powered Loads.

Personally, I'd go with the Harts', but then, I have no Experience with the Nowlin.

Going to a heavier Recoil Spring also reduces felt Recoil, as does going to a heavier Bullet with the same Power Factor as a lighter Bullet. ie: Try a 250 gr. Bullet with the same PF as a 185 gr. Bullet. The 185 gr. will have a much more "Snappy" Recoil Impulse.
 

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I had a Harts guide rod (mercury filled) in a Glock 23. It didn't seem to make too much of a difference in recoil reduction. Maybe it helped a little but it wasn't much.
 

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IME, the recoil reducing stuff seem to make the biggest difference in feel using hot loads. I've used everything but the Harrt's and can't see much of a difference when shooting IPSC major loads.

Check Brian Enos' forum re: problems with the STI RM. Seems like a lot are breaking. Sprinco's are better built, although they may not reduce the felt recoil as much as the STI.
 

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It's not cheap, but the best way to reduce recoil in a 1911 is to put more weight out front.
The Coned barrels on the Les Baer Prowler and the Wilson Combat tactical Elite Do this well.
The Heavy Monolith might also work.
This is why all the revolver makers went to a heavy ribbed barrel like the Colt python.
Need the weight out front by the muzzle.
 

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I don't think much of any of the devices. Really not wotth much (or anything)

I have a new Accu-match recoil reducing guide rod (Springco type)
you can have it to play with if you want. I think it sells for $50 bucks or something.

Just don't send it back when you are done.

Mike
 
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