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Looking for a 1911 one piece guide rod recommendation

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Post by NuJudge Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:37 pm

To quickly swap uppers on a 1911, I would like to install a 1-piece guide rod, as done in this video:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIpPMFm5ubM

Can anyone suggest one for me?

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Post by mikemyers Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:57 pm

I think you mean a 2-piece full length guide rod.

I bought one about two years ago, works fine, but let's see what other people here recommend.  Lots of discussions on this, here's one:

https://www.1911forum.com/threads/2-piece-full-length-guide-rod-why.183591/

Funny, the video you linked to was what I started with years ago - wanted to be able to switch a 1911 back and forth quickly and easily.
That was the intent, but I ended up with two 1911's, so one is permanently set for the Nelson kit.

I can't explain the reason for this angled "cut", but my original was modified by Dave Salyer.  I sent a photo of what I was told to get, and the people I bought the new parts from machined their part to match.

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Post by LenV Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:03 pm

Wilson Combat has a one piece full length guide rod. Works great. I have them in all of mine. They come with a special spring retainer.
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Post by Allgoodhits Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:13 pm

I like the "one piece full length" guide rod with matching plug which have the hole in the shaft (rod) whereby with a L shaped wire (I make mine from paper clips) you simply compress the spring, insert pin to capture the spring tension, then remove guide rod, and plug as a captured unit. Then ease the plug out the rear. All without turning the bushing on the barrel in the lock up position. 

You can do a pretty thorough clean at this point. You can also, then, ease the barrel forward to get out of lock up, then turn and remove the bushing, then barrel.
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Post by james r chapman Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:20 pm

Like Len said, Wilson
But, works best if recoil spring tunnel opened up for clearance
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Post by radjag Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:24 pm

I've changed to these for every 1911 I've owned. They have always worked flawlessly and make stripping for cleaning much easier. I love them.

https://dawsonprecision.com/guiderod-1911-5-bushing-barrel-tool-less-by-dawson-precision/

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Post by LenV Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:42 am

The Dawson is nice but not for all 1911s. Looking for a 1911 one piece guide rod recommendation Screen33
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Post by Jon Eulette Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:40 am



I can't explain the reason for this angled "cut", but my original was modified by Dave Salyer.  I sent a photo of what I was told to get, and the people I bought the new parts from machined their part to match.

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This angled cut is to prevent contact/interference from the barrel bottom lugs. Oversized lugs on match barrels will hit this and not go completely into battery.
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Post by mikemyers Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:10 am

Thanks, Jon.  

If I ever buy a new 1911, made specifically for me, I would leave all these decisions up to the gunsmith building the gun.
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Post by kc.crawford.7 Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:26 am

EGW, this is the one I use in all my builds.
https://www.egwguns.com/2-pc-ss-5-guide-rod
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Post by Kp321 Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:14 am

I am also a fan of the Dawson Precision product.

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