Which guide rod spring to use?
I have a G26 which I love. I'm the first to admit that I'm ignorant when it comes to the guide rod assembly. I keep seeing ads for replacement guide rods with captured springs in various weights. I can understand how a heavier assembly may reduce muzzle flip and recoil, but what does the heavier spring weight do? I think stock is 16# and you can get 10,14,18,20,and 22# replacements. What's the so-called advantage of going to a higher weight? Is it really worth the cost vs improvement? I use this gun as my daily carry.
Thanks for any info.
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Wolff Springs (Gunsprings.com) makes a non captive unit where you can change the springs without changing the entire unit (captive). Eventually you will need to change the springs. I use the standard weight springs. That is what the gun is designed to use. I just do not like a plastic guide rod assembly.
The sights are the only thing I change on my Glocks. IMO Glock builds a extremely reliable pistol right out of the box. Better off spending the money on practice ammo and range time.
I change the sights and the trigger. I like my Glocks, but prefer Tritium sights. And the pyramid trigger is miles ahead of the standard Glock.
I'll second that! There's just something about plastic triggers, I always feel they are going to break at some point. Not only that I just like the looks of the anodized aluminum trigger. I have silver with the red safety. I only replaced the trigger and left the rest alone keeping the factory trigger pull. Also added Tru-glo day/night sights and Wolff non captive guide rod and stainless steel pins. Even though Glock's are good to go straight from the box it's fun to tinker with them.
And the pyramid trigger is miles ahead of the standard Glock.
I think I'll stick with the stock spring weight based on what's been posted. I might change to the stainless rod assembly just to get away from the plastic unit. I could never understand why they would use a plastic rod that is under so much pressure every time it cycles. I'm not saying they don't know what they are doing, it just seems better to have a rod that won't flex, bend or break.
The pyramid trigger is a good wish list item. I think it's too expensive for what I use my Glock for.
When was the last time you saw someone have a problem because of the guide rod?
I saw one melt on YouTube. After they fired 2000 rounds as fast as possible. Didn't affect function.
I think you're worrying about a problem that only exists in the minds of advertisers.
DirtyDog....you're probably right on the rod. I bought the Glocks because they are the best hand gun out there. They wouldn't get that reputation if they built shoddy products. I'm sure a lot of testing went into every part they use. I really can't recall seeing any post where someone had a problem that wasn't connected to their own error. Thanks for the info.
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