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    Ron37388 is offline Junior Member
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    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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    desertman is offline Senior Member
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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.

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    rustygun is offline Member HGF Gold Member
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    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.

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    DirtyDog is online now Member
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    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.

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    desertman is offline Senior Member
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    DirtyDog:
    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.

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    Ron37388 is offline Junior Member
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    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.

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    DirtyDog is online now Member
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    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.

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    Ron37388 is offline Junior Member
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    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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