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    Which guide rod spring to use?

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    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.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Military doesn't change to metal guide rods so plastic must work OK.

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    My thought would be that using a heavier spring assembly would absorb more of the recoil if you are using a more powerful round *but* the contrary would be that it would also slam the slide forward with more force.

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    I changed to a stainless, very satisfied. Same

    Glock did have an optional recall on slide spring assemblies. You'll have to research the exact models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    I changed to a stainless, very satisfied. Same

    Glock did have an optional recall on slide spring assemblies. You'll have to research the exact models.
    I switched to one of those too, then to a non captive unit from "Gunsprings". Yeah, I know there's nothing wrong with the stock units, they do the job and as far as I know there have been no issues. I guess for me it's more of a psychological and esthetical sort of thing, it kind of cheapens the gun same with those plastic triggers and that thin little trigger safety. My two customized Glocks w/Lone Wolf ported barrels which I shortened by cutting of the last port, re-crowning and finishing the end along with polishing it to a mirror like finish. "Pyramid" anodized aluminum triggers w/red safety. Added stainless steel pins and white lettering. I've since added Trijicon night sights. I bought the extended slide release, but changed back to the originals as it would engage when my left thumb hit it under recoil, not good.

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    Very nice job, Great look

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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
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    Very nice job, Great look
    Why thank you "pic"! I appreciate that. I love working on guns, some I can't leave alone. Glock's in particular, turning otherwise ugly duckling's into somewhat of a beauty queen. Those "Lone Wolf" ported barrels with two ports were a little too long for my taste, that's why I shortened them leaving only one port. I don't know whether it reduces muzzle flip or not, I couldn't tell the difference. But it sure looks cool! That's what I was aiming for. The guns function flawlessly and accuracy hasn't been affected. And I love the look and feel of those "Pyramid Triggers".
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    Every test I've seen it's hard to beat the quality or accuracy of a glock barrel. Unless your shooting lead or just want a custom show piece.

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    Speaking of Glocks......


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