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Old 04-02-2019, 06:04 AM   #1
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Has anybody took the full length guide rod out of there Pro II and replaced it with a standard commander size rod? I wonder if it would function correctly? Sure would be easier to disassemble if you didn't need the tool. Just a thought from the "Can't leave well enough alone disease" crowd.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:15 AM   #2
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Better yet get a Wilson Combat Flat Wire Spring Kit, the spring is good for 40,000 rounds and you'll never need a tool to break the gun down. All my Pro size Kimbers have this kit installed in them.
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Thanks for the reply. I am looking to trade for a Pro II and I know it has a FLGR. Guy told me it's a pain to take apart, and I needed the tool. I have them in my Stainless and Custom II but I have not had any experience with the commander size model.
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The tool is a bent paper clip and if you know what you're doing you can do it without any tools at all. Kimber suggests replacing the recoil spring every 800 rounds, upgrading to the WC FWSK eliminates the need to keep replacing the spring and the need for any tools.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:47 AM   #5
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I have a Remington R1 but I wasn't sure if the 4.25 on the Remi and the 4.0 barrel length on the Pro II would cause it to bind up somewhere if using the the kimber stock spring and shorter GR. Just thought I would ask for professional opinions.

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On a funnier note. I had a Colt officer model once and got whacked with the plug and spring when I turned the barrel bushing to release it. {don't ask}
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The tool is a bent paper clip and if you know what you're doing you can do it without any tools at all. Kimber suggests replacing the recoil spring every 800 rounds, upgrading to the WC FWSK eliminates the need to keep replacing the spring and the need for any tools.
How do you take it out without the tool? Just use your thumbs after you take the slide off?

I have never had any issues using the tool, but it is kinda a pain.
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Kimber top / Wilson under

The Kimber spring is a POS. Wilson flat wire kit and magazine is the way to go.
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How do you take it out without the tool? Just use your thumbs after you take the slide off?

I have never had any issues using the tool, but it is kinda a pain.

In a word....... yes.
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Thanks guys. I think I had the gun maybe 5 minutes and I ordered Wolff 23 pounds springs for it. They work great as well but....they don't last anywhere near as long as that flat wire kit is supposed to.

I have had so much fun making tweaks to my PCII I think I am gonna have to add this spring kit as well.
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