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Old 03-09-2014, 05:43 PM   #1
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GI vs Full length guide rod

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I have a new Kimber Custom ll Stainless Target pistol in 10mm and it came with a full length guide rod. I like GI guide rods over full length for easier break down and reassembly. Has anyone switched their full size Kimber to the GI length and did it hurt accuracy or performance that you could tell? I figured I would ask to see what the feedback was on doing this.
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This is an ongoing debate. As far as accuracy gains or losses I think it would take. Top level bullseye shooter and or a Ransom rest to prove. And even then it likely take a Keefer built bullseye gun.

Pro and con from the laymen...
Some change all guns back to the short or GI system. This has been a recent trend. Years ago the trend was to change to flgr. Some because they just believe the gun cannot be improved from its original design. Others for the ease of takedown. Others still for the ability to drive the slide back against an object one handed to clear a stoppage. But if it is a rail gun with light mounted that won't work anyways and the ledge rear sight will suffice. Before thAt we hook the rear of the ejection port!

Some claim the cover makes the gun cycle smoother and fully supports the spring to prevent binding and breakage. There are some reports of guns that would not run with a short rod but did with the long.

As for me I have guns with both. Whatever it came with I leave in it as long as it runs. On the 5" guns I do not find the one piece flgr to be a tough take down even with no tool.

The 4" and less or bull barrel guns are a bit tougher and do require the flgr.

Sorry I was no real help. This debate will likely never end.
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Well,

I'm still undecided as well. I see where a flgr could keep the spring inline and make it travel in a controlled track. But I also have heard how the old smiths have ripped out the flgr when customers have brought them in and swapped them to a GI guide rod. So still up in the air and was hoping that someone had some real proof that one was better than the other.
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