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Thread: Guide Rod Bushing immobile

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    Guide Rod Bushing immobile

    Problem SOLVED!
    I used a very small brass hammer and lightly tapped the bushing which released it. Problem solved. It's been 5 years that I've owned this slide and just didn't want to mess anything up.

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    As the title says, I have an slide with barrel that has a FLGR. The guide rod has a bushing and I cannot, for the life of me, get the bushing pushed in to remove the guide rod. I apologize for the lack of specificity, I don't even remember the mfr of the slide/barrel.
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    TIA

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    By "guide rod bushing" I assume you are referring to an open-front recoil spring plug?
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    Most likely.
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    I had seen it called a guide rod bushing but your name seems equally correct

    Note that I hate this thing, it's not at all comfortable depressing it with my thumb. Can it be replaced by a closed front ('serrated') version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevindtimm View Post
    I had seen it called a guide rod bushing but your name seems equally correct

    Note that I hate this thing, it's not at all comfortable depressing it with my thumb. Can it be replaced by a closed front ('serrated') version?
    If it's a 4", 4-1/4", or 5" pistol ... yes, but you'll also have to replace the full-length guide rod.

    If it's a 3-1/2" pistol ... maybe.

    If it's a 3" pistol ... no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevindtimm View Post
    I had seen it called a guide rod bushing but your name seems equally correct
    FYI in the army blueprints, its name is "Recoil spring plug". For clarity, we generally go with the names in the drawings, whenever possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by kevindtimm View Post
    Note that I hate this thing, it's not at all comfortable depressing it with my thumb. Can it be replaced by a closed front ('serrated') version?
    Yes, provided the gun doesn't have a full-length guide rod, that would need to go through that hole. Check out EGW's website, for closed spring plugs and for short guide rods (or Recoil Spring Guides, to use the name from those prints).

    Note that if this is a 5"-barreled gun (or slide), the closed plug is a bit longer than the open plug, to provide some more support for the spring.
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    First off, thanks very much!

    Correction taken, I've not seen the drawings (yet)

    It is a 5" gun and as far as I know it is a FLGR. I will check the EGW website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevindtimm View Post
    First off, thanks very much!

    Correction taken, I've not seen the drawings (yet)

    It is a 5" gun and as far as I know it is a FLGR. I will check the EGW website.
    Then you can’t use a standard recoil spring plug. If you did manage to get it assembled; I wouldn’t want to be around when you touched off the first round...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick McC. View Post
    Then you can’t use a standard recoil spring plug. If you did manage to get it assembled; I wouldn’t want to be around when you touched off the first round...
    Nor would I.

    I'm beginning to get more attached to the current setup, I've improved my takedown skills already. No changes yet, I'm going to give this setup a little more time.

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    It's a question of personal preference. Many of us here think that the only purpose served by full-length guide rods is to separate gun owners from their money. For me, if a 1911 with a full-length guide rod happens to follow me home, the first thing I do is replace it with a conventional guide rod and recoil spring plug.
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