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Old 04-19-2001, 07:13 AM   #1
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I am look for replacement recoil springs and guide rods for my slowly growing collection of Glocks (17, 21,22,30). Suggestions? I use Wolfe springs in my 1911s (like most of us) and was wondering what is the consensus for Glocks. I would like to get rid of the cheesy plastic guide rod and captured recoil spring.
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Old 04-19-2001, 08:17 AM   #2
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I'm using Wolff springs and guide rod with no problems.
 
Old 04-20-2001, 12:24 PM   #3
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Hello. I don't know that it was necessary, but I'd heard of SOME of the Glock plastic recoil spring guides breaking, so I replaced with Wolff. No problems whatsoever, but in all fairness, I had no problems before. Just a possible preventive measure.

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Old 04-21-2001, 09:57 PM   #4
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Try ISMI springs and guide rods. Replaced the guide rod and springs in my 21, 23, and 35 with one of their units

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Old 04-22-2001, 09:13 PM   #5
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I just put a Lightning Strike guide rod/Wolf spring in my G35. While the gun functions fine the slide seems to grate slightly when pulled back. Anyone else notice this with a steel guide rod? FWIW, I've always had good functioning with the stock plastic unit.
 
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I have heard good things about both ISMI and Lightning Strike, and Wolff has been the standard for everything for shooters for years. Lightning Strike IS geared specifically for Glocks, however. I think that they all would be OK.

Personally, I use the original plastic guide rods in my guns; and my Mod. 17 has the UN-captured one, and it still works great.
 
Old 04-23-2001, 02:13 AM   #7
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I used a Wolff guide rod with their non-captive springs in my G22's for a long time. Now that I mainly shoot the G19, I haven't set them up the same way... yet. So far, the stock recoil spring is fine. We'll see.

Btw, the advantage of the non-captive spring for the G22/23 & .357 Glocks is that the standard spring wt (17-18 # i think) is too light, and you can go to a heavier spring easily, or vary the wt as needed. MarkCO, a GlockTalk moderator and forensic engineer, has extensively tested this, and finds that the 20-22 lb springs give better results in the .40 Glocks. Less frame battering, etc. I used the 20 and 22# both and they worked great, with full-power loads. FWIW.
 
Old 07-27-2001, 01:22 AM   #8
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THE Accessories makes the highest quality guiderods for the Glock pistol and ISMI springs are far superior to the Wolff.

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Old 07-27-2001, 09:25 AM   #9
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The majority of people will go with either the wolff rod and spring or they go with the ISMI rod and spring. This may be pointing out the obvious to some, but Wolff guide rods and ISMI guide rods are different diameter. You cannot mix the different types. Also, when you get up over 20 lbs. recoil springs, the ISMI uncaptured springs are pretty tough to get on the rod and back in the gun. They do seem to function very well. Alot of people say the ISMI is far superior to Wolff because the ISMI is the flat wire spring like the original Glock spring. Has anyone ever tested the ISMI springs for consistency and accuracy as far performance at the correct spring rate? I have an SDM Fabricating recoil spring tester that I use for 1911 springs. I recently decided to try ISMI springs for the 1911. I ordered and received a few different weight ISMI springs and tested them on the spring tester. I found alot of variation in the ISMI springs. So much that I do not think I want to try them again. This makes me wonder if anyone has ever tested the ISMI springs for the Glocks in the same way. All of the Wolff 1911 springs I have tested have been very consistent.
 
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On 2001-04-23 03:13, Mall Ninja wrote:
Btw, the advantage of the non-captive spring for the G22/23 & .357 Glocks is that the standard spring wt (17-18 # i think) is too light, and you can go to a heavier spring easily, or vary the wt as needed. MarkCO, a GlockTalk moderator and forensic engineer, has extensively tested this, and finds that the 20-22 lb springs give better results in the .40 Glocks. Less frame battering, etc. I used the 20 and 22# both and they worked great, with full-power loads. FWIW.
Hmm, I haven't had any trouble with the stock springs in either my G23 or G30, but the rim of the stock guide rod on the G23 did break a while back. I replaced it with another stock rod and haven't had any trouble, but I've been considering the Wolff guide rod and spring just to see if it made any difference. I may have to try a heavier spring weight, too.

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