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Old 02-19-2012, 01:17 PM
DaveyC DaveyC is offline
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Compact ES Wilson Guide Rod Issue

I have a S&W Compact ES I bought new back in July. Shortly after buying, I put in a Wilson Combat full length guide rod. It has been flawless until last night. The thing was as smooth cycling as possible, really actually quite beautiful. But last night, I just field stripped it and cleaner her up a little. When putting it all back together, the guide rod started hanging up on the plug. I reversed the recoil spring and then it takes away the hanging up issue, but then it doesn't come into battery completely. I'm just wondering what some suggestions are. It's my first 1911 and it certainly won't be my last. But because of this, I'm now carrying my Glock 29 until I can get the thing to work right. I much rather carry the 1911 as it's more comfortable for me.

Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:07 AM
Brynjulf Brynjulf is offline
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Might do better if you post this in the Gunsmithing and Troubleshooting sub forum.
"Extremism in the defense of LIBERTY is not a vice"
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:46 PM
rbert0005 rbert0005 is offline
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I would throw the full length guide rod in the trash and go with the GI set up.

I am no expert, but think I am sometimes.
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