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Old 01-18-2011, 08:52 PM
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Ordered a Wolff brand non-captive steel guide rod and several different powered Wolff recoil springs for a Glock 21sf. Figured the non-captive was a good idea so I had the option of switching to a lighter or heavier spring using only one rod. And if it works ok, I have the original as a spare.

I must be doing something wrong when installing it, because it took me about 5 minutes to get it installed without the spring twisting and bending and wanting to shoot across the room. And this was with a factory 17lb rated spring, never mind a 19lb.

I'm assuming there's a technique or trick to it. I'm not a small guy, but there was way too much effort involved for people to want to regularly change these things.

I'm getting old, but not that old. Any help would be great.
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"I'm assuming there's a technique or trick to it"

Patience...Practice...and "controlled finger guidance"..with more `practice`...and `Patience...Everyone goes through worries.
My G20SF has a 22lb spring...
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Same thing - they are murder!
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Had the same experience when I swapped out the factory guide rod for
a stainless one, and bought a new recoil spring just for good measure for
my G17. The new spring was just a wrestling match to reinstall every time.

I ended up buying a captive guide rod. I know, doesn't accomplish the
quick spring changes you were looking for, but wow, it is a heck of a
lot easier to reassemble.

My unsolicited 2-cents - throw the money at it and get a couple of captive
guide rods if you want to tinker with different spring weights. Get the
various springs set up on their own rods. It will save you a lot of grief.
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You don't have any ohter pistol with a on captive spring?

Use two hands, one holds slide, second uses two fingers to control spring and guide the rod, whilst thumb pushes rod forward and down.
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I have two Sigs with non-captive rods (traded the first Glock I owned for one). Totally different ball game. I can literally install the Sig rod and spring with one finger.

Got some advice similar to yours, PX. With the Glock, if I 'cup' the loose end of the spring against the inside of the slide and push with the other hand its going on pretty quickly. It's still not as quick or easy as a captive rod or a Sig but it works. I know I could never do it one-handed.


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