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Illegal guide rods

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Yes, solid full length guide rods have to stick through a hole in the replacement cap that comes with it  (otherwise, the slide would not have room to open backwards toward the grip frame). 


Here's a snapshot from muzzle showing tip of rod inside of the cap.


You can see a video showing installation and operation at:



Courtesy of Brownell's Tech Department.


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Can anyone tell me why these three guide rods are illegal?


does the one in the middle and the one on the right go all the way through the plug? im not seeing how they work...

The short one doesn’t extend through the spring plug. It’s spring loaded which makes it illegal. The middle one is full length and difficult to detect without disassembling the gun.

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