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    Anyone using the steel replacement guide rod (p11)?

    I have a three year old P11 that has about 850 rounds through it. The factory guide rod is getting pretty chewed up. Is it normal to get these nicks/scrapes or is something binding that shouldn't? It hasn't affected reliability that I can tell, but it bugs me. Anyone have any feedback on the steel replacement? It's cheap enough to just try one, but I'd hate to mess up what has been a very reliable carry gun. Thanks,

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    Some like the steel rod, others claim it gauls the aluminum frame, and wears the hole in the front of the slide into an oval.

    If you are fine with the plastic one, it is cheaper than the steel one to replace it, and Kel-Tec may even send you a free one if you call them and explain the situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psween View Post
    I'd hate to mess up what has been a very reliable carry gun.
    I think you answered your own question. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    A few scrapes and nicks will not hurt, although large gouges could be a concern.

    If it were me, I would leave it alone. If concerned about the appearance of the guide rod, I would order a factory replacement.

    For more detailed responses, pics of your guide rod noting the areas of concern would be very helpful.
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    call kel tec and get a free one. if it was a good thing for the gun then kel tec would put it in at the factory.
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    ive had p11 guide rod in my pf9. i liked it. i dont mind the plastic guide rod in glocks. glocks are proven. keltec is still new and proving themselves. id go with the metal.
    that being said, i personally havent had any problems in my 2nd pf9 with the factory plastic guide rod. but i have had some of their metal parts break on me at the range. and they ALWAYS replace any needed parts no questions asked.

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    I know Glock was introduced in 1982...but Kel Tec has been making P-11s since 1991, and P-32s since 1999. The PF-9 came out in 2006.

    George Kellgren designed the Intretec Tec9s and built Grendels back in the early 80s. Not exactly the new kids on the block.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haugrdr View Post
    I know Glock was introduced in 1982...but Kel Tec has been making P-11s since 1991, and P-32s since 1999. The PF-9 came out in 2006.

    George Kellgren designed the Intretec Tec9s and built Grendels back in the early 80s. Not exactly the new kids on the block.
    and both keltecs longer produced firearms (p11 & p32) are produced with steel guide rods i believe?

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    No, the P32 has a plastic guide rod. Same with the P11. Only the P3AT and the no longer made P40 came from the factory with a metal guide rod.

    All the guide rod does in a Kel Tec is retain the springs. Does nothing else. Plus, like stated earlier, the metal rod tends to wallow out the hole it rides in...in the front of the slide. It's really not needed.

    I guess Kel Tec felt they WERE needed in the very overpowered (weight vs recoil) P3AT and P40.

    Just to put it another way, your Kel Tec pistol is stated from the factory to have a life time of around 6000 rounds. Why shorten that by putting a metal guide rod in when it isn't really needed?
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    How about I turn one out of Aluminum? The frame is anodized, that should stop any Galding?

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    Whatever for? The plastic one lasts forever. The only thing it does is retain the springs...there's no stress on the rod.
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