Removing the 1911 and 2011 Guide Rod is easy! Adam walk you through it in this short video.

– Hey everybody, Adam
from Atlas Gun Works.

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We’re gonna talk today,
or show you how, actually

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to take a full length guide
rod out of a 19- or 2011.

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The process is the same.

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And then we’ll explain the
difference between full length

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guide rod and a tool-less guide rod.

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(uptempo music)

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(gun firing)

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All right here we go.

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It’s going to be this simple.

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First thing is get the slide off the gun.

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Other videos should explain
that, but basically you’re gonna

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get the slide stop out of the gun.

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Some of the guns fight you
a little bit more on that.

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See we host is angry today.

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So slide the stop out,
slide comes forward.

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So I’ve got a full length
guide rod in this gun.

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Sometimes with the shorter
guns and depending on

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what spring set up this is
actually a four-and-a-quarter gun

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that we run with a full length
government slide cut back

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and then we run a wire spring in here

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that’s not really super important.

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But what you’re gonna
do is, you’re gonna take

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this guide rod, now if
you had a government model

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I should say it would be a
short stubby one like that.

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It will just fly out of the
back and you just put it back

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the same way essentially.

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They’re a little harder to assemble but

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with the full length
ones what we’re gonna do

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is just push this all the way forward.

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Now, in our five-inch guns, Dawson makes

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a five-inch tool-less
one where you just tip

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this little lever, the lever
then works like a catch

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and lets it catch as
it comes back through.

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So you’ll see I’m going to
do this with a paperclip.

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So I’m gonna take a brand new paperclip

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and gonna put this down for one second.

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So I’m just taking a brand
new paperclip, super easy.

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That’s the most common way
you see everybody do it.

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I won’t need the whole paperclip

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so I’m gonna cut just the tail end off.

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Make the paperclip relatively straight.

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I’m just gonna bend a
little hook in the tip.

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Nice short hook.

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When you push this through,
I’m pushing it through

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the reverse plug, which is right here

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and we’re gonna capture that
and the reverse plug together

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and then we’re gonna bring them
out of the back of the gun.

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So that’s just catching
on the reverse plug.

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If I was running a tool-less guide rod,

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this lever would just tip
up and do the same thing.

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So, they don’t make four-inch
tool-less ones that work

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in these set ups.

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So, now I’ve got this whole
thing captured as a unit.

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Set it aside.

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Good idea to wear safety protection,

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sometimes these things
pop apart and fly out

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and your barrel comes out of your gun.

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Installation is the reverse,
barrel comes back in the gun.

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This is a bull barrel, if
there is a bush in there

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you have to take the bush out.

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We’re gonna push this
forward, un-capture the pin,

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slide it back, gun goes together.

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So, had a bunch of guys lately asking

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how they get the full
length guide rods out.

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That is the simplest way.

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I always keep one of
those paperclips in my bag

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if I have one of those, just in case.

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Some of the companies,
Wilson tends to send

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the head of a nail just clipped
off so they just take a nail

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and clip it off and stick it
through there but the paperclip

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seems to work really well,

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that seems to be the common practice.

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So we’ll get this gun back
together and make sure everything

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worked out the way it was supposed to.

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Good to go.

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Just make sure you do a full
cycle, test that it’s working.

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But, all you need is a pair
of pliers and a paperclip.

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You could probably do it with
your fingers if you had to.

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Hope to see you guys on the range soon.

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