I have no first hand experience with it, but understand swapping out the plastic is common. I've not heard of a problem with them. Check back later. Someone here will have a definitive answer for you.
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Greetings! Has anybody had any problems after upgrading this firearm to a Steel or Stainless Steel guide rod? I had read somewhere online that people were having problems with the SD Sigma variants breaking frames and wanted to know if it was true, and if this problem could affect the earlier SW40VE? I'm looking at a Wolff steel replacement for the plastic OEM piece. I did a few searches here and couldn't find anything. Thanks!
Why to you want to change it?
Many guns have polymer guide rods.
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There have been some were the heavier steel guide rod beat up the frame ,others have had no problem . The plastic RSA is fine and you can get an extra one for $12
Why fix what ain't broke? Especially w/ an "upgrade" they isn't necessarily better?
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I understand the questions. The other two semi-autos I have, have steel guide rods. I like the stability and longevity/dependability of them. Sure I can get a plastic replacement for $12, but IMO the plastic units in the SW40VE (and other autos with such types) are nothing but a cost-cutting measure to keep down the cost to mfg, and the retail price down. I had read somewhere online, that here at the S&W forum, there were problems with the SD variants with a particular aftermarket replacement part, and I wanted to see if it was true, and more importantly, applicable to the SW40VE. I can't see how the upgrade to a steel unit would be a problem as the Guide rod is anchored in the slide end, and has its footing on the barrel lug.
Last edited by FoghornLeghorn; 07-22-2019 at 09:24 PM.
I have had a Wolff steel guide rod and spring installed in my modified SW9GVE for several years and many thousands of rounds with no issues what so ever. I do replace the recoil spring as needed.