I have heard of reliability problems with the full length guiderods, but for me its the simple fact I don't want to have to carry around a tool or paperclip so I can take it apart to clean it. With the Kimber's and others like it, you need the little takedown pin or a paperclip to dismantle, with the SA's you need the hex- wrench. The first thing I did when I got my Loaded 1911A1 was to replace the guiderod with the standard colt style, just like the USGI comes with.
Shoot it with a standard guide rod, and you will instantly notice the muzzle flip changes...and is more pronounced. I don't believe all the hype about full length guide rods adding to accuracy, reliability, smoother function, reduced spring wear, etc....can't prove it by me... But the muzzle flip issue and the ability to come back on target faster is true...and when your shooting a dueling tree against someone else, it helps...
thanks .I talked to a bud that shoots bowling pin matches with his and he says he has had no problems with his springfield loaded.his has had a ton of bullets down range.I am going to try it out and see how it does first.this pistol isn't my HD gun my BHP is.
I gave it a good work out today at the range.it was 100% not one bobble with my cast 200 gr swc.I loaded up a box with 4.5 grs titegroup.it pretty much cut a ragged hole shooting from the 10 meter line.