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Old 05-26-2012, 12:28   #1
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Just made a guide rod out of a nail.

Guy over on another forum lost the guide rod for his PK380. I was looking at mine when I cleaned the gun today and it looked for all the world like you could make up one pretty easily out of a proper size nail. Well, found a nail about the right size and with the help of my drill motor, Dremel and some files and sand paper I made up one that works like a charm. Who says you always need factory parts, LOL
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:33   #2
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I suspect the original guide rod may have been hardened.

In an emergency, you do what you have to do........but, I'd get OEM parts for something I depend on for survival.

I sometimes tell the story of how I used a paperclip for a cotter key on the tail rotor of a helicopter.......This was in the field, and no parts were available at the moment of need, so you do what you gotta do in circumstances like that.........

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Old 05-26-2012, 12:36   #3
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Looks like you nailed it.

Good job, I think you might have too much free time on your hands this holiday.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:36   #4
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I give it 2 or 3 shots before it bends out of shape.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:38   #5
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:44   #6
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I give it 2 or 3 shots before it bends out of shape.
I don't know, it's not all that long so it's pretty stiff and even the stock one doesn't look like it's too "high tech" IMHO. I'm sure the mild steel that the nail is made out of is as good for this application as anything else you could use. Heck, they're using aluminum, plastic, all sorts of stuff for guide rods.
This is what happens to guys who use to be Machinists who end up with too much time on their hands. They start making stuff weather they need it or not.LOL
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Old 05-26-2012, 14:58   #7
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I once spent a chunk of a weekend making a firing pin for a single shot shotgun out of a broken drill rod.
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Old 05-26-2012, 16:18   #8
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I don't know, it's not all that long so it's pretty stiff and even the stock one doesn't look like it's too "high tech" IMHO. I'm sure the mild steel that the nail is made out of is as good for this application as anything else you could use. Heck, they're using aluminum, plastic, all sorts of stuff for guide rods.
This is what happens to guys who use to be Machinists who end up with too much time on their hands. They start making stuff weather they need it or not.LOL
As a current machinist, I hear ya.

I do however suspect that the flared/head end might start bending over time. Not going to call how many shots it will take but I'm betting it will.
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Old 05-27-2012, 22:44   #9
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Old 05-28-2012, 00:19   #10
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Most parts are annealed as well as hardened so they last longer. It looks good but I'm not going to bet on how long it will last.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:55   #11
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Years ago I made a "zip-gun" out of an ink pen. It actually worked,
But it did not end well,........nails have no place in a firearm.

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^ Words of wisdom right there. Although a "MacGuyver" gun pen sounds awesome, .22LR I presume?


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nail

Should be a tack driver now.
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Should be a tack driver now.
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Should be a tack driver now.
Yep, I should be able to "nail" the center of the target with every shot.
As to "Why?", just to see if I could, no other reason.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:12   #17
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Brass and S.S. hinge pins work well.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:29   #18
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Let me know when you go the range to try it out, I don't want to be there!
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:33   #19
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I don't know why everyone is so afraid of this part. It's not like it's under a lot of stress during shooting, basically it just keeps the spring straight while the slide is moving. For God sake, Glock uses PLASTIC and has never had a problem. I'm sure steel is much stronger then plastic.
I'm sure if you can drive a nail like I made this out of into a piece of wood with repeated blows from a hammer without it bending it'll be fine as a non-stressed part used to keep the recoil spring on track.
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