Custom Stainless Steel Guide Rods
Factory Beretta Captive PX-4 Guide Rod assembly
Stainless Steel Non Captive PX-4 Guide Rod
picture is of the factory
Beretta PX-4 guide rod. It is a one piece unit.
rod, recoil spring and bushings are all one piece and held together by
tip that snaps into the end of the guide rod.
captive rod I offer for the PX-4 is shown below the factory rod. Please
captive stainless rod will not hold the recoil spring and bushings
These will be separate components and the
factory rod will
have to be disassembled
so that the
rod and bushings can be used on the non captive stainless rod.
benefits of a non captive stainless rod are that the recoil spring can
changed when needed and that the components can be easily cleaned and
needed. The stainless rod will also add extra weight under the barrel.
Note: I also
offer a stainless steel captive guide rod for the PX-4. This is a
special order item
and requires shipping me your
factory guide rod. Click here for details
Captive Rod Disassembly
Beretta PX-4 factory guide rod
Most factory plastic captive guide rods cannot be
disassembled without destroying the guide rod.
involves cutting the guide rod to remove the recoil spring. Be careful,
parts will fly!
PX-4 and Cougar are exceptions. The Beretta's use a plastic tip on the
front end of
the guide rod that
can be removed by compressing the recoil spring to expose two openings
side of the guide rod as shown below.
The locking tabs on the tip of the rod have to be pressed in
equal pressure to release the tip.
You really need three hands to do this. I have talked to some who have
recoil spring and used a set of vise grip pliers to clamp around the
plastic rod to hold the
spring in the compressed position. This allows both hands free to press
in on the plastic tabs
with two small screwdrivers and releasing the tip from the rod.
I do a lot of these so I made a special tool just for the
This was fashioned from a set of snap ring pliers.
found a quick way to remove the px4 rod with just a flat head
no other tools.
Here's a tip from Rommel
much easier than using clamps/pliers
1. field strip the gun and reinstall and adjust the plastic rod so the
tab is reinstalled facing 45 degrees away from the barrel. make sure
the gun is
free of ammunition.
2. reassemble the gun as normal
3. retract the slide and lock it in the open position using
4. using a small flathead screwdriver press the exposed tab on the
guide rod while supporting the rod and pry the tab towards the
the gun. Once you remove one side of the tab, the retainer cap can
removed without having to press the tab on the other side.
5. field strip the gun again taking care when disassembling the guide
as the spring is no longer captive.
6. insert the new metal guide rod and reassemble.
took all of 5 minutes. not sure if others may have hesitated
the rod due to not having the right tools, but with above method
anybody can do
again great product and thanks..
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