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    It doesn't look long enough but could it be for a K instead of an MK?

    I wish I had my loaner MK9 to look at for comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bawanna View Post
    It doesn't look long enough but could it be for a K instead of an MK?
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    I think not boss, it's diameter is smaller than the rod in my K9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boscobarbell View Post
    Two things:

    1) People buy SS upgrades because of durability and lesser recoil. You may argue that those improvements are marginal...fair enough.
    2) The MK9, to my eyes, is one of the most attractive pocket handguns available. But that plastic guide rod just sticks out like a nasty rash on a supermodel. Purely subjective? Sure. But for a pistol that sells for about $700, why not get rid of that eyesore?
    I'll chime in just to stir the pot a little. I think your assessment number one is a bit of hooey. It's just rationalization for the real reason people upgrade to stainless which is your number two: stainless just looks better. And looks are important IMHO. I personally thought that black dot on the muzzle looked good. Nobody cared or knew what it was made of except me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b4uqzme View Post
    I'll chime in just to stir the pot a little. I think your assessment number one is a bit of hooey. It's just rationalization for the real reason people upgrade to stainless which is your number two: stainless just looks better. And looks are important IMHO. I personally thought that black dot on the muzzle looked good. Nobody cared or knew what it was made of except me.
    Google the subject and you'll get thousands of "professional" opinions, half of which agree with you, the other half of which agree with me.

    I agree that I come to this subject with a bias. I've carried professionally for almost 30 years, and I've enjoyed the comfort of carrying pistols that endured the most rigorous testing to even be considered as duty weapons (and plenty of perfectly serviceable pistols failed). Perhaps those standards were overly stringent, but I can attest that I have never experienced a malfunction in a duty pistol that at least had the dust bunnies blown out every 6 months or so.

    So if a $40 component buys me a bit more peace of mind, it's worth every penny. And my mentality in this extends to other self defense products, too. For example, I prefer overbuilt pocket folders when choosing a knife, too. Sure, a $30 Chinese blade would probably suffice in 999 out of a 1000 cases. But I opt for the Hinderer or Hoback offerings every time.

    If you want to chalk it up to mental illness, have at it.

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    And, finally remembered to snap a shot of my MK9 with the Wolff guide rod in place. It looks a bit different than Greg's. I don't find it difficult to assemble at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfonse View Post
    And, finally remembered to snap a shot of my MK9 with the Wolff guide rod in place. It looks a bit different than Greg's. I don't find it difficult to assemble at all.

    Thank you kindly for the photo sir!
    It sure looks like there is something amiss with set I have. Oh well, I'll probably spring for a set directly from Wolff at some point.
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    I can't take near the quality photos with my cheap arse digital, but this shows the original, and the Wolff set up. I don't know if the one's that they sell today are manufactured the same or not. I've got over a thousand rds. on this Wolff set up, and it's still super stiff. I think I bought the spring setup in 2009 or 10. That cup that the rod rides inside of, I believe is plastic. It has a weird feel to it, and is hard to distinguish between a metal and plastic, even with wear marks on it.
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    Thanks for the photos berettabone
    FWIW, a magnet sticks to the cup that is part of the Wolff set I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gb6491 View Post
    BTW, I'm currently testing the Wolff guide rod set in my MK9. It seems to work fine, but I think will need some plastic surgery before long...then again it might provide some stand off if I ever try to press the muzzle up against something


    Merry Christmas to all!
    I've had to replace my plastic OEM RSA and tried the Kahr Stainless.
    Currently running the Wolff guide set up in my MK40 Elite.
    Seems to run great.
    Not super pretty like the stainless - but I like it
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    Quote Originally Posted by gb6491 View Post
    ...
    BTW, I'm currently testing the Wolff guide rod set in my MK9. It seems to work fine, but I think will need some plastic surgery before long...then again it might provide some stand off if I ever try to press the muzzle up against something


    Merry Christmas to all!
    I just want follow up on this:
    I didn't like how that guide rod protruded, so I put the stock setup back in my MK9 and stuck the Wolff kit in a drawer.
    Fast forward to a few days ago when I noticed a NIB Wolff kit for sale (at a very good price ) on another forum. I decided ti give it a go.
    I pulled the kit I had from it's drawer and found that it's guide rod was significantly longer than the one I just received; otherwise they seem the same.
    I like this look much more:

    Now that I know for sure it was the length of the old guide, I may trim it down for a flush fit and give it slight bevel (vice the cone shape it has).
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