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I have had my Loaded Stainless for 5 months now. I absolutely love it and I wanted to post some of the mods I have done. Two weeks ago I changed out my two piece guide rod with the GI guide rod from Wilson Combat. Yesterday I picked up the Recover Tactical grips and a Pursuit 190 lumen light from my local Bass Pro Shop. Here are the before and after pictures.
 

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Beautiful Loaded!

Why do people change to the old GI guide rod?

What are the respective pros and cons of the solid GI rod vs. the 2-piece?

I'd like to know because someday I will have a SA 1911.
If you ever have to make a reload with just one hand, you can use the side of a desk to rack the slide back, with a 2 piece or full length guide rod, you can't.
 

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I have 3 Elite's now, maybe a 4th by the weekend, a Elite Operator in 45, one in 9mm and then a Target in 9mm. Maybe getting a compact in 9mm this weekend. The Elite series, in my opinion, is the best deal, coming with the 4 mags, Black T and the range bag. I might sell the 9mm Target, as I don't care for the rear sight. If I keep it, a new Kensight will be going on it, or I'll be taking a file to round off the rear sight blade.
 
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