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There she is on my P380. I did notice that the guide rod is slightly different from the original black. The corners aren't rounded like the stock guide rode. I'd prefer them rounded... I found it took a while to fit it right during reassembly. Looks nice though. Again, would prefer it to have the coloration of the barrel and not the slide as it does now. I like the guide rod on the Kahr which welcomes you to p380forum.com

Also... polymer tipped .223 is perfect for holding up the p380 for pictures! The tip goes right in the extractor slot!
 

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From what little I can see, it looks nice. Is there a mechanical advantage of the SS rod? (Adds muzzle weight?) or is it more for looks?
 

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I got it mostly for looks, and also I don't like having a blued rod in a stainless gun (more liable to rust... though I do keep a lot of oil on the rod... ;)).
 

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I also bought one from Kahr too, did not like it at all because it is not beveled at the end thats why it hard to get to go in, I have purchased another one from Steve Bedair that is beveled and it fits perfect every time it was a few dollars cheaper to and it looks great, he also makes one that is checkerd at the end if you really want to dress it up
 

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After seeing those beveled guide rods I decided I should do the same to mine. I haven't shot it yet so I can't recommend it until I confirm it doesn't affect reliability, but here are some pics.







I just put the guide rod in my drill (driver) and spun it on a file for awhile. Finished it off with some high grit sandpaper. Probably not as nice as the guiderod.com ones but hey... I didn't have to buy a new one ;D

I think it'd be really cool to have a guide rod with concentric circles on the end.
 

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These Steve Bedair guide rods are great, shot 100 round through my p380 with it no malfunctions what ever, the rod is highly polished and the beveled end makes it work and install flawlessly
 
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I like Steve Bedair's products as much as anyone and own both his P380 rod AND the factory P380 s/s guide rod. Now what exactly is wrong with the factory s/s rod again because mine has never given me a bit of trouble and is just as easy to install. Have never had a malfunction with with Steve's or the factory part.
 

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I don't think anyone said any thing about malfuntions with the stainless rod from Kahr, but the fact is , it is not beveled at the end, which makes it harder to install.
 
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I don't think anyone said any thing about malfuntions with the stainless rod from Kahr, but the fact is , it is not beveled at the end, which makes it harder to install.
OK but I have never had a serious problem with the factory rod. If Steve's works better for you, go for it. But I'd file this one under "optional." Having said, Steve Bedair is a good guy and I'd love to see him do well. I have been a customer of his for a long time.
 

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I also had no problems with the factery blue rod that came with the gun, even that rod has rounded edges to slip in better, I am refering to the stainless rod that kahr sells on there site, that has giving me and others trouble trying to install it because its not beveled at the end. I prefer a stainless rod in a stainless gun and betweem kahrs and Steve bedair, I'll pick his every time. I don't know what kahr was thinking when they didn't bevel there rod. I would have stoped there. I have since bought Steve Bedair rods for my sig 229 and beretta 92.
 
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