After consulting with the venerable Rick Breneman, he suggested that I replace my full length guide rod for a G.I. Guide rod. I ordered the pair of Ed Brown Heavy Duty Recoil Spring Guide & Stainless Recoil Spring Plug.
Got it installed (was more tricky than my full length guide rod) and weighed it to see if I’ve shaved off some weight.
the Spring Plug looks good.
The new guide rod doesn’t hold the spring straight, I’m guessing it’s wobbling a little inside of the dust cover, I can hear the spring scratching the sides, making it sound “springier” than if you were using a full guide rod. I’ve read on many forums that this will not affect the performance of your gun at all.
that’s 2lbs, 8.2 ounces = 40.2 ounces! Just shy of the 41ounces weight limit for the CDP division.
finally! I get to keep my Magwell.