Kommander wrote:I replaced the full length guide rod in my 1911 with a normal one but mainly because the full length required tools to take down.
Ummmm, no, not really. Mine are supposed to require tools as well. But if you know how to take it down, you don't need tools. You have to take the slide off with the barrel and guide rod still attached. The guide rod will drop down enough to move the bushing and then you can disassemble the pistol the rest of the way. Reassemble the same way. It takes some getting use to, but once you know it, it can be done.
I haven't used a tool to disassemble for cleaning a 1911 in years.