I'm looking at getting a older (approx2007) V51 SBR. After doing some research I'm kinda on the fence as to if they are good or not can someone point this newby in the right direction?
That is incorrect. If you had said all the Vector styled 51s you'd have a winner. Vollmer, Qualified, and Dyer built 51s have solid, one piece recoil rods. There were a lot of 51s made from back in the day, before Vector was around. Vector was the one that started up with a commercially manufactured two piece recoil rod, probably after seeing how nohair did his. Personally, I don't think Vector made their rod collapse enough.That is correct. All of the 51 style weapons have a telescoping recoil rod, and you have to buy parts designed in that way.