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While trying to reassemble my Colt, I have a great deal of difficulty slipping the slide stop lever into the slide and THRU the barrel link. This may be another case of..."It's not the arrow but the Indian". Am I doing something wrong--anyone have a tip to make this easier?
 

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Make sure the link is down after inserting it into the slide and work it back and forth a bit until you see it in the hole.
What kind of guide rod do you have?
Is the slide complete (spring and cap compressed in it) or do you install the spring and cap after putting in the slide stop?
 

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I've found if the barrel link is all the way towards the handle of the weapon as you hold it upright, the recoil spring and guide rod is in, then slide the slide on quickly, it falls right into place.
Just practice it and it will become easier.
If you have a series 80 make sure when you slide the slide on, it is in the upgright position and do NOT hold the grip safety. The model 80 has an additional trigger safety that can get rounded off or broken off if you try it upside down.
 

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Reassembling I usually put the barrel back in the slide then put the barrel link forward, rest the spring with the part against the barrel link. Carefully put slide bk onto the frame letting the spring poke out of the front. Pull the slide back until the notches line up then insert slide stop. If it's not lined up usually you can wiggle the gun a little until it does then insert the slide stop. Put on barrel bushing then the spring cap. Push the spring cap down while holding the frame and slide with one hand then turn the barrel bushing till it locks over the spring cap. It takes a bit of getting used to but once you've broke it down and reassembled it a few times its extremely easy. Good luck and don't get frustrated it happens to us all when dealing with new guns.
 

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Reassembling I usually put the barrel back in the slide then put the barrel link forward, rest the spring with the part against the barrel link. Carefully put slide bk onto the frame letting the spring poke out of the front. Pull the slide back until the notches line up then insert slide stop. If it's not lined up usually you can wiggle the gun a little until it does then insert the slide stop. Put on barrel bushing then the spring cap. Push the spring cap down while holding the frame and slide with one hand then turn the barrel bushing till it locks over the spring cap. It takes a bit of getting used to but once you've broke it down and reassembled it a few times its extremely easy. Good luck and don't get frustrated it happens to us all when dealing with new guns.
Exactly, I have a few 1911's and follow the same re-assembly works perfect.
 
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