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I just purchased a XD 5" in 9mm. I disassembled it once according to the instructions in the manual. I am attempting to do it again, but the slide won't come off the frame even though the lever is up and I'm holding down the trigger. Did I assemble it wrong? Thanks for you help.
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Make sure you are dry fireing it. Hold the grip safety down and pull the trigger once it dry fires the frame should slide off.
 

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Make sure you have the grip safety depressed when pulling the trigger.
 

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Make sure your mag is ejected as well (I did that once spent a few minutes trying to fight the slide until I noticed)
 

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The mag is out and the safties are depressed. I cannot figure out what it is. I assume i put it together correctly. Could I have put the recoil spring in wrong? It says take care when assembling a 5" because the don't have a captive recoil system. Would this cause it to lock like this?
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If the mag is removed.. and you are sure it's not loaded.. pull the trigger.. the slide will release.

It's not more complicated than that... if I doesn't work than you will have to wait for the tech people around here.... but really, if there is no mag, then pushing the take down lever to the 12:00 position, and decocking should release the slide.... DONT FORCE IT!!! If my advice doesn't help, wait until a qualified person comes along to help you.

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You are still having a problem with this?

I tried, out of curiosity, to insert the guide rod backwards.. couldn't do it. Now I know that the tactical has a non captive guide rod, so maybe that's it.. I dunno' dude..

It really should be a simple thing. For my service model.. it's lock the slide back, push the disassembly lever to noon, release the slide, pull the trigger, remove the slide. The only thing that could hang it up in my mind is if you forgot to remove the magazine, or maybe if there is a bullet in the chamber... but you will know if there is a bullet in the chamber when you pull the trigger...

Sounds like you have a problem bigger than I can help you with.. good luck..

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I don't have a Tactical, but it should be as straight forward as described above. One the takedown lever is rotated up, there is nothing in the path of the guide rod and spring to stop them. The striker is all that can keep the slide from coming off.
Does the slide seem to operate normal without trying to take it off?
Does it go forward all the way until the barrel is seated?
If it is all the way in battery does the guide rod end stick out any more than usual?
If you put the "open" end of the spring on the rod first that end can slip by the head and jam. If that is the case I will post a description from another similar sounding thread:
Yep, I can jam my pistol!

The guide rods stick out as you say and the slide will not come off. But I got it off without much pain. The trick is to get the takedown lever removed while the slide is in place.

Everything is unloaded right? you will be pointing the pistol in all kinds of directions while you do this stuff.

Lock the slide back. There is a spring end (wire) that rides in a slot in the takedown lever. Actually two slots that are at 90° to each other. So if you position the takedown lever at about the 10:30 position, you can get the wire to set halfway between the slots (on the big diameter of the takedown lever) and poke the lever out from the opposite side. Press on the lever while working the lever around the 10:30 postion and you will feel it give a bit when it hits the right place. Press it harder and it should come out. It did not come all the way out on mine, but it came out far enough to get out of the way of the spring.

Now release the slide and let it forward, and then pull the trigger to release the striker. Now move the slide forward as much as it will go. My guide rod stayed back enough that I could get the front of the spring out of the hood on the slide. If you are looking at the closed coils on the spring this verifies that the open end of the spring is back in locking block. Wiggle the rod and spring around as you push the slide forward and it should come off with just minor force. The force is just the spring stretching and didn't casue any permanent spring damage.

The takedown lever now can be put back proper (it just sticks in and the spring end will snap into place on its own). Assemble as normal and show your brother the right way. It was hard for me to assemble mine wrong, he had to be real determined.
 

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How can the barrell not be centered on the slide? That's just not possible as far as I can see..

I think I see what you are talking about.. the barell does seem to be pressed towards the lower end of the slide when looking at it from the one angle that nobody should look at a gun from.. that's normal.

Have you tried shooting it? Does it shoot? Maybe shoot it and then try the take down procedure..

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Nevermind I got it. I don't know what I was doing differnetly. I took a break and came back and it worked. Thanks for the help. Sorry about the false alarm.
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Captain Ray said:
I think I see what you are talking about.. the barell does seem to be pressed towards the lower end of the slide when looking at it from the one angle that nobody should look at a gun from.. that's normal.


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That's what I was talking about. I did not know it wasn't normal. But I took a look at some pictures from the SA site and it looked the same. Thanks for your help.
 

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cool beanz!

So what was the problem? what was stopping the slide from releasing?

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I wasn't dry-firing it. I don't know why I didn't this time and I had all the previous times . oh well. Thanks for helping a newb.
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