i take it your talking about the recoil spring...
i do not know if this will work but .....did you try moving the slide to slidelock position moving the locking lever up moving the slide back to firing position
and then releasing the trigger and pulling the slide off?
Assume you mean recoil spring. Never done that but just tried by intentionally leaving it out. First need to push slide forward (just push last 1/2 inch to overcome striker, no need to remove it). Now proceed as normal with trigger pull to release slide.
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