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I just got a new 20# spring and a Dons SS guide rod. My brother was checking it out and put the XD back together. Now I can not disassemble the gun and the guide rod sticks out about .75cm from the end of the slide. When I do try to remove the slide it looks like the guide rod is stuck on something. Can anyone help?
 

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Since I'm sure you've removed the magazine first, that means the guiderod is in the wrong position. It sounds like the large end is hitting the slide and preventing it from coming off the frame. Since it's sticking out, it's not seated properly. Try wiggling it up and down and see if you can get it to seat. You may have to move the slide back a little to get enough grip on the end of the rod, and since it's under a lot of pressure, it will take some effort to move it. This should cure your problem.

Hope this helps.

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Will the slide move forward at all? Does the gun cycle properly? It sounds to me like the guide rod popped out of position. How to fix that, I don't know.
 

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I sounds like your brother may have put a washer on the rod first, then the spring, (then perhaps another washer?) and put the slide on? This jams the washer into the locking block (machined block with the rails), If this is the case, it is fixable but somewhat of a pain. You have to go thru the same procedure if the factory rod grenades on you.
Or he may have put the spring in backwards, and the open end of the spring has snaked past the big head on the guide rod. This is more what it sounds like since the rod sounds a bit forward.
So let me assemble my pistol wrong and see if I can jam my pistol too.
I'll get right back.
 

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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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Well....I've been trying to remove the take down lever all morning with no results. It is really hard to remove. I think I will take a break and go shoot my AR (just put a new Magpul M93A stock on it), and clear my head for another attemp later this afternoon. Thanks for taking the time to help with my delema Don!!
 
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