A WARNING: ALWAYS FOLLOW THE FIELD STRIPPING INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY. NEVER DO ANYTHING BEYOND WHAT YOU ARE SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED TO DO IN THIS MANUAL. NEVER ALTER OR MODIFY THE PARTS IN YOUR PISTOL.
A WARNING: ALWAYS POINT THE PISTOL IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR FINGER OUTSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD. BE SURE YOUR PISTOL IS UNLOADED BEFORE REASSEMBLY.
A WARNING: SAFETY GLASSES SHOULD BE WORN DUR-
• Put the recoil spring, small end first, on the barrel as shown in figure 13. (If you put it on the large end first, it can fall off when you point it down.) Cock the hammer. Pull the trigger guard down out of the frame as in the Disassembly section.
• Put the slide over the forward end of the recoil spring and pull the slide back onto the barrel all the way until it stops (Figure 14). Then push the rear of the slide down until the grooves inside the slide line up with the rails on the frame. When properly aligned, ease the slide forward all the way. Then let go of the trigger guard so it goes up into the frame.
• Before you load the pistol, check for proper assembly. Look at the breech face and in the chamber and barrel, slide the slide back and forth, put an empty magazine in, be sure the slide locks open and so on. Be sure the pistol is unloaded and pointing in a safe direction when you test its functions.
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