AUTOMATIC PISTOL, CAL..45, M1911 AND M1911A1 of the recoil spring protrude from their seat, releasing the tension of the recoil spring. As the recoil spring plug is al- lowed to protrude from its seat, the finger or thumb should be kept over It so that it win not jump away and be lost or strike the operator. Draw the slide rearward until the smaller rear recess in its lower left edge stands above the projection on the thumbpiece of the slide stop; press gently against the end of the pin of the slide stop which protrudes from the right side of the receiver above the trigger guard and remove the slide stop. c. This releases the barrel link, allowing the barrel with the barrel link and the slide to be drawn forward together from the receiver, carrying with them the barrel bushing, recoil spring, recoil spring plug, and recoil spring guide. d. Remove these parts from the slide by withdrawing the recoil spring guide from the rear of the recoil spring and drawing the recoil spring plug and the recoil spring forward from the slide. Turn recoil spring plug to right to remove from recoil spring. Turn the barrel bushing to the left un- til it may be drawn forward from the slide. This releases the barrel which with the barrel link may be drawn forward from the slide, and by pushing out the barrel link pin the barrel link is released from the barrel. e. Press the rear end of the firing pin forward until It clears the firing pin stop which Is then drawn downward from Its seat in the slide; the firing pin, firing pin spring, and ex- tractor are then removed from the rear of the slide. f. The safety lock is readily withdrawn from the receiver by cocking the hammer and pushing from the right on the pin pert or pulling outward on the thumbpiece of the safety lock when It is midway between Its upper and lower posi- tions. The cocked hammer is then lowered and removed after removing the hammer pin from the left side of the receiver. The mainspring housing pin Is then pushed out from the right side of the receiver which allows the main- spring housing to be withdrawn downward and the grip safety rearward from the handle. The sear spring may then be removed. By pushing out the sear pin from the right to the left side of the receiver, the sear and the disconnector are released.