I'm going to give back a little here since This seems to be a question that is constantly coming up. John if possible can we make this a sticky.
Step:1 Safety first. Always insure that your weapon is unloaded
Step :2 Get a paper clip and bend the last 1/8" or so at a 90 degree angle, Like this:
Step 3: Look for the hole in the guide rod. It should look like this:
If you are one of the unfortunate few who don't have this hole you can dis assembly without it, it is just a handful. My suggustion is to drill a hole in the guide rod after you get it stripped.
Step 4: Insert the paperclip into the hole and allow the slide to move forward against the paperclip. Like this:
To Be continued: