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Thread: Advice on Kimber repair

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    Advice on Kimber repair

    After cleaning my Kimber PRO TLE I went to re-assemble. These are all bushingless and require the little L shaped clip or a paper clip to be inserted in the recoil spring guide rod to hold the spring tension. I think I must have depressed the grip safety while inserting the slide stop. The stop "popped" into place but the little L shaped clip flew out at the same time. Now the slide is stuck and the guide rod protudes from the front of the frame. Does anyome know what the solution to my self inflicted problem is?

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    It sounds like the L shaped clip broke leaving a piece in the recoil spring guide. Try locking the slide to the rear with the stop and see if there is a piece left and remove it. I hope I’m understanding your problem correctly.

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    When you say "now the slide is stuck"... stuck where? You had it pulled back or you wouldn't be able to put the slide stop into place. Correct?

    Also, I was under the impression that the little L clip (or paper clip) was to be used to take apart the slide assembly, however it should NOT be there when you try to attach the slide assembly to the frame. But maybe I've got this one wrong.
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    The L-shaped pin retains the recoil spring assembly in the compressed position during both disassembly and assembly. Inserting it is the first step in disassembly, and removing it is the last step in assembly. Pinning the recoil assembly back allows removal of the slide stop without having to fight spring tension. But upon reassembly, the slide should not have to be pushed/held far enough to the rear to release the pin.

    It sounds like you missed the lower hole in the link when reinstalling the slide stop. Is the barrel also extended beyond the slide? How stuck is "stuck"? If there's any movement at all to the slide, I would just remove the slide stop and start over. Worst case, use a punch and a small hammer to drive it out if you can't get it by hand (assuming, of course, that the slide can be moved to align the take-down notch with the slide stop lug).
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