Good suggestion. Hopefully I won't need help but may
I'm in with both feet now. I was perusing the spring/guide rod reinstallation instructions that Ron suggested. I thought I'd see just how strong that spring was and inserted a punch to test it. Without a lot of effort the hook end of the guide rod came off the recoil lever so I thought I'd go whole hog.
Glad I did. My purpose in all this was to give it a complete cleaning & lube so it will be protected against rust and if I didn't clean there, I'd always wonder if there was a spot I couldn't see that was eating away at it.
Getting the spring & guide rod out was fairly easy. Cleaned everything real good and used Thor's assembly instruction. I got to the part where the hook of the guide rod is over the spring. I inserted the hook end into the frame but that's as far as I got.
The punch I had been using is short and it's just not long enough for me to grip the other end to compress the spring and get the guide rod end into the frame. Looks like I'll have to finish another day when I get a better tool.
I think I've used close to 200 Q-Tips cleaning nooks & crannies of various parts, particularly the frame. This pistol will be clean and well lubed when I'm done. Thanks for all the help. Will report back when I get the next steps done.
How about magazine disassembly? I looked at it for a little bit but didn't see right off how to take out the spring and follower.