Based on your experience, what is the best way to disassemble a 1911 with the standard guide rod? My Kimber manual says to remove the bushing first, then the rest follows. A good friend of mine says to take out the slide lock lever, then remove the slide, holding the recoil spring in place, then carefully remove the spring and rod. The bushing comes last. He says this preserves the barrel/bushing fit better, since when the bushing is removed there is no tension on the parts holding it in place. It's a pain getting it back in place this way, though, since the spring wants to launch the guide rod across the room. What is the consensus of the experts around here? Also, specifically, when removing the slide lock lever, must I be careful not to depress the grip safety? Thanks! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!