Originally Posted by canebrake
The spring is closed on one end. It's the end you put on the the guide rod.
The open end goes into the spring plug.
Originally Posted by 97cobra
I can't get the spring to come out of the gun.
pull the spring out of the gun. The spring will stretch and change it's function.
Pull the slide stop out and remove the slide. Then remove the spring from the rear while still attached to the guide rod.
Pinch the spring at the guide rod end and pull it off.
If you need more info, PM me and I'd be glad to help.
That is a great Colt and I want your experience with it to be a positive one!