So the grip safety on my Defender had a squeak. Nothing major, but it's my shiny new Colt and I can't have it squeaking. I had never taken a pistol down beyond a basic field strip. Also, I like to take things apart to figure out how they work. This horrible combination lead to a very nerve racking few hours.
Taking all of the little parts out of a gun is much easier than putting all of those parts back in again. And no, having successfully change a set of grips once and ready access to You Tube does not in fact make me a gunsmith.
I did manage to get everything back together, fixed the squeak, and now know way more about 1911 internals than I did four hours ago, but that was not one of my brighter moments.