Alright, so now that I've gotten your attention. JD has already laughed at me so I figure the rest of you might as well and maybe you'll have a similar story of your own. Last night I sit down with my new Kimber and decide I'm going to break it completely down so I can understand 100% how it functions. I've been working on cars/motorcycles since I was a kid, I'm mechanical minded, I make my living rebuilding machines of some sort. I need this level of understanding on all my equipment. Plus if I do have a malfunction I can trouble shoot it. Everyone I've talked to about Kimber reminds me of that pin you need to hold the spring on the guide rod. I look in the box.....no tool. I pop the slide off, no problems, take a look at the rod....paper clip should work right? So I raid the wife's desk for a paper clip. On a side note, I got fussed at for this, shes touchy about her desk, if you're married to a teacher you know what I mean. I compress the spring again slide my newly bent paperclip into position and attempt to remove the guide rod. The attempt continues for quite some time....after much frustration I disregard my manhood and go for the owners manual (actually my wife handed it to me but I did read it). All it says about this step is, insearch tool and remove guide rod. WTH??? Remove it how? It won't move backwards and you can't take it thru the front because the stupid paper clip is in the way. This goes on for a little while as my blood pressure increases. I grab my laptop, I'm sure this is a pretty little exploded view of the pistol that will solve my problem. If there is one, I didn't find it. Maybe there is a better write up on how to do it online somewhere. All I found was some idiot on utube that didn't know his brown eye from a hole in the ground. Then I think, what the heck is this magical tool everyone has been reminding me of? So I google it and find a lovely picture. I'm staring into the barrel of my 45(slide only, don't get excited), glancing at the picture and it hits me. I bend the paper clip over and push forward, disassembly complete. VICTORY IS MINE!! I felt like such and idoit. Walk over to my XD and have it apart in 5 seconds. The XD is based on a 1911 right? they should come apart similarly right? WRONG! Who else here, when they got their first 1911 didn't know they come apart from the front?