PX4 Storm Compact won't field strip.....?

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  1. SurfGuitar

    SurfGuitar New Member

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    Got the wife a new PX4 Storm Compact in 9mm, took it out today for the first time.....
    Following the instruction manual I attempted to field strip it to clean, and I just can't seem to get the slide to break loose and move forward. Made several attempts, I hear a click when I engage the disconnect buttons on both sides of the frame, the slide moves about a 1/16th of an inch forward, and no matter how much I push, wiggle, or pull, the slide will not come off......

    Is there a secret trick to these guns that I don't know about.....?

    Is it possible that it's a manufacturing defect......?

    Of all the semi-auto handguns I've owned or still own, I've never had a problem breaking them down, or re-assembling them, but this one's got me perplexed......:confused:

    Any and all suggestions welcomed.......
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Pull the disconnect out.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEUiki9LEVo[/ame]
     

  3. SurfGuitar

    SurfGuitar New Member

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    Thank you sir, but that video is for the subcompact, the compact has a small button on both sides of the frame that has to be pulled down, then push the slide forward.....:confused:
     
  4. Wiseman3

    Wiseman3 New Member

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    I recommend you look it up on YouTube and see if you're missing something. if your not, take it to the shop you bought it and see if they can help.
     
  5. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Do you have to pull the trigger? I'm not familiar with the gun.
     
  6. SurfGuitar

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    I viewed the YouTube videos before posting here gentlemen, I also read, and re-read the manual prior to posting, I'am doing exactly what both the manual and the YouTube videos say to do, the slide is not releasing....

    I posted this to find out if this is a common problem with this firearm, if there is a special trick to it, or if this may be a manufactured defect in this particular gun. Otherwise the gun functions perfectly, but sooner or later I'll have to break it down to clean.......
     
  7. AR10

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    I gun that acts outside of normal in any measure is malfunctioning and should be addressed prior to shooting again. Whatever is keeping it from being able to break down normally, might just grenade in the next round fired. IMHO, I would not shoot that gun again till you figure out what is wrong with it. As a range safety officer, I think my opinion would be shared by other RSOs. Get it looked at before you use it gain. Better safe than getting casts on your stump fingers.
     
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  8. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Lesson learned.
    When you purchase a gun, have the person in the store walk you through disassembly etc. if they can't walk you through the basics, you probably shouldn't buy it from them.
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Is the magazine still in it?
     
  10. SurfGuitar

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    I've never owned a semi-auto handgun...(or rifle)... that I would even try to break down with the magazine still inserted.....!!!
     
  11. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    Pull down on both levers at the same time and pull the trigger and voila it comes apart quicker than a Glock!
     
  12. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    Take down on the sub-compact is different!
     
  13. SurfGuitar

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    I'll try that, thanks.....
     
  14. SurfGuitar

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    Problem Solved.......

    It seems that our friends back in Italy assemble these pistols bone dry. Because of that the slide release was hanging up just enough to keep the slide from coming off with ease. Took it to a local gunsmith who braced the trigger guard against his bench, pulled the two little disconnect levers down, and tapped the back of the slide with a rubber mallet. It popped loose and came apart as per the instructions.
    A drop of BreakFree CLP on the disconnect mechanism, and it works perfectly now.....


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    Evidently pulling the trigger has no effect on diss assembly of this particular model, just pull down the disconnect levers and push the slide forward with your thumb.....
     
  15. Overkill0084

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    Good to know it wasn't a huge problem.
    It would appear the lesson to be learned here is: clean/ lube/inspect a new gun prior to first use.
     
  16. SurfGuitar

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    I know, and I've done that with every firearm I have ever owned over the 35 years I've been shooting. The only reason I didn't with this one is because I had my wife scheduled to take the First Steps Pistol safety class at our range on Saturday, and we were not able to pick the PX4 up until Friday evening. I had enough time to take it out of the box, check it's basic function, then pack it up with the rest of my range and teaching supplies for the early morning trip to the range the next morning. It's her only gun, and she wanted to take the class with it, her hands are a little too small to comfortably shoot my 92FS, my 1911 is a little much for a first time female shooter, the .357 and .44 Magnums were out of the question, and our daughter was already using my Browning Buckmark, so we went with it.....:eek:
     
  17. Overkill0084

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    Ain't Murphy a bastard? The one time...
    Just FYI, I did not mean to come across as preachy.
    I know the feeling, I'm pretty sure everyone has had an oversight at one time or another. It could have been much worse. Aside from a bit of frustration, you got away clean.
     
  18. AR10

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    You did exactly what you should have done, gun issue, gunsmith. Applause. Salute. Thumbs Up!