Figure 2-8.--Disassembly lever release button.
To field strip the M9, hold the pistol in your right
hand with the muzzle slightly elevated. With your
Figure 2-10.--Removal of slide and barrel assembly.
forefinger, press the disassembly lever release button
lever (fig. 2-9) downward until it stops. Pull the slide
from the receiver assembly.
Be careful as you remove the recoil spring
and the spring guide. The assembly is under
spring tension. If you let it fly from the pistol, it
could injure you or become damaged or lost.
Firmly hold the slide in the palm of one hand and
slightly compress the recoil spring and spring guide
Figure 2-11.--Compressing the recoil spring.
you release the spring tension. After you have released
the spring tension, separate the recoil spring from the
Figure 2-12.--Removing the recoil spring and spring guide.
Figure 2-13.--Recoil spring and spring guide.
Figure 2-9.--Disassembly lever.