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Shot 2 boxes of Fiocci 9mm at the range today without any problems. When I got home, I decided to put on the large backstrap, which went ok (I've swapped backstraps before). I then cleaned as usual. When I reinstalled the slide, it didn't seem quite right... When I tried to reinsert a loaded magazine afterwards, it wouldn't go in all the way. So I took the slide off, reinstalled, same problem.

Then I emptied the magazine, and was able to install it all the way.

So I put 9 rounds in the magazine, and could insert the magazine fully.

I racked the slide to chamber a round, but the slide doesn't return all the way forward (I think the correct term is to battery?) A very slight tap on the back of the slide will move it all the way forward.

Racking with no magazine inserted seems to work ok.

What the heck did I do to my favorite pistol?

Thanks in advance for any guidance!
 

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The 'not right' feeling - usually when I re-assemble, the slide seems to slide back on straight. This time when I re-assembled, the back of the slide seemed to 'lift' a very small amount, as if it were riding up a ramp or something. Hard to explain, but I have the feeling that something is obstructing the path of the slide. It's a very small amount, but noticeable to me.

Not sure how many rounds through the pistol, probably between 750 and 1k. The recoil spring appears to be installed correctly.

I am not terribly experienced, so I take no offense to your questions. I am familiar with the amount of pressure normally required to insert the magazine, loaded or empty. This was approaching the level that I was forcing it. I am definitely not afraid to slam it home, as I am being taught to do things under stress situations. When I put the mag in, I'm not babying it. When I rack the slide, it's definitely being racked.

Thank you for taking the time to try to help me with this. I hope I've given you more to go on!
 

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I found the problem. I just needed to walk away from it for a little bit... The takedown catch was not fully re-engaging when I put the slide back on. It went almost all the way back up, but not quite. So I put a drop of oil on it, wiped the excess and worked it up and down a few times.

Now everything seems to be working as expected!  


Thanks to all those who tried to help me in my desperation! This sort of thing is what makes the forum great!
 
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