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If you want to reassemble the p22 but without the awkward guide rod, I do this procedure, and hope it helps somebody else.

1: Before reinstalling the guide, place the spring in its corresponding hole, on the front of the slide (Image 1).

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n283/sanchorb/Image1.jpg

2:  Carefully press the metal guide rod towards the hole in the front of the slide, taking care of not bending the spring (Image 2).

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n283/sanchorb/Image2.jpg

3:  When the rod has passed through the hole, push it further and hold it firmly from the outside of the front of the slide (Image 3).

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n283/sanchorb/Image3.jpg

4:  As you know, the inner and wide end of the rod has to be placed against the hole in the frame (Image 4), so while firmly grabbing the slide, as in image 3, replace the slide into position, introducing the barrel trough the front of the slide.

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n283/sanchorb/Image4.jpg


5:  When the slide is inside, release the rod (image 5), which will move backwards by the pressure of the spring.  When it does, move it until it introduces its wide end on position in the frame. Usually when it falls into place, a "click" sound will be heard.

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n283/sanchorb/Image5.jpg

6:  Conclude reassembly process as usual.

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n283/sanchorb/Image6.jpg

I find this easier than using the cumbersome plastic guide, and have found that I reassemble it faster and easier.  Don´t know if somebody has posted this way somewhere else, but hope it helps.
Best regards.
 

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Thanks for the info...
I have read about this some place else and this sure made me understand it....
I don't have the P22 yet ... but am planing on getting one in the close future to match it to my G22 I have and this info you posted will be handy to have
 

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I've been using this assembly method for 1 1/2 years or more and find it MUCH easier than using the assembly rod. I just have to remember not to grasp the protruding guide rod with oily fingers or you may launch the rod and spring across the room like I did.
 

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SANCHORD, Thank you a thousand times for the great pictures and instructions for the guide rod and spring. You saved me from tearing out what little is left of my 65 year old hair!! They should pay you to use them in the Owners manual.. John D, FLHTCUI
 

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+1 what they said.:)
Thanks John D for bringing it to the top.

Russell
 
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