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Old 04-10-2013, 08:54 AM
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Default SD9VE TAKE DOWN LEVER---MY NEW TRICK

The takedown lever on the SD9VE and 40VE bugs a lot of people because it seems too short to grasp----and has enabled the aftermarket to sell extended takedown levers at a near 100% profit. Like many I find it almost impossible to pull down both sides of the lever at the same time leading to all sorts of frustration and foul language.
Today for grins----I followed the takedown procedure but after pulling the slide back slightly I only pulled down one side of the lever---then----I let the slide move forward---then pulled down the opposite side of the lever---and VOILA---the slide came forward and allowed effortless removal
TRY IT---YOU"LL LIKE IT---never too old to learn!!!
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I went with the Galloway Precision takedown replacement. It made a new gun out of it!!!!! I enjoy it more now knowing I take it down simply!
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I followed the takedown procedure but after pulling the slide back slightly I only pulled down one side of the lever---then----I let the slide move forward---then pulled down the opposite side of the lever
This is wonderful, man. I have such a ridiculously hard time with the lever, this is what I was halfway achieving all the times I screwed it up in the first place. Nice.
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:59 AM
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I tend to use my left hand to work the take down lever. I rest the front of the frame on my index finger knuckle(where my hand meets my finger). I then use thumb and index in a cantilever motion to pull the TD lever downward letting the knuckle absorb the weight of the TD lever has on it.
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I have the Galloway extended take down lever in mine, which does make it easier. I read of another solution, though, which is to use a soft cloth like a cleaning rag draped over your fingers and use that to snag the levers, rather than trying to use your fingernails.
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The method he described makes it a breeze, I can feel easily the points where you know you've done enough one at a time and engage the slide. I sucked at the pinch and-pulling the micro-taketown levers, my fingertips hurt bad. I don't see how this method could hurt the frame at all, hopefully.
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I used a dremel with sanding drum and ground finger grooves in the frame just like the originals.

It's a piss poor design lever on the ends to begin with, should have caps on the ends for your fingers.

The lever tends to move to one side when pulling down on it.

To the OP VERY NICE good catch.

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I wonder if they make a reduced power takedown spring LOL.

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I went with Galloway on both of mine and am glad I did and I don't care what they make on an idea to correct a poor excuse of a design. All S&W had to do was lengthen that radial finger area and it would have been fine. .200" wider as a "Glock" and it would have been fine. A shade lighter on spring load would have been nicer too. I got both of mine from Eric for the 40 and the 9 and it works awesome. Glad he came up with the idea, now am getting his polished SS guide rods and springs for both and replacing the original. But kudos to bengal07, will give it a try after my grand daughter goes to bed tonight.
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Wherevdo mi find the Galloway take down extension levers for my SD 9VE
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"after pulling the slide back slightly I only pulled down one side of the lever---then----I let the slide move forward---then pulled down the opposite side of the lever---and VOILA---the slide came forward and allowed effortless removal"
I just tried this with my SD9VE, but it doesn't work. If I pull the lever down on the right side, then let the slide move forward, the lever pops back up when I let go. If I pull the lever down on the left side, it stays down when I let the slide move forward, but pops up again (and locks the slide) when I push down on the other side.

BTCat - Thanks for the link. The Galloway extension lever is only $15. I'm ordering one as soon as I post this reply.
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Is there anything wrong with pulling down on the levers then pulling the trigger to release the slide forward? That's how I get my slide to come off without killing my fingers, just not sure if there are ramifications to the trigger doing it that way.
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Glad I'm not the only one who struggles with this, heh.


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i have big hands and fingers, never had issues with taking down,
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Glock take-down lever in SD9VE?
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Do the Galloway takedowns need to be installed by a gunsmith?
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Have this on my SD40 and it's a breeze to to take down now. It states it's for Glocks but works fine in S&W guns. Had a wicked time before this.
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Thanks for that link. I wasn't digging the chrome...and personally, I don't have an issue with mine. But that's an excellent alternative!
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After reading through this thread,I decided,for myself of course,that spending money on one of those little tiny pieces of metal is not going to happen.So I went out to the garage and found a piece of steel that was the same thickness and made one myself.All it took was a dremel with the cut off wheel and a small flat file.I held onto the piece with a small vice grip,I dont have a bench vice but think that it would work better.About 45 minutes later I came up with this.The factory piece is on the right.A bit crude looking,but it works perfectly.
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