In order to relieve the tension on
the action, the first thing to do is to remove the
Operating Rod Spring. To accomplish this grab the
Follower Rod just behind the Operating Rod Catch
while at the same time holding the rear part of
the receiver with my other hand and use my index
finger to hold the slide and follower assembly down
onto the bolt.
While maintaining the
position of the receiver pull the Follower Rod straight
back. This will disconnect it from the Follower
Arm as shown in the photograph below. Once you have
cleared the Operating Rod Catch - slowly allow the
spring to extend in a controlled fashion.
When the spring has
'relaxed' pull both it and the Follower Rod from
their resting place inside the piston portion of
the Operating Rod as shown in the photograph below.
Now remove the Follower
Rod from the Operating Rod Spring. Note how the
Operating Rod Spring necks down just a little. Make
note of this as the spring will have to be placed
back on the Follower Rod in this way when it is
time to reassemble the rifle.
Once the spring tension is relieved, further
disassembly can take place.
stripping by removing the Follower Arm Pin.