I feel like an idiot.

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    I feel like an idiot.

    I can't figure out how to disassemble my gun.

    I had a staff member at the LGS show me, but it was kind of a whirlwind and I don't remember the steps anymore.

    I'm trying to follow the steps in the manual but I can't get past step 3 ("remove the slide from the frame"). I aligned it where it told me to but the slide is not coming off easily. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to get it off, and I don't want to yank it the wrong way and do damage.

    This damn thing apparently has 41 parts, as was illustrated in an extremely intimidating diagram. Maybe I should have gone with a revolver...

    Anyone own the Sig P238 and have some tips? Is there a video out there that shows how to do this?
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    When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
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    You'll do fine. Don't sweat it.

    Try to tolerate this guy for the first couple of minutes then his VIDEO is nice and crisp & clear.

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    Congratulations, you've just identified a weak point in your knowledge and ability. Now you know what to practice, and it won't even cost you the price of ammo. I'd suggest that once you've got it figured out you do it everyday for a week. It will soon become second nature.

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    Once you get it, it only takes a few seconds to strip it or restore it to firing position. The p238 is easier to clean than the J-frame because you only have one "barrel" to snake.
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    Don't feel bad. It happens. I've been carrying for over 5 years, and had to use Youtube to figure out how to unstick the little trap-door doohickey on my Ruger Lc9 to disassemble it when I bought it. (Never had a trap door on a weapon before!)

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    See, here's the difference between men and women... so many guys are too embarrassed or ashamed to ask for advice or directions! In my line of work (aerospace engineering) we're quick to point out "RTFM" - Read The Friendly Manual.

    On the other hand, the positive side, we are oh so willing to come to the aid of a damsel in distress!
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    Now that you know you'll never forget, it just gets easier each time
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    It's one of dem "first time" things, it gets easier - trust me.

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    Great minds think alike lol? I was going to say bet if you look on you tube you will find a great video. This is the very way I leardned to tear down my ruger Mark II and my sr9c. Never anything wrong with asking for help. This is how we learn.
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