HELP: can't get slide off G19
Need help from y'all Glock troubleshooting gurus...
I field-stripped my Glock to add some glow in the dark paint onto the sights. When I was putting things back together, I most likely neglected to push the recoil assembly fully into place, and now both the barrel and the recoil spring are sticking out of the slide about half an inch. The slide is about 1/4" out of battery, and I can't get figure out how to take the gun apart. Here's a pic of what the gun looks like right now:
I can pull the slide back to where I can pull the trigger (with a little resistance at first, but it does go off - but I don't want to force anything; don't want to mess with the trigger safety), but not back enough that I can engage the slide stop lever and lock the slide to the rear (still need 1/8" or so of an inch to get the slide to the lockback position).
I tried pulling the slide as far back as it went, pulling the trigger, and then lowering the slide lock lever, but that doesn't release the slide.
I'm laughing at myself for being such a clutz and messing up something so straight-forward. I'd greatly appreciate it if you had any suggestions as to how I could fix this.