I picked up a Springfield Lightweight Operator for a nightstand gun. I was futzing with it Sunday night and found out the instruction manual was either 1.Outdated or 2.Too generic for words. The instructions say to pull the slide back until you see a hole in the guide rod, and insert a "retention device" (paper clip) in the hole...ala Kimber.
I never did find the hole. I looked in the box and found the oh so wonderful keys for the ILS junk, and a rather large allen key. Too large for the grip screw..AH HA! Two piece guide rod.
This is the fist 2 piece I've ever owned. What's the easiest way to tear down a 1911 with a two piece guide rod.