Ok so out of the box when looking at the muzzle (after making sure gun is clear), I see a flat side on the otherwise circular recoil spring end piece. It (flat side is on the right when viewing muzzle. I put it back in that orientation after tear down and cleaning. Is there something magical about this “flat”?
the recoil rod end that faces out has a small cutout which enables you to dislodge the recoil spring without damage. This is not a defect and comes from the factory this way. Look around this forum and you will find other posts/pictures regarding this. Happy shooting !