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Hi all,

Just recently bought a new TX22 and for the life of me cannot seem to disassemble the gun. Ive read page 28 in the manual and watched the numerous videos online that shows you how to do it but the take down lever above the trigger is stuck. I can't seem to lower it even with pulling the slide back 1/8". I've been trying for the past few hours to a point where my thumbs are now bleeding.

Can anyone give me insight as to what may be causing a jammed take down lever on a brand new, unfired Tx22? Help :(

Thanks all so much for taking the time to read this.
 

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Are you removing the magazine, making sure it's unloaded, then pulling the trigger before you start?
 

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Apologies, I should have been more descriptive. Yes, the magazine was removed, chamber checked to make sure it's safe then pulled the trigger. Only then did I try to pull down on the lever.
 

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Mine was the same when it was new. Few thousand rounds later, it is as smooth as can be.

After dropping the magazine, checking for an empty chamber, and pulling the trigger, I'd suggest:
place downward tension on the take down lever from both sides and then slowly pull the slide back. The take down lever should drop as the slide clears it. It may take more or less than the mentioned 1/8".

BTW, it is well worth the effort, I'm extremely happy with the TX22.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion @llamatrails. Tried but no luck. The levers arn't moving. I'm wondering if I should just shoot the gun first and see if it loosens.

The closest thing I can find online was on a different thread albeit on a different Taurus model. The title was mislabeled as slide release but the poster was referencing the take down levers.

https://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/taurus-product-problems/103834-pt-24-7-g2-45-slide-release-jammed.html

Could it possibly be an incorrectly seated recoil spring that's causing the take down levers to get jammed in the up position?
 

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The tabs to use for take down aren't really levers. They don't spin, or hardly move much. They just pull down slightly, and you can wiggle the slide a little forward than pull it off upward. It helps to move the slide back just a touch as you pull them down While still holding the tabs down, move the slide forward past normal battery. It will stop again. At that point, it pulls upward, off the pistol. It doesn't slide all the way forward and off. Hope that helps.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion Alfonse. You guys make great stuff at LakeLine LLC!

Yes technically they're not levers, you're absolutely right. I'm just referencing what they're called in the TX22 manual on page 36 part list #3 (Lever, Takedown).

The problem is that they don't pull down at all. They do not move. I'm wondering if anything can be pushing on it from the inside, such as an incorrectly seated recoil spring, preventing me from pulling down on it. It doesn't seem to matter how far I pull back on the side. I've tried from 1/8" - 1/2" but yet they still don't budge.
 

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The lever, take down (3) comes up through the hole in the block, central (2) and locks the barrel, threaded (31) in place in the grip (1).
On the underside of the barrel is a slot that the take down lever fits into. The recoil spring isn't anywhere near this, as it fits forward of where the take down lever slot is and below the barrel into the grip, seated against the front of the block, central.

My take is that the take down lever fit into the barrel slot is tighter than normal.

If the slide racks as expected, chambers rounds from the magazine, and everything else works as expected, then I'd go and shoot a few magazines to loosen it up.
 

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Move the slide back enough to be able to grab the end of the barrel and wiggle it as you are pulling down on the takedown lever.
 

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@jkv45: Thanks for the suggestion but still no luck. Once I grab the end of the barrel, there is no wiggle. It also doesn't seem to affect the takedown lever.

@llamatrails: Maybe you're right...I think at this point I'll just shoot the damn thing and hopefully it loosens up.

I have to admit I'm feeling rather disappointed that this could happen on a brand new gun. If anyone has any other suggestions...please let me know. Thanks all!
 

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On mine I found it easier to come down from above the slide with thumb and first finger and pushing the latch down while pulling the slide back slightly. For me it was to hard to pull the take down latch down far enough from underneath.
 

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I agree. You can definitely get more force by coming down from above the slide but it's not budging. Probably one of the first things I tried. Thanks though.
 

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@Joeboy: Yes it's the tabs above the trigger that I'm not able to depress. Another user has suggested to come down from above the slide to get more leverage on the tabs.
 

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First, I'd like to thank everyone that wrote me suggestions and ideas. After posting on another thread, credit goes to a member here by the handle @CJS3, my take down lever issue has been resolved...well sort of.

It was suggested that the lever might be off center. Though hard to tell by the naked eye, I noticed that the lever seemed pinned to the side closer to the trigger. I took a flat head screwdriver and inserted it in between the trigger and the take down lever. I was then able to move the lever forward ever so slightly centering it. At that point, I was able to lower the lever. That's the good news.

The bad news however, even with the take down lever down, was that I noticed the slide would not move forward. After researching, my issue is due to the insanely tight tolerance of the barrel and the tabs it's supposed to lock in to. To get around this situation, I needed to hit the back of the slide forward with quite a bit of force while keeping the take down lever lowered to move the slide forward. Only then can I remove the slide.

On reassembly, once I put the slide back on, the take down lever stays in the down position. To fix this issue, I needed to lock the slide back and push back on the barrel. Only then will the lever click up into place. The exact problem can be seen here:


Any one else have/had this issue? Will the tolerance between the barrel and the tabs decrease once the shoot the gun?

I really appreciate everyone's time reading this.
 

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Hi I got a piece of nylon out of my junk box and filed it to a taper, now I just shove it into the gap and the lever drops.
 

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@jkv45: The video was for reference only. Not my gun but yes the one in the video does look dry. I've oiled my gun but I still have to hit the back of the slide to disassemble and push the barrel back until it's seated properly on assembly.
 
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