I just acquired my PT 111 Pro from Academy barely 24 hours ago. In trying to clean off that thick packing grease, I had problems with dis-assembly - the slide was hard to come off. I had to work at it without forcing, by alternatively pulling the slide forward with my left hand and pressing the trigger with my right index finger several times until it completely slid off. I've had to do this several times hoping it would loosen up, but I guess I'll just have to live with this issue and consider it a uniqueness for my gun, assuming I'll keep it. I like the gun. I like the way it feels in my hand. I have yet to shoot it. I've never shot a straight 8 sight, so I don't know what to think of it yet. My biggest concern at the moment is not even the ones I've talked about. The slide catch has very sharp edges. Because I've had to assemble and dis-assemble several times, my right thumb is now raw (from these sharp edges). The manual safety is not like that. It has smooth edges. Is there any way for me to smooth the slide catch edges without ruining it? Is there a way to file the edges smooth? How do you do it? If anyone's had this experience before, I sure would appreciate some advice. Thanks.