I just purchased a 3rd gen PT145 on June 1. Cleaned it, then took it to the range. 8 shots into the salvo the slide failed to go full forward. Found the large front recoil spring had slipped through the front of the slide. I had an awful time trying to get the spring back into place so I could disassemble the gun to check it out. Checked the blogs, and saw "check for backwards spring". It was not, I repeat, it was not. Put it together, 3 shots in, happened again. Spring really protruded through this time, 2 hrs to disassemble and very sore fingers. I believe I got a large spring with a small OD. The spring OD is the only thing I can see that keeps it from slipping out the front of the slide. I don't want to send this in and wait 8 weeks for return. I just think I need a new front spring assembly with the proper OD. Anyone had this happen before ? If so, did you have to the whole gun back in or did Taurus just send you a new 2 stage spring assembly ? Anyone know what the spring OD should be so I can convince Taurus service to just send a replacement ?