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I broke down my new 738 - and went to put it all together, the pin ( aka Disassembly latch ) has to pass through the hole on the frame and blocking the lower part of hole is a metal bar ( disassembly latch spring ) - the bar is moveable, if i press it down with a punch for example it will go down - I assume if I could get the pin in that bar would be what would catch the lip on the pin and hold it in, but, how do i get the pin past the bar ! ( I feel pretty stupid ), is there something I am not doing right that makes that bar drop out of the way? Or was I not supposed to take the pin all the way out?

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Welcome to the forum from Northern Illinois! I don't have a PT 738 yet and so cannot comment on the trouble you are having, but I am confident that the folks who do will be along shortly.
 

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I kind of angle it so the edge of the pin can catch the top of the spring and push it down as I rotate the pin up to the proper position.
 

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You can look up how to do it on Youtube.com However, some of the models may vary on resetting the pin....as you are finding out. Walk away from it and go back to it once you have cleared your head. As you sit and hold it, look through the hole. Some slides need to be pulled back slightly, some are in place while sitting stright on the frame at rest. What ever you do, Don't force anything...it will not have the wanted results.
 

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You know, I've taken my daughter's 738 apart many times, and I never remember how to put that stupid pin back in...
 

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I have figured out the pin, it just takes practice. BUT, you also might try not completely removing the pin. I did this the first several times I cleaned mine. Just pull it out far enough to release the slide.
 
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Welcome to the forum. I also had trouble with mine the first few times I broke it down. Then I took a file and put a small bevel on the end of it. Slides right in now with no problem.
 
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And another thing you can do is to leave the pin partially in next time, you don't have to take it all the way out.
And,,.......over time, you either get better at it or it loosens up- but it gets easier.
 

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And another thing you can do is to leave the pin partially in next time, you don't have to take it all the way out.
And,,.......over time, you either get better at it or it loosens up- but it gets easier.
Good idea. I think I'll try that. I'm going to try backing the pin out enough to remove the slide without removing the pin completely from the hole.
 

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Try putting the pin in just past the spring before you slip the slide on. works well for me..
"OR" don't completely remove it, just far enough out to remove the slide.
 

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I have the same problem every time I take apart my TCP.. then about the time I want to give up, the pin goes in smooth.. never have figured out what I do differently to make it work
.. love the gun regardless :cool:
 

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I have the same problem every time I take apart my TCP.. then about the time I want to give up, the pin goes in smooth.. never have figured out what I do differently to make it work
.. love the gun regardless :cool:
are you making sure the barrel is completely forward?
if the barrel slides rearward many times it will block the pin from sliding in as its not in the groove in the under barrel lug.
 
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are you making sure the barrel is completely forward?
if the barrel slides rearward many times it will block the pin from sliding in as its not in the groove in the under barrel lug.
I know that, but I clean my daughter's so rarely (She lives in another city, and cleans it w/ no problems after shooting), I just forget how to do it. Senior memory block...
 

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So thankful for this site because I was having trouble too. I angled it in like someone else on here and it worked and also learned that the barrel needed to be fully forward or when you release the slide will not go fully forward. I was like what the heck. But figured it out. Thank y'all!
 

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So thankful for this site because I was having trouble too. I angled it in like someone else on here and it worked and also learned that the barrel needed to be fully forward or when you release the slide will not go fully forward. I was like what the heck. But figured it out. Thank y'all!
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