Well i ain't no genius..but my uncle whom is a retired USMC personnel once told me ...when handling his .45..to facilatate the slide action, cock the hammer first. This way your not fighting the main spring when moving the slide. (also you have a 18 to 20 lb spring on the slide) YOU NEED TO Just becareful to not have your finger on the trigger. That was 30 years ago and i do it with all my single action autos with exposed hammer. Good luck and enjoy your springer!!!