Lately I have read a fair number of posts on various forums about how popular the Springfield XD has become among even 1911 lovers due to it's ease of maintenance which I assume to mean filed stripping and it got me to thinking . While I have no problem stripping my guns without Full length guide rods I absolutely hate the one I have with a FLGR and as it has a 4 inch barrel instead of a Commander copied 4 1/4 I have yet to get it to run without the dang thing . Yet here I have a Taurus PT940 Full Length Rod and all and it is a joy to strip due to a take down lever . I also hate the occasional frame scratch I get installing the slide release lever in my 1911's . Now why in the world hasn't anyone tried to redesign the 1911 to incorporate a take down lever and simplify the whole dang process ?