The good news is you'll only have to deal with this issue at its worst once before it begins to get broken in. On mine, it absolutely would not turn a quarter turn in one direction, but I eventually got it to go in the opposite direction.
Once you get it to turn the quarter turn, use the bottom plastic lip of a magazine to pull it out -- the horns of the tool are kinda sharp to keep impaling your fingers on when it's still stiff, eh?
I've probably removed the tool from mine around 20-25 times and it's still very tight although there are times when it does come out easier. On the harder times I've used a pliers to twist it 90 degrees which does not damage the tool at all.
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