I picked up my M&P 9mm yesterday and wanted to strip it down and clean it as well. Problem is I can't get the rod out of the butt of the gun. The instructions say just to twist it 1/4 turn in either direction and pull it. Problem is, with all my might I can't pull the rod out. I had to clamp it with pliers just to turn it the 1/4 turn and can't pull it out for the life of me, even with pliers. I'm wondering if there is some sort of trick to doing this or if maybe the rod on my gun is bent or something. Thanks for any help.