Hi everyone...this is my first post though I've been a lurker for a while.
My HK4 is fairly new to me; it's in excellent condition (.32 caliber) and came with the .22 conversion. I love the look and the grip feel is outstanding. When I got it the firing pin was configured for rim fire and the .32 barrel was in it. I got that sorted out and got a few rounds out of it. Based on what I've seen in other threads what follows won't be too surprising. It quickly developed some issues with feeding and extracting. I took it apart again and noticed that the buffer looked a little dodgy. This is the part where I'm an idiot. I didn't have time to deal with it then and I put the slide back on!
Now the slide won't go fully back, nor am I able to remove the slide. The catch on the trigger guard moves but I can't budge the slide forward using two hands worth of force. I'm guessing that the buffer has broken and is lodged somewhere where it's interfering with the slide.
My dilemma is what to do next. It's in cosmetically excellent condition and I want to keep it that way. I could tape the frame and put it in a vise then use a mallet to "coax" the slide forward. However I'm not familiar enough with its internals to have a guess as to what the buffer could be obstructing. The right answer might be to try to finish racking the slide instead of pushing it forward to release the slide. I don't want to damage anything inside the pistol I'll regret later.