There is no need to drop this pistol’s hammer to field strip it. To field strip the XD-E, pointing the gun in a safe direction, first remove the magazine, and then lock the slide back and make sure that the chamber is empty. With the slide still locked to the rear, rotate the forward takedown lever clockwise 90 degrees to the vertical position. Next, release the slide lock while maintaining control of the slide and move it forward off of the frame. To disassemble the slide, turn it over, slightly compress the recoil spring and remove it, being careful to maintain control. Remove the barrel by lifting it up and sliding it to the rear. It is now ready to clean and lubricate.