It's not getting the sideplate loose without prying, it's just dealing with the screws knowing that Murphy is always looking over your shoulder. Yes, I would be apprehensive too. Be sober, rested and focused. I believe dfariswheel would recommend that you ensure a clean surface/cloth without grit or debris (and maybe more). Be sure your downward pressure on the screwdriver is firm to keep the blade fully seated. I would ask myself if it is really necessary just because and only you can answer that.Shouts...A1A!!!!