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    1911 extractor repair

    We bought a 5" Rock Island in 9mm for the wife to play with at the range.
    It had feed problems from the start. Never finished a magazine without a jam.

    I pulled the extractor and took a close look at it.

    In my Mr. Magoo glasses the thing looked like the gnarly end of some cave man's club.
    Lumpy, rounded off "hook" that looked more like the stub of a tree branch.

    Somebody had taken a couple of swipes at the hook with a stone, but the
    hook face was sloped, not square.

    OKay, so, gathering up my courage,I reshaped the extractor hook, bend it a bit
    to add some tension, and put it all back together.

    Today at the range it worked perfectly for the first time ever.
    30 rounds of WWB (115 grain) and another 20 rounds of my 124 grain Red Hots (Pistol Candy!).
    Never missed a lick.

    It did seem to be more accurate with the WWB than my heavies that my
    Range Officer likes so much. 30 rounds in a 4" circle with WWB.

    I'm not a gun smith. Too much more work that I simply can't do.
    But I think I'm getting a handle on the armorer's job.


    I wish I had taken a "before" picture. But I didn't think of it in time.
    This is the "after"...

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    Re: 1911 extractor repair

    Good job!
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    Re: 1911 extractor repair

    Quote Originally Posted by cavelamb View Post
    I'm not a gun smith ...
    it didn't work, now it works ... gunsmith!

    field engineer minimum

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    Re: 1911 extractor repair

    Quote Originally Posted by Vito Glisenti View Post
    it didn't work, now it works ... gunsmith!

    field engineer minimum

    Not really.

    A gunsmith can MAKE a gun - from scratch.
    Make parts.

    An armorer works with existing parts...

    Subtle, but profound, difference.
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    Re: 1911 extractor repair

    Nice job! Remember Wolfgang always says that most of the FTF or FTE problems are the extractor!

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    Re: 1911 extractor repair

    I had the same issue with the ATI Firepower xtreme commander I bought last year. Couldn't get through a magazine without a jam. After a few months, I field stripped it and took the firing pin and extractor out. The extractor looked as the OP described. My first 1911 but I knew that couldn't be righy. Ordered a new extractor and firing pin combo on ebay for $11.00. All the difference in the world.
    How does something like that make it to a gun retailer...Bud's in this case.

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    Re: 1911 extractor repair

    Quote Originally Posted by Pea4 View Post
    I had the same issue with the ATI Firepower xtreme commander I bought last year. Couldn't get through a magazine without a jam. After a few months, I field stripped it and took the firing pin and extractor out. The extractor looked as the OP described. My first 1911 but I knew that couldn't be righy. Ordered a new extractor and firing pin combo on ebay for $11.00. All the difference in the world.
    How does something like that make it to a gun retailer...Bud's in this case.

    I don't know about the ATI, but Rock Island sells a lot of pistols here. A bad part is bound to get thru from time to time. Maybe it was the last one assembled on a Friday or the first one on a Monday. I wasn't happy with my RI & especially their customer service, but most like them.
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    Re: 1911 extractor repair

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchr View Post
    I don't know about the ATI, but Rock Island sells a lot of pistols here. A bad part is bound to get thru from time to time. Maybe it was the last one assembled on a Friday or the first one on a Monday. I wasn't happy with my RI & especially their customer service, but most like them.
    I guess you're right. When you consider the price some these guns are going for and the massive volumes of inventory that are moved...a lousy part is going to crop up here and there.

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    Re: 1911 extractor repair

    Quote Originally Posted by Pea4 View Post
    I guess you're right. When you consider the price some these guns are going for and the massive volumes of inventory that are moved...a lousy part is going to crop up here and there.
    Yup. That's one of the appeals to me of inexpensive 1911's. The frames and slides are basically sound (usually). It's the perfect platform to throw hot rod parts at as you see fit and truly make it your own. You end up with a gun that is how you want it and is filled with the grade of parts you feel good about. AND you can do it a little at a time.

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