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Trendkill
01-10-2010, 10:19 PM
I'm very proud of myself.

I was having major feeding and extraction problems with my 1911...quite frustrating. I determined...(with help from some here and some research) that my extractor was weak and worn out. It would fail to keep proper tention...and the claw was quite worn (it constantly left empties in the chamber).

So...I ordered a new Les Baer Custom Match Grade Extractor.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=493969

I made sure to follow the details I found online about proper tuning of the extractor....beveling..polishing...and removal of metal here and there to facilitate good feed and extraction. After much trial and error...I finally took it to Reed's Indoor range for a real test fire.

100 flawless rounds..... :D


http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e181/necritan/IMG_5526.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e181/necritan/IMG_5524.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e181/necritan/IMG_5519.jpg

Trendkill
01-10-2010, 10:24 PM
These sites were helpfull.

http://www.m1911.org/technic2.htm

http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/tech/reliability_secrets.htm

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=10261/guntechdetail/1911_Auto_Extractor_Adjustment

Gress
01-10-2010, 11:24 PM
Congratulations!
Job done well!

Trendkill
01-10-2010, 11:44 PM
Congratulations!
Job done well!

So far so good.

I'm gonna take her up in the hills in a few weeks and really give it a test....none of this 2-3 seconds between shots BS.

sixniner
01-11-2010, 9:40 AM
How long did it take for you to fine tune that extractor? I was frustrated and took me at least 3 hours of bending and bending before it would hold the round in place with any pressure.

Trendkill
01-11-2010, 3:50 PM
How long did it take for you to fine tune that extractor? I was frustrated and took me at least 3 hours of bending and bending before it would hold the round in place with any pressure.


Prolly took me like two hours of tweeking.

Thing is though....bending it to create pressure isnt the only way to create tension. That flat area just behind the extractor claw (the part that sits just inside the extractor channel)...is to be oh so slightly shaved off to facilitate the depth of engagement. I also found that the total length of the very tip needed to be taken down a little bit too.....it was pushing forward on the rounds a little bit....scraping the brass and trying to bind things up. I also had to take a little off the claw its self....it was making too much contact with the cartridge.


Basically....it was...file...polish...insert...test...remove...fil e..polish...insert...test..etc etc etc.


My guess is that the second time around it would take a quarter of the time to do since I have the basic idea of what the extractors purpose is. It just needs to hold on to that round long enough to chamber ( Not too tight )....and have enough of a claw to rip it out. Take care to give the extractor a smooth...beveled...gradual taper on the bottom to allow the rounds to easily slide up from the magazine into the tension area of the extractor.

evidens83
01-11-2010, 6:23 PM
Good job! Beautiful 1911 btw.

turbochris
01-11-2010, 6:31 PM
congrats...I always enjoy fixing things myself. by the way its not a good idea to point the gun at people(3rd picture)

psssniper
01-11-2010, 6:38 PM
by the way its not a good idea to point the gun at people(3rd picture)

you're kidding right?

Trendkill
01-11-2010, 6:41 PM
you're kidding right?

I think so...Lol.

My gun took on a life of its own.....and it pointed itself right at me....hammer down...unloaded...SA and all.

tiko
01-11-2010, 8:52 PM
You are so brave to DIY, now you are an expert :), I have never done it before ( all my extractors are still good!), I will have to do it in the future. First time may be 3 hrs. Secong time 1 hr.

Trendkill
01-11-2010, 9:11 PM
You are so brave to DIY, now you are an expert :), I have never done it before ( all my extractors are still good!), I will have to do it in the future. First time may be 3 hrs. Secong time 1 hr.


Thanks....

I figured the worst that would happen is that I would ruin a 20-somethin dollar part and have to get another one...but it works good...so..yeah.