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Old 11-11-2014, 11:20 PM   #1
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External Extractor

I have a TLE2 with the external extractor.

Yeah, I know. Kimber quit doing that.

I bought the pistol (About ten years ago) thinking that the external extractor was an improvement. I had owned other 1911s before and never really liked the original Browning spring extractor. Shortly after that, they started going back to the original design.

So, I went through a difficult break in and did a "Fluff and Buff" polish job, and the pistol has been ultra reliable since. Like It's been quite a few years since the last time it choked reliable.

Here's my question...

Should I be freaking out about my out of date out of style despised external extractor?

Or should I just rock on with what works? (Because it DOES work)

I carry this pistol every day, and I bet my life it will go bang every time.

Anybody got an opinion on this?

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Old 11-12-2014, 02:25 AM   #2
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Never argue with success. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. (hmm, any more sayings to fit this situation?)

My Glocks have external extractors. My H&K has an external extractor (I think.) They work just fine and I've never considered it to be an issue.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:51 AM   #3
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Completely agree with gator. If it's working, that's all that really matters.


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It works, it's proven reliable and dependable, you're comfortable with it, what more can you ask for?
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:13 AM   #5
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My Sig P226 has an external extractor - it's only a range gun because of it's size & weight, but very reliable. Don't cause yourself stress worrying about things that don't need to be worried about!
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Old 11-12-2014, 12:43 PM   #6
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Kimber still has the parts. There were actuLly four different EEs the best and most reliable being the Team March model made of tool steel. The geometry of each was different. Before Dennis at Kimber passed he sent me a few EEs. They likely will give it to you as a spare rather than deal with the slide replacement complaints.
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My Sig has an EE. Has never failed in any way. Wouldn't change a thing about it.
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Old 11-12-2014, 03:02 PM   #8
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I agree with Gator and the others, it is working great so just shoot it and worry about something else.
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Old 11-12-2014, 03:34 PM   #9
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If it were me I would pull it apart and try to change it myself, I am a fanatic that way. I would carefully disassemble everything, break some stuff, lose stuff in the carpet, scrounge through my parts to make it right , break a few springs and send the whole heap back to Kimber. On second thought maybe stick with what is working.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:57 PM   #10
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Yeah, I'm pretty much already convinced that all the hate the external extractors got back then was mostly just internet talk.

I have taken the thing out several times, and actually stoned on it just a bit to radius an edge where it looked like it was digging into the brass case as it slid under the hook.

I have wondered a few times if a replacement was available, and might see about securing one from Kimber just to have it on hand.

The slide on this pistol is smooth as butter when you move it, and the fit to the frame is just right... Not tight, but nearly zero "Slop" side to side and up and down. Replacing it with another slide just never appealed to me at all.

Thanks for the comments, guys. I was really just fishing to see if there was any new information about these extractors I hadn't heard yet.

I'm gonna keep right on trusting it just like always.
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