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Old 06-17-2016, 03:28 PM   #1
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Extractor Junk

I never have a problem with passing along a Duh! moment when I have one that might help somebody else, and today's qualifies. Trying to account for FTEs on both my Micros, I decided to pull the extractors. The claws of both were filled with hard junk, which required soaking and brushing to clean completely. The worst pistol had been failing to eject about 20% of the time, and the claw was totally filled. Couldn't grab the rims very well at all. I've shot a whole lot of 1911s over a whole lot of years, and never really concerned myself with extractor cleanliness. Never been a problem. The Micros, however, place the extractor in a firing chamber cutout which obviously channels blowback into the claw. Sure surprised me. Anyway, from now on a regular part of my post-range cleaning will be pulling and checking the extractor.
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Old 06-17-2016, 04:07 PM   #2
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Good observation.

I always brush the extractor claw while cleaning, even if I don't pull it out. It's been working for me, so far.
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:24 PM   #3
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...not much space there

I've been using a bronze bristle gun brush (small side) combined with computer duster (compressed air) to get that area cleaned out if I don't want to take it all apart. Definitely an area to be conscious of, good post charliea :-)
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Good idea.

I rarely remove the extractor, but usually I take a sharpened chopstick to scrape that area.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:55 PM   #5
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Good to know, should definitely help Micro owners, maybe others as well.
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I pull and clean my extractors about every 4th time I clean the gun.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:39 PM   #7
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Good point..will have to check the next time on a cleaning.
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Me thinks I need to double check that thingy. I have not experienced any issues, but no sense not cleaning it regularly. Good tip Charliea.
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We tend to learn from the "Duh" moments it seems in life.
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