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Posted: 9/15/2012 3:36:17 PM EDT
Is there a set number of rounds fired when I should adjust tension on the extractor? My SA Champion flings brass all over the place. Granted it flings the brass out with authority but it's throwing them from the 2:00 position to the 5:00 with no set pattern. The gun functions perfectly so I am hesitant to mess with it since it is my EDC.
Link Posted: 9/15/2012 7:32:44 PM EDT
I set extractor tension on my 1911s in .45 up with a Weigand brass pull gauge... at least 16oz and no more than 24oz... magic marker/sharpie ink on the nose of the extractor to make sure it does not bump the barrel... I modify the inner bearing pad, radius and polish the hook, and lock in place with an oversize firing pin stop...

Link Posted: 9/15/2012 7:44:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SPTiger:
Is there a set number of rounds fired when I should adjust tension on the extractor? My SA Champion flings brass all over the place. Granted it flings the brass out with authority but it's throwing them from the 2:00 position to the 5:00 with no set pattern. The gun functions perfectly so I am hesitant to mess with it since it is my EDC.


are they hitting you in the forehead? If not your good to go.......
Link Posted: 9/15/2012 8:01:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By rod727:
Originally Posted By SPTiger:
Is there a set number of rounds fired when I should adjust tension on the extractor? My SA Champion flings brass all over the place. Granted it flings the brass out with authority but it's throwing them from the 2:00 position to the 5:00 with no set pattern. The gun functions perfectly so I am hesitant to mess with it since it is my EDC.


are they hitting you in the forehead? If not your good to go.......


I did have one hit me in the top of the head today. That's the first time it's happened. It skipped right off the top of my cap.
Link Posted: 9/16/2012 6:00:16 AM EDT
do you have an extended ejector installed?....you can somewhat direct ejected brass with the angle of the ejector nose... make sure that the firing pin stop does not allow the extractor to rotate...
Link Posted: 9/16/2012 9:30:13 AM EDT
Originally Posted By lasnyder:
do you have an extended ejector installed?....you can somewhat direct ejected brass with the angle of the ejector nose... make sure that the firing pin stop does not allow the extractor to rotate...


How can you tell if it's extended? I'll have to check on the rotating. I don't think it is but I certainly am not going to rule it out.

Link Posted: 9/16/2012 12:12:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2012 12:12:56 PM EDT by lasnyder]
see if it extends into the magazine well....there are some specs around on the various angles...I trim mine a little so I can still eject a live round out of the ejection port... not a good idea with an extended ejector to jack a live round into the air and catch it to impress your friends...if it slips off the extractor hook, or doesn't clear the ejection port, the ejector can hit the primer and set it off...
Link Posted: 9/18/2012 12:09:30 PM EDT
This is how reliability issues are created by users. Extractor tension tightens with use, this has been my observation over time.
I bought a Weigand tool, thinking it would be ideal. It's around here somewhere, not so good a tool. The best method is one Bill Laughridge taught me, spanning extractor across an open set of vice jaws and hitting extractor dead center with a 4oz hammer.

If you obsess over extractor tension I can all but promise you feed failures. If your 1911 feeds and extracts 100% I recommend you leave it alone.
Link Posted: 9/18/2012 6:45:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 1911smith:
This is how reliability issues are created by users. Extractor tension tightens with use, this has been my observation over time.
I bought a Weigand tool, thinking it would be ideal. It's around here somewhere, not so good a tool. The best method is one Bill Laughridge taught me, spanning extractor across an open set of vice jaws and hitting extractor dead center with a 4oz hammer.

If you obsess over extractor tension I can all but promise you feed failures. If your 1911 feeds and extracts 100% I recommend you leave it alone.


If you are able please expand on that please, sounds simple but tention is something I struggle with. I can do it but it takes me forever to get it right.

Link Posted: 9/19/2012 4:02:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/19/2012 4:03:07 AM EDT by SPTiger]
Originally Posted By 1911smith:
This is how reliability issues are created by users. Extractor tension tightens with use, this has been my observation over time.
I bought a Weigand tool, thinking it would be ideal. It's around here somewhere, not so good a tool. The best method is one Bill Laughridge taught me, spanning extractor across an open set of vice jaws and hitting extractor dead center with a 4oz hammer.

If you obsess over extractor tension I can all but promise you feed failures. If your 1911 feeds and extracts 100% I recommend you leave it alone.


That's what I'm planning to do. I figure if I mess with it I may end up causing more harm than good. It functions as it should so that's more important than anything else.
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