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ClosetCaseNerd said:
Anyone remove their extractor for cleaning? How do you do it, and how often? Anything I should be aware of?


Shouldn't have to remove it for normal cleaning.



I've got probably a combined 100k rounds through my auto pistols, and I've never taken the extractor out to clean on a single one, or experienced any extracting problems.



If you can't resist the urge, however, you drive the pin out of the slide (it's on top, IIRC), and the extractor comes right out. Don't lose the spring when you do this.
 

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He is correct, drive the pin down and not all the way out, just enough to release the extractor. Be careful so the spring doesnt fly and the extractor comes out.



Now, the issue you're going to have is that we were told in our armorers class that they dont recommend doing this because the pin is EXTREMELY difficult to get out. They put the extractor and pins in the slide and then melonite (the final finish on the gun) the slide. Apparently melonite is a very tough finish and when doing this with the pin in the gun, the pin is locked in pretty good. He advised you will probably break 2-3 punches before getting movement or getting it out.



We didnt even take out the extractor in our armorers course.
 

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swingset said:
[quote name='ClosetCaseNerd']Anyone remove their extractor for cleaning? How do you do it, and how often? Anything I should be aware of?


Shouldn't have to remove it for normal cleaning.



I've got probably a combined 100k rounds through my auto pistols, and I've never taken the extractor out to clean on a single one, or experienced any extracting problems.



If you can't resist the urge, however, you drive the pin out of the slide (it's on top, IIRC), and the extractor comes right out. Don't lose the spring when you do this. [/quote]



It will try to escape!!
 
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