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Old March 10th, 2017, 05:41 PM   #1
 
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Never thought it would happen to me, but today I was shooting my 1911, and experienced several double feeds, and the last round ejected from the pistol hit me square on the forehead. This happened several times, with different ammo and different magazines. Any guesses?

I should probably add, this is not a new pistol, I've had it awhile now, and this has never happened before.



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Without knowing the age of the gun or rounds through it a first thought is you may need a new extractor.

They do wear.

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Thanks, that was my first thought, too. The pistol is 3-4 years old, and probably has less than 1000 rounds through it.
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It may need a new extractor or if it looks in good condition it may just need to be re-tensioned. These two video on YouTube helped me a lot. I got the extractor tensioning tool and a new Ed Brown extractor and corrected the same problems that you are experiencing. Even if you get a new extractor for it, it may not come with the proper tension.




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Very helpful, thanks.
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I had the same problem with mine when it was brand new. I ended up having to tune the extractor and also the ejector to make it function right.


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I just stripped the pistol and found some gunk in the extractor channel. Maybe that's the problem, I'll report back if that was it.
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Grab an empty shell and do the extractor tension test. That will tell you real quick if that is a problem. When I did the test to my 1911 it had no tension at all. The extractor would not hold the shell. I would not assume that some gunk in the extractor would be the cause of your problem.
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This was right under the extractor claw itself, looked like unburned powder ot something. The extractor will hold a loaded round, and releases it as the round rises up. Seems ok, but maybe I'm doing it wrong. The video helps a lot.
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One of my Ruger magazines would puke the ammo out, on the ground, in the mag carrier. I don't remember if it caused double feeds. Ruger replaced it but I don't trust either of them.
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I putzed around with my extractor tension for couple of weeks using the empty shell test and could never get it right. Then I bought an extractor gauge and the tensioner shown in post #4. Wow. Simple, simple, simple and it worked, worked, worked. The next time out at the range, a guy commented on how well my 1911 was working and we adjusted his pistol on the spot. His was working perfect too! It's not hard if you buy the right tools.


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I also bought those gauges and a trigger gauge that I should have had long ago. I used it to adjust the tension and then used it to set all my hunting rifles to trigger pulls between 3 1/2 and 4 lbs. The tension adjustment was easy. My 1911 has never run so well.
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Knew I signed up for a reason! I didn't know these tools existed. I knew about tension etc, but an actual tool, well I am speechless.
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I cleaned the extractor claw, not sure what was in there, and tweaked the extractor tension just a smidgen ( that's a highly technical scientific term, by the way.)

Took the gun to the range today with a couple of different loads and 11 different magazines, including a couple of old beaters I was going to pitch but never got around to it. It ran like a Swiss watch, no bobbles at all.

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