Monday, November 7, 2011

They Come In Threes?

So far in the last week or so, I've broken the extractor on my 1911 (replacement cost was nearly 10% of what I originally paid for the pistol); separated the powder dispenser on my Dillon Square Deal B into two parts while turning a fair bit of expensive gunpowder into worthless junk on the basement floor; and as of yesterday afternoon, ramming a .58 caliber round ball all the way down my reproduction 1853 Enfield rifle. So far, I've managed to tap the ball with a puller, then have the puller rip out of the ball. I'll get that sucker sooner or later, but it's a serious pain in the ass.

I'm hoping that last event is the end of the trend.


Wilson said...

What brand is the 1911? I've never broke an extractor on any of my Colts. Several are over 50 years old and have seen a lot of use.

MauserMedic said...


This one is a Springfield Armory I purchased in 1992. I'm conservatively estimating it has about 8,000 rounds through it, given I've put a minimum of 400 rounds a year through it, with quite a bit more than that for most years.

It would be interesting to know what the expected life of this part is.

Firehand said...

I once had a ball stuck in my plains rifle, and I could NOT get it pulled. Finally took it to the next range session, pulled the nipple and managed to get enough powder in to shoot the damn thing out.