I noticed that the extractor star on my (1974) Detective Special seems to not go back into place sometimes. It appears that it is just a hare off sometimes. It could be that it just needs some oil or maybe a cleaning. Anyone else experience this?
norfdet;hopefully it is a just a good cleaning. Remove cylinder assembly from gun(screw is under cylinder on right side-be carefull not to loose the spring and plunger from the hollow screw. A good spraying with a solvent,as you keep the star pushed out,should get inside the rod area. Chances are that there is accumulated powder residue/grime,under the star and on the cylinder beneath it;use an old toothbrush with the solvent on this. Dry,lube and replace the cylinder assembly.
Residue under the "star" can really tie up a revolver by keeping the cylinder from closing,with ammo in it,or locking up after firing;rims of cartridges will run on the recoil plate by firing pin.Tends to be more of a problem with slow borning powders and/or shorter bbls. that seem not to fully burn the powder. Good Luck, Bud