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I understand that Irv Stone of Bar-Sto Machine has made up some 1911 extractors out of Spring Steel, based on some original Colt-Browning 1911 specifications. Current extractors are apparently bar stock, but the extractor performs as a spring, and in theory these should work better.

Perhaps this would take care of "extractor tension / tuning" permanently? Inquiring Minds want to know, Warm Regards, Col. Colt
 

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Well, I can sorta vouch for the old ones. The extractor on my M1911A1 held its tension for fifty-seven years, and the one in my M1911 apparently lasted for eighty-two years. I last shot my '11 about two years ago, and it ran fine. On Friday evening, it wouldn't extract at all. A quicky "tuning" got it through about twenty rounds, but it's toast. The extractor in the older gun was blued, so I'm assuming it's not a later G.I. replacement. I'm sure I'll be losing my tension when I'm eighty-two . . .
 
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