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Old 07-11-2013, 02:40 AM   #1
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The extractor claw ripped off my Sig GSR TTT yesterday. The pistol is about 8 years old with approximately 2500 rounds through it. I was shooting Remington and AE brass and practicing shooting pairs when the failure happened.

I want to replace the part with something very hardy, although there are not a lot of options available for external extractors. Any recommendations for a replacement? I have seen a few on Brownells. Ed Brown offers a couple and so does Caspian.

Sig offered to DCIA the whole pistol, replace wear items including the extractor and some springs for $130 with shipping included. This seemed very fair for a factory overhaul but I am not sure i want another Sig extractor.

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I was not aware that Ed Brown made an external extractor.

FWIW, I would let the factory do the job for that price.
To change to a different brand of extractor may incur costs that could exceed that $130.

(Of course, you only load using a magazine. You never try to force the extractor over the rim of a cartridge in chamber.)

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I too would let sig do it. You will get back for all practical purposes a brand new gun. Its a no brainer. 2500 rounds is a lot for nothing to have happened till now...

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I was not aware that Ed Brown made an external extractor.

FWIW, I would let the factory do the job for that price.
To change to a different brand of extractor may incur costs that could exceed that $130.

(Of course, you only load using a magazine. You never try to force the extractor over the rim of a cartridge in chamber.)
Here is a link to the Ed Brown extractor.

http://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/extractor-parts/extractors/match-extractor-series-80-45-acp-sku087130200-1318-5053.aspx

The Sig extractor seemed very to be thin in the metal.

Of course I never loaded from anything other than mag.

The smith also said that the pistol has some hammer follow. I never noticed the hammer dropping to half cock ever. If that is true then there could be some additional parts that need to be replaced like a hammer. Note that the gun is factory. No bubba trigger work.
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Just FYI....
Those Ed Brown extractors in your link are internal extractors (not external). Ed Brown does not make a 1911 with an external extractor (and to my knowledge does not sell or manufacture external extractors).

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Going back to look at those search results and all of them are internal extractors. Does anyone make an external extractor?

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Sig, Smith & Wesson, and maybe a couple more.

You could look at replacing the slide to one with an internal extractor.

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