Originally Posted by mag318
The external extractor is of no concern and functions perfectly. S&W has a long history with the external extractor on their semi auto pistols. One thing I did note is that on the "E" seried the extractor is wider than on the regular SW1911s so perhaps that is one of their enhancements. Even John Browning when he designed his last semi auto, the High Power went with an external extractor. Makes you wonder why, did he consider it a design improvement?
well people can ponder whether the internal vs. the external extractors for years to come and still not come up with a concrete answer! would be IMO argueing the Ford engine, vs. the Chevy engine. both do the same job and do it quite well, just look a little different. same could be said about internal vs. external extractors.
S & W has had a reputation for quality for years and i have owned several over the years. i suspect their 1911's are no different. they look to be very well made and from what i have heard from those that own them, they seem to very fine pistols.
my reasoning on internal vs. esternal extractor is more of tradition than anything. my 1911's i want them closer to the original design.
Mag318, that is a very good looking 1911 you have. enjoy it and shoot it often.