If your firearm / handgun is failing to feed, failing to eject, or stove piping often, you might have a bad ejector or extractor. This video shows you how to understand the difference, diagnose the problem, as well as how to replace your ejector for your handgun if the problem is the ejector. In this tutorial we’ll demonstrate by replacing a broken ejector on a Kel-Tec P11.
Is your handgun failing to extract the bullet every time you fire?
The problem may be a broken ejector. Here is how you know.
Beforeanything else, check that your firearm is empty. Safety is your responsibility.
If you cycle the slide of the handgun and you can see the bullet or casing cycle backward, but it doesn’t eject, or it stove pipes frequently, probably your ejector is broken.
Commonly confused with the extractor, the ejector is responsible for pushing the round out of the weapon after the extractor pulls it from the chamber. It’s a two step process.
Further, If you open the slide and you don’t see a the little ejector bar with the slide fully open, your ejector could be the problem.
The extractor is the part of the firearm that pulls the spent casing out of the chamber, its like a little hook usually attached to the slide on the side of the ejection port. The ejector is a solid bar internal to the slide that sticks out when the slide is cycled, this is responsible for pushing the spent casing out of the firearm when the slide cycles backwards.
Let’s replace the ejector on a KelTec P11. This process is obviously different for different firearms. Let’s start by field stripping the weapon. Lock back the slide completely. The KelTec has a pin that holds the slide in place, that you pull out, using the back of a 9mm casing. Now carefully unlock the slide to remove it from the frame. Remove the spring and guide rod. Remove the barrel. Now you’re left with just the slide.
Notice the little cutout in the slide, this is where the extractor, which is attached to the frame, slides out to push the bullet out when the weapon cycles.
On the keltec, the extractor is located on the frame to the left of the internal hammer. Mine is clearly broken.
A new extractor will have a long solid metal bar. I got my replacement for $8.50 from Hog Island Gun parts.
A roll pin holds the extractor in. It sits slightly behind the hammer. You can access it from a hole on the other side of the frame. You can use a very thin hole punch or a nail to remove it. I used a nail. Stick the nail in the other side of the frame and make sure it lines up with the roll pin.
Give it a few light taps with a small hammer, nudge the roll pin out just far enough that the extractor will break free, but not so much that you lose the pin, it’ll be really hard to find if you lose it.
Now simply remove the old ejector, and install the replacement part.
Lightly tap the the pin back into place again.
The replaced ejector should look like this.
Now reassemble the firearm.
Once reassembled, with the slide locked back, you should be able to see the ejector.
Lastly, cycle the weapon once to make sure it extracts and ejects properly. Congrats, you fixed your handgun.
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