9mm Firestar extractor problems
Several years ago I bought a firestar in 9mm and I really like it. It has always been accurate and 100% reliable. In fact I liked it so much I bought another one for my brother for Christmas at a gun show. His is just like mine and only off by a few thousand in the serial number. However his gun consistently fails to extract. The thing is so unreliable as to be almost useless. He brought it over for me to check it out and I swapped his slide onto the rest of my gun and sure enough my gun immediately started to experience extraction failures. I looked closely at the extractors and they seem identical to me. Then I tried pushing out on the extractor with a brass punch to try and get a feel for the spring pressure. That on his extractor is noticeably weaker than on mine, but not by much. The other difference I noted was that my gun has what appears to be a roll pin holding the extractor in whereas his appears solid. I looked around online for someone selling an extractor with no luck. So I guess my question is: Has anyone else expereinced this problem and if so how did you resolve it. I feel kind of foolish after telling him how great, reliable, gun the firestar is and then giving him one that doesn't work. Thanks in advance for your help.
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