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I need an extractor for a pistol that is out of production. None of "the usual suspects" (GPC, Marstar, Popperts, gunville, hoosiergunworks, & etc.) have what I need in stock (and haven't for quite some time).

Being just smart enough to get myself in trouble, I have been tempted to buy a suitably sized piece of steel stock and have at it with the Dremel. Does this sound plausible? How hard does an extractor need to be? If I can hack something into a suitable shape, can I then temper it to suit?

What do y'all think?

TIA,

Mike
 

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howdo, Mike!

Yes, it is feasible to make your own small parts.

What is the make and model of pistol? Do you have the broken part? That will give a starting point for the item you want to make.

Depending on the extractor design, it may either be spring-driven, or it is it's own spring. If it is spring-driven, making your own should be a one-evening affair.

If the extractor is it's own spring, hardening and tempering is a little bit trickier, but still within the capability of the home gunsmith.

You can usually start with oil-hardening flat stock and drill, file, or grind it to rough shape, and do final fitting with files and Dremel tool.

You can't just just any old piece of steel lying around if you want it to be durable or reliable. Brownell's sells suitable flat stock. Or, you can nose around at your local machine shop for some tool steel scraps.
 

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For parts like that I like to use 5160. Very easy to shape, harden and temper. Most tempering (not Springs) can be done in the oven.
 
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