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Old 09-23-2019, 01:07 PM   #1
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PPK ejector failures

How often do PPK ejectors fail by shooting loose. I've had to replace 2 now and additional replacements are becoming unobtainium. I hesitate to use my .32 or .22 because they could become nothing more than paperweights for me until I find a replacement.


Is there anything I should be looking for that might signal that the ejector was about to launch itself into no mans land. AND what can I do about it before this happens again?

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Old 09-23-2019, 03:46 PM   #2
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Do you mean ejector (and slide stop) or extractor? If so, how does the ejector shoot out when sandwiched between the slide and the frame? Was the frame machined improperly to house the piece correctly?
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:10 PM   #3
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My mistake. Extractor.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:15 PM   #4
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I had one go on a pre-war .32 PPK while shooting aluminum cased ammo. Pistol had been flawless with brass cased ammo. Lost extractor a couple of mags into the aluminum.
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The usual causes are incorrect installation (keeper plunger not correctly oriented to the extractor, or one of the extractor spring plungers missing); or incorrect or lame extractor spring (i.e., too short).

Check those first. Aluminum cases have nothing to do with it.

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Roger, just reporting what happened,
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:00 PM   #7
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I wouldn't think extractors would be rare. How about the new ones out of Ft. Smith? Wouldn't they be the same? 1917
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Old 09-23-2019, 10:06 PM   #8
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Roger, just reporting what happened,
I said "nothing to do with it", but that's not quite right. If you compare the extractor grooves in the cartridge cases, a significant difference might be a causal factor contributing to loss of the extractor, especially if the loss is accompanied by a stovepipe jam.

Aluminum cases also don't have the mass of brass cases and don't eject with as much authority when they strike the ejector in recoil. If the fired case gets pinched in the ejection port when the slide closes it might shove back the extractor enough to dismount it.

However, until the OP says he was using Blazer aluminum, my bet is on the more probable causes mentioned.

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Old 09-30-2019, 10:26 AM   #9
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I wouldn't think extractors would be rare. How about the new ones out of Ft. Smith? Wouldn't they be the same? 1917

Anybody know if the new Ft. Smith PPK extractors would work in one of the older models? It doesn't help me with the .22 (that I use most because of ammunition costs) but knowing that a Ft. Smith extractor would work would allow the .32 to get more workouts.
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Old 09-30-2019, 10:40 AM   #10
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Mike, any difference in chamber adhesion between the aluminum and brass cases?

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