Pistol Anatomy - Ejection Port
Bryan Hill / March 10 2021
If your pistol is jamming, you may want to check out the ejection port and extractor. Learn how a pistol extractor works, how to remove one, and how often to clean and maintain a pistol extractor to keep your gun from jamming.
How a Pistol Extractor Works
When you fire a loaded pistol, the casing
comes out the ejection port.
Next to the ejection port is the extractor
, a spring-loaded piece that strips the casing out the pistol. If it doesn't work right, your gun will jam.
What Makes a Good Ejection Port?
Reliability. Casings from the same ammo type should eject the same way every time.
They should eject out 6-8 ft from you.
Easy to clean. If your pistol starts ejecting differently after a few thousand rounds, it's time to clean the ejector. That should be quick and easy to do.
Compensator compatibility. Some extractors are tied to the recoil spring.For compensators
that reduce recoilby more than 30-35%, you must change the recoil springs to keep the gun from jamming.
On striker-fired pistols like Glocks, if you make the recoil spring too light, you must also change the extractor spring, or the gun will jam.
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