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Old January 14, 2013, 04:31 AM   #1
Keepin_Jeepin
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Smith and Wesson .22 Escort wont extract

So for the first time I took out a Smith and Wesson .22 Model 61 that I got in a trade a few months ago.

Sweet setup, looks good. Has original box and paperwork, case and holster. Shoots fine, blows back fine, but will not extract the spent shell. However after you shoot it and manually pull the slide back the shell will extract.

I have not yet opened up the gun. I like to think I know a little about guns and whats inside and how they work but honestly im not a gun smith and probably couldnt figure it out.

Thoughts on this and what to do?
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Old January 14, 2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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I don't have a Model 61, but I'll make some general suggestions.

Does the gun have a spring-loaded hook-style extractor? If so, check whether it's clean and moves freely. On a .22, most failures to extract are caused by excessive powder buildup under the extractor. In some cases, so much powder builds up that the extractor become jammed partially open, preventing it from grabbing the case rim effectively.

If there is excessive powder fouling under the extractor, apply some powder solvent with a Q-tip, wait 10-15 minutes, then pick it out with a toothpick or a dental pick. If the fouling is really bad, repeat applications of solvent may be required.

On most .22's, the extractor should pivot with moderate but not excessive fingernail pressure. If it won't move, apply some penetrating oil and wait a few hours; DON'T try to force it. If repeat applications of oil don't work, you may want to take it to a gunsmith or call S&W; many extractors are tricky to remove and reinstall.

Another possibility is a missing, loose, or damaged ejector. On most autoloaders, this is a small pointed metal piece that projects from a slot in the breech as the slide is drawn to the rear; as the extractor pulls the case to the rear, the case contacts the ejector and is kicked out of the ejection port.
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Old January 14, 2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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Great! Thanks for the quick education. I will check it out tonight and post back with results. Depending on whats going on, pictures too..

I do not know how to disassemble it but Im sure I can figure that out at least
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Old January 14, 2013, 05:08 PM   #4
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Opened it up and it didnt look bad inside. cleaned it up and everything functioned by hand what I thought to be proper. Going to test shoot it in a little bit to see whats going on and if a cleaning helped
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