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Old April 19, 2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Firestar M40 Extractor - OH

I know this is a long shot, but...
I am looking for an extractor for a M40 Firestar.
This gun has run flawlessly for over 20 years, now having problems with failure to extract.
Took it apart and the extractor is badly worn.
No luck finding one anywhere.
Any assistance would be appreciated.
THANKS!
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Old April 19, 2013, 04:30 PM   #2
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http://www.gun-parts.com/star/

Maybe that Bob guy in Arkansas could help; his inventory is kinda confusing though.
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Old April 19, 2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response.
I sent an e-mail to him. Hopefully he has the extractor I am looking for.
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Old April 19, 2013, 05:46 PM   #4
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If I had to guess, could not a real good machinist make you a couple?
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Old April 19, 2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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http://www.mmgunsmithing.com/factory_parts.htm

I recall reading that Numrich and/or Sarco ended up with a bunch of Star parts. Would be worth giving them a call.
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Old April 20, 2013, 06:41 AM   #6
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Here is the e-mail I received from M&M...
Bummer!
Sorry, don’t have or know of any.

Thanks,
Mike


M&M Gunsmithing
2423 Carter Grove Rd
Unit B
Hazel Green AL 35750
571-276-7676 8:00am-4:00 pm CST
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Old April 20, 2013, 08:02 AM   #7
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did you try Brownells or numrich ?
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Old April 20, 2013, 07:56 PM   #8
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Firestar parts show up on gunborker sometimes.
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Old April 20, 2013, 11:31 PM   #9
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If you can't buy one....

A flat piece of steel, some files and a lot of patience.

That's how we do things at gunsmithing school. I had to make a hand for a Colt Official Police. Still trying to fit it. Also made a center pin for a S&W Victory revolver. Then there's the Norinco clone of the Browning 22 that needed replacement plungers and springs that I made. Some other guys made springs for the Colt SAA and yet another is working on rebuilding a SAA hammer.

Be sure to polish it, turn it cherry red, quench in oil, repolish and then temper it.

ETA: Finally fitted the hand today. Yipeee!
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Old April 21, 2013, 09:00 AM   #10
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Yeah, an external extractor is a fairly simple shape to reproduce.
Start with the hole for the pin, that holds it in the slide, and go from there.
It will also require hardening.
Not a complicated thing, either.
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Old April 21, 2013, 10:30 AM   #11
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G. willikers makes a good point about starting with the hole.

1) Get plate that is the same diameter as the extractor. Lay it out with dykem.
2) Drill the hole. Everything you do from this point on will be measured off that hole.
3) You can use a belt sander for heavy removal but always resort to the hand file for small jobs. If there's a spring & plunger for extractor tension, drill that hole second. Make sure the plunger fits into it. Now do the rest of the outline.
4) Go slow on the extractor hook.

Get dummy cartridges to test extraction.
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Old April 22, 2013, 01:29 PM   #12
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I recall reading that Numrich and/or Sarco ended up with a bunch of Star parts. Would be worth giving them a call.
I saw the same thing about Sarco, but they didn't list that model on their website. Worth a call to check though, IMO.
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Old April 23, 2013, 01:27 AM   #13
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I know someone who can make you one, he has made several over the past couple of years. But it is at straight machine time rate, so it will cost over $150 by the time it's done.
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Old April 24, 2013, 08:15 AM   #14
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I found a parts diagram for the Firestar M40, go to page 6

http://www.louiscandell.com/pdf/fire...estar_m-40.pdf

No need for machining as it can be done with handtools. Just find a piece of tool steel that is the same width and file and drill to fit. It must be hardened afterwards.
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