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Breech feed; slide wont close when released slowly. Normal?

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:08 AM   #31
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I will use critical thinking well before I take written word as Gospel. I'm not as much up on faith as some. I look at the design, critically, and i judged it to be acceptable. Why else make an extractor that flexes than to allow it - DESIGN IT - to flex? If they didn't want it to flex, wouldn't you expect the genius that drew it up design it NOT TO? Hell a smart designer who didn't want the extractor to bend or what-have-you would have milled the damned thing into the slide instead!

OH, but the O-M says it's within the realm of remote possibility that it will break, cause a slam fire, or utter mayhem will ensue... so forget any critical thinking that a smart fella would use. We're telling you like it is. Like the New Testament, you better believe it and that's how it is, because we wrote it to be said as so.

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Old 11-27-2012, 05:22 PM   #32
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Knight, first off let me apologize. I re-read my post and realized I made a comment that implied I was questioning your intelligence or called it into question. That was not my intention at all, and I am sorry for that. I also agree that the owner's manuals are going to be filled with a lot of lawyer-inspired CYA talk. I'm not so silly as to think that the US isn't a litigious society, so I do agree there's going to be a lot of CYA in the manual.

The extractor is going to be designed to allow it to snap over the rim of a cartridge, simply because the manufacturer wouldn't want their pistol, which may be needed in a critical situation, to be completely disabled if the magazine(s) gets knocked out of commission, goes missing, or gets wedged in the owner's butt crack with no hope of retrieval. Kind of a "last-resort" sort of situation, if you will.

I just know that from years of 1911 ownership, to include some gunsmith training, that internal extractors are something you don't want to abuse. Once they lose tension or become damaged, your pistol is nothing more than a club with very poor reach. For that reason alone, I strongly suggest that folks avoid breechloading their XDs and 1911's. A couple of times won't be catastrophic, but something will go awry if it's repeated.

So, yeah, sorry about the miscommunication earlier. My bad.
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