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Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number

Posted by Don on Wednesday, 1 April 2009, at 5:51 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number, posted by Derek on Wednesday, 1 April 2009, at 1:08 a.m.

Hello Derek

That sounds like the broken shell extractor, I will try to explain how it works, much easier to show than tell.

If you have a case separate, ie, the head comes off or it breaks, you unscrew the tip from the tool and insert into the opposite end, then stick that into the chamber with the tip you inserted toward the muzzle then close the breach, now take the ramrod or cleaning rod and insert into muzzle and give it a couple of good whacks on top of the extractor, what that does is spread the "fingers" of the extractor and grabs the stuck case, then open the breach and give a couple more taps with the rod on top of the extractor and the broken/separated case and extractor should come right out.

Whew, I hope you can understand that.

Don


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