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Ruger LCP Extractor Polishing

You have two choices for polishing the Ruger LCP extractor. You can either remove it from the slide and polish it or polish it in place.

  
  

Ruger LCP Extractor Needs Polishing
Ruger LCP Extractor

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Removing The Ruger LCP Extractor

Removing it may not be as easy as it sounds. There is not much information on the proper way to do it. If you research the internet gun forums you will likely find that the consensus is to NOT REMOVE IT unless you know you definitely have a problem with it and it needs repair or replacement. Besides if you can clean and polish it in place, there is frequently no need to remove the extractor from the slide. Update - I eventually removed, cleaned and polished my extractor. Here is the procedure for it - Ruger LCP Extractor Removal & Installation Instructions.

Polishing The Extractor Without Removing It
 

Extractor face

Cover the firing pin hole

600 grit sandpaper

Sandpaper rolled for sanding

Polishing with 600 grit sandpaper

Polished the face

The following link is regarding the Ruger LCP firing pin and more. It has 3 how to videos. It may be of some benefit.
http://elsiepeaforum.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=e0ef44a9fa5d7c331b0203a7cb8300df&topic=9608.0

Why Would You Want To Polish The Extractor?

Polishing will make it smooth and remove burrs, build-up and sharp edges from the extractor surface and allow it to operate more efficiently.

Polishing The LCP Extractor In Place

Polishing without removing it from the slide is easy. These are the steps that I took to polish mine while it was still installed in the slide.

  1. Use a Jewelers loupe or magnifying glass to examine the face of the extractor. Inspect for any burrs or marks.

  2. Cover the firing pin opening so dirt/debris cannot get into it. I cut and folded a piece of paper then placed it over the opening as shown in the pictures. I did not tape the opening because of the stick residue I would have to remove.

  3. Cut a small piece of 600 grit sandpaper and roll it into a small tube so that it will fit inside the LCP slide and contact only with the extractor face.

  4. Using 600 grits sandpaper, lightly sand the face of the extractor to remove the imperfections and make it smooth and shiny. Follow with 1000 grit sandpaper (not really required).

  5. After you are satisfied with your polishing efforts and the ejector face is smooth and free of imperfections remove any residue with a spray of Gun Blast or other gun cleaning spray. Use compressed air to spray dry then oil and protect the extractor with a light coat of gun oil being sure not get any in or near the firing pin opening. Clean and lubricate the rest of the slide.

  6. Reassemble the pistol and test the functioning of the extractor using dummy rounds loaded from the magazine.

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LCP Extractor References

Here are some references for instructions for removing the Ruger LCP extractor from the slide.

  1. LCP Troubles
    http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=19823

  2. RUGER LCP VS KEL-TEC P3AT
    http://twincitiescarry.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=13600&p=158696

 

 

 

 

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MIKE COVIELLO is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.