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Ruger LCP Extractor Removal & Installation

Step by step instructions (with pictures) for the removal and installation of the Ruger LCP extractor Part No. SC01400, plunger Part No. SC04600 and spring Part No. SC06450.
See also Ruger LCP Extractor Polishing.

  
  

Ruger LCP Extractor

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Ruger LCP Extractor Removal

Ruger LCP Exploded View & Components

The Extractor Assembly consists of the following components.

  1. Spring Part No. SC06450 (key #3)

  2. Plunger Part No. SC04600 (key #4)

  3. Extractor Part No. SC01400 (key #5)

Tools

  1. Spent 38 Special Case. Grind or sand the case rim to 14/32" or about .43".
  2. Little Nail or Rod about .059 diameter. Grind the nail tip to make it flat. Remove all sharp edges.
  3. Pin, Sewing Needle or Dental Pick (used to pluck out the extractor).
  4. 1/8" Punch (used to reinstall the extractor plunger assembly).


Place the 38 special case between the breach face and extractor claw. Push up gently. Don't push up too far, just enough to make the extractor stick out through the side of the slide. This will relieve some of the extractor spring tension and will allow you to insert the little nail.
Note: If you push up too far it may be hard to remove.

Insert the little nail into the hole in the slide.

 

Then remove the case. This may require some force depending on the size of your 38 special rim.

 

Apply left to right pressure on the little nail to relieve spring pressure on the extractor. Use the pick or needle to pluck it out. It will come out easily. (I haven't tried it but you may be able to turn the slide upside down and have the extractor fall out by itself, but be careful not to let the little nail come out.

 

Extractor is now removed.
WARNING - DO NOT REMOVE THE LITTLE NAIL AT THIS TIME. If you do, you will be releasing the spring pressure and the extractor spring and extractor plunger will shoot out. You may end up losing them.

Ruger LCP Extractor; P/N SC01400; 61505;
Costs $6.50

RUGER LCP EXTRACTOR SPRING AND PLUNGER REMOVAL


WARNING:
Removing these parts is easy. Installing them by yourself is harder than it looks. You need the right tools, strong hands and coordination. A helper would be nice. They can insert the little nail while you compress the extractor plunger assembly. One person can do it, but be prepared to spend a lot of time and effort when doing it for the first time. ONLY REMOVE THE EXTRACTOR SPRING AND PLUNGER IF YOU HAVE TO!


 

This is what the extractor slide chamber looks like.

 

Since the spring and plunger have a tendency to shoot out when the little nail is removed, block the exit path with a q-tip.

 

Just to be on the safe side cover it with a paper towel too, then remove the little nail. You will feel and hear the release of the spring and plunger but it will be contained.

 

REMEMBER THIS ORIENTATION OF THE PLUNGER. It is important that when you reinstall the plunger assembly it is positioned the same way. Note that the "sharp" edge of the plunger faces the outside of the slide.

 

Carefully remove the plunger and spring.

 

View of the plunger and spring removed from the slide.

 

Picture showing the extractor chamber and the spring access hole in the slide.

 

This extractor, spring, plunger and the extractor chamber were relatively clean as evidenced by the Q-tips.

 


Extractor Plunger Assembly consisting of the Spring Part No. SC06450 and the Plunger Part No. SC04600. The spring and the plunger will simply pull apart.

 

Spring Part No. SC06450 and the Plunger Part No. SC04600.

 

Spring Part No. SC06450
Costs $2.00

 


Plunger Part No. SC04600.
Costs $2.50

RUGER LCP EXTRACTOR ASSEMBLY INSTALLATION

 

 

Reinstall the plunger assembly into the slide chamber. Position it such that the "sharp" edge of the plunger faces the outside of the slide and the plunger hole matches the hole in the slide.

 

Use the punch or other tool to align and compress the plunger assembly.

 

Make sure everything lines up.

 

Push down on the plunger to compress the spring until the holes align.
THIS IS THE HARD PART

 

Re-insert the little nail to contain or block the motion of the plunger assembly.
THIS IS THE HARD PART

 

To insert the extractor, again push left to right on the little nail and place the back end of the extractor into the access hole. Reinsert the 38 special case between the breach and claw. Only use enough pressure to relieve the spring pressure on the nail so it can be lifted out. Remove the little nail.

iNSTALLATION IS COMPLETED

Perform a functional test of the extractor by loading a magazine with dummy ammunition and manually cycling the slide. Ensure proper function.

Ruger LCP Extractor Component Costs

You can buy parts online at ShopRuger.com or call the Ruger Customer Service Department (see below).


Extractor $6.50
SC01400 LCPâ„¢ Extractor; 61505;
Cost $6.50 as of 3/6/2011

Spring $2.00
SC06450 LCPâ„¢ Spring; 61528;
Cost $2.00 as of 3/6/2011

Plunger $2.50
SC04600 LCPâ„¢ Plunger; 61522;
Cost $2.50 as of 3/6/2011

Ruger LCP Extractor References

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

  1. Removing The Ruger LCP Extractor
    Removing it is easy. Here is a good video on how to do it.
    http://elsiepeaforum.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=e0ef44a9fa5d7c331b0203a7cb8300df&topic=9608.0

  2. Detail strip the L C P Slide?
    Here is the complete procedure. Just behind the extractor is an access "hole" on the outside of the slide. The extractor "plunger" also has an access hole in it. Place a very small pin punch through the hole and through the plunger hole and push or "lever" backward the spring loaded plunger. This will "free" up the extractor to come right out the side of the slide. If it has "gunk" in the recess then use a small jeweler's screwdriver to "lightly" ease it out. Now pull the pin punch out while "restraining" the extractor hole to prevent the plunger and spring from going into "orbit". The plunger has a small projection on the front of it that "locks" into the back of the extractor to retain it in the slide. Clean the slot thoroughly with a solvent soaked "pipe cleaner", dry and lightly oil the plunger and spring and assemble in the "reverse" direction. That's it!....Dick
    http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=31338&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0&sid=5a8818a5a073c8
    72413eb01086db0fee

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

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

  5. Ruger LCP Instruction Manual
    https://ruger-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/_manuals/lcp.pdf

  6. Ordering Parts From Ruger.
    Order online at ShopRuger.com or call the Ruger Customer Service Department.
    Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
    Customer Service Department
    200 Ruger Road
    Prescott, AZ 86301
    Telephone: 928-778-6555
    (Monday through Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm MST)
    Fax: 928-541-8835

 

 

 

 

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