Mustang 380 ejector issues, need advice

Mustang 380 ejector issues, need advice

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    Mustang 380 ejector issues, need advice

    My Mustang 380 is having way too many failure to eject issues recently.

    The cartridge case will start to eject, but only comes out part way. Then I have to shake it out or sometimes pry it out with my fingernail.

    I can't quite tell if the case is getting stuck to the wall of the receiver or if the ejector is not making solid contact. Maybe both.

    Does anyone have suggestions on what to try short of sending it back to Colt?

    I'm not the original owner (though it was given to me in almost new condition) and I don't know if there is a warranty on it now. Anyone know?

    I've meticulously cleaned the gun...doesn't seem to help a lot, but it does help some.

    To my eye the top edge of the ejector seems like it might be worn, but I don't know recall what it looked like out of the box. Do you guys think I could order an ejector and replace it myself?


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    I have a Mustang myself and what you are describing certainly sounds like extractor problems not the ejector.

    The extractor is very easy to change out and clean.

    You may fix it just by taking out the extractor and cleaning around it.

    In case you don't know how to take out your extractor follow the following steps...

    First, of course, take off the slide, take something small like a toothpick (or like me, a bobby-pin) and press down the firing pin...



    When you have it pressed down far enough the firing pin stop will be able to be slipped down.

    Slide the firing pin stop down and off (but be VERY CAREFUL to cup your hand over the area to catch the firing pin as it WILL shoot out and you'll have one heck of a time trying to find it again (ask me how I learned this one))...







    After that, you may have to push on the extractor from the inside to dislodge it and keep it from hanging up on the slide....



    Next, pull the extractor from the slide the same direction you pulled out the firing pin...



    And HERE is your extractor...



    Forgive the dirt, I went to the range and haven't cleaned it yet.

    If you clean the extractor, take a q-tip and run it through the extractor hole to clean it out.

    Like I said, a good cleaning might be all it needs.

    You should clean the extractor and firing pin every 5-10 trips to the range. Gunk getting built up in there can lead to extraction problems.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by limatunes; May 6th, 2007 at 08:52 PM.

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    Many thanks. I copied it all and will give that a try.

    Too bad my owner's manual gives does not give adequate take-down and cleaning insturctions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    Many thanks. I copied it all and will give that a try.

    Too bad my owner's manual gives does not give adequate take-down and cleaning insturctions.
    Anytime..

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    Any other questions, feel free to ask!

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    Good job Lima (you make me so prowd )

    Hopyard, if that does not solve your problem, go to:

    http://www.cylinder-slide.com/

    or

    http://crewscustom.com/

    These are two shops that will do good work on a Mustang pistol.

    Brownells carries alot of parts for the Mustang/Govt .380, but no extractor.

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    nice show and tell Lima !
    " Refuse to be a victim, make sure there is a round chambered ! "

    Just call me a pessimistic optimist !

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    very nice

    Nice post.
    Most problems are indeed cleaning related. If not, any gunsmith could increase the tension on your extractor slightly. I'd charge less than $15 depending on how much ammo it took to test.

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    Lima, you need to teach your husband this little ditty:
    I don't drink,
    And I don't chew,
    And I don't go with the girls that do!
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    But she does do on-line gunsmithing!

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