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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TRX302 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2017 at 3:59pm
That's not the "correct Colt shape", but I've seen other ejectors shaped like that, that worked okay.

How does the gun eject with commercial SAAMI-spec .45 ACP?

I'd try a standard 1911 recoil spring next, and then a lighter one, before going through the hassle of changing the ejector.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tgt40 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2017 at 9:06pm
There are probably more theories on ejector angles than there are experts on AMT's... Smile.  As TRX says 'I've seen other ejectors shaped like that, that worked okay'....at the end of the day you need something that works okay not 'looks like it should'...one thing I've learned is that there's no 'right' but there easily is what works and what doesn't.  For example, your ejector looks tuned like the example in Jerry Kuhnhausen's book of the .45 (if you want to learn about how 1911's work his book is GREAT).  So see below:
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So I don't think you have an ejector issue unless of course it's not throwing them where you want it to.....


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Well, it looks like I was wrong about the ejector shape. All of the ones in my guns have either flat faces or they're the "extended" type. But I found a number of pictures of various Colt models, and they all look like the picture above.

Shows what I get for shooting off at the keyboard before double-checking...

edit: best as I can tell, the "point" is supposed to tilt the empty case so that the top bevel does the work of ejecting the case. The flat part is supposed to turn the case slightly up as well as to the right so it clears the ejection port. At least, I *think* that's how it works...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tgt40 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2017 at 1:40am
righty-o  I think since 1911's started getting lowered and flared ejection ports regularly the need for highly tuned ejectors has dimished.  For ME...It's just gotta get the brass out and away...I could care less where it goes so long as it's not in my face...  So OP if you're trying to shape ejection path you need to fuss with the ejector if  not..it's working fine!

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Thank guys, I am relieved to hear my
Longslide ejector looks alright. I was comparing it to a few newer 1911's, didn't look like them at all. It did throw the brass fine and once I fit a new FPS & extractor ( they should arrive tomorrow) I think all will be well.
Thanks to everyone for their help.
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My postscrpit,
The new extractor and oversize firing pin stop arrived via FedEx Friday around 2 pm. I had already cleaned the pistol components (including the extractor and firing pin openings). Surprisingly, the FPS fit the channel without forcing it in. No trimming or filing except the bottom miter and the top, to match the contour of the slide top. I installed the extractor and checked the tension with a loaded round, needed to increase the tension. After that it passed the test. The new stop engaged the slot in the extractor tight enough to e laminated the "clocking" issue. Then Carefully racked a few rounds through it to confirm it would eject. Entire task took an hour & 1/2.
Went to the range today, fired 100 rounds, all ejected properly. While this installation may seem run of the mill to most forum members, it was an eye opener to me. Thanks again for all the input & advice.
Next I am going to swap out the ambi-safety on my STI for a left sided safety.
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Congratulations on gun smithing a very important function!  I agree, and I'm no gunsmith either, that this stuff is easy and routine for many but for us gun plumbers being able to do this stuff and learn about the function of firearms is a very nice opportunity!

Congratulations again it sounds like you got it all right!

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Wahoo! Maybe you need to send a couple hundred more rounds downrange just to make sure. <grin>

Changing the thumb safety on the STI is a step up in complexity from what you just did. The thumb safety interacts with the various "fire control group" bits in multiple and sometimes non-obvious ways, and high-quality aftermarket pieces are usually made oversize for "fitting". It's not rocket surgery, but if your new safety doesn't work properly (and there's a good chance it won't), don't panic; open another thread and we'll walk you through it.
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And put in an Ambi safety while you're at it!! Smile

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Actually I want to take the ambi-safety off the STI and install a right-hander's ( left side) safety. My right knuckle bumps the ambi-safety lever on the right side of pistol about every four or five rounds. Ordered the single side (for left side of pistol) from Brownells, STI made, m should be here mid week. I'll give this installation and fit up a try.
As a postscript to the hardballer extractor issue, since installing the new OS FPS & extractor I've put 300 rounds through it, everything is working good. Half tempted to fit it with an extended beavertail safety & bobbed hammer but don't want to modify the frame. I have read a lot of negative reviews on the Hardballer, I must have one of the good ones. It's hard not to take it with me on range days.
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