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Old 04-03-2020, 05:47 AM
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I have seen a lot of documentation on both broken extractors and ejectors on the M1917 and a serious lack of spare parts past WWI to fix them.

It was a very serious problem in the Philippines, but I saw it mentioned a lot even during WWI.

There was a lot of documentation on redesigning parts and how to fix the problems, but I can't remember what they figured out off hand.

I didn't go back and read the correspondence. I just had this one doc in a folder from searching from another discussion on the M1917 another time. So I will post it.

But yes there was a very serious problem from the docs. You get a real sense of emergency as they see the war is coming and a substantial amount of the rifles were not serviceable.

https://i.imgur.com/5ABvDDc.jpg

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Old 04-03-2020, 06:20 AM
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The WW2 produced ejector for the 1917 used a coil spring rather than the integral leaf-spring of the original design.
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Old 04-03-2020, 07:52 AM
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50,000 extractors, holy moly!!!

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I have seen a lot of documentation on both broken extractors and ejectors on the M1917 and a serious lack of spare parts past WWI to fix them.

It was a very serious problem in the Philippines, but I saw it mentioned a lot even during WWI.

There was a lot of documentation on redesigning parts and how to fix the problems, but I can't remember what they figured out off hand.

I didn't go back and read the correspondence. I just had this one doc in a folder from searching from another discussion on the M1917 another time. So I will post it.

But yes there was a very serious problem from the docs. You get a real sense of emergency as they see the war is coming and a substantial amount of the rifles were not serviceable.

https://i.imgur.com/5ABvDDc.jpg
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Old 04-03-2020, 11:49 AM
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Olbear,
Not sure what you mean by temporary, and as M1Garandy mentions, maybe you meant ejector...but the existence of a modified ejector using a cutdown ballpoint pen spring (or one similar to it) is confirmed.
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Yes, I was thinking ejector. "Temporary" because a collector wants all original parts, but the spring allows you to shoot the rifle without straining the original ejector spring.

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Old 04-03-2020, 12:08 PM
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Default coil spring and ejector

Anyone know where a coil spring ejector and spring are available?
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:19 PM
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Anyone know where a coil spring ejector and spring are available?
Wisners still lists them: http://www.wisnersinc.com/model/custom-rifle-parts/
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:56 PM
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Thank you! Now, why didn't I think of that?
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:58 PM
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Thank you! Now, why didn't I think of that?
At one time Numrich, Sarco, Midway and the other big sellers all had them. They are tougher to find these days.

Apex gun parts has modified stock ejectors, but you need to supply your own spring.
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Old 04-03-2020, 02:07 PM
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I just bought one (WWI) production and nice. Gunparts Co. and fast shipping.
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Old 04-03-2020, 02:41 PM
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Actually I do remember seeing in the AEF ordnance files talking about weak M1917 extractors. Interesting it's brought up in the Bataan book you mentioned.
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