25th February 2006, 23:05
A few issues with my new Rock Island full size 45. Bought the gun, gave it a quick cleaning and oil job, went to the indoor range and put 150 rounds of Winchester WinClean thru it. Several rounds failed to go into battery. No problems with feeding from the clip, no problems ejecting. I tried several different clips. I figured it was just a new gun needing some break in time. Took the gun home and started stripping it down for a proper cleaning. Low and behold, the extractor would not come out. I tried prying it out with a screw driver; no go. I tried tapping it out with a rubber mallet; no go. Took it to my local gunsmith, he does the same procedure; no go. So he gets a bigger hammer, and pretty much pounds it out. The extractor appears undamaged. He attempts to reinstall the extractor, but it is too tight and he has to use the mallet. Rinse and repeat a few times and the extractor is still way too tight in the frame. The gunsmith gives the extractor a short ride on the grinder and takes a few thousands off the back of the extractor. It goes in easier, but still needs a soft whack from the mallet to fit in the frame. The gunsmith is in a hurry to leave for the weekend and I want to shoot the gun the next day with my buddies. I ask him to sell me a new extractor, he has none in stock until next week. He recommends replacing the firing pin spring and the recoil spring with Wilson Combat springs. I agree and have him install the new springs. He test fires a full clip, no problems. Next day itís off to the range I go with my buddies and 250 rounds of cheap Wolf ammo. The RIA 45 shoots fantastic, no jams of any kind all day. Punches big holes around the ten ring. I am all smiles. Take the gun home, strip it down, pound out the extractor, clean the gun, and reassemble it. Next trip to the indoor range with 250 rounds of reloads (purchased from a gun show); a bunch of fail to go into battery events again. So; I have ordered a new Wilson Combat extractor and firing pin. I will update when the new parts arrive. Like many of you have said, this gun shoots well and puts holes real close to each other. No pictures needed for this post.