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As with many m9 shooters, I have had a major problem with fte's; I could not shoot 50 rnds w/o at least one, and usually had 2-3 per 50.

I tried all kinds of ways to fix it, mostly ideas found in this forum; nothing would help me.

Then I tried ramshackles fix :idea: and used a 1911 plunger spring to stiffen the extractor spring; this morning I shot 150 rounds with no fte's!

While it may be a little soon to jump and shout (but I did! :D ) it sure looks promising!

Thanks, ramshackle!

-clc
 

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150 down. 350 to go. Once you get to 500 I would say that it's fixed. Hope this is the way to fix the extraction problems.
 

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Thanks for the compliment. Glad it's working out. IDPASteyr was the one that steered me to the extractor spring. It was luck -- actually some experimentation -- that I figured out the plunger spring.
 

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I agree, Madecov, I will not be satified until several hunded more rounds prove this to be a fix.

I do look forward to buying the new (stiffer?) extractor spring and giving it a try.

Another plus: this has helped the ejection trajectory of the spent casings:
they now stay in a rough 5 ft circle at the 3-4 O'clock postion from where I am standing. Before they went mostly right from 2 to 5 O'clock, some left and some south.
 

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Reporting back; I have shot 500 rounds through my m9 WITH NO FTE'S!!!

At least for me this has fixed the problem, what a relief!!! Now, with the tutorials from the great members of this forum this pistol is really starting to be fun to work on and shoot!

Thanks again for all the help and for a great forum!
 

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I have shot over 1000 rounds since Christmas without an FTE. Actually, I have shot close to 12.000 rounds since I modified mine with no FTEs. The stiffer springs for the 9mm Steyrs is the ticket to solving the problem.
 

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p/n brownell 1911 plunger spring

P/N 080-950-300 8)
 

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I am fortunate that my "shooter" M9 (I have a safe queen M9) has only suffered a single FTE in several hundred rounds...so there is likely no need for me to do this mod to the extractor....now my HC'd M40 and M357 are in need of this fix.
 
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With all due respect, where are all these problems with FTE's coming from?

When I bought the M9 early this year, no one ever talked about an FTE or any problem with a Steyr M9 or 40. No one.

On GT, everyone was singing the praises of the M9 as being BETTER than a G19 by far.

I got mine, did the breakdown and cleaning and had fortunaely a clean 500 rounds.

You guys have got me thinking and wondering...what's the problem with the Steyrs besides the bad extractor which I originally thought was the best design ever for a 9mm.

I'm not trying to start a flame war but want to know whet the heck is going on.
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