Gunsmithing - How to Repair a Bent Extractor Rod on S&W Revolvers

A bent extractor rod can make the extraction of spent casings rough and can also prevent smooth functioning of the revolver's action. Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA, explains the process for straightening a bent extractor rod in this GunTec presentation. He starts by disassembling the gun and removing the extractor rod. The rod is then chucked in a drill press and a dial indicator is mounted to the press table. By hand turning the quill, the dial indicator is used to measure the amount of run out that is present. Using a nylon faced hammer, the rod is tapped back into alignment until the excessive run out is removed. Then the revolver is ready to be reassembled.