How to Repair a Bent Ejector Rod on Smith and Wesson Revolvers | Smith & Wesson Revolver Project

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A bent ejector rod can make the ejection of spent casings rough, and can also prevent smooth functioning of the revolver action. Watch along as Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA, explains the process for straightening a bent ejector rod in this presentation. He starts by disassembling the gun and removing the ejector 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 runout that is present. Using a nylon faced hammer, the rod is tapped back into alignment until the excessive runout is removed. Then the revolver is ready to be reassembled.

27 Replies to “How to Repair a Bent Ejector Rod on Smith and Wesson Revolvers | Smith & Wesson Revolver Project”

  1. Wait; i run out and spend 3000$ for these apparatuses, instead of buying a 40$ part ????

  2. In my opinion: The newer Smith&Wessons use MIM extractors that the ejection rod screws onto. The detent end keeper/protector tends to relax set the rods way off center being the barrel assembly tends to be set at 12 o'clock instead of the variance that was used way back in the day to offset the barrel relaxing to the right & to also position the ejection rod within the centerline of the cylinder rotation considering the yolk spool being bent to the left. Having a variance helped hold the end in a neutral axis that would keep the ejection rod straight & not drag on the center pin.

    Smith also bends their yolk spool to get the frame lock they want. It's something cheap & easy, but bends the ejection rods all the time.

    I would rather have a variance than a revolver that's ejection rod doesn't stay straight all the time no matter how many times you straighten it. With MIM, it's not smart to keep bending back & forth being it will pop in two leaving the extractor thread inside the rod.

    Larry has a great way of centering a rod that's bent, but nowadays, that's not to where they bend.

    Also because they bend the yolk spool, it should be noted that in addition to adding shims to reduce end shake, the yolk should be bent further to tighten the cylinder lock up if need be. Most people don't do any of this anymore so it's no surprise how dumb things have gotten.

    Revolvers aren't the easiest guns to work on for most so called gunsmiths.

    I always enjoy Larry's videos being the legendary go to guy for everything.

  3. Wow! another great video! thank you. Yes! this video reminded of how we used to bend 2", 3", 4" shafts 30yrs ago. We would use TORCH HEAT on the HIGH SPOT and then VERY QUICKLY apply COLD running water to that area and many times we could get that shaft to run .003 to .006 (T.I.R.) Total Indicated Runout , Not bad for shaft that were many times 3' to 20' long with welded paddles or screw

  4. This is why I buy all my equipment from Midway. His contributions to the shooting industry and to the 2nd amendment cause can not be measured. Do you realize the wealth of knowledge this man freely gives by all these wonderful videos? Thank you Mr. Larry.

  5. Machinist don't beat on the side of drill chucks like gunsmiths do, next video, how to straighten a bent drill chuck arbor.

  6. Just purchased a Taurus Raging Hunter .357mag and it has a bent extractor rod… I don't have any machining tools… ???? This will be fun.

  7. Or you can lay the rod on a piece of glass and mark the high spot. Then you can hit the rod while it's laying on some softer material until it's straight. I also thought it might be possible to get a drill the same size of the rod, drill into some brass or aluminum and tap the rod into the hole which might straighten the rod.

  8. "Can easily be repaired"
    As long as you have multiple tools and gauges, some rare, all more expensive than a replacement guide rod.

  9. Just put that rod on a 2×4 and smack that bad boi w hammer around till it’s straight

  10. My Taurus 85S revolver has been in use for 25 years, the rod of the extractor rod was bent, the gunsmith made another rod, and new oxidation, matte black, was top.

  11. The older ones have ejector rods threaded the other way. I can't find those rods for sale anywhere!

  12. Hint, dont snap the gun sideways to close the cylinder and you wont bend things!
    Just because TV detectives are stupid, dont you be too.

  13. Hmm I have a problem with my revolver. When I tried to unscrew the ejector it popped a bit and not it spins free without any sign of letting go…

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