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Extractor Removal Tool Instructions
This tool is designed to remove the extractor from a Thompson bolt. It does this
by forcing the extractor away from the bolt just far enough to free the
extractor lug from the pocket in the bolt slot and then forces the extractor out
of the bolt slot. It is amazing how this simple tool required so much
development to get it right. Of course, one can use a screwdriver to remove a
Thompson extractor, but that often results in the extractor being bent or having
fingers jabbed in the process.
Make sure the extractor is fully to the rear of its slot on the bolt. Sometimes, if the lug on the bottom of the extractor is against the front surface of its pocket in the bolt, it will catch on it. So use the end of the Tool like a hammer to drive the extractor fully to the rear of its slot, Place the lip of the Tool under the cartridge case hook on the end of the extractor at the front end of the bolt. Be sure the lip is located on the center of the extractor. Force the extractor away from the bolt with the Tool until the flat end of the tool drops into the cartridge case depression on the bolt face. Rotate the other end of the Tool in a downward arc (toward the bolt body) and away from the extractor such that the Tool levers the extractor out of its slot on the bolt. Allow the end of the Tool to slide across the bolt face until it is flat against the extractor in one sweeping motion. The extractor will pop out of the bolt or, if it does not, it can be easily removed by hand.
Push the T-shaped end of the extractor into the T-shaped slot on the side of the bolt shank until the lug on the bottom (inside) of the extractor is stopped by the bolt face. Push the bolt/extractor ends against a soft surface while at the same time forcing the end of the extractor away from the bolt just far enough for the lug to clear the bolt face. Force the extractor further into its slot until the lug drops into the pocket in the bolt slot and the extractor is fully seated.
Douglas W. Richardson
P.O. Box 3364. Chatsworth CA 91313
E-Mail: ThompsonSMG@ mail.com