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Can You Shoot a Handgun Without an Extractor? [VIDEO]

Can you successfully fire a handgun without an extractor? James from TFB TV finds out for you in his myth-busting YouTube video.

Have you ever wondered if your handgun would work successfully without the extractor? Lucky for you, you don’t have to test this out for yourself.

YouTube channel TFB TV shares their myth-busting experiment to show what happens when you remove an extractor and then try to fire.

Inspired by a comment from another YouTube user, TFB TV decided to test the statement that a handgun will continuously fire successfully without an extractor. As shown in this video, the myth was busted. Once the extractor was removed, the handgun was no longer considered reliable. Although there were a few cases that the gun fed correctly, the majority of the shots did not.

An extractor typically works in conjunction with the ejector to remove empty cartridges from the fired weapon, which in turn preps the chamber to successfully load the next round. Without the extractor in place, the gun can usually fire only one round. Trying to shoot after this shot would likely cause a misfire because the next round would not be able to load properly into the chamber.

Can You Shoot a Handgun Without an Extractor? [VIDEO]