I went back to the range with my -97 today. I replaced the recoil spring with a wolf #18 spring. I thoroughly cleaned the gun and gently polished the feed ramp. I took the pistol out for a 200 round test. I had about 6 failure to feed and after about 170 rounds through the gun, I started getting failure to eject; about 4 times in the last 30 rounds. The FTF occurred within the first few rounds of the magazine, the last few rounds were always good. As usual, the pistol was very accurate. Needless to say I'm disappointed and beginning to question whether or not I have a lemon, although at this point I think it is a maintenance or engineering issue of some type. Previous magazine issues aside, I believe the gun used to shoot more consistently than it does now.
Question 1: Can gunk in the extractor and firing pin mechanism affect proper cycling of the pistol. Other guns that I shoot require regular cleaning of the extractor and firing pin. The extractor in particular I would like to remove and clean thoroughly as that is a common place to gunk to accumulate. Does anybody know how to do this? I have a stronger ejector spring to install as well.
Question 2: The gun is marked with a date stamp of 2004 and is an RSR special made in Satin Nickel. Does anyone else have a gun from the same or similar batch who has had problems?