The evil extractor pin on my #1 Smith and Wesson M&P9 finally screwed me over good. While replacing the extractor, I managed to break the pin off, half in and half out of the slide. An overnight soak in Kroil did nothing to loosen the broken pin, so it looks like I’m going to have to drill it out.
Fortunately, I have M&P9 #2 to keep me going in the meantime. It’s almost identical – sights, trigger, grip, recoil springs, everything but the stippling pattern on the frame.
Thus the lesson – any weapon system you’re going to run hard, you need to have an identical backup copy. Don’t let a broken part take you out of the game.