It’s time once again to revisit the constantly talked about firing sequence. Today, the heavy hitters like the trigger, sear, hammer and firing pin take a back seat to the often neglected ejector. It’s true. You don’t technically need an ejector to fire a cartridge, but it sure does keep the process moving smoothly. Who would want to stop after each shot to manually throw out spent casings? Anyone? That’s what I thought. So today, give thanks to your ejector, for it makes our lives just a little easier.
Today, we celebrate the G3 ejector lever – one more of Keepshooting.com’s original Heckler & Koch parts that will keep your G3 in excellent working order for the foreseeable future. Measuring approximately five inches long, the G3 ejector lever is housed in the trigger pack and is secured by a small pin adjacent the hammer spring guide rod. After each cartridge is fired, the extractor works to remove the spent casing from the chamber. As it drives the casing rearward, the ejector pivots on the pin and serves to eject the casing, allowing another cartridge to be loaded into the chamber.
Now, as I mentioned, a firearm could technically get by without this component. In fact, some don’t have extractors or ejectors at all – I’m looking at you Beretta 21A Bobcat. Take comfort knowing your G3 does have an ejector. While you’re at it, pick up a spare for only $3.95.
The G3 ejector lever is a part housed in the G3 trigger pack and allows for spent casings to be ejected quickly after each discharge. It is an original factory part made in Germany by HK.
Spare parts are an important consideration when it comes to firearms. Like any machine, firearms rely on a series of parts to function properly, including levers. If a part breaks or fails, a repair or replacement is necessary.
It is also important to consider availability. At this time, Keepshooting.com has a wealth of authentic, original factory parts from HK for the G3/HK91/PTR91. Not only are they readily available, but also they are cheap. Now is the time to take advantage.
Beretta 21A Bobcat
The Beretta 21A Bobcat was designed without an extractor or ejector. Instead, it relies on the pressure exerted by the rapidly expanding gases that result when a cartridge is fired to expel spent casings from the chamber. Though manual extraction is not required, this model serves to illustrate one way a firearm can operate without an extractor/ejector.