Wire EDM Extractor for Remington 870/1100 from Volquartsen?

Having owned multiple 870’s (and ultimately selling them because of extractors), its nice to see a few options out there as a replacement for the cast part that typifies the off-the-rack offerings. Volquartsen is taking it to a whole new level of precision by using Wire-EDM Manufacturing to produce their “Exact Edge” extractor.

The new offering is available from Brownell’s for $23.99

Hooray! No more in-set extractors into empty chambers!


Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Matt

    Really Nathan….You sold multiple 870s because of an extractor…

    • Geo

      That was my thought too. Wonder if he sells AR’s when they malfunction? 🙂

      • Matt

        “I sold my AR because the grip screw loosened on me”.

      • Vitsaus

        ARs never malfunction. I’ve read many articles explaining that on this very blog. In fact they’re more reliable than AKs.

    • I did and I admit it proudly!

      Ok, there were other reasons, but the bad extractors and Remington’s utter lack of customer service pushed me over the edge.

      • Redfoot

        I am with Nathan. The rough chamber and extraction issues are well documented. I have an 870 3.5″ that I am looking to part with because I can trust it with only 3 types of -expensive- ammo and I need it to extract reliably every time.

        • BaconLovingInfidel

          I’m curious how old your 870 is, Redfoot. I’ve heard a lot of talk about more recently built 870s having issues that defy the utter reliability I’ve seen over the years.

      • BaconLovingInfidel

        When were these 870s manufactured, Nathan?

        • About two years ago. They were both MagPul edition guns.

          • BaconLovingInfidel

            That fits with what I’ve been hearing about some QC issues cropping up at Remington the last 5-odd years or so. Sad to hear the Freedom Group flustercluck organizational dynamic has affected the venerated 870 line.

            Best bet for a great 870 without the customizer’s price is t get an old classic and then build it up how you want yourself.

          • MR

            With the increased availability of aftermarket parts, it might be worth picking up one of the Freedom Group’s clusters, then correct their flaws yourself. If you like to tinker, that is, and can afford a few malfunctions along the way.

  • Giolli Joker

    There was an article on TFB about a month ago on the very same topic…

    Edit: a bit more than a month: thefirearmblog. com/blog/2015/03/23/new-volquartsen-edge-extractor/

    • Jon

      I merely put the machined extractor from the 870P.

  • An Engineer

    I doubt the tolerance on this needs to be tight enough to justify EDM. The tolerances on the mating parts are probably 10X as large.

    The gun parts business is full of manufactures over selling processes and materials.
    The angled grip that was on here are few days ago that was proudly advertised as “CNC billet constructed” is case in point. Not only is “CNC billet constructed” gibberish,
    machining something like that from solid adds nothing to the part except cost.

    • Giolli Joker

      Well, to small companies CNC machining adds no cost: if they want to manufacture in house metal products, machining is the only way to go, forging, casting, MIM, additive manufacturing… they all require huge investment or outsourcing.

      • An Engineer

        Just because milling is all you can/know how to do doesn’t mean that you should make everything from solid. Every bit that was milled away you as the consumer are paying for in the raw stock and the mill time.
        There verry well may be a different manufacturing processes that would be better and cheaper. Outsourcing is not always bad, it is often more effective to bring in rough with 90% of the part formed in one step and do the last 10% on a machine tool.

        • Giolli Joker

          It all comes down to volumes, outsourcing small volumes is hard and costly.
          EDM wire cut, anyway, can be very efficient in material usage when it comes to predominantly bi-dimensional products as the one on topic.

        • John

          >Outsourcing is not always bad, it is often more effective to bring in
          rough with 90% of the part formed in one step and do the last 10% on a
          machine tool.

          But it’s a poor shop that does 90% of the work and then has to send it off somewhere else for the last bit, or the other way around. It adds time, cost and complexity to a plan that shouldn’t need it.

          I believe a lot of things should be done in-house, with all the tools and instruction necessary, and if it still can’t be done THEN send it out. Only modern corporations believe constant outsourcing is a “good” thing.

    • MR

      Would a properly machined part even fit in a Remington?

    • Vitsaus

      The industry really has come to this: Everyone’s making the same stuff a million times over, so now, the fashion conscious “cool with the best toys” mentality that people assume in order to feel like they aren’t just another cookie cutter consumer at the shooting range is to have the most expensive version or fanciest version of what everyone else is running. How many times have you met a guy with a Rock Island 1911 where the second words out of his mouth after saying “I have a Rock Island” are “… but its got all Wilson Combat Internals.” I’m not picking on Wilson (this time) but the point is “latest and greatest” is a selling point, practicality is not a factor in the equation, only who’s toys are coolest.

      • Nashvone

        I’ve got a bone stock S&W 500. It’s totally impractical but it always wins the coolest toy on the range.

    • Aurek Besh

      EDM may be overkill in precision, but it’s relatively fast for cutting parts out of sheets of material that are tough, too thick, or otherwise inappropriate for stamping. Also, EDM is flexible, so they can use one machine for producing a variety of products. For a small shop, it may not make sense to have a lot of tooling that can only perform one function.