Wilson Combat’s Bullet Proof 1911 Extractors Go S7 Tool Steel

Wilson Combat, known for their 1911’s and a growing portfolio of high-end products, has announced their 1911 extractors are going even higher end performance wise. Both the Series 70 and Series 80 1911 extractors are now machined from S7 tool steel bar stock.

S7 has been gaining in popularity within the market over the last few years. Specifically formulated for high tensile strength and shock resistance, the material is ideal for parts taking a beating in the operation of a firearm. AR companies have been using S7 as an upgrade for both extractors and a few use on their bolts like the Sharps’ Reliabolt.


Outside the firearms industry, S7 is used for a myriad of applications such as punches, chisels, dies, and concrete breakers. It is known to be sensitive to heat-treat, but with a solid service, the steel is ideal for extractors, ejectors, and similar parts.

The change to the S7 material has not changed the overall form and function of the extractor. Tension is still adjusted by bending the part and its near drop-in ready for most handguns.

Features (Courtesy of Wilson Combat):


  • Fully Machined from S7 shockproof tool steel with a tensile strength of 275,000 PSI
  • Optimized hook design for maximum strength and case rim contact
  • Hook location tolerances held to +/- .001″
  • Radiused corners for extended life and smooth feeding
  • Heat treated to optimum hardness and cryogenically treated
  • Guaranteed for life against breakage or we will replace at no cost to you

The updated “Bullet Proof” extractors are available directly from Wilson Combat and through their dealer networks. 


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.


  • SerArthurDayne

    Now you can be all like, “Haha sucka, my 1911 Extractor is made out of better steel than your 1911 Extractor! Haha!”

    • Frank Grimes

      Or if you’re talking to a guy with a Nighthawk, you can tell him your extractor is made out of better steel than his frame and slide.

      • mk18

        Huh?? Nighthawk frames/slides are forged steel just like Wilson Combat….so I’m guessing you either have a axe to grind or you just don’t know what you’re talking about.

        • Frank Grimes

          Forged huh?

          I’m sure the guy’s 10mm Nighthawk featured on this website that catastrophically failed and split right down the middle exposing the cast slide and frame would’ve really like to have known that.

          • Jack Burton

            This Wilson Combat extractor is probably made of “better” steel than Wilson Combat frames and slides, which if I’m remembering correctly aren’t made of anything particularly special or unique. As far as investment casting goes, I’ve yet to see any convincing evidence that the difference in durability between a forged and well made cast 1911 frame isn’t purely academic – people don’t seem to fret over aluminum handgun frames nearly as often as they do investment cast steel ones, which I find hilarious. But even Ruger uses forged slides on their 1911s, so no idea what was going on in that article you referenced. Nighthawk claims their frames and slides are forged on their website FWIW.

          • Frank Grimes

            I would take forged aluminum over cast steel 10 times out of 10.

          • Bob

            the future is in plastics.
            just ask the graduate !

  • raz-0

    Uhh. S7? While hard my be good for the extractor tip, The thing is also supposed to work as a spring. I’ve had 1911 extractors made from hard steel trying to be a spring. They did not work well for long. Didn’t break, but stopped pulling spent brass out of the gun in 2-3k rounds.

    • guest

      This. To meet milspec, 1911 extractors have to be spring steel, NOT tool steel. There is a reason for this.

      Does anyone other than Colt–and Cylinder & Slide, but theirs are way oversized so that they can be “hand fitted” in nearly all dimensions–still make 1911 extractors out of the correct material?

  • Greg Beals

    Will the tool steel wear down the extractor channel if the slide material is less hard than tool steel? Just curious.

    • mk18

      No, the extractor isn’t doing any sort of action that would wear down the extractor channel. It doesn’t move forward/backward. It just hinges at portion where it’s bulged out (on the standard version, on the HD version, it’s where the extractor narrows).

  • missourisam

    Guaranteed for life? Will Wilson pay for your funeral if it breaks under fire? I think I’ll just replace mine every thousand rounds or so with Brownell’s top of the line extractor. I had one 1911 extractor fail, fortunately during department qualification. Four days later and it would have been a life or death situation. Extractors are cheap insurance, as are recoil springs, main springs and magazine springs.