trigger work


August 14, 2006, 11:10 AM
Can any trigger work be done to a Winchester '94 AE?

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August 14, 2006, 09:48 PM
Yep. Any firearm can have its trigger improved by polishing(no metal removal) the sear and hammer mating parts and changing the springs. In most cases, the difficult part is getting the trigger group apart and back together properly. There are all kinds of firearm disassembly books available in gun shops, Amazon or at gun shows. Your local public library may have one or two as well.

August 15, 2006, 09:34 AM
Is it worth the cost vs the return for this particular gun? I get trigger jobs done for all my other guns and my local gunsmith stated that you can't do anything with winchester '94 triggers.

August 15, 2006, 09:37 AM
Alot of people will tell you that this something that should only be done by a qualified gunsmith. But, I've "improved" several on my guns, quite easily. the key is to not get carried away with a file or Dremel, which could result in a dangerous situation. Generally, all I do is use a diamond stone (or very fine file) to square up contact areas and then polish the mating surfaces (and occasionally, depending on the design, lighten the springs by shorteneing them a bit). The tricky part is figuring out exactly what parts to square/polish or which spring to change/shorten. This, of course varies alot form gun to gun, depending on design.

You may not get a "match grade trigger" doing this, but I've improved the triggers ona many of my guns quite a bit.

Jim K
August 15, 2006, 01:25 PM
You can not only reduce the trigger pull weight of the 94 but you can also eliminate the takeup and looseness in the trigger. I will caution that if you have that kind of work done, and later sell the gun, you must make the buyer aware that the rifle has had work done on it and the trigger action is not normal.


August 15, 2006, 07:11 PM
Thanks guys. I've done alot of research today online from your comments and have come up with a few things. Any links would be appreciated.

August 16, 2006, 01:43 AM
" local gunsmith stated..." That usually means he doesn't know how. It doesn't mean he's incompetent, just that he doesn't know 94's. No smithy can know every firearm well enough to do a trigger job on everything.
Just changing the springs can improve the trigger. Wolff Springs sells spring kits that'll improve the trigger of your rifle at reasonable prices. You can do it yourself. Just remember you're not alone. There's a wealth of knowledge here for the asking.
A free downloadable manual can be had here.

August 17, 2006, 09:48 AM
Sunray, thanks for the gun spring link. I ordered my springs last night. I took my gun apart and found the job very easy. I found a site about parts to polish. I didn't learn anything about the takeup but I can live with that.

thanks, vince

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