Do it yourself trigger jobs


December 25, 2006, 10:04 AM
Anybody have any recommendations on this? I have a Ruger SP101 that is a little rough on the trigger pull. I would like to smooth it out. I have found the Gunblast website with the "poor mans trigger job". Thanks and have a Merry Christmas!

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December 25, 2006, 10:20 AM
Better to just break it in than possibly screw it up, I'd say. If you can't wait for break-in, get a pro to do it. Don't ruin your gun trying to save a few $. I'm especially leery of amateur trigger work, it could create an unsafe firearm.

Merry Christmas to you as well.

December 25, 2006, 10:26 AM
I did a trigger job on my Security Six that turned out rather well. You can get lighter springs from Wolf. I just trimmed the spring on the Security Six. I know, I know, all the comments about light hits. What I did was prime a bunch of empty brass. I'd fire the gun, trim a little, fire the gun, and when I started to notice the indentions on the primers getting a little shallower with CCI primers, I stopped. I was able to lighten the trigger quite a bit. For smooth, if you can't use a stone without screwing up the sear, don't mess with that. I was able to smooth the sear by light stoning. I used lapping compound on the hammer pivot and working parts and cycled it while watching TV for until both my thumbs wore out, cycled some more later, then pulled it back apart and cleaned and lubed.

That was one of the best triggers I've ever owned on a revolver once I got done with it. Thousands of rounds and no misfires, either. It was light and smooth and extremely controllable, daylight and dark difference from the out of the box gun. I think Ruger springs tend to be overkill in strength and that hurts the DA pull a bit, but you don't wanna get carried away and get misfires from light hits, of course. Just that they can be greatly improved in effort where a Smith might not be quite as improvable other than improving smoothness, which of course is the most important anyway. I'd do the primer check thing with a Wolf spring, too, compare it to the stock spring, if I installed a light Wolf spring, just to make sure it will be reliable. The primer strike check is easy to do and good insurance for reliability.

If you aren't particularly mechanically inclined and not familiar with the lock work, you might be better off taking it to a smith first before screwing it up and THEN taking it to him. :D Rugers can be improved, though, by quite a lot I guess because they're so bad out of the box. But, it don't take much to make 'em better'n good. :D

December 25, 2006, 07:08 PM
Here is some additional info if you are the adventurous type and are willing to do your own work. In the on 8-02-06 member Rover 'n Rugers posted an article on how to do a trigger job on a SP-101. (This was a reprint of an earlier post by member Iowegan, a regarded gunsmith.) This is an excellent reference which tells you how to disassemble the gun, step by step, which parts to polish and how, then how to put the whole gun back together again. At the moment I am in the process of following a similar procedure published for the GP-100, and so far am well pleased - can't give a final opinion until that project is completed. I'm not sure how well the search function works on that forum, but you may be able to find the post I am referring to.

December 25, 2006, 10:00 PM
Get the Wolff spring kit. You could also polish the internals if you want, but just dry firing and normal firing will smooth things out eventually.

December 25, 2006, 10:57 PM
thanks don:D

December 25, 2006, 11:00 PM
The simple TJ
The more complex TJ

December 26, 2006, 10:11 AM
I just dry fired the heck out of my SP101 when I first got it and the trigger smoothed out nicely...and my trigger finger got stronger too.

December 26, 2006, 10:32 AM
wolff kit+1

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