why two triggers?


August 20, 2008, 04:12 PM
on certain black powder pistols I have noticed there are two triggers.
why is this?
for instance on the traditions web site they have the kentucky pistol with one trigger and the trapper pistol with two.:confused:

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Mark whiz
August 20, 2008, 04:20 PM
Well the non-technical term for the first trigger is a pu$$y trigger. :what:

It's actually a set trigger - pressing this trigger sets the 2nd trigger back into almost firing position so that it takes a a very slight pressure on the second trigger to ignite the charge.

In function, it is the equivalent of pulling back the hammer of a revolver so that the trigger cocks and only needs a light pull to fire.

August 20, 2008, 04:21 PM
The rear trigger is a set trigger ...you pull it first then the front or main trigger will go off with a lighter pressure . Makes target shooting more accurate .

August 20, 2008, 04:23 PM
is it necessary to use both ?

English Bob
August 20, 2008, 04:30 PM
If you want a nice light trigger pull yes. It is possible to shoot them without setting the trigger but the pull then tends to be quite heavy.

I would imagine that if you are target shooting it is preferable. However, a well tuned single trigger can be just as nice to use.

August 20, 2008, 04:32 PM
Thanks to all I think Ill try the kentucky pistol, since i allready have a kentucky rifle.

August 21, 2008, 12:01 AM
I don't think you will be disappointed with the Trapper pistol. They are not that expensive and they are accurate. The double trigger is the way to go for target shooting. If you are in the field you don't have to use the set trigger.

August 21, 2008, 12:11 PM
Set triggers are very nice at the range but setting the trigger in the field makes a click that has been known to spook deer.


Loyalist Dave
August 21, 2008, 01:41 PM
So does pulling back on the hammer on a caplock or cocking the piece on a flintlock. :D


August 21, 2008, 01:48 PM
True enough for sure.......I shoot an inline......LOL

August 21, 2008, 02:02 PM
Whitetail deer (and other types as well) have a two stage fear system. The first trigger, from any source, puts them on alert, and they will stand and search for more information. If he/she stops and stares, then the first alert has been triggered. They flee on the second trigger. So, if setting the trigger or cocking the hammer causes them to 'spook', you've already screwed up once before somewhere. You need to polish up your skills so that the trigger set or hammer cock is the FIRST alert, not the second.

August 21, 2008, 07:33 PM
Double set triggers are more sophisticated and once set, the trigger pull weight can be anywhere from several ounces to a couple of pounds.
While many rifles can have decent single triggers, inexpensive single trigger pistols rarely have a pleasant pull right from the factory, and can sometimes require 10 pounds to release.
An unset double trigger might only have a pull of 5 or 6 pounds.

August 22, 2008, 12:45 PM
Double sets are a love-hate thing.

I used to only rely on the unset condition, then I dropped the transfer case in my Scout on my hand and cut the flexor tendon in my trigger finger. That oops now prevents it from full movement to just slightly over 90* max bend at the 1st joint and no bend at the last, which is just enough movement to touch off a double set properly but not a single...

The oops sorta causes problems with my WW2 vintage stuff but Timney makes fixes fer that problem... ;) :D


August 22, 2008, 01:11 PM
I might add ...don`t use the set trigger while hunting with gloves on ..without praticeing this you will probally have a premature trigger pull.
With pratice useing the set trigger with gloves ..at least you`ll know why it went off before you were ready .

Jim K
August 23, 2008, 12:34 AM
I don't think anyone actually answered this, but to fire the rifle without using the set trigger, just pull the front trigger.


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