How To Improve The Glock Trigger Pull For Games?


September 2, 2008, 12:51 PM
I have been shooting a 1911 pistol for steel, pin USPSA/IPSC for many years (20+ years). For past few months my shooting skills have come to a halt with no improvements. It’s like I hit the wall. Instead of fighting the “wall” I decided to take a break from my 1911 pistols and give my Glock 17 and 34 a try. I’ve been practicing frequently and I see a lot of improvements in past few weeks. One deficiency I have with Glocks is that when practicing Bill Drill my time is quite slow and when I pick up speed the accuracy suffers. It seems that my trigger finger has gotten used to the light and crisp 1911 triggers over all those years and is having a hard time getting used to the Glock’s heavy and mushy trigger.

I currently have the standard 5 lb. connector on my Glocks pistols with standard factory spec springs. I know Glock triggers can be lightened and somewhat crisp by changing the connector and springs but I don’t know enough to try it on my own. I’ve polished all the contact points on my current parts and while it did make the trigger a little smoother it still has long ways to go.

If somebody here knows the “trick” I would greatly appreciate your input and suggestions.

These Glocks are strictly “gamer guns” and not for self defense so I’m not worried about making the trigger too “light”

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September 2, 2008, 01:18 PM
Swap out the connector will help. You have already polished the contact poiints. Start there its a simple swap out

September 2, 2008, 02:29 PM

That's what I use in my USPSA G17. Actually, it's what I have in ALL my Glocks. :p

Black Majik
September 2, 2008, 02:40 PM
^^^ +1 to above.

I use the triggerkit + a Ghost Rocket connector and it's smoothed up the trigger pull quite a bit on my G34.

The cheapest way would be to get a new connector with new springs (striker, plunger, and trigger). It'll lighten up the trigger considerably. Your G34 should already come with the 3.5# Glock factory connector.

Chris Rhines
September 2, 2008, 02:47 PM
The best way to improve your Glock trigger would be to contact Charlie Vanek ( and either install one of his trigger kits, or send your gun to him for an Ultimate install. Charlie does the best Glock triggers I've ever felt.

- Chris

September 2, 2008, 02:52 PM
Since its a competition gun, make sure you've hit all the contact points, especially the safety plunger face and the striker contact point. Lastly, put a reduce power striker spring in it. I've got one in my G35 and my G17 and haven't had any FTF yet.

September 2, 2008, 08:24 PM
Thank you for your replies.
I'll check into some of these "kits" to see how they work for me.

September 2, 2008, 08:32 PM
got do Glocktalk and search for a .25 cent trigger job.

Then add a comp trigger spring. That is about as good as you can get it. I had a friend put a lighter striker spring in and it was not reliable.

September 2, 2008, 08:48 PM
I've also heard great things about the Vanek trigger kits. I've been satisfied enough w/ the kits, however, that I've not felt the need to try one. :)

September 2, 2008, 08:48 PM
Shoot 5K+ rounds out of your G17/34 and the trigger will become smooth as silk.

September 2, 2008, 08:50 PM
Wow, that's an expensive trigger job! I'd rather just have the silk from the get-go.

September 2, 2008, 08:51 PM

Found it, I had it saved in favorites all the time.

September 2, 2008, 09:35 PM
Have you ever shot your Glock and held the trigger back after the round fired to (NOT) reset the trigger?

This simple drill has helped me find the "sweet spot" in the Glock trigger pull. After the round goes off, hold the trigger all the way back. Then take your aim and slowly release the trigger. You will literally feel the trigger reset!

I have found this drill especially useful for defensive and rapid fire/double tap shooting styles.

The "trick" is in your finger.

Of course, if you know about this already....:banghead::banghead:

September 2, 2008, 09:42 PM has drop in kits that bring the trigger pull down to less than 2#. The basic kit is $200 and the billet trigger kit is $250. I have a bunch of competition GLOCKs and this trigger rocks. Because of the modular nature, I only have one that I switch from gun to gun.

Navy joe
September 2, 2008, 09:48 PM
Vanek triggers are nice! My guns are:

Glock 34. Reduced power striker spring, heavy trigger spring, 3.5 connector, polish and lube with good grease. The condition of the striker bore really affects trigger feel, I polish mine with really fine 2400 and up sandpaper to get them smooth. All contact points lubed, especially the trigger/trigger pin. This gun has a Ti striker, I know some don't like them but it really helps with the reduced power spring. Nice 3lb trigger, long DA feel.

Glock 17 gets carried, #5 Ghost Rocket connector for the overtravel stop, std. striker spring, heavy trigger spring, polish and lube. Shoot from the reset, very short and crisp trigger.

One other thing I have to do is trim the front of the trigger/safety so the safety is flush with the face of the trigger when depressed. I also whack the tips off the trigger to make the face flatter, then polish with fine sandpaper to make smooth. The safety is still functional but the trigger feels a lot better under finger.

September 2, 2008, 10:25 PM
On the inexpensive side, the 25 cent trigger job. As good as it gets...Vanek.

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