Would you please describe the "ideal" combat trigger for a double action revolver? Is it smooth or serrated, narrow or wide, etc.
Then, please describe the "ideal" target trigger.
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May 9, 2010, 06:27 PM
There may not be an "ideal" combat trigger, but I think most of us old revolver guys have found that a narrow & smooth-faced trigger works best for good double-action use.
Serrated triggers are more of a single-action target proposition, and same with a wide serrated trigger.
I've carried all of the above at one time or another professionally.
Serrations can wear on your finger during DA practice sessions. A wide serrated trigger more so.
My old Ruger Security-Six that I started policing with in '76 has serrations, not nearly as comfortable to shoot during extended sessions as my later GP-100s with smooth rounded trigger faces.
The Smith 25-5 I carried later came with a wide serrated target trigger. I filed the sides down myself & had a gunsmith polish off the remaining serrations. World of difference. Had a narrow trigger installed on a 25-9 a couple years back to replace the serrated target trigger that came on it, face was polished as part of the installation.
Have other revolvers that I've had trigger work done on, pretty much any DA revolver I may want to carry gets serrations removed (if any), narrowed (if necessary), polished (or rounded & polished), and the sharp rear edges removed.
A narrow, rounded & polished trigger rolls through a DA trigger pull smoothly & without abrading the finger all day long.
I find better control and no wear & tear on skin. That's my ideal "combat" DA revolver trigger as far as the part itself goes.
DA pull around 10 pounds smooth, SA pull around four pounds crisp.
For SA target shooting, or limited range plinking, having serrations may not be that much of a negative influence & can help with SA accuracy.
May 9, 2010, 08:08 PM
like DPris i started carrying a narrow smooth faced trigger on my DA revolvers because a lot of writers were advocating them to facilitate your finger sliding across the face during the DA trigger stroke. one that sticks in my mind is Massad Ayoob in one of his articles in American Handgunner.
i believe the current school of thought, attributed to Jerry Miculek, for fast and accurate revolver shooting is a serrated trigger to maintain placement of the finger on the trigger...less curling, more of a straight press back and a straight release. this is what i use for my DAO semi-autos and i'm changing my trigger stroke to this for my revolvers.
May 9, 2010, 08:31 PM
I think for DA revo work a narrow serrated trigger with just a little bit of smoothing on the serrations. I used to use only smooth triggers and then decided to see if maybe Jerry M. was right about the serrations. So I fitted a narrow/serrated one on my 625 Model of 88 and I do like it better. But if it abrades your finger just dress the peaks of the serrations a little. I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to meet and speak with Jerry M. and have a great deal of respect for his knowledge of DA S&W guns and how to use them to their full advantage. You can stand right behind him and watch him do things that you cannot hardly believe even though you just saw it with your own eyes. He has advanced the sport of DA revo shooting more than anyone since Ed McGivern showed us the Way.
May 10, 2010, 10:34 AM
Combat - I like them polished smooth, rounded, medium width - as pictured below.
Target? I dunno, don't have any target guns or do any target shooting.