Trigger preference - wide, narrow?


January 29, 2004, 02:32 PM
On balance and if I remember correctly .... the vote is usually towards narrow for most people .... probably me too but .....

I was comparing the M27-2 (wide ''combat'' trigger) with the M28-2 .. which is more ''normal'' width. Because the D/A on the M27 is so silky I find the rather broad trigger comfortable and no real problem ... lot of contact area on finger of course but this does not feel awkward. M28 also is silky and it feels just fine.

This is something probably of most importance with any D/A gun, whether D/A auto or revo ... this being where greatest poundage needs applied. S/A usually so much lighter.

So perhaps I am pretty much .... ''take it, as I find it'' ..... but wonder just how much spread of opinion there is.

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January 29, 2004, 02:47 PM
It depends on the trigger pull weight. A double action revolver with a 13lb. pull would bother me if it had a particularly narrow trigger.

January 29, 2004, 03:06 PM
Doesnt bother me either way

January 29, 2004, 07:12 PM
Depends. I've seen narrower triggers than on the weapons I own. My primary carry is my Springfield XD, and given all the weapons I've fired, I would consider it an average width trigger. I'm happy with it, so I would say unless a trigger is strangely narrow, it wouldn't bother me.


4v50 Gary
January 29, 2004, 07:27 PM
Narrow. Nothing should protrude from the trigger guard (like the old S&W target triggers did) lest there is an accident. :uhoh:

January 30, 2004, 12:34 AM
narrow please...a narrow trigger allows your finger to roll across trigger during it's travel

January 30, 2004, 12:48 AM
Colt-style checkered combat. I am fond of that style.

January 30, 2004, 01:35 AM
Definitely narrow.

January 30, 2004, 02:55 AM
I love the wide grooved target triggers on all of my S&W.

January 30, 2004, 03:14 AM
I don't care either...

But I voted for a wide trigger just to make it a three way tie. :neener:

Ala Dan
January 30, 2004, 04:00 AM
Width of the trigger is not a major concern; but I
think I would prefer the smooth, combat type
trigger's on most handguns.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

January 30, 2004, 04:10 AM
On autos I'm not sure there are as many choices as for a revolver (i.e. I've only seen thin). On an auto I can go either way on groves or smooth.

For revolvers I definately perfer a smooth and narrow combat trigger to the wide and grooved target trigger. That said, the wide (very wide) grooved target trigger on my S&W M19 is certainly growing on me, but if I bought the gun new I wouldn't have had it set up that way.

January 30, 2004, 10:50 AM
On Smiths, I prefer the wide combat trigger. On 1911s, I really like the Gold Cup type trigger. And the Kahr triggers are pretty wide for the size of gun they are...

Guess there is something to the Pontiac slogan. :p

January 30, 2004, 11:47 AM
Wide or thin trigger preference depends on several other characteristics of the particular gun type and its intended use.

Old Fuff
January 30, 2004, 12:31 PM
During now mostly forgotten years past, people actually shot revolvers double-action and hit what they were shooting at. Unbelievable I know, but true. In particular many law enforcement types who shot the NRA’s Practical Police Course (PPC) matches used heavy, bull-barreled revolvers that were converted to D.A. only at ranges up to 50 yards. Most of these competitors preferred a standard-width trigger that had the face rounded and then was highly polished. This allowed the finger to slide across the trigger’s face during the long stroke with a minimum of resistance. It was also safe to use from the leather because the trigger was narrower then the width of the trigger guard.

Bullseye target types often liked a wide serrated or checkered trigger. What would be safe in a holster was a moot point because they carried their guns is special boxes or cases. Once the hammer was cocked they positioned their finger and thereafter didn’t move it except straight back. In this case serrations helped, rather then hindered the shooter.

Today’s bullseye shooters usually use autoloaders rather then revolvers, so S&W seems to have standardized on a semi-wide smooth faced trigger that the late Border Patrol legend, Bill Jordan preferred.

What all this boils down to is that a choice should be determined by the kind of shooting you do, although if you buy a new revolver these days you may not have many options to pick from.

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