Revolver brand with lightest trigger pull?


March 25, 2013, 08:57 AM
Looking for a revolver for my wife. Have tried Rossi, Taurus, and Ruger. So far the Ruger LCR's seem to have the best trigger pull.

In your experiences what brands of double action revolvers typically have the best trigger pulls?


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March 25, 2013, 09:07 AM
IMHO all factory triggers are awful unless you get a performance center gun from S&W but then its not a "factory trigger" is it.

I do all my own trigger work and I also replace my springs as soon as I bring home a new gun.

March 25, 2013, 09:17 AM
A SAA has the best trigger. Good luck finding a revolver with a great trigger. The LCR is probably one of the better ones, but none of the DA revolvers have stellar triggers.

March 25, 2013, 09:20 AM
I will say the LCR's trigger is better than many production line triggers.

March 25, 2013, 09:23 AM
Personally I love S&W triggers. Every 686 I've ever dry fired has felt great. On that note, the LCR does seem to be the lightest for me. In fact it was so light I was short stroking it, and bought a S&W 642 instead.

March 25, 2013, 09:26 AM
I'd say an older Smith & Wesson K or L frame.. never was really into Colt. I did shoot a 6" Python in PPC for a while.. it had been way lightened and smoothed.. so much so it had to use Federal primers to go off in DA mode.. only for range use/a toy.

March 25, 2013, 10:31 AM
I've yet to find a factory trigger on a revolver (or possibly any handgun) that beats the one of my Colt Python.

What does your wife plan to use the gun for?

March 25, 2013, 11:13 AM
I'd join with Certaindeaf in looking towards a K or L frame Smith. All revolvers will have long DA pulls - the parts just have a long way to move - but those are generally very smooth. And a good gunsmith can slick them up more, if that's what you need.

March 25, 2013, 12:07 PM
The LCR is exceptional, it's unlike any other trigger that Ruger sells on a revolver. It is a long but smooth pull - so smooth it can't be staged as I do with my S&W's - it just breaks. But does have a long return also. It's a lot of reason my arthritic wife has no problem shooting it.

March 25, 2013, 12:13 PM
I'm on the LCR bandwagon. I have handled many revolvers looking to add one to my exclusive semi-auto collection and the LCR has been the smoothest and probably the lightest DA trigger pull on a revolver I have felt on a new firearm. I think the only factory trigger that was lighter was the obscure S&W 386 Nightguard that had quiet a few rounds through it.

March 25, 2013, 01:38 PM
I've been able to handle and shoot several LCR's over the last couple of years and have been very impressed by not only how light their trigger pulls were, but also how smooth (much more important than trigger weight)

I used to carry a S&W K-frame as a duty gun and a M642 has been my BUG for quite a while, but I found that out of the box LCR trigger had a better feel. My M642 has had it's trigger tuned and feels better than the LCR, but if I had to do it over again, I'd save the money and get the LCR.

It feels almost as good as an old Colt Detective Special and just a bit worst than my Colt Diamondback

March 25, 2013, 01:48 PM
Any of the older model Smith and Wesson's or Colt revolver will have the best trigger pull. So if trigger pull is really a concern find one of the above. As for modern revolvers, it is my understanding that Smith and Wesson's out of the box trigger pull is much better than the Ruger's. I also understand that with a fair amount of dry-firing the trigger on the Ruger will smooth out quite a bit.

The best thing to do is let your wife handle several different models and if possible shoot them, so she can pick the one that feels best to her.

Good Luck.

March 25, 2013, 02:38 PM
After installing an Apex spring kit and doing a little honing, the trigger on my S&W 642 is about as smooth and light as you could ask for. I have an LCR and the 642 has it beat all the way around. The LCR does have a nice trigger straight out of the box though. My S&W 686 SSR also has a nice trigger pull too.

March 25, 2013, 02:40 PM
Looking for a revolver for my wife.

YOUR idea or hers? If yours, you need to take her to a gun store and let her handle and rent all kinds that she might like to see what fits her hand thew best and hopefully rent some to actually shoot.

If you two haven't already read, it is time to do so BEFORE buying anything

March 25, 2013, 02:57 PM
Very true. She'll probably like a Sig P-210. or a Korth. who wouldn't

March 25, 2013, 05:25 PM
SMOOTH is far more important IMO, than LIGHT in a carry or self defense gun.

Any good gunsmith can smooth up, and/or lighten a trigger pull.

Again IMO, I'd much rather have a smooth trigger with reliable ignition than an ultra light trigger pull and iffy ignition.

A good gunsmith will know where the line between reliable ignition, and light trigger pull is.

Driftwood Johnson
March 25, 2013, 09:11 PM
SMOOTH is far more important IMO, than LIGHT in a carry or self defense gun.

Yup, smooth.

If you want smooth, look for an old S&W K frame. And I do mean old, as in a 5 screw.

March 25, 2013, 09:22 PM
Out of thex, I think S&W offers the best trigger. Almost any trigger or aciton including S&W can be improved by a good gunsmith.

Old Fuff
March 25, 2013, 09:33 PM
I am going to presume that the gentleman who started the thread is referring to a revolver's double-action trigger pull, as all of the better makes have single-action pulls that seldom cause complaints. Since he mentioned Ruger's LCR I will also assume that he and his wife are shopping for one of the smaller .38 Special "snubby" style guns. If I am wrong he can correct me, and I will expand my observations.

Most of the revolvers on the market that meet the above description were designed to have both a single-action and double-action option. While some of them may have an enclosed or shrouded hammer and are expected to be used in the double-action mode only, they are still based on previous designs, and because of this the double-action suffers somewhat.

However recently both Ruger and Smith & Wesson introduced new models that were created from the ground up to have double-action trigger pulls only, and these don't represent any of the usual compromises. The result is the best possible double-action trigger pull with full-strength springs that insure reliability regardless of what ammunition is used, and or/if the guns are neglected. Regardless of what one buys, absolute reliability should be job-one.

Ruger's offering is the previously mentioned LCR (Light,Carry, Revolver; While Smith & Wesson call their entry the .38 Special Bodyguard. Be aware that they're is an earlier model also called the "Bodyguard" which is not the one under consideration. In purchasing a new, current production revolver these are the two I would look at first.

Small size works against having a light double-action trigger pull. Going to a larger revolver is advantageous. But I won't go into details until I have a better idea of what exactly is required.

March 25, 2013, 09:44 PM
Any good gunsmith can smooth up, and/or lighten a trigger pull.
I don't think I'd go that far.

Some highly recommended local S&W tuners I've met would just smooth the sear/trigger surfaces, clean up the rebound slide, and tweak the springs. They wouldn't go near the cylinder to address drag or headspace...and very few knew how to adjust timing

March 25, 2013, 10:02 PM
I've owned smith's for a long time. My neighbor got a lcr and hands down it's much smoother & has a shorter stroke than any j frame.

March 25, 2013, 10:08 PM
Colt SF-VI

March 25, 2013, 10:28 PM
As triggers go, two guns recently stood out: My Ruger Alaskan and my S&W Model 24. The M24 has a great trigger. The Alaskan trigger was good enough that it didn't warrant a trigger job. It could be slightly improved, but the difference isn't worth a $25 kit from

March 25, 2013, 10:39 PM
To be honest, every N frame I've shot had a good trigger. One of the best, was a 610. IIRC, it was a custom shop gun and had a sweet trigger.
Perhaps too large for most women.

March 26, 2013, 12:00 AM
I have a Rossi 720 with an excellent and comparatively light trigger from the factory. Much lighter than my model 10 S&W.

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