"Adjustable Trigger" on 1911's ?


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chiltech500
February 7, 2014, 12:40 PM
Stupid question:

My 1911's have a small screw at the bottom of the trigger (my description). I wondered what that was for, and one would need a specialized screw driver at a 90 degree angle to turn it, so I never have touched them.

One of my 1911's is a 9mm Springfield Armory "Loaded". I was reading a description on the Cabela's website out of boredom (I can't access manufacturers websites from work because of screening for guns or weapons)...
the printed stuff said "adjustable match trigger".

Is that screw on the triggers to adjust trigger pull? If not what is it for?

My Springfield Armory 9mm trigger feels like a brick compared to my Dan Wesson 45. I am thinking of getting it fixed up a bit.

Thanks in advance.


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Sam1911
February 7, 2014, 12:45 PM
It is an overtravel stop. Doesn't do anything for weight or quality -- just removes the extra motion to the rear after the shot breaks.

Generally, they're allen-heads and a tiny allen wrench will fit in there, but it is easiest to remove the trigger, adjust the stop screw, and re-install over and over until you have it right.

Make sure you keep those little screws lock-tighted in! if they screw themselves in just a hair, you've got a non-functional gun, all of a sudden.

Some folks who aren't as concerned about an absolutely perfect trigger pull just remove the screw completely.

tarosean
February 7, 2014, 12:47 PM
It's to adjust overtravel ( how far the trigger moves forward after the sear disconnects.)

Deaf Smith
February 7, 2014, 12:56 PM
And on fight'n guns I locktite them down once I have them adjusted.

And I never adjust them to the last end of the motion. I leave a little backlash so any dirt won't jam the trigger and make the gun fail to fire..

Deaf

mesinge2
February 7, 2014, 12:59 PM
Some folks who aren't as concerned about an absolutely perfect trigger pull just remove the screw completely.

I do this on my carry 1911s

chiltech500
February 7, 2014, 01:26 PM
Thanks guys. I'm primarily target shooting, and if any competition it will be bullseye.

The trigger movement on my 1911's is far superior IMO to any of my other autos' triggers. I prefer to shoot other pistols before the 1911 when shooting both because their triggers annoy me if I shoot them after a 1911.

Detritus
February 8, 2014, 08:00 PM
I prefer to shoot other pistols before the 1911 when shooting both because their triggers annoy me if I shoot them after a 1911.

Same here, except I have to add the caveat that I have to shoot my current 1911 before I shoot my High Standard..
Not only is the trigger on that '65 Supermatic Citation the best I've ever personally felt, but I've found that me personally starting off with .22 and switching to .45 isn't conducive to shooting the .45 all that well

tuj
February 9, 2014, 09:26 AM
you can improve the trigger pull by bending the middle leg of the leaf spring. Careful, you may want to have a gunsmith do this if you don't have a spare leaf spring on hand. I had a Les Baer I purchased used that initially had a 1.75lb trigger pull. :what: Seriously, it passed all safety checks, but the leaf spring was clearly worn out. I put a new Wolff spring in and it took the trigger right to 3.5lb which is exactly where I wanted it.

Making the trigger feel good on a 1911 is an art, and there are different ways to accomplish it. Some people like a crisp trigger, while others like a slow roll or a short roll trigger. You should try to shoot or dry-fire as many 1911's as you can to feel how different the triggers can feel.

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