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Recommended Revolver Trigger Pull Weight

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Evocatii, Nov 14, 2007.

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  1. Evocatii

    Evocatii Member

    Oct 23, 2007
    Durango, CO
    What is your recommended trigger pull weight for a revolver and why? Please post for CCW, combat, and target.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    CCW, combat, and target?

    For bullseye target & hunting
    Just like new S&W's used to come out of the box.
    In other words, about a 2 1/2 pound SA pull that is so crisp it feels like glass breaking.

    For DA target:
    You can do whatever you want to lighten the DA pull as light as possible & still get it to fire.
    (Occasional misfires don't count for any blood lost in a target game.)

    CCW, combat?
    Just like new S&W's used to come out of the box.
    A full power mainspring to ensure it going bang every time!
    So that gives you a 2 1/2 SA and a 12 - 14 pound DA pull.

    They get really slicker & better after a 1,000 round break-in, and are still 110% reliable.

  3. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    For formal NRA type target shooting, single action is the only thing that counts, and I "think" there are match specifications as to how light a trigger pull you can have.
    Many older revolver target shooters converted their gun to single action-only, entirely doing away with the double action feature.

    For CCW and "combat" you have the same spec.
    In the old days, people judged a revolver on how LIGHT the double action pull was.
    The lighter the pull the "better" it was, (or was supposed to be).

    Today, with super-fast DA revolver shooters like Jerry Miculek, we've learned that SMOOTH is what's important, not "light".
    A smoother trigger action FEELS lighter, but really pays off in accuracy and speed.
    The lighter an action is, the slower the hammer will drop. This actually slows you down, and reduces accuracy.

    For that reason, most of us prefer to offer action jobs that retain the factory mainspring, and possible a slightly lighter strength trigger return spring.
    Al this sounds counterintuitive, since everyone KNOWS a lighter trigger is "better".

    Keeping the factory weight mainspring keeps hammer speed up, and pretty well eliminates mis-fires.
    Some shooters even keep the stock trigger return spring.

    So, SMOOTH is better than Light, and actual trigger pull is not really a factor.
    Many people don't want to hear all this, since what they believe is "lighter is better", and what they want to do is install a spring kit, not have a pro do an actual action job.
  4. TBeck

    TBeck Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Lighter isn't better when the gun misfires due to light primer strikes! I had a trigger job done on a Taurus 85 that went too far. The gun was longer reliable. I agree, smoother is better. Leave the springs the way the designer intended them to be.
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