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Taurus Questions re trigger jobs

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Bull Nutria, Oct 19, 2011.

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  1. Bull Nutria

    Bull Nutria Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Houma , LA
    I am in the market for a 22 revolver, on page 52 of Nov 2011 American Rifleman there is an article about the new Taurus 990 22LR/22mag. it comes with 2 cylinders.

    I have handle Taurus revolvers in guns shops and they have a very stiff and hard trigger pull in double action. I am leaning toward the new Ruger SP101- 22 or a used S&W617. I prefer stainless steel as i live near the coast.

    Can trigger smoothing jobs be done on Taurus revolvers by a gunsmith?

    Are trigger jobs commonly done on Taurus revolvers?

    Who are some recommended gunsmiths for this work?

  2. Drail

    Drail Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    An experienced smith can certainly improve the trigger pull on a Taurus. Sorry I can't recommend any particular smith but find someone who does a lot of revolver work. If they tell you "I don't work on Taurus firearms" find someone else. I used to work for a shop that sold a lot of Taurus and S&W revolvers and we did trigger work on both of them. Be aware that dropping in a reduced spring kit is not a "trigger job". A trigger job entails removing all of the grit and rough surfaces and addressing any creep. A crisp trigger that measures 5 lbs. will feel like a 3 lb. trigger if it breaks cleanly.
  3. bikemutt
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    bikemutt Member

    Dec 24, 2010
    Vancouver, WA
    With respect to Taurus, check with Wolfe springs to see if they offer something. I personally think the stock Taurus triggers are just fine. I do find the bigger the Taurus, the lighter the trigger, probably owing to their being more leverage.

    IMO, trigger consistency is more important than stiffness or hardness, within reason.

    For the SP101, I owned a -1 in .22lr and traded it, among the more foolish things I'd ever done. I handled a -2 in the gun shop the other day and did not care for the trigger on that one. Honestly, the entire gun didn't feel up to Ruger "snuff", maybe an early one of the line, I can't say for sure. I passed on it, ended up buying a Smith Governor instead, go figure.

    The Smith has many options for the trigger, google is your friend there.

    Try finding a range where you can shoot 'em all, a well worn rental gun is often a good indicator of where your's may end up. Good luck.
  4. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    Bull, here is a link to the thoughts of one gunsmith in regards to your questions: http://www.grantcunningham.com/blog_files/no_taurus_work.html . Beyond why he won't do it, I think his evaluation of the pros & cons of Taurus revolvers, from a rather unique perspective, is quite informative.

    In short, yes a trigger job can be done on a Taurus wheel gun, but not many of the big name smiths will do it. If you can find an up-and-coming next hotshot revolver smith that would be your best bet. Unfortunately I don't know of any.
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