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    And I'm not talking about snowflakes that get triggered...

    What are some of the trigger pull weights for your guns?

    I measured three today (my most recent purchases) using my spring Wheeler gauge

    4.5 lbs Ruger Wrangler
    5.5 lbs S&W 15-22
    6.5 lbs Star BM9

    I have some firearms with very light triggers (light to me... Just over 1lb) and some that are horrible (immeasurable)

    I keep a log of trigger pulls with my inventory paperwork (serial #s etc)

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    What's your trigger?
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    I have no idea. I know some guys get caught up in the trigger, but I've never even bothered with wondering how good/bad/other the trigger is. When I pull it, it shoots. Takeup, pull, hitch, reset, none of it seems to matter to me.

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    I never used to care... But I bought the trigger guage for a few bucks and now find it interesting to compare and contrast
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravoKS View Post
    I have no idea. I know some guys get caught up in the trigger, but I've never even bothered with wondering how good/bad/other the trigger is. When I pull it, it shoots. Takeup, pull, hitch, reset, none of it seems to matter to me.

    I agree with DB 100%. Sometimes you will see someone post on this forum about a gun that they just bought. It's not difficult to tell that they are in experienced in the world of guns and that the majority of their knowledge is what they read online.

    I prefer a very light trigger on some of my target gun But that is about it. I see people talking about their concealed carry firearm and and they're talking about the trigger is gritty and the Reset is too long. I'm sorry but we're talking about a fire arm that if it is going to be used as protection this user will not even feel the trigger. If it was a 25 pound trigger he would have no problem puling it in that instant when it is needed the most. Another thing is sights. In an emergency situation Which everyone agrees is instantaneous I don't see any sense in trying to find a site picture or your night sights in an up close in your face defensive situation. I Point shoot in this situation and I practiss from the hip all the way up to full extension. I have been doing it for so long it is 2nd nature.

    I agree with the DB on this one. The trigger is what the trigger is and it's not a problem dealing with it.

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    Like I've said before...those drop in triggers for the MSR are my Kryptonite. The rest of my guns have OEM stock triggers that I just get accustomed to.

    I actually stopped the impulse to buy another pistol lower on sale because I knew I'd be jonesing after another 89.00 upgrade to the trigger....(and an SB brace for another 70 bucks)
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    Back in the distant past when I shot IHMSA pistol silhouette I cared about the trigger pull because at 200 meters a heavy trigger pull could affect my accuracy.
    I ran my T?C Contenders at 24 oz and my XP100 at 8 oz. I later increased the XP to one pound.
    All 3 handguns are still set at those weights.
    My XP100 in 708 Remington is still after 39 years still my favorite single shot handgun to shoot, despite (or maybe because of) the fireball out the muzzle.
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    I learn the gun, don't expect it to learn my likes...............
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    I'm one who doesn't get into things like trigger pull weights. If I shot competitively, that would definitely change. But for plinking and perception of self defense I don't worry about it. Just like I don't recall hearing the actual gunshot or feel the trigger pull or recoil of my deer kills despite not wearing ear protection I figure at typical self defense distances, it still wouldn't matter. BUT . . . . that doesn't mean I can't tell what is occurring with my guns. I can detect the short reset of all my Sig P series pistols and can tell they are definitely different from my GLOCKs. I can tell just by feel that the trigger pull of my Security Six 357 has had trigger work because it is slicker and smoother than melted butter and different from every other Ruger revolver I own or have shot before. But, this a nice thread topic!
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    Other than drop-in 3.5lb Rise RA-140 triggers I put in a PSA AR10 and a CMMG AR15... I only own one gun that has had trigger work

    i bought a Ruger SP101 from someone who put in new springs and a tritium front sight... Both nice upgrades

    I still like to pay attention to and measure, just for fun and comparison, trigger weight in all my guns... Just like I compare and talk about sight pictures, ammo finikiness, perceived recoil, grip texture, price, accuracy etc etc etc

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    The lightest handguns I have are around 3.5 pounds on the SAA clones that I use in CAS competition. That was a result of cleaning up all of the tool marks on the inside of the frame and on the internals and then putting in a spring kit. It's lighter than I prefer but they are range tous and I've learned to adapt to them.

    I learned to shoot on a military rifle with a 2 stage trigger and enjoy actually shooting DA revolvers double action. As long as it's got a consistent break, I can shoot it just fine.

    On single action semi autos, I prefer what most folks consider a heavy trigger. All of my single action semi autos have 4.5-5.5 pound triggers and there's take up and overtravel on every one. I just need to know it's going to break *right there* like a 2 stage more than I need something that goes off in a stiff breeze or a 'properly done trigger' where there's no indication of where you are on the trigger stroke.
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