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    1911 Trigger pull adjustment

    Can someone give me some basic information on reducing the trigger pull on a M1911? My gun has a 6.5-7 lb pull which I find excessive. Would like to get down to half of that, if possible. I just need some simple suggestions without getting into a full blown accurizing job.
    I have already cut 2 coils off the mainspring which made slide racking easier but no help with trigger.
    All replies appreciated.

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    Look at these drop-in parts, available from Brownells:
    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=5...GGER_PULL_KITS

    To use any of these kits you will also need a beavertail grip safety. You can also get this part from Brownells:
    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1...IL_GRIP_SAFETY

    You'll need to know how to detail strip your pistol to make the parts work, but you'll get the trigger pull you want without extensive 'smithing prices.
    Stay safe,
    Randy

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    agree with randy, but you can also try a lighter sear spring. cylinder and slide offers them separately and it will reduce the trigger pull by about a pound. I tried one on a .40 Fusion 1911 and it worked well. I think theyre under $10.
    you could just get the sear and hammer stoned for around $60 and drop the ligher spring in..........
    If youre unsure about stripping down the gun, there's a great little video on splode.com that will help.
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    1911 trigger

    Many thanks for your replies. I have no problem in disassembling and reassembling the gun; its just that I don't want to get involved with an expensive accurizing job when its just a matter of reducing the trigger pull. Your suggestions appear to be exactly what I was looking for and I'm getting right into the Brownell catalog. Again, my thanks

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    Cutting coils off of the mainspring just reduces the length of the mainspring.

    What you need to lighten trigger pull is a 19 LB mainspring from Wolff Springs, rather than the 23 lb standard mainspring. Cost $3-$4.

    Polishing the sear where it contacts the hammer hook (without changing any angles) will help with a crisp release. Cost a very small amount of 1500 grit sandpaper

    If you wan to go further, then stoning a relief angle on the sear is the next step. The idea is to reduce the contact surface of the sear/hammer engagement.

    http://www.m1911.org/full_technic.htm Take a look at the "Poor Man's Trigger Job" article. It has some good low cost info.

    The kits mentioned above will likely require fitting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10X View Post
    The kits mentioned above will likely require fitting.


    I have these parts in several guns, they were all drop-in.
    Stay safe,
    Randy

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    randyhamrick, I never have been that lucky. I have always had to fit the hammer and/or sear when switching one or both.

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    Cutting coils off of the mainspring not a good idea Just go to wolff and order a 19lb spring as was suggested Then go again as suggested to the poor mans trigger job A 5 lb trigger if done right You won't even notice is 5lb. I never go under 4 if a carry pistol
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    Jack Weigand has a very good read on getting a 2 pound trigger on a 1911.

    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=1...__Trigger_Pull

    The same technique works for any pull weight. I recommend 4-5 pounds for carry if you are proficient in the use of 1911's.


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