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Andy the Aussie
August 01, 2009, 01:37
I am looking to buy a kit to lighten the trigger on my 1911 a little, I don't want anything dramtic just a tidy up, any recommendations as to a "kit" Wilson, Chip McC etc etc that is available that would get me out of trouble ??
August 01, 2009, 04:14
The spring which most effects trigger pull is the Sear Spring.
It is this spring that keeps the Sear against the Hammer and when the trigger bow pushes the Disconnector (and Sear indirectly) you overcome this springs' force.
Changing it won't do wonders for your trigger pull Andy. I find having the Sear/Hammer interface polished does much more.
Another point often forgotton is if your "over tavel screw", if installed, needs adjustment. Often they are set quite tight and with time migrate rearwards, bascially shortening the triggers allowable rearward movement (you are then pushing against the mag release).
If you are intent on changing the whole Sear/Disco/Hammer set I would recommend Ed Brown.
August 01, 2009, 06:33
One other thing Andy,
Is your 1911 a Series 70 or a Series 80?
The Series 80 has an additional safety (as I am sure you are aware) that degrades the trigger pull significally. A simple option is to remove the Series 80 safety entirely but unfortunately it's not that simple.
The Trigger Bar Lever is on the Sear Pin. Removing it will allow the Sear left-right movement, not adviseable. What I did was to remove the Series 80 Safety but I left in the Trigger Bar Lever to prevent that from happening.
We aren't there yet however. Because the Series 80 had that additional safety, it didn't require a "captive" second notch on the hammer. If you do disable the Series 80 safety, please replace the hammer with a Series 70 one (it has a captive second notch).
Now everybody can chime in with "liability" cues.
August 01, 2009, 09:28
I think that the Cylinder & Slide "drop-in" kits are quite nice. The five-piece kits get you a new hammer, sear, disconnector, sear spring, and mainspring. The parts are of extremely high quality; each of the machined components even comes with its own hardness certification!
The 4.5lb "Tactical" kit is about $120 through Midway; other kits with lighter pull weights are available for around $150. I think the kits are a great deal if you have an in-spec 1911 frame and you lack the proper tools for fitting the sear to the hammer.
August 01, 2009, 10:29
the Ed Brown stuff works nicely for me ...
Andy the Aussie
August 01, 2009, 15:03
Thanks all. Just what I needed to know...!!
August 01, 2009, 15:18
make some long pins and rework whacha got ...
August 02, 2009, 10:01
Originally posted by Eric Bryant
The 4.5lb "Tactical" kit is about $120 through Midway
I've been eyeing that one for months myself
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