Flat vs Curved

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by CaliforniaShooter, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. CaliforniaShooter

    CaliforniaShooter Member

    Mar 2, 2019
    Can someone enlighten me on the tactile difference between a flat and a curved trigger? Just curious.
  2. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget

    Aug 18, 2015
    Once you go flat... Well .. You know the rest....

  3. BennyAdeline

    BennyAdeline Official Hi-Point Brand Representative

    Nov 26, 2018
    A curved trigger will feel different if you don’t get in the exact same spot everytime.

    A flat trigger will feel the same regardless of where the finger lands

    I prefer flat, but it’s not a deal breaker for me.
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  4. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    I prefer a curved television.
    I also prefer a flat trigger.
    But I can live with a flat television.
    I can also live with a curved trigger.
  5. Caeserslegion

    Caeserslegion Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2015
    Wow, saw the title, had a completely different thought........;
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  6. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Yep, yep, yep, & yep.


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  7. Wake27

    Wake27 Active Member

    Oct 16, 2017
    I vastly prefer flat, whether it’s Glock, 1911, or AR. I don’t actually know anyone who has tried it and not preferred it.

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  8. Acroyer

    Acroyer Off my meds Supporting Addict

    Dec 16, 2015
  9. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    Flat triggers give me a more consistent feel through the trigger press. It also has a more constant feel when getting in the face of the trigger quickly.
  10. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
  11. BennyAdeline

    BennyAdeline Official Hi-Point Brand Representative

    Nov 26, 2018
    I even like flat faced triggers on poly guns, as seen here on the left

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  12. Snake Skin Sonny

    Snake Skin Sonny New Member

    Feb 23, 2019

    In the old days, we were taught that the curved trigger sprang from the genius mind of the great and wise John Moses Browning, the intent being to force the correct orientation of the pad of the finger on the trigger...i.e., the middle of the trigger, so as to have a constant "pull", said force passing through the bow without distortion, unto the sear, everything being in a smooth constant movement.

    A flat trigger, in the heat of battle, could result in undue force being exerted in an upper or lower portion of the trigger, thus exerting an unusual force on the bow, to the point of actually slowing the release of the sear or even a bending of the bow.

    I distinctly remember that block of instruction, nearly 50 years ago.
    Being young, naive and of course, immortal, it meant little to me at the time.

    However, in later years, it became evident to me that there might be some truth to it.

    Of course, one actually pushes the trigger and it stands to reason that if all force is equally applied from the pad of the finger, straight through to the bow unto the sear, then...well, it should work better.

    I have seen trigger bows that exhibited a slight amount of bend at the point where they intersect with the finger pad portion of the mechanism.

    So, whose to say? My personal preference is a curved trigger. I think it just works better and it maintains the "flow", so to speak, of the gun.

    I'll take it. Until somebody comes up with something better.

    (And, on JMB's death bed, when he issued his several dying decrees on the subject of the 1911, one of them was: "Thou shalt not install a flat-faced trigger on the 1911." So, there ya go.)
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  13. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
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  14. Chiseledface

    Chiseledface Member

    Mar 2, 2019
    I've never seen a flat trigger IRL, gonna have to get one to try it...
  15. BennyAdeline

    BennyAdeline Official Hi-Point Brand Representative

    Nov 26, 2018
    See if you can try before you buy. Triggers are subjective and it’s a bummer to get one fitted by a smith only to not dig it.
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  16. Chiseledface

    Chiseledface Member

    Mar 2, 2019
    That is very wise, but so not my style. I buy then try. If I only got what I liked best, I would end up with way too small a collection ;)
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  17. hks1911

    hks1911 Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2018
    To me it is entirely a "feel" thing. I prefer the 10-8 flat over most all triggers I have tried, but that also has to do with length as well.
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  18. CaliforniaShooter

    CaliforniaShooter Member

    Mar 2, 2019
    Thanks for all the input! I prefer curved because it fits more naturally with my rounded fingertip and that helps it rest in the optimum firing position. I confirmed this after shooting my bro's flat triggered TRP, taking a few training classes with it, and running it at a couple of comps. It felt like I wasn't centered on the trigger at times.
  19. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    Vice, sink that finger.
  20. dakota1911

    dakota1911 Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    Tried both and like curved but this is another reason the 1911 is so nice. Beyond triggers one can change grips (stocks), MSHs, grip safeties, thumb safeties, etc so your hand can be all happy with the shooty experience.

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