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Ignition Set... Harrison or C&S?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by awpk03s, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. awpk03s

    awpk03s Active Member

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    Aug 23, 2011
    Looking to upgrade the ignition components in my S&W. I'm considering a set from Harrison or C&S... anyone with experience with either of these, please provide some comments on the parts themselves, and the fitting required, or did the contact points come prepped already?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    I've used the C&S super match in my 9mm Loaded.
    It's pretty close to a drop-in set. The trigger is nice and crisp.
    Not too much fitting is needed.
     

  3. knedrgr

    knedrgr Low capacity, low tech...

    Aug 15, 2011
    I really like the Harrison that I'm using in my rail 1911. Solid. Great trigger w/o much creep. Crisp pull.
     
  4. SkDmRkLcY

    SkDmRkLcY Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    I have shot one with C&S parts and it was very very nice... but I doubt it was any of the drop in stuff... so I doubt that is all that telling.
     
  5. rick458

    rick458 New Member

    14
    Aug 31, 2011
    I put a C&S tactical II into my Kimber CS II
    the only thing i needed to do was change the take up on the trigger bow
    Very clean and crisp.
    BTW I installed it because my Kimber started Doubling and having WAY too soft resets
     
  6. rick458

    rick458 New Member

    14
    Aug 31, 2011
    I put a C&S tactical II into my Kimber CS II
    the only thing i needed to do was change the take up on the trigger bow
    Very clean and crisp.
    BTW I installed it because my Kimber started Doubling and having WAY too soft resets
     
  7. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    Aug 18, 2011
    I should have gotten the Harrison ignition set, but I didn't...anyway, the quality of Harrison's stuff is simply awesome, and he's a great guy to do business with.

    I don't think you could go wrong either way.
     
  8. awpk03s

    awpk03s Active Member

    816
    Aug 23, 2011
    Thanks guys... another question now. By installing new ignition components, do I need to also replace and adjust a new sear spring, or can I reuse the factory one that works fine?
     
  9. 230gr

    230gr Member

    450
    Aug 23, 2011
    now that EGW is making a hammer, that's another maker you could consider, too.
     
  10. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    I like to use Colt sear springs, which is what C&S springs look like.
     
  11. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
    All my pistols get Ed Brown sear, dicso and strut. I like the Caspian hammers and the C&S trigger.. Jay installs them for me.. Ron
     
  12. Earlsbud

    Earlsbud Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    460
    Aug 28, 2011
    Either sear spring, I believe C&S is made by Colt. They used to be anyway. Lightly polish and break the sharp edges that make contact. Pay attention to the spring to disco contact. I like to radius the edge slightly and polish with a hard Ark. stone.
     
  13. Dave T

    Dave T New Member

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    Aug 27, 2011
    When I had a tired 1948 GM rebuilt I bought a Harrison ignition set and one of his long Al triggers. My gun smith was very impressed with the quality of the parts and asked for the link to Harrison for future reference. He's primarily a S&W revolver specialist but the job he did on my 1911 was excellent. The trigger breaks crisp and clean right at 4-1/4 pounds. Right where I wanted it.

    Dave
     
  14. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    Aug 18, 2011
    I'd put mine up against any Semi-Custom/Custom and I still have the factory sear/diso/sear spring, and hammer. It looks like JH took them out and properly polished and fit them. The trigger is absolutely just fantastic. It's super clean and crisp. The quality of his parts are phenomenal.
     
  15. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
    That's the way it works.. A pistolsmith can make a dandy 4-ish# trigger out of mim parts. Good parts allow an even better trigger feel, lighter if wanted and will hold the "job" longer. Ron
     
  16. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    Yep. I've done 2 of my Springfields down to 2.5# using the stock MIM parts. Not sure how long they will last, but never had a problem. The first one that I did a friend still has and has shot well over 10,000 rounds through it and its still going.
    He did make it a little heavier though.


    Hokie and knedrgr have shot the TM that I brought down to 2.5#s. When I sold it I raised the weight back up to 3.5#.
    The dealer then marked the TM as a "Custom Shop" gun.
     
  17. Earlsbud

    Earlsbud Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

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    Aug 28, 2011
    What did you take the hooks down to?
     
  18. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
  19. Earlsbud

    Earlsbud Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    460
    Aug 28, 2011
    Hmmm. Figured you took 'em down to .018" Do you break/roll the hook edge slightly?
     
  20. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    Squared the hooks and lightly broke the corner of the primary and secondary sear angles.
     
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