Trigger Pull Weight

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by gaijin, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
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    I’m major OCD about my firearms pull weights, to the point I’ve done my own “triggers” for years.
    I’ve never owned a pull weight gauge as I didn’t feel the need, I just kept jacking with it ‘til it “felt right”.
    A bud got me a gauge last weekend as a gift.
    Naturally I had to check a few of my range guns.
    I was surprised at the pull weights registered. They were crazy consistent.
    My guess was they were all at, or under 2.5#.

    The 3 guns at 2# are a couple 9mm’s and dedicated.22.
    The 2.5# trigger gun is .45 ACP.
    I prefer a bit heavier pull on a harder recoiling gun.
    All above are range guns.
    A couple “carry” guns came in at 3#.

    Curious what others consider ideal for a range gun.
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  2. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Me I like 4# that breaks crisp.

  3. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Yes, whatever weight, it has to break clean.
    I prefer .018” hammer hooks with “True Radius” sear. Easiest way to crisp/clean trigger I’ve found.
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  4. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    I like about 3 lbs on my rifles, but for some reason 4 lbs is my comfort range on a 1911. Mine are all set to that weight. Ditto on crisp!
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  5. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Yea I can do less on a deer rifle but ya never want a light trigger on a gun ya may use to defend yourself. I would hate to be scared to death and shoot someone if I didn't have to because I was shaking and scared to death. Might shoot the wrong person etc.....
  6. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Hell if I HAVE to pull the trigger 10# will feel light. LOL
  7. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    4-4.5 lbs on my 1911s, but they are typically match blasters.
    5lbs if carried.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2019
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  8. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
    5 lbs on my 1911's since they are all carry guns.
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  9. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    On all of my 1911's -- including the one I carry 90% of the time...I like them between 3.5 and 4.0 lbs. They also need to break slack and no creep.
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  10. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    My AR's all have 2-stage triggers. With that...take up in a 1911 doesn't bother me at all. The break has to be clean though.
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  11. Joni Lynn

    Joni Lynn Professional Pest, NRA Patron member

    Dec 21, 2014
    My preference is no lighter than 3 pounds on a 1911 for a range gun. Most of the time I find 3.5 to be about right with my upper limit being 4 pounds. If the gun is going to be carried it won't be less than 3.5 pounds. Trigger discipline, It's important to keep the finger out of the trigger guard and away from the trigger until you're ready for that loud noise.
    On my S&W revolvers I like the single action to be between 2 and 3 pounds. I am quite fond of that crisp break that most S&W's have.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2019
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  12. texasnurse

    texasnurse Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2016
    4lb crisp break; to the op take 3 pulls and average them to get your true weight. Try to pull at center of trigger shoe

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  13. hks1911

    hks1911 Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2018
    I guess I really like light triggers. My carry 1911s are around 3-3 1/2 pounds.

    My "competition/range" guns are below 2 lbs.
  14. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    3.5# with a TR sear sweet spot for me all the way around. Breaks like glass. Just a solid noticeable wall and a crisp clean snap.
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  15. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    Prior to buying higher end 1911’s, I also have done my own triggers for 25 years.
    The more I shot the more important a crisp, no creep trigger became and actually
    the less important actual trigger weight became. I target 4#s, however I have guns at 3.5 and a few at 5#. However I won’t carry anything under 4#.
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  16. AJP

    AJP Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2017
    I like my 1911's around 3lbs. Also, I agree with your point about liking the 45's set a little bit heavier than the 9mm's, but never more than 4lbs.
  17. pcso13

    pcso13 Happiness is a range in your backyard

    Nov 25, 2018
    I did 10 consecutive tests with my gauge on the STI Tactical 4.0 and the average was just a smidge over 2.5 lbs. I really like that. Haven’t bothered to do the W/C Sentinel but my feeling is that it’s about the same.
  18. Nopps

    Nopps Member

    Feb 25, 2019
    I appreciate it when it's under 3 but usually like 3.5ish for versatility. Really good point with heavier recoil stuff. Makes sense.
  19. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    All my guns have 3-3.5# triggers, if I’m having a smith do a build I’ll request 3.5# in case it lightens with use / breaking in. I prefer a light trigger regardless of caliber, I have Geissele on all my ARs - clean, crisp and light every time

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  20. TPC

    TPC Active Member

    May 5, 2017
    For a range gun, whatever feels good. If I am going to carry it, I prefer 3 1/2 to 4 lbs.

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