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    Posted: 09 August 2004 at 16:41
Hi All:
Just got a springfield mil-spec 1911 in 38 super to go with the
mil-spec in .45. NOw here is the question how does one go
about lightening the trigger pull? King andy one..
Thnaks in advance .
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i really, really hate to do this... the following link will take you to another forum where this has been hashed out. i was really hoping that kp or nl would jump in here and enlighten us all, but i'd really hate if you weren't absolutely thrilled w/ a gun for no reason other than the trigger... the link is pretty convoluted, but after enough reading and studying, you should be able to do the job. i was hoping that someone 'home-brewed' could post a clean, direct answer to your question...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote North Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 August 2004 at 06:26

Of course I'll defer to Kingpin as he is an accomplished 'smith but I will say that I've had success 'lightening' the trigger pull on 1911's by installing a lighter 'mainspring' in it's housing.

You can get great quality 'mainsprings' from Wilson, Ed Brown, Wolfe and the like. You can also accomplish the same thing by clipping a coil or two off the mainspring that's already in the pistol but I don't recommend that since after market springs are readily available and then you know exactly what 'weight' spring you are installing.

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Is the trigger heavy,or just generally gritty and crappy? It is amazing the difference that judicious polishing can do, without ever touching the scear/hammer. Basicly polish everything that has to do with the hammer/trigger/disconnecter. There is a huge difference between polishing and stock removal, so tread lightly if you decide to do anything.
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As has been pointed out, installing a lighter mainspring will lighten the pull. I prefer to polish the sear and hammer to remove the creep. If the mainspring is lightened, it is possible to affect the reliability in the way of light strikes. Personally, I use all the springs that the factory supplied with the gun, and there are those who will say that they have never had a problem with light strikes. More power to them. I have seen the aftermath in a few cases. Some aren't too bad, happening on the range, but some, well, I don't think that I have to mention that there is no second place in a gunfight. Trigger jobs on 1911's, for carry purposes, should NEVER be below a 3# pull. Liability falls comes into play here. It's a lot different for 1911's that will be used in matches though, and I have both types. I get $35 for trigger jobs on them, plus parts if I need them, and have never had a return. Also, the leaf spring can be adjusted (temporarily, metal has a memory) if you know what you're doing, but, it is just a temporary fix. By and large, all 1911's from the box, need a new trigger because the stock ones are just too short for normal shooters. Trigger over travel comes into play with a good trigger too, so this is just another topic to throw into the mix.....Kingpin
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Jay,  Triggerguard and Kingpin hit this one on the head.  Locate someone knowledgeable with 1911's, and have them do a basic trigger job on your new piece.  If it is done properly, you will not need any new parts, and you will notice a definite improvement.  Best of luck with it, and shoot often, shoot more!
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What about the triggers on Kimbers?  For that matter, I've heard mixed reviews on the tactical extractor that comes standard on those 45s nowadays.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kingpin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2005 at 13:03
Sorry Mule, I missed this. I have seen a number of Kimbers, and read their ads and in truth, I get a lot of them to work on. More so than all others. Their tactical extractor is great, but when you have one (and you will see them) that doesn't work right, you have a headache on your hands. I Ihave adjusted a couple of them to get them to work, but, by and large, the "tactical" monnicer is just for sales purposes..................Kingpin
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