Increasing Trigger Pull

Gunsmithing usually reduces trigger pull weight but there are times when an increase is called for, especially when restoring handguns.

by RK Campbell

Unless the piece is broken, when a firearm comes into the shop the customer has some improvement in mind. Often the improvement centers upon the trigger and its smoothness and trigger pull weight. While the majority of shooters will be looking for a clean and relatively lighter trigger, not all do. Some have butchered the firearm or purchased a handgun with an existing problem and need the firearm adjusted for a heavier trigger action. Others need it returned to original specifications. This is where knowledge and study comes in.

I cannot cover every handgun here but there are a number that consistently come into the shop. Some of the knowledge is common, some more arcane, and it all is proven in years of work.

Read more in the January 2020 issue.

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