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1911 trigger question

Post by thessler on 10/12/2018, 8:16 am

Hi
I'm fooling with my newly acquired Colt 1911.
I have a 4 1/2 lb pull on the trigger, I would like to lighten it up some. I have two basic questions. What weight hammer spring are you guys generally using , I'm thinking of ordering an 18 lb ? Second what finally trigger weight do you guys use on your 1911 ?
Thanks for any info, Tom

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Re: 1911 trigger question

Post by zanemoseley on 10/12/2018, 8:31 am

If its a .45 you're required to have a 3.5 pound trigger to be match legal, with that said I've never had my triggers weighed at a match. If you go to Perry you probably will though. Have you tried simply adjusting your sear spring?


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Re: 1911 trigger question

Post by Jon Eulette on 10/12/2018, 8:47 am

3.5# is 45 weight on wadgun.
4.0# on EIC gun.
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Re: 1911 trigger question

Post by Tim:H11 on 10/12/2018, 8:56 am

Wad guns if built right will have something like a 19# hammer spring (give or take a pound). 

Jon listed correct legal weight limits. 

I would advise not to go messing around with your sear spring unless you understand the effects that could happen and perform all your safety and function checks after making the changes. 

There are a few options for getting a better trigger. A Cylinder and Slide drop in kit, a KC Roll Trigger Kit, or have a pistol smith do a good trigger job. Dropping the hammer spring down in poundage and adjusting the sear spring will get you the lighter pull but it may not feel like it should.
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Re: 1911 trigger question

Post by thessler on 10/12/2018, 10:36 am

OK thanks
I have no intention of fooling with the sear spring. It's a heavy trigger that feels terrible so I have nothing to lose. I cleaned up the hammer hooks and ordering a sear jig, I thought  I would just try an 18 lb spring they are cheap enough and I have no idea what's in there.
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Re: 1911 trigger question

Post by james r chapman on 10/12/2018, 1:20 pm

How long are your hammer hooks
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Re: 1911 trigger question

Post by PMcfall on 10/12/2018, 1:26 pm

The listed trigger weights are minimum legal weights by the way.  Don't be afraid to bend the far left finger on your spring, its no big deal, but will lighten your pull.  Bend it back toward the back of the pistol for a lighter pull and bend it down low where it begins.
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