1911 Trigger Jobs, Local Gunsmith or Ship to Specialist?

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1911 Trigger Jobs, Local Gunsmith or Ship to Specialist?

Post by zanemoseley on 12/23/2015, 6:39 pm

Ok so I've already got a Les Baer 1911 that has a pretty good trigger, not perfect but good enough. I'm about to get a Sig Traditional Match Elite that will be used for the center fire portion and .22 portion with a .22 conversion slide, probably a Nelson conversion. I'm still a bit new to Bullseye but if I understand correctly the .22 portion requires a 2 pound pull and the centerfire requires a 2.5 pound pull. So I was planning on having a smith put a nice 2.5 pound trigger job on the new Sig. 

I live in a small town of about 30,000-40,000 people. There's only one gunsmith that I know of that I think "might" do higher quality work, the rest are more part timers that I wouldn't really trust. Do you guys use local smiths or ship to a 1911 specialist, if its a specialist who do you use?

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Post by BE Mike on 12/23/2015, 7:04 pm

The minimum trigger weight for a .22 is 2#, but you can go with a heavier weight. The centerfire minimum is 2.5 # except for .45 ACP and the minimum weight is 3.5#. I like to add a quarter pound to my triggers to make sure that they stay at weight. They seem to get a little lighter as time goes by. The cost of shipping a pistol is pretty high, so I don't know if sending a pistol off just for a nice trigger job is cost effective. I wouldn't go to a local gunsmith for a bullseye quality trigger job, unless I had a lot of good feedback on his work. BTW, you can shoot a complete 2700 outdoor match with just the .45 ACP chambered 1911 (your Les Baer) and a .22 conversion. It might be more economical for you to contact a true bullseye pistolsmith and have them build a complete lower 1911 for your Nelson conversion, with trigger job.
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Post by Jon Eulette on 12/23/2015, 7:18 pm

When I started shooting BE again after many years away I shot .22 match with Marvel and 2# sear spring. For CF & 45 I switched sear spring to a 3.5# pull. Only takes a minute with practice.
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Post by rreid on 12/23/2015, 7:19 pm

If I were you, I would send the Les Baer out for a trigger job and not buy the Sig. Like Mike said, use the Baer with the 22 conversion. A Sig probably won't be accurate enough for bullseye, and it might be counterproductive to use a separate centerfire gun.
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Post by zanemoseley on 12/23/2015, 7:55 pm

Well I know the accuracy and effectiveness of a 38 super may be questionable, it's kind of a fun test. Worst case is I can have a 38 super for fun shooting and I can use the frame with a nice 2.5 pound trigger job to use with the nelson .22 conversion and used the Les Baer for CF and .45.

Basically I sold my 1972 S&W 41 for $1050 and had plenty of cash left over after allowing $400 for the nelson so figured I would buy a fun gun a bit off the beaten path.

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Post by Danehogle on 12/24/2015, 5:51 pm

Zane, where are you at... You never know who close..

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