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Post by orpheoet on 5/5/2019, 8:46 pm

I know there are probably other forums more suited to the question but Bullseye is where I'm comfortable. I have a Toz and the trigger is of course very light. What sort of trigger weight is a good starting point?
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Post by 243winxb on 5/5/2019, 9:23 pm

Had a 9 oz trigger on a Thompson Center Contender that i used for Free Pistol in the 70s.  This is as light as i would go. 

The set trigger on my  T/C Hawken is around 2 oz.  To light , as i cant make contact with it , without it firing.

Dont remember checking  the trigger pull on my Feinwerkbau model 65 air pistol.


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Post by john bickar on 5/5/2019, 9:38 pm

Crank it up until it feels comfortable for you. There's nothing that says you need to have it super light.
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Post by JKR on 5/6/2019, 6:20 am

I've just started shooting free pistol myself. I'm also using a TOZ borrowed from a friend. He told me the trigger is set at 20 grams if I'm remembering it right. I've grown used to it after 50 rounds and really wouldn't want to change it.

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Post by 1joel1 on 5/6/2019, 9:12 am

Mine was always at 20-40 grams. Start a bit heavier and work your way down if you are comfortable with it. It should be a very light first stage and then you can just think about the last stage and it should fire.

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Post by jjessip on 5/6/2019, 9:56 pm

Based on my notes: 55-65 grams minimum; 70-85 grams for cold weather and competition pressure; 90-100 grams to learn free pistol. Multiply grams by 0.035 to convert to ounces.

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Post by 243winxb on 5/7/2019, 7:27 am

A 2 stage trigger would make it more user-friendly when set at 2 oz/56 grams or less.
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Post by tray999 on 5/7/2019, 8:41 pm

I love my TOZ, my trigger is set at 50 grams.   

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Post by Sa-tevp on 5/8/2019, 5:00 am

tray999 wrote:I love my TOZ, my trigger is set at 50 grams.   

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My TOZ-35M looks the same as above with Rink grips and a Balance fore end. To raise trigger weight above the adjustment range I wedge a small 3/8 x 3/8 x 1/2" chunk of closed cell foam between the barrel and the trigger bar (above the front of the trigger guard). 

I got the idea from Igor at http://toz35.blogspot.com/
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Post by Jon Eulette on 5/8/2019, 9:32 am

I started out shooting free with too light of a trigger pull. Once I bumped it up slightly I shot better groups and had less flyers. Don't be scared to adjust trigger during training or a match! Shoot a weight that YOU can pull. Don't get wrapped up in the actual pull weight; go by feel not a measured standard.
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Post by Boris_La on 5/10/2019, 7:46 pm

My two TOZ 35M pistols are adjusted to 16 and 18g. I am comfortable with that.
My two IZH-46M Air pistols that I use in the airgun metallic silhouette matches are configured with 40g (open sights) and 60g (scoped). If its adjusted lighter I have sometimes early shots. Those are shot two handed.
Neither of those pistols are suitable for rapid fire though :-(. I have an LP50 (80g trigger) for that.


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Post by bruce martindale on 5/11/2019, 8:56 am

Mine came set at 18 grams. I can lift with weight on the trigger and get no AD. It goes with how you grip, grip pressure is important.you have to start your pull , no better yet pressure, not pull, without sympathetic response from the other fingers. Can you feel the build on the trigger? You can't jerk it, well, l can't.

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