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Post by orpheoet 6/5/2015, 4:39 pm

I replaced the sear in my red dot 1911 and have the pull down to a nice 4 lbs. With the previous(stock) sear it was a creepy 3.5. My thought was that it might be a good idea to have the weight 4lbs since I'm going to try shooting for distinguished pistol. But of course I want to score well with the dot gun.... I'm curious what the seasoned shooters like their trigger pull to be.
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Post by DavidR 6/5/2015, 4:58 pm

I set mine to lift 3.5 lbs but not 3.45 lbs.
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Post by SteveT 6/5/2015, 6:25 pm

I have never seen an advantage from lighter trigger weight. All of my triggers are well over the legal minimum.
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Post by Rob Kovach 6/5/2015, 10:10 pm

I've been shooting all 4.1lb triggers for all stages for a couple of years now. I like it.
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Post by STEVE SAMELAK 6/5/2015, 10:14 pm

Heavy I can deal with
Erratic & creepy is just a relative we don't talk about
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Post by orpheoet 6/8/2015, 10:05 am

I shot a personal best 808 19x with the new 4lb. I think I'll keep it there:)
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Post by DavidR 6/8/2015, 12:21 pm

Its all relative, if you plan to shoot CMP matches a lot the 4lb is fine as a learning tool, if not then why would you want a heavier trigger than the rules allow ?
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Post by Rob Kovach 6/8/2015, 12:38 pm

DavidR is right.

Now that you have a not-creepy trigger, there is a huge difference between the 3.5lb and 4lb trigger in the level of difficulty factor.

If you don't have EIC as part of your goals, the 3.5lb trigger is going to be easier for you to master.

Your new personal best probably had more to do with the trigger being better and not creepy that it did with the additional pull weight.

try your next match with the weight at 3.5 and set a new personal best!
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Post by orpheoet 6/8/2015, 1:34 pm

I'm certain that taking the creep out was the difference maker, however I am pleased that the extra weight doesn't appear to be a hindrance. I do have EIC as a goal, I shot a 237 at my first one yesterday. I clearly need to work with the iron sights more. After regional and Perry I'll try it around 3.5. Expert by Indoor season is my primary goal.
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Post by Froneck 6/8/2015, 2:23 pm

My personal thoughts on trigger pull weight is that if you think it's heavy it is and the more you think about it the heavier is gets! Set you triggers for the goal you have in mind and shoot it! If it's 4 and you think it might be better if it's 3.5 it will feel heavier than it is. That's what happens to me. I set it as near legal weight as possible without going under and for get about it! I*f you goal is the EIC then shoot as much as possible with 4 pound triggers. If weight thoughts come into your head accept it as the legal required weight and shoot!

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