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3 years 26 weeks ago, 8:58 PM

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Trigger Adjustment

Anyone know how to adjust the trigger on my GI Expert? The trigger seems to have a little "Play" in it. Is that normal? When I gradually pull the trigger the trigger seems to move back a little before it lets the hammer fly free is the best way I can think to describe it.

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3 years 26 weeks ago, 11:39 AM

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Snake...

The 1911 trigger job is fairly straight forward, HOWEVER... It does require special tools, stones, and jigs. If you haven't been shown and don't have the equipment, DO NOT ATTEMPT! You will need a qualified gunsmith to do for you.

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3 years 26 weeks ago, 12:00 PM

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Full Auto Snake!

You can really mess it up if you do not follow the process to the T....

Ronin has said it best, qualified gunsmith that is qualified to work on 1911's.
Billy did his own instead of waiting for Hunter to have time to teach him how. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrup, and he went through a world of stink at Knights Shooting range because they are pricks.

It isn't really hard to do but it is much easier to screw it up if you haven't had someone teach you how or learned in the other manner which can be expensive....

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3 years 26 weeks ago, 12:03 PM

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Take up

That is called trigger take up, Snake. It's not necessarily a bad thing. Especially if it is just a little. It just takes getting used to. You got to get more familiar with your girl before you're both firing in a beautiful synchronized harmony. Once you get used to the take up point, you can naturally have your trigger finger travel through the take up when you are bringing your pistol to bear and then engage the sear and break on point of aim.

I would just give it more TLC at the range or other trigger time, and before long, you will see what a beautifully orchestrated thing it can be to when it all falls in place. You could reduce take up to zero/near zero, but I don't like those triggers myself. Too unpredictable.

There are times the trigger break surprising you can be a good thing. Like when you have your weapon zeroed in and steady. When it surprises you then, it's good b/c you don't get a chance of making a human error then. But when it surprises as in, "I don't know! The damn thing just went off." Not so good.

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3 years 26 weeks ago, 1:56 PM

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you mean *whispered* the Opps factor?

I see it every time someone shoots my SP-01 the first time. I try and tell them it is a light single action when full cocked. They never grasp just how light it is.

Their first shot is hardly ever on target because they think there is take up, for one thing there isn't any, and it is dead tight so you apply 1 lb of pressure and BANG.

It is not as bad as the 6 oz trigger second stage on Billy's M40 two stage trigger.

Which is unfreakingly light. when I consider the 1.5 lb first stage to be a good solid trigger. All you do is brush it and the fires when set to the second stage.

Personally I do not think a light trigger is any more dangerous than a heavy trigger as long as you use your safety which the only fail safe one going is your finger.

If you do not put it on the trigger it won't go bang.

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3 years 26 weeks ago, 2:45 PM

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Yep. 6oz! That IS scary light. But it's two-stage, so that helps.
My shotgun has a very light trigger and no take up. I never tested it for sure, but I would guess between 1lb. and 1.5lbs. But for my scattergun, I like this. Although, I admit I've had my oh shit moments with it. But when tracking upland birds with my barrel, I don't want to screw with a heavy trigger with take up.
My pistol is a different story, though. I prefer a little take up on it.
But that is one of the rules of firearm safety that is most forgotten. To familiarize oneself with a firearm (while it is safe) before firing it. Another one that is forgotten to frequently is knowing what is behind your target.

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3 years 26 weeks ago, 8:01 AM

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Opps

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