Finding the Right Trigger-Pull Weight

If it’s one thing I’ve noticed since I began shooting, it’s that there is a wonderful camaraderie among fellow shooters. Friends, acquaintances, and even folks I barely know will offer to meet me at ranges and let me shoot their guns. So when I decided to add a .45 cal. 1911 to my gun collection, I received several offers to borrow some handguns.

Among them were a Kimber Pro Carry II; Heckler & Koch USP .45 Compact; Colt Combat Commander; and three Springfield Armory models: a 1911 A1 Standard; a Ronin Operator and a Range Operator. I had varying degrees of success with each. So which was my preference?

You would think after firing all of these guns I would have my answer, but despite all my range research, I was stumped! They were all 1911 .45 cals, yet I shot better with some than with others. After spending much time on manufacturer websites learning about all their specifications, that’s when I discovered a difference: Trigger pull weights vary, and I shot best with the ones that had the lightest trigger pull, such as the Colt Combat Commander. Mystery solved.

Lotsa good advice here – before you buy a gun, borrow (while it’s still legal, anyway) from your friends and do some testing – grip, sights, “feel” – all important stuff.

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Published by The Armorer

A grumpy old Cincinnatus who feeds goats, dogs, cats, ducks, peafowl, a horse, and sundry avians, especially in the winter. From time to time you will see guns. Until such time as the Progressives repeal the 2nd Amendment, everything you see is legal, Federal, State, Local, where I live. Your progressive paradise may have different rules. Don't project them onto me. Federalism still exists, even if it is but a shadow of what the Framers intended.

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