Trigger Work Woes…

So this past weekend, I tore down the Limited gun and gave it a good scrubbing. Good thing, too, because I discovered a fairly major part failure.

Wolff Gunsprings 1911 Sear Spring

Wolff Gunsprings 1911 Sear Spring

Pardon the lousy picture.  See what’s wrong?

Yup, the rightmost leaf of the spring is broken off.  Said leaf applies tension to the grip safety on a 1911-pattern pistol.  No clue where the broken piece ended up – probably the same place as my bike keys…

Fortunately, I keep a handful of Wolff sear springs in the shop.  An hour of tweaking and fitting later, I’m back to about a 3# trigger on the Limited gun – not as nice as it was before, but probably about as low as I want to go with the current parts.  It’s reliable and safe, which is the important thing.

Moral of the story – either a.) know how to do basic maintenence on your guns, and keep an adequate stock of spares, or b.) have a spare gun.  Ideally, both.   Brownells can help you with both the parts, and the knowledge.  Check out their article by Jack Weigand, on the tuning of 1911 triggers*.

Now about that spare gun…

* – If you monkey around with the trigger group on your 1911 and turn it into a surprise machinegun, it’s not my fault.  In fact, I will probably point and laugh at you.

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