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Old 10-13-2021, 01:19 PM
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Question for the experts: I'm in the market for an older Model 19 with target trigger and notice there seems to be two kinds, one with the grooves edge to edge and one with no grooves on the very edges of the trigger. Can someone explain? Are they the same width but just not quite as many grooves?

I've always been a Colt guy (probably because my dad had one, dumb, if he were still around he'd say get what you like) but fondled a Model 19 at a gun store and was very impressed. Went back to buy it and it was gone.
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Target triggers are grooved so that the pad of your trigger finger stays stationary during the single action pull. Obviously by it's name we are seeking maximum accuracy. Target triggers have been manufactured as wide as .500" which is slightly wider than the trigger guard

Combat triggers are smooth to allow your trigger finger the ability to move during the double action trigger pull since in combat you probably placed that finger on the trigger sometime during the draw of the firearm from it's holster. In these fast action events odds are pretty good that your trigger finger is not optimally placed and you do not want the grooves of trigger to keep that finger stationary. Combat triggers have been manufactured as wide as .400" which is inside the trigger guard

Both styles of trigger have been offered in various narrower sizes as well
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Thanks, Colt SAA. I don't do competitive shooting so target trigger is fine. Sounds like there are different widths but not much of a practical difference between them as both are grooved?
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As noted by Colt SAA, the target trigger is for SA shooting. The mid width smooth combat trigger and the narrow standard width triggers are better for DA shooting. Consider your style of shooting before deciding on a trigger style.
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This was a .500” wide grooved TT that I had a gunsmith makeover into a
smooth trigger. N,K,and L frames use the same trigger. FWIW

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If you shoot a lot of double action, even if not in competition, you may find those serrated triggers tend to chew up your trigger finger until you build up a little callus.

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Agree with the guys the wide grooved target trigger puts wear on your finger in DA firing.
The smooth combat trigger became more prevalent sometime in the 1980's,
It works best for me and I have converted quite a few serrated wide TT's on my shooters to smooth combat triggers using the old dremel method.
On a side note I have big(ish) hands so have always pulled the trigger closer to the first joint instead of the pad but that's me.

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I don't shoot competitively, just paper punching and tin cans, so I think the grooved target trigger will be fine. Building up that index finger callus is another excuse to go shooting. It looks like when shopping online the wide target triggers are easily identified from the side by the metal bulge, not flat. I appreciate all the input here!

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