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Old 02-11-2020, 02:17 AM
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I'm interested in the lightweight series of revolver snubbies, Lady Smith, 442, and 67-5. These are all DAO? Can someone tell me the trigger weights of these currently in production, to pull and break? I want to recommend the lightest of them to an older woman who has trouble with the whole DAO issue. I'm currently using a Ruger SP101 which has about the lightest revolver trigger out there. If you own any of these, and a trigger pull scale, can you take a measurement for me? Or, are all J-frame DAO triggers alike?
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Welcome! The first two guns you mentioned are DAO J frames; the 67-5 (if that is what you meant) is a K frame and SA/DA.

If possible, before buying you may want your lady friend to try several guns at a dealer or range. A DAO revolver will probably have a trigger weight in the high upper single digits in pounds, but if she is unable to cycle the gun, the number is irrelevant. If so she may be better off with a handgun made with lighter springs, like a .380 or 9 Shield EZ or even (gasp!) a .22. Hope this is helpful.
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Here is a thing about triggers, slide pulls etc. If your finger and hand strength is such that you have difficulty with the DA pull of a light weight revolver or racking the slide of a light weight semi auto, your definitely going to have a problem with the recoil of all but the either the lightest loads or the smallest calibers. A all steel gun would help soak up some recoil

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Old 02-11-2020, 09:28 AM
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Each gun will be different from the next identical gun unfortunately. The only way to know is to try them out in person and see what works. Finding a factory J frame with a DAO pull in the single digits isn't a given. I had a 640 Pro that was easily 12+ pounds. Maybe look for a PC 442/642 that's had at least a little trigger work done at the factory. However having owned an SP101 and many other revolvers I completely disagree and never in ten lifetimes would say the Ruger has anywhere near the lightest trigger out there, or even in just the Ruger line for that matter.

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Old 02-13-2020, 10:23 PM
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murphydog Has the right idea. I have owned many S&W revolvers over the years. My favorite was a Lady Smith with the BEST trigger of them all. JMO

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About the best you're going to do with a S&W J frame is to put in an aftermarket spring kit, then test for reliability with your carry ammo.
That said, the spring kit can make a world of difference, depending on how the trigger pull is to begin with.
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The Ladysmiths I have handled seemed to have a lighter trigger wt. than standard revolvers. If these are too difficult the options are a spring kit, Ruger's LCR which is not a steel gun or, take a good look at Kimbers revolver offerings as my K6S has one of the best stock triggers I have ever felt.
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Plus 1 on sleelslaver's comment...

I would be concerned about the recoil of a lite revolver or pistol. She should shoot a few different ones, before she purchases one.

My wife has good finger strength, and usually shoots 200 rounds on a range outing with her 686 4 inch. She can handle the trigger pull of my steel J frame, but does not like the recoil.

Since the J frame is with us almost all the time, I feel it is important for her to be able to shoot it if necessary. She will only shoot one cylinder. If she only had a steel J frame to shoot, I would lose my favorite range partner.

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