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Old 04-29-2011, 10:29 AM
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Default Reduce J Frame trigger weight

I have a Model 60 Pro that I love, all except for the weight of the DA trigger pull.

I contacted Smith and Wesson to ask if the Performance Center could lighten it. The person I spoke with was pleasant to deal with but informed me that their action job smoothed the trigger but would not lighten it.

I would like to ask for some references of places that could lighten it up a bit.


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Old 04-29-2011, 10:49 AM
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If you have any intention of using the gun for defense, I'd not. The J frame action does not lend itself to lightening as much as the K,L and you can wind up having to use Federal primers only to avoid misfires.

A slick J frame action should be around 10# DA. I've reduced it to as littel as 7#, but without reliability, and honestly, without allo that much change in the shootability. Practice DA with a J frame is a must to master the little gun.

Since it is so easy to change a a J frame mainspring, You can buy reduced power mainsprings (Brownells) and experiment for yourself if you want.
Remove the grips. Cock the hammer, and put a paper clip in the spring strut. Lower the hammer and remove the spring assembly. Change the spring and install in reverse order.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:57 AM
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Trigger jobs on any rifle/revolver/whatever can be problematic. Sometimes use lose reliability or make a firearm unsafe.
In the case of a revolver, you may and probably will, end up with light strikes

In the past, Iíve done many trigger jobs. Nowadays, I am much more inclined to buy/build/modify a firearm as more of a package deal. I donít over scope, over lighten triggers, etcÖ. anymore

If the firearm is for defense, a stronger hammer spring might be an important upgrade. I will sacrifice a little pull weight for positive primer ignition


Iím not trying to turn you off of doing a trigger upgrade. Itís just that Iíve seen more guns ruined by a false sense of improvement in the trigger than anything else

Is the trigger really that bad?
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Thanks for the replay. Advise taken
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No, nothing wrong. Just enjoying my first J Frame and wondered about the trigger pull.

#10ish sounds about right and if lightening it can effect reliability, that is the last thing I want to do. I can easily accept it as normal and go on my happy way.
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Don't dismiss the PC master action job. My 625-10 has had one. Most people that dry fire it think it's about 6-8 pounds. The old trigger pull gauge measures it at 13-14 pounds. Smooth helps a lot.

Don't change the factory mainspring - the replacement is only Ĺ pound less. You'll do better by breaking and smoothing the edges of the hammer strut. You can also change the rebound spring from the factory 18 pounds to 15 pounds with no effect on reliability. Some people go lighter - I wouldn't. Most of the smoothing benefit comes from smoothing certain surfaces/edges of the rebound slide. If you don't know how to do that, leave it to a pro since you can mess things up by "smoothing" too much.

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