Here I follow Nic Taylor’s guide to tuning up my 1911 for a lower trigger pull weight. He’s a competitive shooter and creates awesome 1911 videos. I started with a trigger pull of 5 lbs and just doing the following I dropped it down to 4.5 lbs. In his video his drops 1 lb.
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- Sandpaper in various grits
- Polishing Compound (I use car paint polishing compound for super fineness)
- Dremel Tool
- Trigger Pull Scale (if you really want to know)
Nic explains and shows things far better than I could for this How-To, so I leave it to him for polishing the leaf spring, disconnector, and firing pin stop. I’ll have my results after the clip:
Here is my finished leaf spring:
And my firing pin stop:
Part 2 gets into polishing the trigger, hammer strut, and feed ramp.
My resultant trigger:
And feed ramp:
I could already feel the difference after I put everything together, and my trigger pull gauge showed that I dropped 1/2 a lb of pull. I brought my 1911 to the range and combined with breaking in the frame/slide, it felt like a totally different (and more expensive) gun.