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1911 Tune Up to Lower Trigger Pull

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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Polishing Compound, Sandpaper, Dremel Tool
Polishing Compound, Sandpaper, Dremel Tool

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:

1911 Polished Sear Spring
1911 Polished Sear Spring

My disconnector:

1911 Polished Disconnector
1911 Polished Disconnector
1911 Polished Disconnector Top
1911 Polished Disconnector Top

And my firing pin stop:

Polished Firing Pin Stop
Polished Firing Pin Stop

Part 2 gets into polishing the trigger, hammer strut, and feed ramp.

My resultant trigger:

1911 Polished Trigger Bow
1911 Polished Trigger Bow

Hammer strut:

1911 Polished Hammer
1911 Polished Hammer

And feed ramp:

1911 Polished Barrel Ramp
1911 Polished Barrel 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.

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    Kenneth

    You could do all that, or, you could just get a 1911 with an adjustable trigger. My 10mm has an adjustable trigger, I can raise or lower the poundage with an allen wrench if I so desire, as is though, the factory trigger pull is perfect for me, I can deliver crisp, accurate follow up shots without any issue.

    January 25, 2018 8:07 pm
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      Heavy10mm

      What kind of 10mm is it?

      February 28, 2018 11:36 pm
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        ZeWeissAz

        The kind with an adjustable trigger.

        November 30, 2021 10:40 am
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