Time Flies!

I see I haven’t posted in awhile.  That is mostly because I have been posting more on our Lakeline LLC Facebook page.

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This week I’ve been working more with our trigger springs for the Taurus Spectrum.  We have 10% and 20% reduced power springs which lighten the pull weight on the trigger.  Since the spring is held in with a custom rivet, I will have to get the rivets in stock to go with the springs before we get those on the market.  The photo above has the 20% reduced power spring on the right, and the factory spring on the left.

We will have parts out for the Sig Sauer P365 soon as well.  I’ve been busy testing and working on the first few of those as well.  Thanks!

 

Get the Grit (gritty feeling) out of your Taurus PT111 G2, PT140 G2, 709 or 740 Trigger

I have three Taurus pistols with the trigger system used in the PT111 G2, 2 PT111 G2s and a PT140 G2.  The first one I purchased has thousands of rounds through it and the trigger is very smooth with a pull weight in either single action or double action of just over 4 lbs on average.  The second pistol has I would guess about a thousand rounds through it, and the third is brand new (PT140 G2).

The trigger on the PT140 G2, and to a lesser extent, the second PT111 G2 have a gritty feel, particularly in the last bit of their travel before they release the striker.  I went on a mission last week to see what I could do quickly and easily (no major disassembly and a process that could be done in 15 minutes or so).  Sure, I know I could completely strip the frame, polish all the bits that rub, and have a trigger every bit as good as the oldest one on all three triggers.  But, I also know most folks don’t like to do that and I wanted to see if I could find an easy way to get at least part of the benefit of a stoning and polish job.  Or, if I could avoid having to expend a thousand plus rounds to get a smooth trigger, so much the better.

The first thing I did was remove the slide from the pistol.  I found the striker moves in the slide without any of the gritty feeling and was pretty consistent across all three pistols, so I set the slides aside.

Next, I worked the triggers on all three pistols, paying particular attention to what was moving when they felt gritty.  Time for a photo:

What I found is that on the last little bit of trigger movement, when the part marked with a blue arrow above moves, the trigger felt gritty.

I also looked at the well worn in pistol, and its trigger bar looked polished for nearly a half inch towards the muzzle from the disconnector.

The trigger bar can be moved around with a finger.  The new pistols felt very gritty as it was moved both up and down and back and forth.

To cut to the chase, I also found I could get most of the benefit of the polish job by applying a lube (in this case a grease, like Tetra gun grease) in the areas in the first photo shown above.  It takes a toothpick, to work it all along the top and sides of the trigger bar while holding it down below the disconnector.   I applied it liberally and worked it in.  Then, I took a cotton swab and cleaned out the excess.

The two newer triggers are almost as smooth as the old trigger with that done.  Since the springs are still a bit stiffer, the pull weight is still a little higher on the new ones even after lubricating the trigger bar.  I had sprayed CLP and Rem oil on the trigger bar area with no improvement.  I also cleaned out the trigger bar and the rear mechanisms as best as I could with GunScrubber before lubricating it again.  A lubricant like motor oil, manual transmission fluid, etc may work as well.  I think it takes something with more film strength than CLP or Rem oil.

If you have a gritty trigger, give this a try and comment on whether it helped or not.  I would love to hear if this works for others.  And, have fun shooting those Taurus pistols!