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Old 08-05-2012, 05:54   #1
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Revolver triggers..

Morning Mas,

I recently purchased an SP101 4.2" 357 to carry in the woods but, you never know when they would get used or in what situation one might find himself.

The trigger is very smooth but heavy. I done a little research and it seems there are a few different opinions about how the trigger should be set up if used in a defensive situation. Should it be left stock? If you were to change out the springs, is there a minimum pull weight for D/A and S/A that would not be considered a "hair trigger"?


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Old 08-06-2012, 18:48   #2
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I'm partial to double action only revolvers, because I've seen too many cases where a cocked revolver (A) discharged unintentionally, or (B) allowed opposing counsel to falsely craft a criminal complaint or civil lawsuit alleging that this occurred, thus creating the necessary Negligence component for Manslaughter charge or wrongful death suit.

Darn near any single action revolver pull will be seen as "hair trigger," and darn few double action pulls can be brought down light enough to fit that description. Check with Ruger (SP101s are made at the Newport, NH plant, 603 863 3300) and ask what their factory spec is for minimum double action pull weight. Stay above that and you should be fine. In DA trigger jobs, I worry more about ignition problems than getting "too light."

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Old 08-07-2012, 06:41   #3
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Mas,

I called Ruger and thougtht I might post the information they gave me. DA factory pull wieght can go from 8.5-14 and SA from 3.5-7 pounds. Fairly large range. I'm not looking to take the trigger to it's bare minimum(do not want the chance of light primer strikes), just to fine tune it some.

Given what you mentioned about SA triggers, I'm not sure there is a way to "prove" that the gun was not operated in SA mode in an incident other than a VERY reliable, knowledgable witness which isn't very likely to happen. Kind of opens the door for arguements....unless I'm missing something? Not sure at the moment.

I carry a 26 with a factory trigger when I'm not out in the field. I think I'll keep it as my primary carry handgun.


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Old 08-07-2012, 06:46   #4
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Mas,


Given what you mentioned about SA triggers, I'm not sure there is a way to "prove" that the gun was not operated in SA mode in an incident other than a VERY reliable, knowledgable witness which isn't very likely to happen. Kind of opens the door for arguements....unless I'm missing something? Not sure at the moment.

Scott

You're not missing anything, Scott. You've figured out why I and so many others recommend double action only for defense revolvers. The SP101 is available in that format.
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