The following is in reference to a 1985 Guns and Ammo
article by the legendary Bob Milek
points come to mind ref. the trigger job.
In the article he
is stoning the long side of the striker holding it flat on a stone. He also says to polish the front side (short angled tip) of the upper end of the
striker. Not the best idea on either count. This produces a knife edge.
slightly round the tip of the striker, you will produce a greater contact area
which makes for a smoother pull.
since the striker's upper end on the one hand cams past the end of the trigger
and on the other in some situations is jammed against the vertical surface of
the trigger below the engagement or sear surface, a sharp edge is more prone to
being bent, nicked, or otherwise damaged and no longer smooth.
line is that a sharp edge as produced by the methods Bob shows is not the best
way of clarification, he says to polish the sear surface on the trigger.... top
end that the striker engages. "Polish" means different things to different
people. That surface is very, very short and polishing as it is usually thought
of can ruin this surface.
sear notch on the trigger is "polished" it will also then be very, very prone to
disengaging or "bumping off" when the barrel is snapped shut. For this reason I
undercut the surface, and what I always look for is a "resetting" of the striker
when the trigger is pulled just part way, then backed off. I.e., the angled
surface on the trigger lets the tip of the striker slide back under it and
re-engage itself. Plus, the undercut of course helps resist bump-off.
I use the
fine cut 1/4" square Diamond EZE Lap to rough in everything and undercut the
sear notch, then do the polishing with the 1/4" thick Wyoming stone. In both
cases the stone or lap is held flat on the surface, then angled over to the
vertical leg of the trigger, stand the trigger upside down with the top on the
bench/table. The stone or lap is first held down flat on the sear surface, then
the 1/4" thickness of the stone or lap tipped back firmly against the vertical
part of the trigger. These two surfaces... the sear surface itself and the
vertical part of the trigger...... act as guides to help you 1) keep the surface
level left to right and 2) cut the notch at the same angle.
get the ground finish off the trigger's sear surface and get it under cut, it
takes only a few strokes with the Wyoming Stone to bring it to a polished
finish. With this slick finish, it is smooth all right, but also more prone to
bump-off, thus the need for undercutting.
good to see that he was using stones to do the work. Too many people whip out
the Dremel, and this to me is a big mistake, especially when the EZE Laps and the
Gunsmith size Wyoming Stone costs less money than the Dremel and does the
work so, so much better.
to replace the trigger return spring, and this is great if you can find JUST the
right diameter spring, which is always a problem. He cautions against shortening
the return spring to reduce the pull weight in the event you get it too short.
If you do, no biggy. Just stretch it back out a little.
Here is a
somewhat coveted secret. For a really light pull weight, the external springs on
tire valve cores are great. However, they are quite often too light to overcome
the inertia of the heavy trigger when the barrel is snapped shut and thus bump
you go for a light pull weight and have a problem with bump-off, simply press
your trigger finger against the side of the trigger and hold it forward while
you snap the barrel shut.
someone yell, "Unsafe," let me remind you the hammer is not cocked yet at this
point. So long as the trigger is held forward so as to engage the striker ok,
then the hammer can be cocked and life goes on normally. If it bumps off, as you
know, the hammer will not cock.
tip. Much of the crunch and grind in the Contender trigger comes from the return
spring and plunger in the easy open models. With the striker released, simply
work the trigger and you will discover how much of the rough sensation comes
just from this area, which can be aggravating getting rid of sometimes.
style triggers do not have this problem.
I get a
little bilious (not to be confused with any bill at the pond) sometimes when
folks seem to think that tweaking the engagement screw to shorten the engagement
constitutes something of a trigger job. There can be a lot of work that precedes
on to another point that just came to mind. This is in regard to lowering the
locking bolts to make sure they engage the frame far enough. Bob says to stone
the bottom sides of the locking bolts. If only a very, very small amount of
material is removed, this MAY be ok, BUT, by thinning the locking bolts top to
bottom, they will then tilt more in the locking bolt slot in the lug, thus
making them more prone to unlocking when fired. Take the material off the TOP
side of the locking bolts, folks. Just use the Diamond EZE Lap or something
similar that will keep the surface flat and maintain the established draft angle
on the top surface.
commercial plug, but I just got in a large shipment of EZE Laps. To me they are
absolutely indispensable working on TC’s... or jillions of other metal working