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Best Trigger??

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by xfarfuldog, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. xfarfuldog


    Feb 2, 2007
    SW OH
    What is the best trigger you have ever seen (felt) on a hand gun? I'd guess we would have to throw out revolvers and 1911's. It would not be fair to have semi autos try to compete with a Python or a nice 1911 trigger. I am mostly thinking about standard factory guns. Although it would be nice to consider some tuned by Grayguns etc.

    What is the best trigger you have experienced?
  2. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    DA? SA? Both? Striker fired?

  3. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    Best carry triggers from my personal collection;
    SemiAuto: HK45C Light LEM
    Revolver: S&W M65-3 357 Magnum (Special K)
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  4. xfarfuldog


    Feb 2, 2007
    SW OH
    Yes..........Good question. I am looking for what everyone thinks is best. SA triggers probably would be best. Curious about DA's as well. I think that striker fired are at a big disadvantage but should be some decent ones out there.
  5. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    Oct 22, 2006
    Central Arizona
    For a production gun it is hard to beat a S&W N Frame revolver. The Python has slightly better double action (I learned to shoot on a Python), but the single action pull of a nice N frame is just unbelievable.

    I was dry firing my Model 29 today just for fun.

    In semi-auto top honors would have to go to a finely tuned, custom 1911.

    Double action I am really impressed with my 9mm glocks. The pull is a nice balance of safety and reliable consistency. You do need to learn how the trigger works for best accuracy (lots of dry firing), but once you do you can turn in surprisingly tight groups.

    - Edit -

    I did my best shooting ever with a Model 28 Highway Patrolman (6" barrel) back in the early '80s.

    - Distance, measured after the fact at 110 yards.
    - Target, 3 empty Coke cans.
    - Ammo, 125g JHP hand loads (my own)

    - 1st shot, 6" low and 2" to the right.
    - 2nd shot, hit.
    - 3rd shot, hit.

    Pistol immediately put away since there was no way on Earth to improve on that performance. Life long bragging rights (brother-in-law and sister as eye witnesses). My sister happened to refer to this incident the last time I was in town. I preened like a game cock for hours afterward.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2013
  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    My Pardini GT-9, Sig X-Five, and CZ 75 Champion are among the best as far as non-1911s are concerned.

    They are all a bit expensive though. What price range are you looking at?
  7. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    To me it is way too subjective to just answer with a name. different people react to triggers differently. I have been shooting long enough to be able to work with anything but I also feel my experience allows me to evaluate and compare a bit more fairly and I am not as swayed by group think as al of of people have read.

    For instance.

    The Springfield XD tactical I just got has a better trigger that the other two XDs here. In fact it is nicer than several "creepy" 1911s I've shot.

    In traditional DA/SA autos the two of the best shooting ones I own have very different trigger pulls in both modes. The Sigpro 2022 (and my 2340) has a long but light DA that stacks at the end a bit, bur it doesn't affect me if I pull through and offers the option of "staging" the trigger. The SA is very crisp. It is very much like a Colt Python in most respects.

    The CZ 75 compact has a much shorter DA pull but heavier and glass smooth. It reminds me of a well tuned S&W "J" frame. The SA is typical CZ in that it rolls the hammer back a tiny bit and many shooters would call it "too creepy" but, being a revolver shooter I don't find a very slight DA like single action pull to be a problem.

    then you can go to the S&W 39 series variants, particularly the 3913 and 908. They are more like a slick "K" frame and the SAs are as crisp as a Smith revolver, but, being of that series they have the shortest reset I've found on a DA/SA auto. You can really unload one in a hurry.

    I just can't find a yardstick that makes one the "best"
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  8. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

    Jan 1, 2010
    A cat box in WA
    I got to shoot a professionally worked on S&W 41 that was a DREAM in the trigger dept.
  9. xfarfuldog


    Feb 2, 2007
    SW OH
    This question came to me at a range today. I was shooting my issued M&P 40 along with a G23 and a recently acquired S&W 66 with stainless sights. I shot the 66 in single action better then the Glock and the Smith. Double action although smooth was more difficult. Inside the range store I was talking with the employees. One of them was carrying a 1911. I mentioned that I had a SA Pro on order. He looked at me a little funny and picked up a Sig X5 and showed it to me. It of course had an excellent trigger, I just replied it was not a 45.

    Most of my guns are Glocks which do not have excellent triggers. I have given up on my beloved HK's because of poor triggers. I ordered the Pro and own a TLE as well as a Python. I shoot much better with the 1911 and the Python. I am searching for a semi auto with a great trigger. I do not think the striker fired guns can compete with guns with great triggers. I am just interested in what others think.
  10. RGbiker


    Oct 12, 2009
    My choices.....

    G26 with Glockmeister trigger work.

    SA XDs .45acp with Powder River spring kit.

    S&W model 10 in single action.
  11. grumpy1


    Jun 20, 2012
    For a factory combat pistol other than 1911 - the Walther PPQ.
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  12. For me it is on my Hämmerli 212. That trigger is even outstanding compared to other Hämmerli 208s.

    Free pistols with their electronic trigger are something that I do not even want to mention here.
  13. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    A well tuned K frame DA!
  14. ranger1968


    Mar 23, 2009
    Either a tuned K- frame, a Colt Python, or, believe it or not, a CZ-82.
  15. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Dang guys, didn't you read the question? ;)

    He said no 1911s or revolvers and that's what most the suggestions have been. :tongueout:
  16. skeeter7

    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

    Nov 13, 2010
    Rhode Island
    I love the trigger on the Sig P229 with the SRT kit installed in it.
  17. DoubleWide


    Sep 3, 2008
    Well I think most people are going to base the best trigger pull on single action. I mean there are great double actions but you still have the weight and length of pull to compare. I'd split them into categories.

    I bought a worked on 629 and the single action is crisp,light and no overtravel, but it's a little scary. I test out experienced shooters with practice rounds and most pull it accidentally in single action. I've considered selling it for standard 5" model.
  18. checkyoursix


    Dec 15, 2009
    Austin, Texas
    CZ custom shop does some amazing work on triggers, a well tuned CZ is a thing of beauty.

    For polymer guns, PPQ and Caracal are the best out of the box, XDM is not bad either.
  19. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    Jan 11, 2011
    too close to philly
    figure sa/da.

    my tastes in order


    and those all seemed to be pretty close

    the 4506 had a so/so trigger on it.
  20. Dawolf


    Sep 18, 2010
    Stone stock, a Walther PPQ.
    Customized, my Glock 24 competition piece.