When hunting large games, or when needing maximum accuracy for a precise shot, you’ll need to measure your trigger weight. The trigger weight is the amount of pressure needed to pull the trigger and release the hammer.
There are several ways to measure trigger weight:
- One easy way is to use a trigger gauge which can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.
- Another way is to use a postal scale. Simply place the gun on the postal scale and pull it down on the gauge until it reads zero. Then, add one pound of pressure and read the gauge again. The difference between these two numbers is your trigger weight in pounds.
To properly adjust your trigger weight, you’ll need either a screwdriver or an Allen wrench (hex key). With the gun unloaded, cock the hammer and locate the adjustment screw. For most guns, this screw is located on the trigger guard.
If your trigger weight is too light, you run the risk of accidental discharge. If it’s too heavy, you’ll find it difficult to pull the trigger and may have trouble hitting your target. The ideal trigger weight for most shooters is between three and five pounds.
The trigger weight is measured in terms of pounds (lbs). To measure trigger weight, you will need a scale that measures in ounces (oz) and a conversion chart. To convert trigger weight from lbs to oz, divide the number of lbs by 16. To convert trigger weight from oz to lbs, multiply the number of oz by 16.
There are a few things you need to keep in mind when measuring trigger weight:
- Trigger pull is measured from the beginning of the slack until the gun fires.
- Trigger pull can vary depending on how far back you pull the trigger.
- A gun’s trigger weight can change based on the type of ammo you’re using.
- The weight of the trigger pull can also be affected by things like gun oil and dirt.
With that said, let’s take a look at how to measure trigger weight.
1. Cock the hammer if your firearm is cockedHammer-fired firearms will have their hammers positioned forward, while striker-fired firearms will not have an external hammer at all. If your firearm has an external hammer, ensure that it is in the forward, or “resting” position.
2. Place the pad of your finger on the center of the trigger. As you place your finger on the trigger, you will want to position the pad of your finger in the center of the trigger. Avoid placing your finger too high or low on the trigger, as this can affect the accuracy of your shot.
3. Slowly and evenly pull the trigger back until the gun fires. Once you have placed your finger on the trigger, slowly and evenly pull the trigger back until the gun fires. Do not jerk or yank the trigger, as this can also affect the accuracy of your shot.
4. Check the scale to see how much weight is required to pull the trigger. This will give you an idea of how “heavy” or “light” your gun’s trigger pull is.
5. Repeat the process for each type of ammo you plan on using if you plan on using different types of ammo, it is important to repeat the process for each type of ammo. This is because the weight of the trigger pull can vary depending on the type of ammo you’re using.
The weight of the trigger is measured in ounces. The heavier the trigger pull, the more ounces it will weigh. There is no industry-standard weight for a trigger pull, but most triggers weigh between 2 and 4 ounces. Heavier triggers are often found on pistols meant for self-defense or hunting, as they provide extra stability and accuracy. Lighter triggers are typically found on competition rifles, as they allow shooters to fire more quickly and accurately.
A general rule of thumb is that the trigger weight should be about 2/3 of the weight of the gun. So for example, if you have a gun that weighs 6 pounds, your trigger weight should be around 4 pounds.
There are a few things you can do to help reduce the weight of your trigger pull.
- One is to use a lighter trigger spring; another is to polish the contact surfaces between the trigger and the housing.
- You can also adjust the tension on the screw that holds down the spring located on top of the trigger housing.
- Finally, it’s also possible to reduce trigger pull by using a lighter firing pin spring.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the weight that constitutes a “trigger weight” will vary depending on the type of gun and ammunition being used. However, in general terms, a trigger weight that is too light can lead to accidental discharges, while a trigger weight that is too heavy can make it difficult to fire the gun accurately. As such, it is important to find a Goldilocks zone where the trigger weight is just right – not too light or too heavy.
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