Will the Real Trigger Pull Please Stand Up?

“It’s around 5 pounds.”

“Seems pretty heavy, I’d guess it somewhere around 8 – 10 lbs.”

“I think I’d like a trigger around 2 lbs.”

For years, statements like those above came from my mouth.  I knew what I liked but struggled to know exactly how it was measured.  My Kimber felt great, my CZ-75b… not so much.  I could “guess” what trigger pulls weighed, but had no way to validate the accuracy of my estimates.

Earlier this year, I decided to purchase a trigger pull scale.  There are some nice digital models on the market, but they seemed a little cost prohibitive.  Then, I found the Timney Trigger Pull Gage at Midwayusa.com for $29.99.  Two versions exist:  one that measures from 8 oz to 10 lbs, and one that measures from 1 lb to 25 lbs.  While the latter would cover a larger range of pull weights, I wanted something more exact in the 1 – 10 lb range so decided on the 8 oz – 10 lb version.

The gauge arrived and I immediately went to measure pulls on multiple pistols in my collection.  I like this tool, pure and simple.  It’s easy to use.  Just place the padded hook on your trigger, pull back until the trigger breaks, and a plastic slider will have stopped at the point where you applied the most tension.  The slider lines up with pull weight markings to report the weight down to the nearest 2 oz increment.  To reset, push the plastic slider back to zero.

Not only has this tool allowed me to accurately measure the pull weights on my pistols, but I’ve found that the manner in which they pull and break greatly impacts my perception.  For example, my CZ-75b and Beretta 92fs has similar pull weights, but the CZ’s roughness make it feel like a harder pull.

Here’s a couple pics of mine.  I recommend this tool for any fellow “gun geeks” looking for an inexpensive, accurate way to take the subjectivity out of measuring trigger pull.


About martowski

Garden-variety professional with one too many hobbies.
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