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    Here's the deal. I'm looking for a DA snubbie in .357 that has a trigger pull, equal or close, to a Colt 1911. I've been pulling quite a few triggers lately, and they all seem like I'm pulling at about fifty lbs. I know I've felt some triggers that pulled like butter, but I just can't remember who made the guns. Or was I pulling custom trigger jobs. If it comes to that, I'm not afraid to have the work done. I prefer Colts, so is there any snubbie that would fill my needs? Oh, and I'm not at all afraid of used guns, just abused. And I expect to pay for quality.


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    I doubt you'll find one with a trigger pull like a 1911, and if you do watch out! I assume you mean in single action mode.
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    The only way you may approximate the 1911 trigger pull is to acquire a double-action revolver with a hammer that may be cocked for single-action use. Is that what you have in mind? Using such a revolver in its double-action mode cannot give a 1911-like trigger pull as the trigger function is cocking the gun and advancing the cylinder each time the trigger is pulled and so, of necessity, is comparatively long and heavy.
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    i have a S&W M60 3" Pro 357 that in SA has a trigger as crisp and light at 2.25 pounds as a tuned 1911.
    but in DA its nice; smooth, no stacking but its 8.5 pounds.

    some things are made different and have different characteristics even though they seem to do the same thing--fire a cartrage.
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    When they make a revolver with a trigger that slides instead of rotates on a pin, you might find what you're looking for!
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    As others noted, there are a number of revolvers that have a nice, light single action trigger. Double action like a 1911: it doesn't exist.
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    Self defense gun factory trigger pull is recommended why open yourself up to a over aggressive DA wanting to hang you out to dry with this statement ; "He is negligent because he knew the trigger on this killing machine was light and the discharge was unintentional and therefore he is guilty of manslaughter."

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    Colt, snubby, good trigger...

    The original poster wanted a Colt snubby in .357 with a trigger like a 1911. As others said, this doesn't exist. But if you want a Colt snubby .357 with an excellent trigger, you need a Python. In single action the trigger will be very short and crisp, like a 1911. And in double action it is heavier and longer but still excellent.

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    Now IF you do buy a snubbie you can have a professional "trigger and action job" done on it and take it so far as to have all of your internals & contact and mating surfaces honed, highly polished & then Hard Chrome plated.
    Usually that also includes a lighter weight spring set and then you can have an exceptionally slick, light & silky smooth DA pull because there is such a great, overall friction reduction.


    The older S&W "DA only" revolvers usually end up with the slickest custom trigger pulls because they do not have a factory full cock hammer notch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    The original poster wanted a Colt snubby in .357 with a trigger like a 1911. As others said, this doesn't exist. But if you want a Colt snubby .357 with an excellent trigger, you need a Python. In single action the trigger will be very short and crisp, like a 1911. And in double action it is heavier and longer but still excellent.


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    That is a SWEEET looking piece !!!!

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    thanks for all the replys. I think I might have found what I was looking for. I acquired a Colt Lawman Mk III. While the trigger isn't bad, it's currently at my gunsmith with instructions to make the trigger light and smooth as butter in the DA mode. I don't think he's happy about it, but he never is. He always feels I want the impossible, but he always delivers exactly what I'm looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    The original poster wanted a Colt snubby in .357 with a trigger like a 1911. As others said, this doesn't exist. But if you want a Colt snubby .357 with an excellent trigger, you need a Python. In single action the trigger will be very short and crisp, like a 1911. And in double action it is heavier and longer but still excellent.

    Having shot and owned Python's I would have to disagree with you a little. While they have good triggers I tend to find S&W triggers out of the box are better 75% of the time. My uncle only shoots and carries Python's (side arm) and every time I had him one of my S&W's he always asks if it has a trigger job! LOL...... By the way that Colt is a sweetie!
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    quick update, and again a huge thank you to all who replied. My gunsmith delivered the impossible. However, it still wasn't what I was looking for. I can't get used to that long DA pull, even though he made it feel even and light all the way. The SA was a hair this side of being, well, a hair trigger. Guess my brain to trigger finger doesn't understand DA.
    Good news, my gunsmith, who by the way, thinks I'm one bubble to the right of being plum, now has a very nice Colt Lawman 2" with a super trigger.
    Better news, I now have his reworked 70 series goverment, with a trigger my brain and finger understand.
    As I was leaving his basement, he strongly suggested I stay in my comfort zone, so I didn't drive him out of his......LOL.

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