Can gun mods hurt you in court?
I bought my Beretta 92G Vertec from Langdon Tactical Technologies before Ernst went to work for S&W. I had him put in his "carry" trigger package consisting of a limited overtravel trigger, smoothed action and slightly lightened. It's a dream to shoot, but the DA trigger is still around 8 pounds and the SA around 4.5 pounds.
I sent my Sig 226R to Sigarms and had them do a carry trigger job consisting of smoothing and lightening trigger is around 8# DA, 4.5# SA.
I sent my XD Bitone to Springfield armory for their carry package consisting of lightening the trigger, decreasing overtravel and of course smoothing it. Trigger pull is about 4.5#
But many feel that any trigger action mods expose one to unecessary legal risks should the modified gun be used in a justified shooting.
I know we aren't attorney's but we still know things, so what do you guys think about trigger mods on carry guns?
Not To Go Ga~Ga Over Massad Ayoob Here
But, he did write a few Gun Ragazine articles where he named actual court cases were used as examples of court gun modification troubles.
I think one or two other writers did the same also.
Massad would travel around & testify in various court cases as an expert witness.
The jury is still out with me on this subject. All of my defensive carry firearms are basically stock.
Right now...My "carry ammo" is the also exactly the same as what most of my local Police Depts use. That would be Speer Gold Dot.
I am probably being overly cautious.
I said this in the previous thread & I'll say it again. CYBB ~ Cover Your Bum Bum - When you send your pistol off to a custom gunsmith to have trigger work done...Enclose a formal Signed Dated Cover Letter Requesting a SAFE TRIGGER PULL of XXX pounds. Keep a copy for yourself.
One CAN probably also make the argument that a trigger pull that is TOO HEAVY & or gritty could also be Unsafe.
That would be if an excessively heavy trigger would cause inaccurate shot placement which could cause a miss & an innocent bystander to possibly be injured.