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What do you recommend?
Not much difference between 4.5 - 5 lbs, and my Glocks and Kimbers fit nicely into that category...that works for me.
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The 5 pound trigger is fine for carry.
My factory is 7.0, and I'm not thrilled by it. I'd go a little lighter if I had the choice.
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Can't be factory the whole gun is now custom. Just looking for a good point of reference that won't be too light for safety
I wouldn't worry about the trigger weight. Spend more time on the trigger components. A smooth, crisp, short travel trigger breaking at 5-6 lbs feels and shoots a lot better than a gritty long travel 3.5 lb trigger.
I actually like a heavy trigger, do to lack of sensitivity in my fingers I need a heavier trigger pull. If the trigger is under 5 I can't really feel any resistance.
That's one of the reasons I like Sig, and the new Taurus I got.
I know not what this "overkill" means.
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As stated before, I feel weight is not as important as smoothness, crispness and reset...lower weight is really just a byproduct of bettering the above issues.
I never checked the pull weights of any of my triggers untill a buyer insisted on knowing...I checked and found most to be around 4 lbs (not my Jframe though) and my Kahr ran the batteries of the scale dead before it ever got around to firing thus giving the measurement...gotta love the 1/2" pull (feels more like 1 foot but I love it and works great as a carry weapon).
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Depends on many things; level of training, self control, physical and emotional condition ....
Like it has been said earlier, the pull weight is not everything; it is amazing how 30 minutes with "simichrome" and a polishing tool can do to a Glock trigger without changing the spring or connector; a trigger stop to prevent over-travel is also a great improvement.
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+1 on factory!
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Standard Glock trigger pull for me.
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Stock Glock 5.5 lb trigger on my carry gun.