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Old 03-23-2003, 10:09 PM
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trigger pull gauge




i have been tinkering around with triggers in 1911's for a while. i do not claim to be a pistolsmith. more like a hobby gunsmith who only works on his own stuff and tries to be as safe as possible. i polish parts , replace parts, stone hammers and sears with the approriate jigs and stones. one of my biggest headaches has been a trigger pull gauge. i have all the ones from brownells and they work great, but most wind up being used by friends and never returning, which brings me to tonights post.

a friend came over today with his new toy and wanted to 'borrow' a trigger pull gauge. i own three, couldn't find one anywhere. later this afternoon the wife and kids and i were in the local walmart. while i was waiting for them i thought i would see if i could find a rudimentary scale to use a trigger pull gauge in the kitchen utensils. no luck. thought i would look in sportring goods at the fishing stuff. found an electronic rapala fish scale...$30...reads in pounds and ounces, tares, records multiple fish weights. had to try one. bought it, came home and fashioned a proper wire to hook my fish scale up. made it out of welding rod. just because it was available and plenty stiff. i have a 1911 that was the first gun i ever worked on and has been checked many times to have a 3# 10 oz trigger pull on various gauges. clamped it in a vise and gave it a whirl. didn't know how it would work...........worked great. 3# 9oz, 3#10 oz the next, #3 11 oz once.... i tried it many times and everytime the trigger broke at either 3#9 or 3#10 except once. the scale displays the last weight before it is released. you can watch it climb right up to where it breaks.

somebody has probably written this up before... has a better way, but i thought it was pretty neat not to have to order and wait for a gauge, for less money than most of the ones i have bought in the past.
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Old 03-23-2003, 10:56 PM
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Hi,

Nice post. I have been using an old contact point spring tension gauge.
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Old 03-24-2003, 08:35 PM
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THANK YOU.

NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT FOR A SCALE. BET IT WORKS GREAT!
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Old 03-26-2003, 12:21 PM
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i found a interesting coincedence today. the rapala fish scale i mention above, looks very similar to the lyman electronic trigger pull gauge in the brownell's catalog. even works the same way. just does not have the fancy rigid rod to pull the trigger with that the lyman unit has.
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Old 03-28-2003, 01:34 AM
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blooch

What is the maximum weight that can be measured with your rapala electronic fish scale?

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Old 03-28-2003, 08:27 PM
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50 lbs. is the maximum weight it will measure.
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Old 03-28-2003, 09:44 PM
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Ok....lets go the other direction...whats the minimum it will weigh? I think min is more important then max when it comes to using it as a "trigger scale".
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Old 03-28-2003, 10:16 PM
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it will weigh as little as a 2 ounce scale check weight. i have lost the smaller weights , and as the readout reads in ounces, and does not read tenths of ounces, i would say that it weighs 1 ounce and up to 50 lbs.
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Old 03-29-2003, 07:21 PM
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T/PGauge

Tried it.
Works GREAT!
Thanks, Blooch!
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Old 03-29-2003, 11:46 PM
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glad the idea worked for you too
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