Sunday, August 13, 2006

Boomsticks: Definitions.

In order to clarify my previous post in re: "Unsatisfactory Triggers", let me offer the following definition, using S&W double action pulls as an example:

1) "Excellent": Light pull weight (less than seven pounds; in some cases much less), free of any hesitation, grit, or stacking. Will probably only ignite Federal primers. Only really suitable for competition. No hammer spur or single-action capability retained. Costs a mint.

2) "Very Good": Light pull. Requires spring kit and extensive polishing and stoning of various mating and bearing surfaces. As light as you'll want for anything that requires 100% reliability.

3) "Good": Smooth-ish pull. Somewhat lighter than stock. Some spring replacement required. Some attention paid to hand & star. Only trigger job you can get for less than $50 from most gunsmitheries.

4) "Adequate": Found on well-broken-in older Smiths and some Performance Center guns.

5) "Unsatisfactory": Everything else. Why we have in-house gunsmiths.

Yeah, I'm a gun snob. So sue me.


Marc said...

I have three S&Ws in the first category and I always use Federal primers for match/practice home rolled ammo. For play I'll use commercial ammo and usually have no problems. For instance, cheapie Wal-Mart Winchester and Remington ammo works fine.

PMC was another story, I had a lot of "no go bangs" with their ammo. Besides PMC's primers, their cases were harder than most and would split after only a few reloadings.

Anonymous said...

Being a gun snob is

MarkHB said...

I suppose this is analagous to me lengthening the sprue on the underside of my mousebuttons so I can click by looking hard at 'em.

Which to me, makes perfect sense. Not everyone wants to think at a device and make it work. I call those people "Normal". Or sometimes "Muggles".

Marc said...

Apropos of nothing. I seem to recall that some manufacturer(s) of defensive pistols use PMC for test firing.

I seem to remember it was someone in Arkansas. Maybe Ross Carter or maybe Bill Wilson?