167 over at Master Class Chronicles wrote recently about his experience adapting to a 1911.
Can I get an amen?
While many people who cut their teeth on the 1911 platform think it has the greatest trigger imaginable, the reality is that it’s awesome at some things and challenging for others.
There is a reason why instructors from the old Gunsite “you’ve got a 1911 or you don’t have a gun” era put such a tremendous premium on trigger press as the most important part of pistol fundamentals. The crisp nature of the 1911 trigger break makes it incredibly easy to anticipate because you reach that breaking point and know it. Yet you still have to keep adding pressure to make the shot go off. That is, almost by definition, anticipation.
With a more rolling-style trigger, it’s hard to know the exact break point… and if you’re using the trigger properly, you don’t want to know.
The 1911 is great when you’re doing a slow, deliberate maximum-accuracy trigger press like bullseye. It’s great when you can benefit from its ultra-short reset for wide open high% targets, when trigger manipulation isn’t really as critical. But it’s that in between place, trying to make moderately accurate hits at moderate or fast speeds, where I find the 1911 trigger challenges me the most
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG