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Old 01-31-2015, 07:14 AM   #1
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New thoughts on DIY trigger job

I picked up a bottle of Brasso Metal Polish and I'm going to do a safe scared-chicken DIY trigger job. Non imbedding, no files, no sand paper, just the chemical rub.

Once upon a long time ago, back in my Marine Corps bootcamp days, we would spend evenings shining the boots, cleaning rifles and polishing our brass. Our brass was just a cheap buckle for our dress uniforms. Thinking back it really is amazing how shiny they became after 72 days of bootcamp. So during the superbowl, with snacks and about 4 hours of idle time, I'm going to start my rub on the Kimber.

Now, I haven't shot the pistol in over 4 months but I have been dry firing it a lot and there have been modest improvements. And I should now see some wear marks which will direct my rubbing efforts.

I'm thinking this might work and there is no way I can possibly screw this up.
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Old 01-31-2015, 07:24 AM   #2
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I do the same things with new guns, sitting in front of the TV dry firing will help break in the gun in addition to improving your shooting. Another thing I do is remove the recoil spring, clean the slide and frame rails then put dab of Colgate toothpaste on them. Reassemble slide and frame and work the slide a couple of hundred times. The toothpaste is very fine polishing compound and will really smooth out the operation of the slide.
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My dry firing was with my left hand thumb blocking the hammer, allowing the hammer to move only slightly. I can get in a lot of trigger pulls in a short amount of time.

I like the toothpaste idea. I'll give it a go.
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The trigger is now smoother and lighter, but the break is not as crisp as I would like, as it is on a Springfield 1911 that I paid to have a trigger job done. I pretty much polished the trigger and its bow, as the sear and hammer claw were very shiny and there was little I could do to improve them. I did take some tension out of the sear spring, the center tang only, which is probably where my biggest improvement was made.

I guess the next step is pay a gunsmith to improve the breaking point, but not worth it to me. It's good enough as is.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:31 PM   #5
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Talking Wow!!!

Not only does the toothpaste polish the internals of your pistol, it gives it minty fresh breath!!!
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:06 AM   #6
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Brownells had on sale over the weekend and yesterday the Ed Brown Sear Jig. Been ordered, and will do a proper trigger job as soon as it arrives.

I've a Lansky knife sharpening kit with 5 different stones that I will use (only the finest 2). I'll get 3 1911s finely tuned for $40, and see about selling the jig afterwards.


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Never thought about the toothpaste! Thanks.
Actually I use it already to polish the stems of my smoking pipes but I never thought about my pistols .
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Originally Posted by Chuck43 View Post
I do the same things with new guns, sitting in front of the TV dry firing will help break in the gun in addition to improving your shooting. Another thing I do is remove the recoil spring, clean the slide and frame rails then put dab of Colgate toothpaste on them. Reassemble slide and frame and work the slide a couple of hundred times. The toothpaste is very fine polishing compound and will really smooth out the operation of the slide.
I know this is an old post, but you can also use Crest, Rembrandt, Aquafresh, ... seriously now, you can use Flitz, Simi-chrome polish, or just about any jeweler's rouge/polish too. This does work very well to smooth out the slide. Just be sure to spray it down and/or clean it after to remove all traces of whatever polish you use.

Another method, and actually I prefer this one, is to just shoot the crap out of the gun; it will smooth out really well with usage.
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boolets is spensive. Toof paste ain't so much.
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boolets is spensive. Toof paste ain't so much.
And working in the internals of a firearm is incredible educational and (for me) fun.

Even though my DIY trigger jobs have not been 100% satisfactory in the end, the knowledge gained has made it worth the time and effort. Expense being 0.00c or thereabouts.
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