Brownells 75th Anniversary - A Shooting Heritage

Smyth Busters: Is a Light Trigger Always Better?

Received wisdom among a lot of shooters - and on Internet forums and social media groups - is that a lighter trigger pull is better. Not always, say Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant. Most of the time a lighter trigger is good: you have to exert less force to pull the trigger, reducing your chance of moving the gun off target. So for most of the time, a light trigger WILL help you extract the full accuracy potential from your gun. But a light trigger is NOT good on, for example, a personal defense or military / law enforcement gun used in high-stress/high-adrenaline situations where you don't want a round going downrange unexpectedly at the wrong time. Even on hunting rifles, most gunsmiths doing a "trigger job" will set the pull weight no lower than 2.5 lbs. You don't want a benchrest target rifle trigger on your 3-Gun competition AR-15 either! A heavier trigger pull is not necessarily worse - the guys explain. It's important to "know your trigger" and practice dry firing to get a feel for when a particular trigger releases. So the myth that a lighter trigger is always better is.... BUSTED. What are your experiences with light triggers?

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