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    Reasonable price for trigger job?

    I've decided that I don't have the courage to risk messing up my trigger on my 1911, so I am going to farm the work out to a gunsmith. I've seen all manner of ranges of price, but I wanted to ask you folks what is a reasonable price for a trigger job for a 1911? Mine is a GI-spec model and I'm not going to change out parts just yet, so I just want my factory stuff reworked to get rid of the take-up, grit, and reduce the pull somewhat.

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    A good trigger job on a 1911 requires an experienced gunsmith with lots of patience and the right tools.
    Not everyone can do it right.

    The big question to ask: "If I want a light, crisp trigger action, will you shorten or soften any springs to achieve it?"
    A "yes" answer tells you to find someone else to do the job.
    A 1911 trigger job should be a matter only of resetting sear-contact angles and smoothing with polishing stones.

    Brownells opines that it should cost between $60.00 and $100.00, which averages out to $80.00.
    If the job is really good, and the 'smith delivers the pull weight that you specified, I suggest that $100.00 would be fair.

    The last time I had one done was so long ago that a really good, three-and-a-half-pound trigger cost me about $30.00!

    (I've done my own, and my work is OK, but I'm nowhere near as good as an experienced 'smith. I suggest that you can learn to do it, if you have lots of patience.)
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    Going rate use to be $20 for a trick when I was a young man in the USN on the Island of Hawaii. I imagine it is a bit more today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dereckbc View Post
    Going rate use to be $20 for a trick when I was a young man in the USN on the Island of Hawaii. I imagine it is a bit more today.
    Ah, well...
    The price of a trick, even then, depended upon the, um, services to be rendered and the attractiveness of the, um, provider.
    Like a good gunsmith's trigger work today, some, um, jobs cost more than others.



    Years ago, when I lived in New York's West Village, the brownstone next door was occupied by a, um, service business of the sort to which you've alluded.
    I learned, in daytime stoop-to-stoop conversation, that the legends were true: Many of the girls really were NYU students, working their way through college!

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    I have tools and somewhat of an inkling of mechanical aptitude, but it seems like things on the 1911 are sensitive enough that I could easily mess them up, which would mean I'd have to buy new parts and have a gunsmith do the work anyhow, and being as I am tight as bark on a tree when it comes to money, I'd prefer to not spend a dime I don't have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyoming_1977 View Post
    I have tools and somewhat of an inkling of mechanical aptitude, but it seems like things on the 1911 are sensitive enough that I could easily mess them up, which would mean I'd have to buy new parts and have a gunsmith do the work anyhow, and being as I am tight as bark on a tree when it comes to money, I'd prefer to not spend a dime I don't have to.
    You have answered your own question............ Use a good gunsmith........
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    I made some phone calls today to a few different shops that do gunsmithing work and got estimates ranging from $50 to over $200. Now I am even more confused.

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    Let the shop with the very best reputation do the work.
    If you like, limit the work to the trigger job alone, since many shops like to do a "package."
    Remember to tell whichever shop you choose that you do not want any springs cut or "softened."

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