Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Enhancing your Glock Trigger

I get a lot of questions about the trigger on my Templar Custom Glock 19. Who did it? How hard is it to do? Did I use custom parts? Which ones? Before I go forward, I would STRONGLY recommend you let Bob Meszaros at Templar Custom Arms work on your Glock trigger. Bob and I spent a HUGE amount of time discussing and trying various trigger modifications before we decided on what is included in the Handgun Combatives Glock package.  It is a very smooth 5.5 pound trigger with minimal over travel and is a trigger modification that Bob has standardized, meaning it will be the same from gun to gun. Does it feel exactly like mine? No, but I do my own Glock trigger and it takes me hours!!  PLEASE keep in mind Bob must perform a trigger modification that is consistent and if you want your gun back in the next month or two, he must be efficient in performing this custom change over. If he spent the time I do on my trigger it would cost a bunch and take a while. Trust me…the Templar trigger will please you as it is a great improvement over the standard factory version WITHOUT jamming you up in court. It is NOT A LIGHT, HAIR TRIGGER…it is a SMOOTH trigger that will enhance your ability to depress the trigger straight to to rear without muzzle movement. THAT is what we all want from our combat trigger!

If the trigger is so good from Templar, then why don’t I use it? Simple! I like to play. I find it interesting to see if I can maximize the trigger on my Glock handguns. I find the Glock is much like the 1911 in the modifications that can be performed on it to enhance performance. Words to the wise here…do not try to buy skill!! Develop a SOLID skill set/base before modifying your gun or gear. Without a solid base of skills how do you know what YOU need??! You must know how to shoot, run your gun and other related skills before you can possibly know what you need to enhance it, PERIOD! I have worked on the triggers of my Smith & Wesson 6906, SIG P-228, Heckler & Koch USP-C and now my Glocks to “better get to know them”. But I also know when a trigger is un-safe or too light for carry. I carry my teaching gun, I do not have a range gun and gear…they are one in the same as it is simple. If you have read my writings or taken my classes you know how hard I cling to simple! I have tried various connectors, trigger bars, sear housings as well as polishing and modifying parts…I have ruined more than my share of components in an effort to get the “perfect Glock trigger”. The problem is it is real hard to do as Glock parts are just not that precise. I have obtained wonderful trigger actions only to place those parts in another Glock to discover they do not work! I have had my share of full auto Glocks, Glocks that won’t reset, Glocks that shoot one round and then three…I have encountered problems that have made Arthur Viani at Ghost Inc. say “I’ve never heard that one!” (BTW, Arthur Viani is the smartest Glock guy I have ever met! He has studied this weapon system inside and out and up and down…he REALLY knows it and that is why his parts are second to none!) which is no small feat!

After all of this, I have come across a method that is consistent, smooth and keeps the gun ALMOST factory…but not quite. IT IS NOT CHEAP! But if you do not mind spending some money, you can get a GREAT Glock action on your own. The down side? The Templar action is more cost effective, but for you DIY guys and gals, here goes…

A start with a Skimmer Trigger from Jeff Wilson at This trigger was inspired by well- known instructor Travis Haley to help shorten the reach of the Glock trigger system. All components used by are factory OEM…no after-market stuff. While the re-angled trigger does not seem like that much on first inspection, it has proven to help me from “pushing” shots to the left at 7 to 9 o’clock and this is one of my BIG shooting problems, thus the added expense is worth it to me. I have tried to perform this modification on my triggers only to find I have engaged the internal safety plunger…better to leave this to Jeff who has this modification down to a science. In addition, Jeff’s triggers and components are already polished, so no additional polishing is needed in order to insure your parts will glide smoothly over one another, making for a smoother depression of the trigger.  I use Jeff’s trigger and safety plunger in my trigger modification, but use the Ghost Rocket connector along with 6 pound trigger and striker springs to complete the job.

I like the Rocket due to its 4.5 pound weight and over travel tab.  Years back I developed a way to maximize the over travel tab that Arthur Viani calls “The Spaulding Cut” and is explained on his web site. BE CAREFUL trying to perform this modification…it is NOT something to try quickly. If you want to fit the connector fast, just cut the tab flat.  MANY people try to cut the angle and actually cut the tab in the wrong direction! They then have the audacity to call Ghost and complain! Stop for a minute and look at how the Glock trigger bar cams downward on release by removing the side and working the action by hand. From the right side of the frame, note how the connector cams the trigger bar down from right to left…why would you cut the over-travel tab in the opposite direction!!?? I know why, because you were a little quick to the bench grinder, eh Skippy?!  Slow down, take your time and fit the connector properly…complete directions are available on the Ghost website. If you do so, you will end up with a great trigger with minimal over travel.

Why should you be concerned with over travel? It’s less distance the trigger must move to set up the next shot. During a visit to my hand doctor several years ago, we got into a conversation about independent index finger movement and the inter-limb action it has on the rest of the hand. In a nutshell, the less you move the index finger, the less likely the rest of the fingers will want to “go along for the ride” resulting in “milking” the grip or a “gorilla grip” action, depending on how you look at it.  I think most all of us understand this at some level because those who compete at a high level gravitate to the 1911 or Glock trigger systems. Why? Less trigger travel and movement…

Once I have fitted my Rocket connector, I finish my action job with Ghost 6 pound trigger and striker springs as I think the stronger springs offer a more responsive, less ”mushy” trigger as well as bringing the overall weight up to 5 pounds plus. I use a set of certified weights instead of a trigger scale when weighing my triggers. Why? Because six pounds of weight will always be six pounds whereas a scale can change over time and use. I measure my trigger in the center of the trigger face where it will be depressed (In Europe they measure at the tip which “lightens” the trigger weight) and add or subtract ¼ pound as I go along. I also re-cock the gun each time I weigh the trigger. Not saying this is the way to do it, it is the way I do it each time in the event I ever have to take the stand to defend my trigger action.  Consistency is a good thing when having to take the stand to testify…I know, I’ve had to do it a few times… those lawyers can be tricky bastards, I’ll tell you that! Always do it the same!

There you have it…not inexpensive, but a great trigger with a bit shorter reach for those of us who are “digitally challenged”.  I have this trigger is three of my Glocks as we speak and I am quite happy with the smoothness and consistency of each trigger. Give it a try, go slow and you will end up with a Glock trigger that you can really run well. Stay safe, alert and check 360 often…

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