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I won­der what it takes to im­prove the trig­ger on my ri­fle. It’s a two-stage unit and feels a bit heavy in the fi­nal pull, so I’d like to im­prove it, but I worry about mak­ing it dan­ger­ous. What can I do? PETER SMITH A


Most high- qual­ity air­guns have ad­justable trig­gers and when you un­der­stand what they do, mak­ing an im­prove­ment is just a mat­ter of small changes, a lit­tle at a time. Firstly, read the man­ual or look it up on-line. All the im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion is there. Se­condly, re­mem­ber that keep­ing the trig­ger in a safe con­di­tion mat­ters more than any­thing else.

Please make any changes 1/8th of a turn at a time, and note where you start from so that you can eas­ily go back again.

There are two fac­tors that I feel make the big­gest dif­fer­ence in trig­ger per­for­mance. The first is pull weight. Too many peo­ple try to ad­just their trig­ger to be very light but this is a bad idea. I be­lieve that two pounds is the ideal weight for sport­ing ri­fles and most high- qual­ity trig­gers can be set to this. Se­condly, the length of travel of the sec­ond stage has a big ef­fect on your abil­ity to re­lease shots at the very mo­ment you want. The man­ual will ex­plain how to ad­just both fac­tors.

Once you have your trig­ger just how you like it, tor­ture test it un­til you feel com­pletely sure that you’ve done noth­ing wrong, and that it is fully safe. With the ac­tion cocked and loaded, aim the ri­fle in a safe di­rec­tion, be that on the farm or range, and set about shak­ing it, bump­ing it with your fist, and fi­nally smack­ing the butt pad vi­o­lently with your hand. Noth­ing you can do with your hand will dam­age the gun. As long as it re­fuses to fire, you’ve set the trig­ger sen­si­bly and you can en­joy the im­prove­ments with a clear con­science.

Make your ad­just­ments in very small steps, and test the ri­fle af­ter ev­ery change

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