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Old 07-28-2010, 10:52 PM   #1
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Last fall I bought a S&W Sigma in .40. It was kind of an impulse buy that I later began to regret. From the get go I hated the heavy trigger pull and I just could not for the life of me be consistent the darn thing. I've shot several hundred rounds through it, but to no avail, and I decided that it had to be the trigger that was causing me to pull the gun around as I squeezed it. I mean no matter how gingerly I tried, I could not group anything. Well, the other day I was watching tv and there was a hangun competition on and I decided to watch for awhile. After only a few minutes I noticed that several of the shooters had one thing in common- the way they were standing and holding the firearm. Then it hit me- I might need try to a different shooting style other than what I was used to. Lo and behold, I took my .40 out to try the new technique and the results were astounding. With my old style I would be lucky to put half of the rounds in my clip onto a 2'x2' target. Yesterday I put 8 out of 12 in a 10" diameter. A marksman am I, by no means. But now that I know HOW to shoot this weapon, I am more confident when holding it that I can hit pretty close to where I want the bullet to go. So what's the lesson of this? I needed to be flexible with my shooting styles and that learning a new one was awkward at first, but it yielded fantastic results.

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A few things with the Sigma:
When on the range, load only 5 rounds at a time. This will force you to take a break.
When releasing the trigger after the shot is fired, release it only to the point that the striker "resets". You will hear / feel a "click". Do not release it any further. Take the next shot. You are not preloading the striker when doing this.
Of course, follow the steps of good shooting.

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Keep shooting, Everyone always complains about the trigger. I have no problems with it and I shoot mine just fine.

What type of stance did you switch to? Any links or what show were you watching?

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I shot Shihan's Sigma when they came to visit and was impressed. Sure the trigger pull was heavy but It went bang every time, was very comfortable to shoot, and was more accurate than I would have guessed. I got good grouping with it.

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I shot Shihan's Sigma when they came to visit and was impressed. Sure the trigger pull was heavy but It went bang every time, was very comfortable to shoot, and was more accurate than I would have guessed. I got good grouping with it.
Bought one yet Bear???
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The triggers get better over time. But you can replace the striker spring and lighten it some. Wolff Spring sells them.

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Keep shooting, Everyone always complains about the trigger. I have no problems with it and I shoot mine just fine.

What type of stance did you switch to? Any links or what show were you watching?
Yeah I switched to more of a combat/competition type stance where I was squared to the target with my feet a little wider than my shoulders and both arms not quite completely straight. My previous stance was more erect and casual with my body not squared to the target. I don't know, but it helped muchly. I don't remember the name of the show, so no links- sorry.
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A few things with the Sigma:
When on the range, load only 5 rounds at a time. This will force you to take a break.
When releasing the trigger after the shot is fired, release it only to the point that the striker "resets". You will hear / feel a "click". Do not release it any further. Take the next shot. You are not preloading the striker when doing this.
Of course, follow the steps of good shooting.
Hmmm... I'll definitely have to try this. Thanks.
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there are quite a few threads all over the net about how to mod the Sigma triggers...smoothing it with a set of Arkansas Stones would be the first thing I'd do. Heck, I do that to every pistol/rifle I've got anyway for precision effects.

But this is probably the best way to mod yourself for the trigger
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...so where do I get replacement springs for this? Brownells? Smith & Wesson?
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