Does honing your trigger damage it?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Tenderribbs, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Tenderribbs

    Tenderribbs New Member

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    I just finished up with the 15 minute trigger ;upgrade; if you will . I was surprised that such a small amount of compound could ,on only a few cycles of the hammer smooth out the gritty pull . Well my question is will honing your sears harm them ? Of course it could harm it if you were too aggressive and filed away the hardend steel i I get that. Also what about the topic of bobbing your hammer ? Any input ?
     
  2. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    No one can say for sure, it depends on how careful you were. Time will tell though. Why do you want to bob the hammer? Did you cut the hammer spring too? Sounds to me like a good way to end up with an unreliable rifle.
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I would not bob the hammer. It will do NOTHING to improve your trigger pull. There is/was however a factory bobbed hammer set up offered by Colt. The light weight hammer weighed 1/3 less and came with a hammer spring that was 1/2 the tension. The reduced trigger tension resulted in much nicer trigger feel. A lighter hammer requires less spring tension to acheive the same impact.
     
  4. Tenderribbs

    Tenderribbs New Member

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    Yes I cut the hammer spring .25 but it was an extra one I had laying around . I have I say it made a difference . As far as bobbing the hammer I was puzzled myself why people would bob it. To make it lighter and faster ? Don't know but can't see putting a hacksaw or grinder to my hammer . Ouch I shot five rounds out of the rifle with no problems I guess we will see . Ill let y'all know if any failures come up with my home trigger job .
     
  5. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    I'd put the good hammer spring in.
     
  6. ronl

    ronl New Member

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    One thing you can do to improve trigger pull is to get an anti-walk pin for the trigger and install the spring beneath the trigger pin. It is important in a stock trigger that all surfaces mate squarely. Taking too much off of the trigger will indeed lower the life of the trigger because it is only surface hardened. I simply polish them with a piece of 1500 grit paper and a piece of hard leather until they are mirror finished. Can't do any better than that and it removes very little of the surface.