C&R Trigger Pull Test

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My last trigger pull test of modern sporting rifles and assault rifles (the test included some assault rifles of the proper definition) was very eye opening and seemingly well received. I really wanted to expand upon this by delving into more categories; C&R long guns, C&R pistols, shotguns, and modern pistols. I simply don’t have enough C&R pistols, shotguns, or modern pistols to put to the test, so I looked at my C&R rack and thought it would make for a great test!

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Testing parameters would be the same:

  1. The same gauge used in the review would be used on all rifles
  2. Three attempts would be made on all rifles
  3. The median of the three tests would be collected as data

The rifles were placed with their stocks on a flat surface and all tested by my friend Patrick while I photographed the rifles (he has no vested interest in any rifle performing better than any other, but neither do I really).

Information to take into account:

  • Some of these rifles may have fired thousands of rounds, surely altering their original trigger pull weight and characteristics.
  • I do not believe these have had trigger work done. I have broken down and inspected most of them with a loupe to check for polishing or other alterations.
  • Remember, there is more to a good trigger than just the weight.
Anyways, on with some results.
First up was an English Lee Enfield No. 1 MK III:

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German Mauser K98k:

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Czech Mauser VZ. 24:

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Springfield M1 Garand:

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Chinese Type 56 SKS:

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Swedish Mauser M96 (dated 1904 and shot many, many times):

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Swiss M96/11:

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Swiss K31:

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Russian Mosin Nagant M91/30:

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Chinese Type 53 (Mosin Nagant copy):

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Egyptian Rasheed:

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French MAS 36:

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French MAS 49/56:

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Swedish AG/42b “Ljungman”:

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Yugoslavian Mauser 24/47:

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Steyr M95 Carbine:

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The following were more for fun.

M1919:

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Thompson M1A1:

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Reising M50 (if you needed anymore proof that these suck):

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German MP43:

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Data was compiled and sorted from lightest weight to heaviest:

Gun: Pounds, Ounces Ounces Pounds
Swedish Mauser 2,15.3 47.3 2.95625
M96/11 3,1.1 49.1 3.06875
K31 4,3.1 67.1 4.19375
Sturmgewehr MP43 4,3.5 67.5 4.21875
Hakim 4,6.2 70.2 4.3875
Enfield 5,6 86 5.375
AG42B 5,12 92 5.75
Garand 6,6 102 6.375
SKS 6,7.5 103.5 6.46875
Steyr M95 6,15.5 111.5 6.96875
Mauser K98k 7,0 112 7
Yugo Mauser 7,2 114 7.125
M91/30 7,14.5 126.5 7.90625
MAS 36 7,15.5 127.5 7.96875
MAS 49/56 8,8 136 8.5
Type 53 9,0 144 9
M1919 10,9 169 10.5625
Czech Mauser 11,4 180 11.25
Thompson M1A1 11,4 180 11.25
Reising M50 11,13.5 189.5 11.84375

 

And this fancy graph should help as well:

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Some observations:

  • Not all Mausers are created equal
  • While some triggers are lighter than others, the pull can be awful and mushy (looking at you, Nagants)
  • The average (with select-fire or full auto guns removed) was 6.52 pounds or 104 ounces
  • Swedish Mausers rock and it is no wonder that this is my favorite of the C&R bolt gun I have (it might have something to do with all that Swedish blood in my veins)

I like performing these tests and I would really like the next installment to be modern handguns. I hope you enjoyed this test!



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • Blake

    Thanks, this is pretty spiffy. And another excuse to get a Swedish Mauser &ltgrin&gt…

  • Vitsaus

    No big surprise the swedes and swiss had the lightest triggers. Both the finest of the bunch along with the Garand. Now cue the mosin fanboys trying to explain why the heavy mushy trigger is best to have in the zombie apocalypse.

    • mosinman

      i’d say the trigger is the biggest weakspot on the mosin
      my personal rifle has a trigger that’s not that heavy, but it is mushy

      • Cheese_McQueen

        You forgot about the rest of the rifle.

        • mosinman

          Yeah I did leave out how well it functioned with a sandwich jammed in the action.

          • Cheese_McQueen

            Don’t be stupid. Everyone knows you can only fit borscht into a Mosin action.

          • mosinman

            Although borscht makes a good CLP i find it’ll run more reliably with the blood of fascists

          • Tassiebush

            You don’t even want to know what my carcano runs well on… Ouch is that too soon?…

        • Vitsaus

          Yeah it seems pretty hard to pick the BIGGEST weakspot. Seems to me the trigger is the least of your problems given the clunky ill fitting bolts, the burred chambers, the shot out pitted bores, the short bolt handle, the awful sights, the excessive length, the corkboard stocks, rimmed cartridges….

          • Cheese_McQueen

            ..

  • Thanks for the time and effort! Cool info!

  • Pseudo

    I AM a big fan of these, but I do have a straightforward request. Please include error bars (or just plot the range as error bars). This has nothing to do with an interest in proper statistical analysis here. One of the worst characteristics of a trigger I can imagine would be significant variability in trigger pull! You already have the data and since it’s clear you used excel, it should be easy enough to add.

  • Hank

    I’ve never shot the Swiss rifles, but one on my list. I’ve got my grandfather’s Lee Enfield No 1 MkIV, and it has one of my favorite triggers, though I can’t really tell you quite why.

  • quraina

    Very cool collection.

  • Tassiebush

    I love seeing this type of comparison. It really enriches the collective knowledge.

  • Jeffrey Scott Boyer

    How about doing an article on lock time for modern and milsurp

    • Lack of suitable testing equipment

  • tirod

    And, now we see the world’s armies almost universally accepting 6+ pound triggers as a field minimum for the last hundred years.
    Are you listening, target trigger fans? You don’t want two pound triggers on a gun in the field. Sure the Swiss did it, they are the exception, not the rule. Low weight triggers on guns that are being used in combat, over rough terrain, and in close proximity to other team mates in tactical formations are dangerous and lead to friendly fire negligence.
    Leave them on the square range where you don’t carry them loaded over tripping hazards, loose rocks, deadfalls, or slick mud. Your buddies, family members, and the local EMT’s and LEO’s will thank you.

    • Simon

      Sweden =! Switzerland

    • Vitsaus

      So I take it you’ve seen the horrifying figures on friendly fire incidents among Swedish and Swiss troops. 100 men leave on friday for training exercises and drills… sunday only 12 come back, most wounded from friendly fire, the rest tragic victims of their own commerade’s light triggered rifles?

  • wetcorps

    Nice rack.

  • noguncontrol

    they should test handguns too.