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!
Testing parameters would be the same:
- The same gauge used in the review would be used on all rifles
- Three attempts would be made on all rifles
- 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.
German Mauser K98k:
Czech Mauser VZ. 24:
Springfield M1 Garand:
Chinese Type 56 SKS:
Swedish Mauser M96 (dated 1904 and shot many, many times):
Russian Mosin Nagant M91/30:
Chinese Type 53 (Mosin Nagant copy):
French MAS 36:
French MAS 49/56:
Swedish AG/42b “Ljungman”:
Yugoslavian Mauser 24/47:
Steyr M95 Carbine:
The following were more for fun.
Reising M50 (if you needed anymore proof that these suck):
Data was compiled and sorted from lightest weight to heaviest:
And this fancy graph should help as well:
- 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!