C&R Trigger Pull Test

Alex C.
by Alex C.

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:

  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:

German Mauser K98k:

Czech Mauser VZ. 24:

Springfield M1 Garand:

Chinese Type 56 SKS:

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

Swiss M96/11:

Swiss K31:

Russian Mosin Nagant M91/30:

Chinese Type 53 (Mosin Nagant copy):

Egyptian Rasheed:

French MAS 36:

French MAS 49/56:

Swedish AG/42b “Ljungman”:

Yugoslavian Mauser 24/47:

Steyr M95 Carbine:

The following were more for fun.


Thompson M1A1:

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

German MP43:

Data was compiled and sorted from lightest weight to heaviest:

Gun:Pounds, OuncesOuncesPounds
Swedish Mauser2,15.347.32.95625
Sturmgewehr MP434,3.567.54.21875
Steyr M956,15.5111.56.96875
Mauser K98k7,01127
Yugo Mauser7,21147.125
MAS 367,15.5127.57.96875
MAS 49/568,81368.5
Type 539,01449
Czech Mauser11,418011.25
Thompson M1A111,418011.25
Reising M5011,13.5189.511.84375

And this fancy graph should help as well:

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 C.

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

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