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Hello all,

 Has anyone experimented with setting the trigger pre-travel on a 1911/2011 style pistol to just enough forward movement for proper reset. If the majority of trigger press error happens during the pre travel take up wouldn't stand to reason to have it minimized as much as possible? Think of shooting quickly and accurately with a finely-tuned single stage AR-15 trigger versus a slow prep of a two-stage national match type setup. I realize some pro shooters such as JJ racaza teach to take up the pre travel while the gun is in recoil so the finger is resting against the trigger wall ready to break shot once the sites are aligned but to me that has become a fine motor skill that I can't ingrain as a sub conscious effort. Others like Leatham slap through the entire pre travel and trigger break even on long tight shots Thoughts, experiences?

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I knew one guy who had zero pre-travel on his 1911 trigger.  I tried to tell him I didn't think that was safe.  He ignored me.  Until one day, he loaded his pistol, and when the first round went into the chamber, it went into full auto mode for three shots!  

 

You NEED a little pre-travel!  

 

 

 

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Absolutely not wanting to sacrifice safety or reliability. Minimizing it to the least amount practical may provide a worthwhile performance enhancement is my thought.

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In my opinion pre-travel is irrelevant from a shootability standpoint. My 2011 has probably 3/32" of pre-travel, but if it was twice that I probably wouldn't notice. I don't notice pre-travel on a Glock any more than I do on a 1911. Also, from a technical standpoint, in a 1911 you need to have some pre-travel or else your trigger bow would be resting on the sear at all times which would be rather unsafe. 

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I find proper pre travel is critical, too much and I end up not getting to reset at times (and too little ends up with the hammer not catching the sear ?), I kind of ignored it for a long time but now I set it at around 0.010" and it's goldilocks for me (just right). It's all about your comfort zone. ?

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I just slap through the whole thing on a 1911. I don’t think that you’ll notice a short pre travel vs no pre travel when shooting at speed in USPSA.


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I set my take to as little as possible and still reset. Around .010.

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