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Smith to smooth out a J frame trigger?

Discussion in 'Dallas & Fort Worth' started by Rugerista, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. Rugerista

    Rugerista New Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    Looking for a gunsmith in the DFW area for a S&W 642 trigger job. Please let me know if you have any recommendations/advice.

    Thank you

  2. mitchntx

    mitchntx Sarcasm Sensei TGT Supporter

    Jan 15, 2012
    5K Firearms in Tolar, Texas worked absolute magic on my 29.
  3. MississippiRifleman

    MississippiRifleman New Member

    Mar 14, 2014
    A friend of mine showed me an old, old gunsmith's trick for smoothing up a Smith & Wesson trigger. He put a small dab of toothpaste, the baking soda kind, on all the mating surfaces of the trigger, hammer, etc. and then sat in front of the TV, dry firing it in double action for a few hours.

    After that, he cleaned all the residue out, lubed it up with Lubriplate grease and put it back together.

    Smoothed up the trigger quite nicely, and didn't cost anything but a tiny dab of toothpaste and some time.
  4. 40Arpent

    40Arpent TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Jul 16, 2008
    If you also want to take about 3lbs off the pull weight (which is typically 12+ lbs), you might want to look at the spring/firing pin kit offered by Apex. I just installed it in my 642, very pleased.
  5. Saltyag2010

    Saltyag2010 TGT Addict

    Feb 11, 2014
    Flour Bluff, America
    Wolf makes springs for the j frame too. I had it done to my wife's j frame at a shop in CC, TX. I think I could've done it myself but it cost me 50$ including the springs.
    The toothpaste idea sounds good too. I'd feel safer doing that than trying to sand parts and possibly changing angles/geometry and screwing up a gun.
  6. MississippiRifleman

    MississippiRifleman New Member

    Mar 14, 2014
    I admit I was a bit hesitant the first time I knocked the sideplate off of one of my Smith & Wesson revolvers, but after my friend walked me through the process, it turned out to be pretty doggone easy to take everything out, give it a "once over" and put it all back together again. One thing you'll definitely need is a Smith & Wesson Rebound Slide tool. That little sucker makes assembly and dis-assembly a snap.
  7. Hondo

    Hondo Active Member

    Aug 15, 2009
    The F in DFW
    Changing out the springs out yourself isn't so bad (IE I did it and I am mechanically challenged) but I can understand wanting a professional to do it. Mitch had a suggestion for a gunsmith that sounds good, in fact I may check out this 5K too. There is also a good revolver man down in Comanche at LSG.
  8. matefrio

    matefrio ΔΕΞΑΙ TGT Supporter

    Nate at Briley in Houston is great with those J frames. Long wait times though.
  9. franzas

    franzas TGT Addict

    Mar 3, 2014
    Richmond, VA
    Dry fire the shit outta it. They "break in" after a few thousand pulls. Don't change the springs. They're heavy for a reason.

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