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Old 07-15-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Odd FEG trigger problem

Guys,
Found a strange problem with my FEG hi power. Some might remember my post from a while back about the $150.00 FEG I bought from a friend that had a broken barrel that caused the back half of the chamber to rotate. Well, I bought a new barrel for it to take care of that problem. Sense the gun still had the magazine safety I removed it and found a more perplexing problem. With the mag safety removed, the trigger would rotate past where it would normally stop when released. The back of the trigger totally missed resting on the frame where it was supposed to. The mag safety was all that kept the trigger from rotating past its normal stop point.
Sense I was taking the gun to Dave Anderson to have the barrel fitted anyway, I was hoping he could save this from becoming a parts gun. He installed two other triggers just to see if the FEG trigger was defective. It wasn't. His thought was that the frame had been machined with too much metal removed from the back of the trigger guard area. He added (tig welded) metal to this area dressed it with files and touched up the bluing in that area. He also massaged the sear. The gun now works better than new with a crisp 4.25 lb. trigger pull.
Have any of you heard of a problem like this before?

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Old 07-15-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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I have not heard of that issue before. Seeing as how Dave Anderson knows how to diagnose problems and FIX them - as opposed to merely changing parts - you should stick with him.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:28 PM   #3
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Yep, I intend to. He has been smithing guns for about 45 years now and learned his craft form T.C. Kennon, one of the greats.

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Old 07-16-2012, 02:19 AM   #4
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Hello,

Yes, I've ran across this problem a few times, but the trigger didn't completely miss the frame.

Here's a thread that's mainly about the trigger spring, but it also covers this as well. Bhp trigger spring replacement
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I ran across it when a shadetree gun plumber tried to lighten up the trigger pull of a PJK 9HP by removing the magazine disconnector and then hogging out the trigger axis pin holes in the trigger body with an oversized drill bit. The slop in the axis pin fit in its trigger body holes gave it just enough fore and aft slop to allow the rear of the trigger body to completely clear the frame and come wig-wagging out into the triggerguard area after every shot. I replaced it with another FEG trigger and later with a C&S BHP trigger and both worked just fine.

Some may ask why I didn't simply stop the problem by replacing the disconnector. Short answer - the hogging process also created lateral slop in the trigger. Besides, if the only thing holding the trigger from flying out into the trigger guard area is the disconnector, then the trigger has been fatally flawed in my book. Replacement is mandatory IMHO.

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Old 07-16-2012, 01:10 PM   #6
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Hello Jer - I know exactly what you mean. I just finished a Silver Chrome for a fella up the road and it was so close that using much less than the shank on a No. 32 Drill (.116" Dia.) as a slave pin would allow the trigger to miss the frame.

Ideally, the best way to customize (or easily cure in some cases like what happened to SgtMaj) when disabling the disconnect is to simply remove the spring and fix (pin or bond) the plunger in it's forward (engaged) position - plus this will keep the trigger setting in a solid socket the way it was designed - and anyone that's ever saw an HP trigger & lever assembled without the plunger in place knows that the base of the lever isn't riding on much.
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I've seen this issue before. It is simply a matter of the frame slot and trigger size relationship. There is a simple and easy fix. Have Dave Anderson, your pistolsmith, silver solder the 'shoe' from the disconnector onto the back of the trigger.
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