View Full Version : Smoothing Action on S&W M60 Lady Smith: Hammer Spring Question?

147 Grain
August 29, 2005, 09:20 PM
Just purchased a NIB M60 Lady Smith and needed a little advice from you gunsmith types as to what's the best Wolfe Spring Kit to get for this J-framed revolver.

Example: Reduced power 8 lb hammer spring?


Naturally, the revolver isn't broken-in yet and we don't have forever to dryfire it to partially smooth the action. Wife is looking for smoother operation of the cylinder and a hammer with less trigger pull that still hits the primer hard enough to reliably fire.

Thank-you in advance of your advice.

August 29, 2005, 09:56 PM
147 grain,
Can't give you a lot of hope in that line. To my thinking "J" frames are light in the spring dept. to begin with. I wouldn't change spring 1 on it.
Wife is going to have to do it the hard way. You can get the innards polished a bit but I would not mess with the springs.


August 30, 2005, 05:22 PM
If it is going to be a carry gun or a home self defense gun, I would advise you to leave it as is. Monkeying around with the springs is a good way to end up dead when it won't fire at the right time. Give her some strength building exercises which will help her all the way around. Build up the wrists and hand strength and the gun will be easier to fire and fire accurately. I would load it with a good 38spl load for her right now and let her dry fire at will when she is around the house. When you are dealing with a defense weapon, the spring in it is the best one to begin with. "Why did you lighten the trigger pull" is a question you might not want to have to answer when it comes to court. As far as smoothing and tuning a revolver, that can be done and it will in effect make the pull seem much lighter than it actually is. Ask your local smith about smoothing and tuning the revolver instead of replacing the spring with a lighter one and or lightening the trigger pull.

Harry Bonar
September 11, 2005, 10:08 AM
Dear Shooter:
Harry B.

September 11, 2005, 02:35 PM
147 Grain

In the "old days" everyone wanted the lightest possible trigger pull, in the belief that that made shooting easier.

Today, we know that SMOOTH is the way to go, and that LIGHT triggers actually slow the shooter down and cause misfires.

A smooth trigger actually "feels" lighter.

For this reason, many smarter shooters are leaving the springs stock, and having the action "tuned" for the smoothest possible pull.

One spring that is often changed is the trigger return, or rebound slide spring.

This is replaced with a VERY slightly lighter spring, which in conjunction with a action job produces a pull that feels much lighter.

In your case, what I'd suggest is sending your new gun in to S&W.
Their Performance Shop offers top-of-the-line trigger work WITH complete reliability of ignition.

S&W sells the Ladysmith line of revolvers, and these are guns that they have done some trigger work on to provide a more manageable revolver for women.

They offer an even better level of work through the Performance Shop, at good prices and turn-around.

They will tune your revolver to a much more manageable pull, and do so safely.

The small "J" frame S&W revolvers are notorious for reliability problems with "drop-in" spring kits.

These problems include mis-fires and failures of the trigger to reset.