View Full Version : 1911 trigger jobs....

October 11, 2006, 11:36 AM
1911 Newbee here needs some advice. I just purchased a Para P16.40 and am very happy with it. The gun is reliable and shoots accurately.

However it is in a stainless finish and has an ugly black trigger. I would like to replace the trigger with a skeletonized 3 hole stainless trigger.

Is this a complex job? Should I send it to a gunsmith? Or can I do it myself:

I would like to add, that I would enjoy learning the intricacies of a 1911 but do not want to break it.

Estimated skill level: (10 being master gunsmith and 0 being non-mechanical)
5 average.

Thanks in advance.

October 11, 2006, 12:55 PM
Get a one of the 45ACP shop manuals that are avialable, Jerry Kuhnhausen makes one that is considered to be the best. It will make your learning be a lot easier than just taking it aprt blindly.

October 11, 2006, 01:05 PM
Not a complex job at all, just require a screw driver and a punch, but be delicate with the gun, never try to force anything, tap, never slam, take your time, never use brute force. Like cntryboy says, just grab a manual with good illustration, it will definately help. I don't know about Para Ordnance, but I have a colt and taking that gun all the way apart will take you less then 20 minutes. Make sure you becarful with all parts and work on it in a well lit area. Use common sense, such as when using a metal tool to the metal surface of your firearm, use a cloth to avoid scratching the finish of your gun, etc. But it is no big job to switch out the trigger, just grab a manual the tools you need and while you are at it, just clean and oil it while you are at it, :D

October 11, 2006, 01:06 PM
Double stack para trigger installation is very tricky, far more so than a regular 1911


October 11, 2006, 01:07 PM
^^^Thanks for mentioning that, I never had a double stack pistol yet :)

October 11, 2006, 01:12 PM
Thanks guys. Off to a gunsmith it is....

Hunter Customs
October 12, 2006, 08:13 PM
Single action double stack triggers, Para or other wise is no more complicated to install than installing a trigger in a series 80 Colt. As a matter of fact a large amount the parts that will work in a Colt will work in the Para. The parts that are different in the Para is the trigger it has a wide body stirrup, the mag catch it's designed for a wide body gun, and the sear spring, the Para sear spring is shorter.
Now if you are talking the Para LDA trigger it's a whole different design, still not dificult to work on as long as one understands the design.
Bob Hunter