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Flat Trigger vs Curved Trigger: Is One Better Than Another?

A flat trigger vs curved doesn’t matter much in the real world. Yes, the above pros/cons are true in the sense that they exist, but just because something’s true on paper doesn’t mean the practical effect – meaning how much it matters when you go out and do stuff – adds up to more than a hill of beans.

And there is A LOT of little things like that when it comes to guns, and people talk it up as if it’s REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT!!!! when it actually doesn’t amount to much.

Here’s an idea of what I mean:

Rifle shooters have been going on about “short action vs long action” for years. For those unaware, bolt-action rifle cartridges break down into several size classes based on the overall cartridge length. Short-action cartridges (like .243, 6.5mm Creedmoor and .308 Winchester) are 2.3 to 2.8 inches long and cartridges that are 2.8 inches to 3.3 inches long (.270 Winchester, .30-06, .338 Win Mag) are “long action” or “standard action.”

Now, one of the only measurable differences between the two is short action rifles have a slightly shorter bolt throw, meaning the distance the rifle bolt has to travel to eject the spent cartridge before inserting the next one into the chamber. How much shorter?

0.5 inches. That’s it. Half. An. Inch.

How much does that matter in the real world? An unpracticed shooter might short-stroke a standard-length action on occasion, but outside of that…it’s practically meaningless in the real world.

Really, what matters is how well YOU run the individual trigger on YOUR individual gun. If it’s flat, awesome. If it’s not, awesome. You might find flat triggers a little more comfortable, you might not. That’s really all it comes down to.

Source: Alien Gear Holsters

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