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    Adjusting air rifle trigger pressure

    I have a small spring air rifle with which to teach youngsters but the trigger pressure is too high.
    Can they be adjusted?
    Thanks

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    .....depends on the make and model - some have a small screw (often inside the trigger guard) to permit adjustment. If it is a more basic/'lower end' air rifle it may not have this facility and then you're into the realms of sear adjustment - this the domain of someone who knows exactly what they are doing and whilst a heavy trigger for youngsters is frustrating and doesn't aid accurate shooting (been there, done that!!), an overly light - or worse, unpredictable - trigger is a liability that should be avoided at all costs....accident waiting to happen...
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin View Post
    .....depends on the make and model - some have a small screw (often inside the trigger guard) to permit adjustment. If it is a more basic/'lower end' air rifle it may not have this facility and then you're into the realms of sear adjustment - this the domain of someone who knows exactly what they are doing and whilst a heavy trigger for youngsters is frustrating and doesn't aid accurate shooting (been there, done that!!), an overly light - or worse, unpredictable - trigger is a liability that should be avoided at all costs....accident waiting to happen...
    If it doesn't have an anti-beartrap be very careful.

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    Thanks Merlin,
    It's a SMK Model 15 Break Barrel Spring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krabryn View Post
    Thanks Merlin,
    It's a SMK Model 15 Break Barrel Spring
    Unfortunately it looks as though the SMK15 trigger is non-adjustable; I have to be honest, I'd be reluctant to try and alter it - and by that, I mean have it altered by a suitably qualified and knowledgeable gunsmith - simply due too the fact that 'aftermarket adjustment' of a non-adjustable trigger will void the warranty, be potentially dangerous as Eddie P quite rightly points out, and could be more expensive than the cost of the rifle.
    If the rifle is being used as a 'plinker' to teach kids the basis of safe gun-handling, sharp end vs blunt end, etc, then the trigger shouldn't hamper toppling tin cans; triggers on basic air rifles are better than they were but some are still like trying to squeeze a housebrick unfortunately, which can cause a corresponding lack of accuracy. This can disappoint if you're trying to punch paper, but splatting plums or similar dynamic targets is often far more entertaining for youngsters anyway! Is there perhaps any way you could get the youngsters to wash cars/cut the garden/etc to gain 'credits' towards part-exing the SMK for something with a better trigger in due course?
    Nothing is worse than having an itch you can never scratch

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    Learning how to shoot with a crap trigger is time well spent...
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    +1 to the above. If you can adapt to shoot well with a crap trigger you can just about shoot anything else
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    Thanks all for the great advice, points taken with just one question regarding alternative air rifles, which manufacturers should I look at for better and/or adjustable trigger pressures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krabryn View Post
    Thanks all for the great advice, points taken with just one question regarding alternative air rifles, which manufacturers should I look at for better and/or adjustable trigger pressures?
    Hi

    You could look at Weihrauch (30 or 50, think they both have adjustable triggers), BSA (supersport), Diana 34, and some of the Gamo models have adjustable triggers (.....and it looks like Sportsman Gun Centre are having a sale of various Gamo models.....)
    Nothing is worse than having an itch you can never scratch

    "...Nicely just doesn't cut the cheese....." A new twist on management-speak courtesy of a colleague.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie P View Post
    If it doesn't have an anti-beartrap be very careful.
    Be very careful anyway? forehand keeps hold of the barrel while stock wedged under other arm pit while reloading.
    Told never to rely on anti-bear traps.

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