Tang bolt attachment when using a simple trigger?

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  1. Jun 17, 2019 #1

    jrmflintlock

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    I’m working on my pistol and have come across something I have never dealt with. I am planning to use a simple trigger pinned in the stock. Without a trigger plate, where do I attach the tang bolt? On my rifles I always use set triggers, so I always attach the bolt to the trigger plate. I did a little googling and saw on some rifles that a screw is used instead of a bolt.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!! THANKS

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    dave_person

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    Hi,
    Simple triggers usually have a trigger plate into which the tang bolt threads.
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    That includes pistols. In my opinion, using a wood screw is a poor solution but it was one method used. If you don't want a trigger plate, you can also inlet a square nut under the trigger guard into which a tang bolt threads.

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    Without a long trigger plate, a wood screw works fine. The screw has no force against it since the tang is against the wood. It is the recoil plate. Fellow's have missed the point that your trigger is alone with a pin and no plate. You will be fine. Many guns had no plate with a simple trigger pinned in.
     
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    jrmflintlock

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    Thanks for the input!! I’ll ponder the possibilities and update my progress.

    Thanks again!!
     
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    Eric Krewson

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    Trigger plates are easy to make, I couldn't find a proper English fowler plate on my fowler build so I made one.

    trigger plate layout.jpg reigger plate finished.jpg trigger plate inletted.jpg Trigger plate in finished.jpg
     
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    jrmflintlock

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    I think that’s what I will do. Thanks
     
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    Col. Batguano

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    The down side of using a wood screw vs a tang bolt it that on recoil, the tang is going to bear against the screw, and push back against the wood some, and make it somewhat prone to cracking. With a lock bolt, the hole can be drilled somewhat oversized up toward the tang so that the wood won't be as vulnerable.

    I bought a custom 45 cal Bedford that had a screw there and you guessed it, it has a crack too. I replaced the screw with a bolt and drilled out the hole too.
     
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    Eric Krewson

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    My plate is way too thick but it is made from what I had on hand. You only need thickness where the tang bolt is threaded into the plate. You can solder on a piece of extra metal in the front to accommodate the threads.

    My plate has a countersunk screw in the back to hold it in place.
     
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