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Thread: Nighthawk Custom Drop-in Trigger System review

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    Nighthawk Custom Drop-in Trigger System review

    You may use this thread to discuss our review of this item in our E-zine.
    John Caradimas SV1CEC
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    Much as I like all things Nighthawk, this drop in trigger is very expensive compared to Cylinder and Slide kits.
    The C&S kits are pretty much replace the factory parts, Bend the Sear leg of the spring to get the exact pull weight you want.
    Safety check and off to the range.
    Thumb safety may need replacement or refitting with either system.
    If the gun is made in specs this probably wron't be a issue.

    The Nighthawk is more of a "Cassette" so if you have very little mechanical ability, maybe this is a better way to go.

    But for my Money I rather have the Cylinder and Slide kits.

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    I’ve been using Harrison Design Extreme Service ignition sets for several years, and, while not cheap, their total cost is less than the MSRP on the Nighthawk product.

    That said; the drop in set-up would seem to be easier for the more “casual” 1911 owner.

    Personally, the slender width of the hammer of the “kit” is an aesthetic show stopper for me.
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    Did two SA's with C&S kits number of years ago. Enjoy the results quite a bit with no issues at all. The safety did require fitting on both a loaded SA and the TRP. While I'm sure the Nighthawk product is great, the experience was a good one for me as I had little 1911 stripping experience. Actually seeing how everything works really helps understand the 1911 better. Whatever you decide or not, having good tools and work space is good idea prior to starting.
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    Personally, I’ve never changed the hammer and sear on any 1911 without having to fit the existing thumb safety to the new parts. I’m thinking that may be the same with the Nighthawk setup.
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    I read that this unit can be installed even in a situation where the hammer & sear pin holes in the frame are "out of spec". How is that possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toolboxx View Post
    I read that this unit can be installed even in a situation where the hammer & sear pin holes in the frame are "out of spec". How is that possible?
    The Nighthawk drop-in capsule doesn't use solid pins.

    DT10.jpg

    The hammer and sear rotate on oversized, hollow "axles." The centerlines of both are made precisely to spec, but the holes are slightly oversize to allow for tolerance mismatch between the holes in the frame. This means that the actual hammer and sear pin don't affect the geometry of the fire control group, they just hold the capsule in the gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon View Post
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    The hammer and sear rotate on oversized, hollow "axles." The centerlines of both are made precisely to spec, but the holes are slightly oversize to allow for tolerance mismatch between the holes in the frame. This means that the actual hammer and sear pin don't affect the geometry of the fire control group, they just hold the capsule in the gun.
    What if the frame holes are exactly on spec?

    Wouldn't that allow the capsule to float around, since its holes are oversize?

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    Quote Originally Posted by megafiddle View Post
    What if the frame holes are exactly on spec?

    Wouldn't that allow the capsule to float around, since its holes are oversize?

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    Yes, it would. I've pondered that seeming paradox. But ... if the parts that need to be in proper alignment with one another are in proper alignment with one another, does it matter if the entire assembly can shift by a couple of thousandths of an inch?
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