As part of our Kel-Tec P-11 Improvement Project, we wanted to do something about the trigger. If you aren’t familiar with this firearm, the trigger has some… character. As with many double-action only (DAO) pistols, the P-11 has a long, heavy (9-pound) trigger pull. This is because, without an external manual safety, that trigger pull acts as a safety. However, the heavy pull can wear out your trigger finger and doesn’t exactly encourage you to shoot box after box of ammo at the range. Our female shooter on this project had trouble with the heavy trigger, barely being able to squeeze off a shot.
The stock trigger on the P-11 is a sharply-curved plastic number that has some side-to-side wiggle, some pre-travel and significant over-travel. The sharp curve of the trigger allows enough space for a finger to drag between the trigger and the guard during reset, which can wear a raw spot or blister in the span of a short range trip. The top of the trigger also allows for a shooter to pinch their finger between the grip frame and the upper part of the trigger.
Don’t misunderstand – the stock trigger on the P-11 is certainly passable and many enjoy their pistol just fine without any modifications. However, there is a lot of room for improvement. Continue reading