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Old 04-16-2017, 07:36 PM   #1
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P290RS Galloway trigger mod

A little less than a year ago I reluctantly traded in my P938 on a P290RS ORB. The 938 had worn the sear spring locating pin on the original plastic mainspring housing AND the Hogue aluminum replacement. It also started dropping the 7 round mags while shooting. Because of the aftermarket housing and a Galloway trigger I had installed I couldn't send it back to Sig without reinstalling the original parts. I lost confidence in the gun so decided to trade it in.
I could shoot the 938 pretty well, something I have not been able to do with the 290RS. The long DAO pull, and as everyone knows, the factory trigger shape sucks. The curve at the bottom making the gun painful to shoot. I decided to install a Galloway Antioch curved trigger and performance spring kit, hopefully improving my accuracy. The pull was noticeably lighter and smoother but the bump on the bottom of the trigger felt nearly as bad as the stock trigger. Accuracy improved a little, good enough for center mass at 10 yards but still not even close to how I could shoot the 938.
I had gotten so disappointed in how I could shoot the gun I started looking at other summer carry alternatives. I had recently acquired a Beretta PX4 Compact Carry and absolutely love it. Accurate in both DA and SA so I started looking at the Beretta Nano. Like the early P290s, they seemed to be hit or miss as far as reliability goes. The latest 938 has an improved mainspring housing but I do not want to spend the money on one and prefer the longer DAO for a defense weapon.. I have even gone so far as to look into the SCCY CPX-2.
I final decided to try to modify the Galloway trigger and give the gun another chance. I figured if I mess it up I can always reinstall the original trigger and move on. I removed the trigger and completely removed the bottom 'bump' and rounded the edges. After reinstalling it I can't believe how much better it feels. Even if I only gain a little accuracy the gun is now a keeper! Sorry no before pics. I got in too big of a hurry and forgot.

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Old 04-17-2017, 07:24 AM   #2
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Ha. I put a Galloway trigger and full spring set in mine and had the same idea--ended up buying a straight trigger w/o anodizing and have been working at it with a file to give it a smoothly curved face.

I have no idea what they were thinking when they put that scythe there, and hated the trigger on my CZ PCR enough to give well over $100 to CZ Custom replacing that one. At least this fix is cheaper...
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Funny, I'm OK with the stock 290rs trigger, yet I replaced the 938 one.
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I'm finding this thread very timely.

I've been pondering a purchase for some time now. I have three SIGs for carry; M11A1, P239 and P938. I'm thinking it's time to find a replacement for the 938. An SA trigger mixed in with two DA/SA triggers makes less sense than a DAO. And, to be honest about it, I'd like to have something closer to the reliability of my M11A1 and P239.

This last week I started looking hard at the P290 and see comments on the uncomfortable trigger. I find the short triggers on the classic P-series to be uncomfortable and quickly change them to the standard trigger. I see similarities between the two thin triggers which got me looking at the aftermarket options and the Galloway triggers just today.

Has anyone tried taking the height of that hump in the trigger guard down to reduce pinching? I ask that not even knowing the purpose of it.
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Has anyone tried taking the height of that hump in the trigger guard down to reduce pinching? I ask that not even knowing the purpose of it.
In the trigger installation video, the installer says that they added the 'catch' on the bottom of the trigger to keep your finger from slipping off and possibly getting pinched between the trigger and the hump in the fingerguard. I don't have that problem even with the 'catch' removed and my finger rides rather low on the trigger. I've got what are probably average sized hands. To me it is almost like a new pistol with the catch on the trigger removed. It feels that much better. A company called RTK used to sell a more conventional trigger for the 290rs but their web site is gone. Strange thing is Galloway sells RTK triggers for other guns but not the P290.

Watch at around 30:00 into the video.
https://youtu.be/_GMSwUsNpKc
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I'm finding this thread very timely.

I've been pondering a purchase for some time now. I have three SIGs for carry; M11A1, P239 and P938. I'm thinking it's time to find a replacement for the 938. An SA trigger mixed in with two DA/SA triggers makes less sense than a DAO. And, to be honest about it, I'd like to have something closer to the reliability of my M11A1 and P239.

This last week I started looking hard at the P290 and see comments on the uncomfortable trigger. I find the short triggers on the classic P-series to be uncomfortable and quickly change them to the standard trigger. I see similarities between the two thin triggers which got me looking at the aftermarket options and the Galloway triggers just today.

Has anyone tried taking the height of that hump in the trigger guard down to reduce pinching? I ask that not even knowing the purpose of it.
I think that "hump" in the trigger guard is there to prevent "pinching". Normally your trigger finger is up in the curve of the trigger. However, in an emergency the finger may not find it's best position. The hump keeps the finger from trying to go under the trigger IMHO.
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Post mod range report

Got out to the range today in spite of the 43 temperatures and the windy conditions. The range is semi-outdoors, covered and enclosed shooting stalls but open roof over the range. When it's windy the hanging target holders blow all over the place making accuracy much more challenging. Determining just how much more accurate I shot with the modified trigger would be difficult given the conditions, but I could tell I shot much better than before and had no finger fatigue after 60 rounds. At that point my fingers were cold enough that loading the mags was becoming difficult so I put a few rounds through my 1911 and called it a day. I don't have any issues with my finger getting pinched between the hump in the trigger guard and the trigger either.
Now if Galloway would make a trigger without their 'catch' on the bottom I'd be the first to buy one. Should have bought the RTK trigger while they were still around.

(Well what do you know, all of a sudden RTK's web sight is back online. Time to spend some money!)

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