How to Change a Trigger Pull on a Mauser


Adjusting the trigger pull of a Mauser rifle can greatly enhance accuracy. While the stock triggers on most military Mauser rifles are not adjustable, a number of aftermarket triggers are available that provide this functionality. Replacing the stock trigger is an easy do-it-yourself upgrade for the amateur gunsmith and the first step toward trigger pull customization. You will add value to an already-esteemed firearm. With a company history that extends back more than a century, these German-made bolt-action rifles made their name as military weaponry but also have been a favorite of sportsmen.

Things You'll Need

  • Aftermarket trigger assembly to match rifle
  • Hammer
  • Pin punch
  • Screwdriver

Replace the Mauser Trigger

  • Unload the rifle and remove the bolt. Ensure that the chamber is clear.

  • Remove the trigger guard screws and remove the action from the stock.

  • Use the hammer and pin punch to tap out the pin holding the stock trigger in place.

  • Install the new trigger according to the manufacturer's instructions. The procedure may differ by manufacturer, but typically consists of replacing the pin and tightening a screw to hold the new trigger assembly in place.

  • Place the action back in the stock and tighten the trigger guard screws to reassemble. Ensure the action is still unloaded and the chamber clear. Then reinstall the bolt.

  • Test to ensure that the safety, when set to the "on" position, prevents the trigger from releasing the firing pin. With the safety off and the rifle unloaded, test to ensure that the trigger operates properly.

  • Adjust the trigger pull by removing the action from the stock and following the trigger manufacturer's directions for making adjustments to the trigger assembly. After making adjustments, always test for proper operation of the safety and trigger with the rifle unloaded.

Tips & Warnings

  • Double-check that the rifle is unloaded and pointed in a safe direction before testing a trigger.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully when installing a trigger in a firearm. Failure to do so could cause injury or death.
  • Do not set the trigger pull weight too low. A very light trigger pull can cause unexpected firing.

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