Action Magic II

< 1999

Any owner of a Savage rifle knows, first-hand, about the "unfriendly" trigger their rifle has. Though it is actually very adjustable to those who know how to do it, many people opt to buy a replacement trigger. Currently, the only maker of aftermarket triggers for Savage rifles is Canjar, but I have personally spoken to a representative at Timney who confirmed that the latter company will be coming out with a trigger, in November of 1997, for the 110-, 111-, and 112-series of Savage rifles. I am also assured that the price of the Timney trigger will be substantially less than the price of the Canjar offering, and it is widely known that Timney triggers enjoy a reputation of quality and good performance.

However, many people just don't have the money to buy a replacement trigger, no matter how affordable it might seem to you or me. Let's be honest with each other -- most of us have to cut corners on the guns we buy and the things we do to them. Personally, if I could use coupons for things like gunsmithing and accessories -- not to mention major purchases -- I'd be using my "assault scissors" on every magazine and newspaper in the house. We're all aware of how hard it is to find "bargains" in the gun world. So, if you can't afford something like an aftermarket trigger for your rifle, whatever the make, what do you do?

Most rifles have triggers that are adjustable, with Remington probably being the most noteworthy in this department. However, in most cases, there's only just so much adjusting a person can do to lighten up the trigger, at least from a mechanical viewpoint. Yet, there is an extra step you can take, on your own, to help lighten the trigger pull of your rifle -- or revolver, or pistol, or shotgun.

Brownells sells a two-unit product called Action Magic II, which is VERY easy to apply and does a fine job in reducing the effort required to pull the trigger. I've known about this product for quite a while now, and have seen some nice product reviews on it. Beyond this, I hadn't given it much thought. However, with three Savage rifles in my possession, I was fairly motivated to find some way to get a lighter trigger pull from each one. Not to slam Canjar, but after some dedicated research, it seemed apparent that many people were not particularly happy with the availability of their triggers, the customer service received in response to customer problems, and -- in some cases -- the overall quality of the triggers themselves. Being "the only game in town" for Savage owners, though, I was looking at spending my money, taking my chances, and hoping for the best. In fairness to Canjar, I should at least mention that I have corresponded with a large number of people who are QUITE happy with their replacement triggers, installation instructions, and delivery times. Still, not really being funded for replacing the trigger on even ONE of my Savages, and seeing the price of Action Magic II in my Brownells catalog, I thought I'd give the latter product a try.

I received my order from Brownells in less than a week from the time that I placed it (which has been my general experience with Brownells) and immediately went to work on two "project triggers" -- one being my Savage 110FP Tactical, and the other being my wife's Russian 9x18mm Makarov, a Baikal IJ-70 model.

Per the instructions that accompanied the product, I cleaned the part to be treated so there was no presence of oil or other foreign matter. Then, opting not to wait "two hours at room temperature" for the first treatment to "cure," I pre-heated the part with a blowdryer and then applied the bottle marked "Part B." (Note: Though the instructions claim an improvement can be achieved by using the products in no particular sequence -- and even one without the other -- they also state that the best results seem to be realized when "Part B" is used first, THEN "Part A"). Then, after a few doses of Part B (which is a very thin liquid -- go EASY with it), I used the blowdryer to keep the part warm enough to aid in expediting the curing process. Then, I put the Makarov project aside and repeated the Part B process on the 110FP.

Returning to the Makarov again, I applied Part A which, it should not come as a surprise to anyone, contains nothing more than molybdenum disulfide. Again, GO EASY WITH THIS STUFF!!! A little goes a long way. I applied a conservative amount of Part A to the part I was treating on the Makarov, and then used a Q-Tip to rub it into the metal. I repeated this step once more, just for good measure, then applied Part A to my Savage in the same manner.

Let me say that I had already lightened both triggers as much, I believe, as possible... and the improvements were quite noticeable. Yet, after applying Action Magic II, the triggers on both guns were improved even more. My wife couldn't seem to believe that her Makarov was the same gun she's had for years, and she was also impressed with how light the Savage's trigger was. (When I want a "sensitivity check" on something, I ask my wife to do it.) Sometimes, it's hard for me to tell when an improvement has been made in something like a trigger, but not this time. Not only could my wife sense the difference, but it was easy for me to do so as well.

For the low cost and minimal effort required, I would certainly recommend trying Action Magic II on whatever rifle you have that has a hard trigger pull. If I was doing it again, I'd probably treat the trigger first, and then make my adjustments -- though in the case of the two guns I worked on, it didn't degrade the safety of either weapon to have applied the treatment AFTER I'd already lightened the triggers via conventional methods. To me, this product was a worthwhile investment. Now, I'm not too worried about replacing any of the triggers on my Savage rifles.

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