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I have a S&W .38 model 36, nickel plated, very classy and shiny. It is planned to be a CC gun if I ever get used to the trigger pull, I think it is around 14#. It's heavy for safety reasons is what I have read/heard but I am thinking of reducing trigger pull so that it is similar to my Ruger Single Six .22. My plan is that when I bought the Ruger earlier this year I would use it as a training gun that I could put a lot of rounds thru to develop technique/hand eye coordination for the .38 and not spend a small fortune in ammo learning the .38, sights are similar, grip is meh, close enough. But the trigger pull between the 2 is night and day. Good idea or bad and why to have the trigger pull reduced?
 

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If I understood this correctly, you are using a single action 22 (Single Six) for practicing to use and carry a single/double action S&W snub nose 38.

I have a Ruger Single Ten and a S&W 442 snub nose 38.

Your two guns are quite different. The single action trigger on the Ruger breaks clean and easy while the S&W (when fired double action as is advisable in self defense situations for legal reasons) does have a very heavy trigger and is not an easy gun to aim and fire accurately.

A trigger job on the S&W will give you a lighter trigger pull, but you want to be careful that the gunsmith doesn't create a light trigger. The last thing you want is to use it for self defense and then have a DA in court characterize your gun as having a "hair trigger".
 

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Exactly

They are different guns but mainly the sight picture (my Ruger is an older NIB 50 year anniversary model, non adjustable sight) so there in is the similarity. I suppose if i wanted to get a much closer match as a training gun for the .38 I could go find a snub nose .22 of some sort of make to practice with. However, I have what I have. Was thinking about getting the trigger pull reduced to say 8 lb. Any idea what the pull is on the SS?
 

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They are different guns but mainly the sight picture (my Ruger is an older NIB 50 year anniversary model, non adjustable sight) so there in is the similarity. I suppose if i wanted to get a much closer match as a training gun for the .38 I could go find a snub nose .22 of some sort of make to practice with. However, I have what I have. Was thinking about getting the trigger pull reduced to say 8 lb. Any idea what the pull is on the SS?
I don't know about the Single Six, but I read somewhere that the trigger pull on my Single Ten is around 4 lbs. Of course all it is doing is releasing the hammer.

An 8 lb. double action trigger pull on the 38 would be helpful for accuracy. Main thing is you need to practice with the 38 and the ammo you intend to carry.
 

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I agree with jaxrider14. If you ever really need to use this defensively, don't screw with the factory trigger pull. Also don't ever use re-loads. Anything other than over-the-counter ammo, and guns are the trip & fall lawyer's red meat.
 
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