Even though I’m carry more firepower than normal these days, I still pocket-carry my P3AT every once in awhile because there a situations when a small gun is all I can have with me.
The thing is, the P3AT kinda sucks when compared to what’s out there now in ultra-small .380’s, but it was the only game in town back in 2006 when I first bought it. It’s not a pleasant gun to shoot: It doesn’t fit your hand well, the trigger on it is long and heavy, and tops all that off with a nasty trigger bite every time you fire it. As I still carry the gun from time to time, I wanted to see if I could turn the lowly little P3AT into something that I could enjoy shooting, so I popped for a Sweet Spot trigger, recoil spring and hammer spring from Galloway Precision.
Not trusting myself to install such things, I turned over all the parts to
our gunsmith at work*, and he took just a few minutes to install all three. I took my reworked gun out on the range, hoping I’d have something that was close to being as much fun to shoot as a Glock 42 or a Sig P238, which are two small .380’s that are easy to shoot and fun to practice with.
Sadly, that’s not the case. There’s no discernible difference between the gun the way it is now and the way it was before: The trigger is still long and heavy and bites me every time I shoot it. I really, really wanted this trigger to work: Galloway Precision seems like a great company and I know the stuff they make for the Ruger LC9 makes a big difference in how that pistol feels in your hand when you shoot it, but I guess that getting a P3AT to shoot well is a turd that is just to smelly to polish.
Normally, I do product reviews in a “Advantages/Disadvantages/Rating” format, but for something like a new a trigger for your gun, it either does the job you want it to do, or it doesn’t. Sadly, I have to report that the Sweet Spot Trigger is a fail. Time for me to save up for a Glock 42.
* I wrote this and queued it up for publishing while I still worked at The Alamo Range.