The thing about shotguns is they need cleaning regularly, they also benefit from a complete strip and service from time to time. People ask me two things, how often and how much which is fair enough and I answer thus:
How many cartridges a year are you putting through your gun and what sort of conditions? If is is Clay shooting once a month on sunny days then you can realistically go quite a while between services however this is very dependant on how good a job you do of cleaning your shotgun and equally as importantly where do you store it. If is in a cabinet in your uninsulated loft space with huge extremes of temperature (Probably +50C to -5C swing every year) Your really need to get it checked every 12 months as it will have sweated on more than one occasion and I have seen a few this past season that really were badly rusted internally. Before you say yebbut, they all came from good homes.
Equally a game gun getting a good hammering on several days in variable conditions before being bunged in a slip in the back of the truck before you head for your evening meal is also going to need checking yearly and please do not leave it until a couple of days before the first day of the season as I probably have a half a dozen similar guns sitting in the rack already. Equally if something fails or breaks on a Wednesday shoot, let me know immediately, not on the night before the next shoot.
Cost, well anything from £90.00 upwards plus parts which I consider to be a modest outlay considering what your days shooting is going to cost.
Anyway, onto triggers. I had a Beretta 687 double trigger and a single trigger EELL out together so I thought it would be nice to post a picture of the two, the 687 being at the bottom. If you forget about the side plate EELL bit they are essentially identical and indeed I could probably swap out the triggers with very little fuss, well other than from the owners who would probably have taken a dim view. The pin holes are identically spaced and for my money, the 687 was the nicer of the two despite being significantly older.
I wish I had counted the parts in each trigger when I had them stripped however I didn’t so no point guessing, however I did take a picture of a dissembled 686 trigger mechanism a bit ago so here it is. They are really quite simple despite all those bits and about the only part to worry about is the levers which are handed in a not particularly obvious way. Something to take care of when assembling them. I notice a few people take pictures of the internals of the 686/687 etc when working on them, however I am not sure I have ever seen a picture of one fully stripped, hence this one in nearly apart condition. Looking at the picture my guess is it was just starting to go back together. Incidentally, I always take a picture of the insides of a gun these days as customers are always curious and a before and after comparison is so much easier than 10 minutes of waffle.
Well, this was supposed to be just a comparison picture of a couple of Beretta triggers so there you go. I might even explain how to strip and re-assemble a trigger one day for those that are interested and fancy having a go, having said that I have something very similar that arrived in bits with a note asking me to mend it and put it back together from a well intentioned source within the trade so maybe extended details of a Beretta trigger is not quite such a good idea.
Right, I am off to bed as it has been a long day and I need to be up bright and early tomorrow morning.
Take care all.