Power Custom; Series I Universal Stoning Fixture

Power Custom; Series I Universal Stoning Fixture

A good trigger job improves the feel, break, and accuracy of any firearm. Unfortunately, stoning at the wrong angle or removing too much material can be a costly and dangerous mistake. The precision lockup between the parts of the firing mechanism is crucial, and the slightest misalignment may damage those parts, result in hammer follow, or lead to an accidental discharge. In this review I will be sharing my thoughts on the Power Custom Power Series I Stoning Fixture, and how it worked out during a trigger job on a S&W 686P (L frame).

 

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In the past, I have always stoned trigger group parts by hand without a fixture or jig. With practice I would consider myself to be proficient in this manner, but it is extremely time-consuming as the fit of the parts needs to be checked constantly. Recently I have had the opportunity to try the Power Custom Power Series I Stoning Fixture. This product is available for $159.99, and includes one adapter (listed by firearm manufacturer and model) for stoning hammers and/or sears. Power custom does offer a number of additional adapters for $25.99. The fixture works by allowing the angle of the stoning to be set by the user, and is also able to repeat the same angles with different stones by locking down the elevation adjustment.  Power Custom (and I) recommend that for best results; a machinist clamp (not included) is used to secure the firearm part to the adapter. Another recommendation from the manufacturer is that you use a 6″x.5″x.5″ India Stone from Brownells. They work well but I do prefer to use a 6″x.5″x.5″ hard Arkansas Stone after to polish the parts, remove any burrs, and to remove the micro serrations that India stones may leave behind. Both work well in the stoning fixture.

To set the fixture up you will need; the correct adapter for the model firearm you will be working on, stone(s), and the other parts shown in the photograph below that come with the fixture. Start by installing the two guide pins and the roller. Next, secure the adapter with the included hex head bolt and wrench (included) ensuring that the reference marks line up. The elevation wheel is turned to raise the roller up twenty clicks (depending on firearm model) from being bottomed out, and is locked into place by the wheel on the back of the fixture. Now that it’s set up, let’s take a closer look at the components and the features.

When you purchase the Power Series I Stoning Fixture, it comes with a hex wrench, hex head bolt, two guides, and a roller. It also comes with one adapter of your choice (not shown).

These numbered holes are designed to hold factory pivot pins, hammers, and sears for fitting. This is an extremely useful feature, as you want to check for proper engagement between parts as you work.

These holes in the top labeled “RSA” are designed for the Ruger (new model) single action hammer and trigger pins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you can see the elevation wheel, the elevator, and the lock wheel (back of the fixture). You can also see how the guide pins and roller are installed.

The adapter shown here is for the K ,L, and N frame series of revolvers.

When the adapter is installed, it’s important that the indexing marks line up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The included instructions not only cover the initial setup, but also clearly show how to position various parts on the adapter prior to clamping and working on them. I found them easy to understand and follow. Stoning the trigger sear from a S&W 686P took less time to complete (approx. 5 min. vs 20 min.), and the correct angle was stoned every time. I started with a fine india stone, and finished with a hard Arkansas. The stones ride on the roller between the guide pins, and on the surface that is being worked on. During the process I used Dykem to help show the imperfections on the sear. A Sharpie marker may be used as a substitute, and the stoning is complete when all of the coloring is gone. Light even pressure with one inch strokes is all that’s needed to complete the task. This only took a couple of passes. After unclamping the part, I immediately noticed an improvement on the engagement surface both in uniformity, and surface condition. The next step I took was a fitting test. With all of the parts out of the revolver’s frame, I was able to drop the trigger and hammer into place and check the tolerances. I do want to briefly mention that Power Custom does manufacture hammer and sear fitting blocks that make this process easier for firearms that don’t match the previously mentioned fitting holes that are machined into the fixture.

This is the top of the engagement surface located on the trigger sear (single action sear). The imperfections and uneven wear is evident, and why this trigger job was needed.

In this photo, the uneven wear can be seen on the bottom of the same sear in the previous picture.

Here’s another view of the trigger sear prior to working on it. This is the “anatomically correct” position with the trigger on the bottom facing forward as if it was in the firearm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the bottom of the hammer (front of the hammer facing the camera). You can see how the improper alignment of the engagement surfaces causes uneven wear, that is felt as a gritty inconsistent trigger pull. This surface is one that I stone by hand and for safety reasons, I recommend that this be done by a competent gunsmith/armorer.

The instructions show how to set the trigger in the adapter, and recommend that a machinist clamp is used to secure it from moving during the stoning process. You can see how the stone (rested on the roller between the guide pins) sits on the sear engagement surface. The stone is moved back and forth using light even pressure, and approximately a one inch stroke. This is done until the Dykem (or Sharpie) is removed. Be sure to constantly check the stoning progress so no more material is removed than what’s required.

The india stone produced a uniform and smooth surface on the sear. I followed this up with a hard Arkansas stone to polish the surface to a glass like finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power Custom Series I Universal Stoning Fixture produces excellent results in a fraction of the time it had taken me in the past by hand. Not only was the stoned surface uniform, but I am able to adjust the fixture to produce a lighter or heavier trigger pull by changing the stoning angle. My S&W 686P has a Wolff spring kit in it, and the trigger pulls measured in at 6 lb., 10 oz. for the double action pull, and 3 lb., 4 oz. for the single action. Since the sear for the double action was untouched, there was no change in the pull weight. The new single action pull weight came in at 2 lb., 12 oz.! That’s a reduction of 8 oz. (.5 of a pound). After reinstalling all of the components and reassembling the firearm, I tested out the trigger (in single action) to see how the difference felt. The trigger broke like a glass rod. No grit, no take up, and no hammer follow (hammer falls when depressed from the back side).

 

In my opinion, this fixture is worth the investment if you plan to do multiple trigger jobs. It provides accurate stoning results, and the adapters also provide spot-on tolerances. To say that this product saves some time and aggravation is an understatement. It saves a lot. I’ve completed a few trigger jobs with the Series I Universal Stoning Fixture, and I am impressed with the quality results it provides. My recommendation is to purchase it, and any other adapters and fitting blocks that you may need…. especially if you are looking for professional results.

Thanks for reading,

-Rhody

About The Author

Rhody is a career Fire Fighter and machinist, as well as a former mechanic. Being a firearms enthusiast with a background in reloading and as an armorer; he enjoys working on projects, product testing, and helping others with firearm related topics.

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