Re: Service vs. Target
A service gun is one that you can take into harm's way, and be sure that it will fire first time, every time. It will generally have smaller sights, as smaller sights are not as prone to being knocked out of alignment. Ramp front sight, so it comes out of the holster easier, and doesn't get caught on clothing. A heavier trigger pull because it has a heavier hammer spring, so that it will fire any primer underneath it. It will be as near bulletproof as can be, because when it comes out of the holster, your life is depending on it working.
A target gun is made for a totally different purpose. It will have tall, easier to see sights, as it will be carried in a padded case, and there is no danger of getting the alignment knocked off. It will most likely have a partridge-type front sight. This gives a clearer sight picture, but has sharp edges that could cause trouble if drawing it from a holster. The trigger pull will be very low, since a lighter pull means less jerking when the trigger breaks. The hammer spring will be very light, contributing to the lighter trigger. That is alright, since you will probably be shooting Federal primers, and they are very easy to pop. And if the gun does not fire, you just raise your hand for an alibi shot. A target pistol can be as finicky as it wants to be. Any serious target shooter will have several as backups, because he knows that the more finely tuned a gun is, the more apt it is to break.
Your GI 45 with a trigger job? I'd call it a service gun, if all the trigger job did was to get any and all burrs out of the action and therefore make it work as it is supposed to. If, on the other hand, it had a "target trigger job", I'd call it a hermorphadite. Neither fish nor fowl nor good red meat. Trigger to light to trust my life too, but sights and tightness of the gun too sloppy for target work. I guess it would be a plinking gun.
Last edited by Alpo; 01-22-2008 at 11:35 PM..