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The travel before the break is called take-up. You say you have a QUARTER INCH of take-up? Good grief, are you sure it's a 1911?
You may need to see a gun doctor, stat.

Creep is when you are up against the trigger break and the the trigger requires additional movement before the hammer falls. Basically, creep is the opposite of crisp. A crisp trigger will break with very little (or no) "movement" after you get to the breaking point. Only pressure is necessary. Find an old surplus Mauser or Enfield and you'll see what creep is.
Conversely, if you want to experience a crisp trigger get ahold of a Colt Python and try the SA pull.

As to the vertical play, man that is a pet peeve of mine! I highly recommend Infinity triggers for two reasons.... They have interchangable shoes that come in different lengths. You can go from a short shoe to a long shoe, no problemo without having to fit another whole trigger. More importantly, they also have the BEST fit (and even require some filing) of any aftermarket trigger I've ever dealt with. You can get rid of vertical play by just switching to the Infinity. It is the ONLY way to go. They come in some kewl colors too.


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This vertical play is a result of the trigger design or the installation?

Hard to say. Videki triggers are generally tantamount to a pretty decent fit. The assembly line syndrome may have been the cause. Union labor and all that jazz. I'm usually pretty "down" on Kimbers because of their incessant useage of cheap parts, but I will have to compliment the chef that cooked up the trigger on my (late) CDP. Great fit!

I highly recommend the Infinity trigger as I said. But they are expensive and some don't care for the titanium bow, although I've never had any complaints. A cheaper alternative would be the McCormick trigger. It's handsome, light, and like I said, can be fitted very nicely.

It is a shame your Videki was ruined. Glad to hear you don't have any creep. Good luck and have a 'smith install your new trigger for the best fit. He can get rid of that massive amount of take-up while he's at it.

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