We are in one of the most rabid anti-gun states (upstate anyway) going now but flat out legally speaking even here a justified shoot is just that, regardless of any mods to the gun (legal mods that is). If you pass the "justified shoot" and you have a lawyer who knows what he is doing (the only way to go at the point of civil action) then your gun will not be the issue in the civil suit. The BG's actions will be the issue, again, if you have a lawyer who knows his stuff.It's better to keep it factory. A civil suit is sure to follow the shooting, and you don't want to explain to the jury why you wanted a "hair trigger" for your itchy trigger finger.
Trigger jobs just make it too easy for the grieving widow's lawyer to conjure up images of you as someone who is anxious to kill. If he can show that you are anxious to kill, then it is easier to show that this was not a self-defense shooting.
Like you mention. Unless you live in a gun unfriendly state/jurisdiction (Remember though it is the decision of the prosecutor and his/her discretion on charging you in criminal court, something they might get a conviction on in a unfrindly gun state etc.) You probably have to worry more about trigger job/weight is in Civil Court. I personally wouldn't do anything to my carry weapon that I wouldn't be comfortable explaining in civil court. Because after a shooting even though "Billy" had a knife/gun and was robbing/whatever he was an angle and you should have known that.However, in the bit of dabbling I do at keeping my ear to the ground, I've never seen or heard of a single case that trigger weight/modification came into play in the courtroom. If it's a good shoot, get a good lawyer for the civil suit to follow. If it's a bad shoot, there will be bigger things they'll pin on you than a trigger job.
Having said that, my carry gun has a 4 lb trigger done by a 'smith.
And those are the only things that get top priority in answering this question."Anything that will help you hit your intended target is good...I see no reason to struggle with a mushy, 6# G.I. trigger pull, when you are shooting to save your life. All my 1911s have triggers that break between 3.5# and 4#...?
++1, word for word.Anything that will help you hit your intended target is good. But, even that can be taken too far. I've shot some competition pistols with 2# triggers with no take-up. I would not want that even on a competition gun. But, I see no reason to struggle with a mushy, 6# G.I. trigger pull, when you are shooting to save your life. All my 1911s have triggers that break between 3.5# and 4#, and I maintain intimate familiarity with the feel of those triggers. I wouldn't want a "competition gun" with a 2# trigger, and a "carry gun" with a 5# trigger, and try to remember which is which, so all my guns are set-up essentially the same.