What aftermarket trigger are you running in your AR?


January 5, 2011, 02:16 PM
What aftermarket trigger are you running in your AR, and how do you like it?

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January 5, 2011, 02:34 PM
I have two:

-Armalite "2 stage tactical" trigger - this is a completely different design, like an M1 Garand trigger. It's a pretty good two stage. Not that light, but very crisp. Reset is somewhat longer than a GI. I would recommend this as a good hunting trigger on a budget.

-Spike's Tactical "Battle Trigger" - this is basically a GI trigger with a nickel-boron coating. It's a nice crisp single stage. Not that light - probably about 6lbs - but no grit, little to no creep, just a nice clean break (though not as clean as the Armalite). At $60 this is a very inexpensive upgrade, and as a GI trigger with an extra hard coating, it should be durable.

I don't own but have briefly used two Geissele's, one SSA and one DMR. Both were great, with the DMR being ridiculously light and crisp. The SSA very crisp and fairly light, but still reasonable for various uses. I am tempted to install an SSA in something, but I'm not sure it would actually improve my shooting.

January 5, 2011, 02:39 PM
I have the RRA NM trigger in two guns. I actually prefer it to the Chip McCormick drop in and J&P adjustable in my other two guns.

January 5, 2011, 03:25 PM
My 5.56 ARs wear standard triggers but the LAR-8 has the RRA 2-stage and I like it very much. Nice and crisp break.

January 5, 2011, 03:32 PM
I run a Geisselle SSA in one, and a smoothed up standard trigger in the other.

January 5, 2011, 03:33 PM
MrClean, how do you like the SSA? Is it worth the cash?

Thanks for the reviews so far fellas.

January 5, 2011, 03:49 PM
Timney 4lbs trigger in mine...

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January 5, 2011, 03:50 PM
Timneys in a couple, William's Trigger Specialties set trigger in one,

January 5, 2011, 03:55 PM
I have my Bushmaster trigger stock 2 stage, those guns are accurate enough no need to make them a tack driver. If you want a better tackdriver ur better off investing in a bolt action rifle then upgrading the trigger on the AR15.

January 5, 2011, 04:08 PM
Bushy, sure would be awkward running around a 3 gun course with my Howa 1500.

January 5, 2011, 04:13 PM
i think i have a RRA NM, a jewell, 3 geiselles, 2 or 3 KAC, a JP and a compass lake.

January 5, 2011, 04:22 PM
Taliv, what is your order of preference for those you have?

January 5, 2011, 04:31 PM
I'm running a 3# jard which is fine as long as you disregard what the instructions tell you as far as how to adjust the overtravel.

If I had it to do again I'd prolly try something different

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January 5, 2011, 04:35 PM
Best. Trigger. Ever.

Designed for those who are rough on their guns. When I was testing this out with the gentleman who makes these, he loaded up a bushmaster AR, chambered a round (blanks), and told me to throw the gun as hard as I could on the ground. He dared me to make it fire without pulling the trigger and I could not do it.

It is designed for safety first and the trigger pull is nicer than any I have experienced.

check it out:


January 5, 2011, 04:38 PM
mags, depends entirely on what you are going to do with it. they are all good triggers but have their pros/cons. some are 3gun triggers, some are high power, etc

January 5, 2011, 04:42 PM
I want a better than stock trigger that is durable enough for 3 gun. I have my eye on the SSA but before dropping 170 I would like to know if it is what I want or if there is a more economical solution for my desired outcome.

January 5, 2011, 04:44 PM
I'm running one RRA NM and 2 Geisselles. I like them both.

January 5, 2011, 04:46 PM
no, the SSA is a great trigger, but it's a 2-stage trigger which isn't generally what you want for 3gun. a crisp single stage with very quick reset would be much preferred.

be advised that geissele just came out with a 3gun trigger that's very interesting. i haven't shot one yet though

January 5, 2011, 04:51 PM
I run Geissele's SSA, (great trigger).

They also have an enhanced version now.

January 5, 2011, 05:39 PM
1 Jewel
1 JP

January 5, 2011, 05:54 PM
I have Geissele SSA triggers in both of my POFs (P415 and P308). I have a superb adjustable two-stage Jewell trigger in my Bushmaster/DPMS "match" rifle. I have another BM lower without a trigger waiting for a .458 SOCOM or .450 BM upper. My plan is to move the SSA from the P308 to the BM lower and then buy a Geissele DMR trigger for the P308 ... it deserves a match grade trigger. The SSA is good, but not good enough on a "precision" rifle.

Mags, it's Geissele ... only one L. I voted Jewell because it's a better trigger than the SSA.

January 5, 2011, 05:59 PM
the jewell is more crisp than the SSA, but not nearly as good as the geissele hi-speed, which would be more apple-to-apple since the SSA isn't adjustable in so many ways as the jewell.

January 5, 2011, 06:06 PM
My only complaint of the SSA is way too much creep on the second stage to be a good precision rifle trigger. For a carbine, sure, it's a great trigger and reliable since it's not adjustable. But the SSA isn't marketed as a precision trigger and so I'm not complaining ... just making an observation based on personal experience with many different triggers over the years. The Jewell has a superb second stage.

January 5, 2011, 06:09 PM
RRA NM 2 Stage

January 5, 2011, 06:15 PM
Ok fellas, I guess single stage is what I want. I see Jard make an LE trigger but it does not say if it is a 2 stage or not. I also see Timney makes single stage triggers.

January 5, 2011, 06:54 PM
I just picked up 2 of the "Trigger-job-in-a-bag" kits to try out. I'll let you know!

I plan on running the crap out of them.


January 5, 2011, 07:05 PM
RRA two stage. Breaks at 3.8lbs on my scale. Very crisp.

January 5, 2011, 11:34 PM
+1 on RRA NM

Has anyone tried the Wilson Combat

January 6, 2011, 12:03 AM
Geissele HiSpeed DMRs, SSAs, an SSA-E, an S3G and an SD-E I haven't installed yet, a Wilson two stage TTU, a Jard nonadjustable single stage, a CMMG two stage, a JP that's not installed and a couple of two stage LMTs.

Come to think of it the only "stock" trigger is what came in my Alexander Arms Beowulf lower - and it feels like a stock trigger.

Of those the DMRs are the nicest target triggers, and I like the SSA-E in general. The Wilson feels great, but it has locked up on me, and while it was fixable there will always be a nagging question of reliability.

And that reliability concern is why I let my Timneys go, although I must say they were very nice to shoot with. I bought two Chip McCormicks and the first one failed utterly on the third 30 round magazine. I never installed the second and they're gone from my life.

The Jard is not as slick as some of the others, but it is my reliability champ as I have many thousands of rounds on it with zero problems. But compared to what's out there nowadays I couldn't see ever getting another.

January 6, 2011, 12:10 AM
I run the following:

2 JP triggers
2 RRA 2 Stage National Match triggers.

The JP triggers are really, really nice, and they're a great company.

January 6, 2011, 01:12 AM
I run a Timney 3 lb single stage with the skeletonized trigger. I absolutely love it compared to the stock trigger.


January 6, 2011, 02:43 PM
Go American!
Second Sgt. M. I run this on a Noveske N4 carbine - easy to install - very clean break - less than 1000 rounds so far but 100% function. Incredibly short reset time.

January 6, 2011, 03:14 PM
Anybody tried one of the AR Gold triggers yet?

January 6, 2011, 05:26 PM
AFAIK all Jard triggers are single stage. I am running them in all of my EBRs at the moment... Three of the 4# "drop-in" triggers, one 4# adjustable and a 2# adjustable (with extra power hammer spring) in a LR308.

January 6, 2011, 08:54 PM
RRA 2-stage here (though in my case it's not really "aftermarket," since it's in a RRA lower).

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