Proper technique for a light trigger


November 7, 2012, 08:25 AM
I recently finished having an AR-10 ( built and it has a Jard trigger around 1.5 pounds, I think. I shot the gun without problem for a while, but then began getting doubles. I think the gun was firing when it would recoil out of my shoulder and bump into my trigger finger again.

The way I figure it, I can approach this one of two ways: I can squeeze extra hard and not let go until after recoil or I can just tap the trigger when I think it's about to go and get my finger away from the trigger quickly. Neither of them sounds like a recipe for precision. Having an a-hole for the RSO at the gun range giving me crap about a dangerous gun doesn't really give me a chance to practice, either. I began just feeding one round into the chamber by hand just so I could keep shooting.

It's a great trigger. I just need to figure out how to use it correctly. Any advice?


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November 7, 2012, 08:27 AM
That could be an accident waiting to happen.... J s/n.

November 7, 2012, 08:29 AM
you squeeze the trigger the way you would any other trigger.

it kind of sounds like you arent following through on your trigger pull. once the trigger breaks, you should continue to apply slight pressure until the gun has settled, you dont have to squeeze extra hard, just longer.

November 7, 2012, 08:33 AM
Thanks, M-Cameron. I'll give that a try. Maybe I'm trying to do a reset too quickly.

November 7, 2012, 08:39 AM
practice holding the trigger back, and slowly releasing it forward until you hear the click of the disconnector

November 7, 2012, 08:43 AM
That's a great idea, taliv. My resets with my pistols are great, but those triggers are very different than the one in the rifle. A little dry practice should help.

November 7, 2012, 09:44 AM
1.5lbs is not really 'that' light. I have revolvers will less than a 2lb pull. I agree that it sounds like you're not following through but jumping off the trigger as soon as the shot breaks. As posted, you should be following through with your trigger press and then slowly letting it back out until it resets.

November 7, 2012, 11:44 AM
Last trip out, my friend had just put a Bill Springfield trigger in his M1A. Had it double once.

Concentrating on follow-through fixed the problem AND tightened up his groups a bit.

November 7, 2012, 12:06 PM
Depending on how the trigger job was done it's also possible that the reset point is simply too close to the release point. Having that sort of setup makes it more likely to achieve inadvertent bump firing. Especially when trying for a nice smooth pull if there's some significant post release travel.

November 7, 2012, 08:47 PM
It is probably bump firing as you suspect and a follow thru, pause, reset will cure. But the Jard disconnector adjustment screw can back out enough to double if it isn't firmly loc-tighted.

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