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GAT Trigger Activator - Buy it?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ArmedBear, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Another way to celebrate my ongoing move to the US...

    Anyone have a GAT trigger activator? Is it worth buying?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    At todays ammo prices, I can think of several cheaper ways to make noise.

  3. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    If you can get it installed where it will stay on the gun, and adjusted where it works ever time, you are a man among men.

    They work pretty well for a while then they tend to slip loose, get out of adjustment, etc.
    If you want to remove it then put it back on you have to start over with the adjusting.

    I give it a so-so review based on the one I played with one afternoon at the range. Didn't impress me enough to make me buy one for myself.
    It does work though.

    Favorable review here

  4. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    rc- .22LR 16" AR upper takes care of "cheap":)

    So, back to the question, does the thing work as advertised?

    ADDED after TexasRifleman's post:

    Have you used it on a flat AR trigger guard?

    (I've thought about getting a spare trigger guard and leaving the GAT on it, maybe with the help of some epoxy or cyanoacrylate, then swapping out the whole thing.)
  5. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    IMHO a waste of time and money.
  6. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Because you've tried it and the thing is built poorly, or because you, personally, don't see any reason to crank off a 30-rounder full of .22LR?

    (Yes, I shoot for tiny groups in field positions. I also shoot clays, handguns, etc. I don't need opinions about whether or not I might find it fun to shoot at a line of cans in pseudo-full-auto. I just want to know if this $35 toy is a POS or not. :) )
  7. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    I'm not familar with the GAT device, but I have one of the old "BMF Activators". I switched the crank handle to the left side and put it on my Ruger 10/22 side folder. With a cheap clip on bipod, the stock folded, and a bunch of 25-50 round mags its fun to look thru the red dot while seated holding the pistol grip in my right hand and cranking with the left to hose down tin cans.

    Agree with Texas Rifleman, tends to come loose after a few hundred rounds and will booger up your trigger guard if you try to make it tight enough to prevent it.

    As to making noise, to me its still more fun than a lighting string of black cats :)

  8. elmerfudd

    elmerfudd Well-Known Member

    It actually sounds like good fun. I've thought it might be neat sometime to make a scaled down RPK, to go with a semi auto version of the real thing. A heavy barrelled 10/22 set up with a pistol grip, AK style sights, a bipod, high cap mags and some sort of trigger activator would do the trick I think, but what would really round things out would be scaled down, knock down targets. They could be made so that the bullet drop and the width in MOA would match at different ranges. So for example if the drop in a 7.62x39 was the same at 400 yards as a .22lr at 200 yards you could use half sized silhouette to simulate fire at the longer range. This would have the advantage of both cheaper target practice and the ability to practice effectively at a shorter range.

    Sorry for the thread drift.
  9. coondawg47

    coondawg47 Active Member

    I have one and have installed and fired it from an AES-10b (RPK clone). I install it at home before going to the range. The first time took awhile, but now I have marks on the bottom of the trigger guard where it works the best on the gun. I have never had a problem with it working loose once installed. I get about 400-500 rounds per minute once I got used to it. For accuracy I crank at about the 300-350 round per minute rate. I think mine was worth the 30 dollars I spent for it.
  10. TIMC

    TIMC Well-Known Member

    I bought one one time at the gun show, never could get it working well on my AR. I found the rubber band thing behind the trigger and around the mag well worked pretty good and didn't cost anything except a whole lot of ammo.
  11. kingvillien

    kingvillien Well-Known Member

    Where can I get one?
  12. missouri dave

    missouri dave Well-Known Member

    For some reason I'm dying to play with one of these on my beretta cx4 storm.

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