Timney Skeleton AR Trigger
Timney Skeleton AR Trigger

Timney AR Skeleton
This trigger is similar in feel to the previously covered Timney AR fire control unit. I liked the feel of this design, and from a personal standpoint, prefer it to the less expensive Timney AR unit if only for its cool looks and ever-so-slightly crisper feel. ($266; timneytriggers.com)

JP Enterprises EZ Trigger
The JP unit tested included the .156 small pin drop-in fire control unit, a speed hammer, oversize antiwalk pins and an adjustable, reversible safety selector. The final pull weight of the JP EZ Trigger is determined primarily by the spring setup and will range from 3 to 5 pounds. Installation instructions, in both written form and via a supplied DVD, are clear and thorough. ($260; jprifles.com)

Chip McCormick Tactical Trigger
The Tactical Trigger Group is a completely self-contained, 100-percent drop-in fire control group upgrade for both AR-15 and AR-10 rifles. Building on the original Super Match design, the Tactical Trigger pull is factory preset between 3 1/2 and 4 pounds, and is not user adjustable. It fits all standard mil-spec lower receivers with .154-inch trigger and hammer pin holes. ($240; cmctriggers.com)

Chip McCormick Flat Tactical
Chip McCormick Flat Tactical

Chip McCormick Flat Tactical
When a consistent trigger finger position is desired, this unit’s design allows you to index you finger at the bottom of the spur where it turns at 90 degrees. I have a tendency to ride the bottom of an AR trigger to create a consistent hold and squeeze. This trigger’s design makes it easy to feel that your finger is in the correct position every time. ($200; cmctriggers.com)

Wilson Tactical Single-Stage
Since my shooting with an AR leans heavily toward hunting I like a single-stage trigger. Wilson Combat’s single-stage Tactical Trigger Unit (TTU) rates high on the list, owing to its ultra-crisp 4-pound let-off. Another positive attribute is that the TTU takes less than two minutes to install, and there’s no user adjustment needed. Just drop it in, set the pins and go shooting. ($270; wilsoncombat.com)

This article originally appeared in the July 15, 2013 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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  1. I can’t seem to find this price anywhere, so I was wondering if this is a misprint, or do I need to look somewhere else for this

    Geissele Super Semi-Automatic (SSA) Trigger
    The Geissele SSA trigger assembly exhibits highly precise craftsmanship, precision and finish. Two examples of this fire control unit with different spring tensions were tested. The installation instructions are concise and clear. Lubrication is vital to keeping a trigger functioning properly and this one is no different. ($170; geissele.com)

  2. This is my first post on this site. Hope my question isn’t something that’s been answered a zillion times when it comes to product evaluations? Anyway, here goes.

    Appreciate the article but, it does leave somebody wondering which trigger option is best? I realize there are many variables involved in trigger options based upon the shooter but, when you look at all of the options presented, well, ya can’t try them all. I know ranking a companies product is sometimes verbotten but, it would be nice to see some kind of ranking ala Consumer Report. Maybe something like the top three all around trigger set ups, top three specific set ups for say trigger pressure and a specialized need. Maybe a ‘best buy’ type of the top three.

    Appreciate the time and everybody make it a good day.