Some people say you don’t need an AR-15. Those are the same people who say you don’t need bacon or good music either, so let’s do the right thing and just get those people out of your life! Not only do you need an AR, you need the best performing one you can build, and what’s more important than that little curve that your finger of justice sits around? In short, well, nothing.
Triggers are like underwear. Some are too tight. Some too loose. Others just don’t feel right and you don’t know why. But every now and then you find a pair that fits perfect, feels incredible and is always reliable under pressure. That’s why we’ve compiled the 11 best triggers we could find to make your AR that much more perfect. Included in our list you’ll find triggers that are built to provide tactical performance, competition grade actions, and ones that support some of our favorite causes. Haters gonna hate, but don’t worry, you won’t hear them over the sound of your freedom bringer. Squeeze easy my friends.
Available in 3, 4, and 4.5lb pulls, the Timney Competition trigger features S7 tool steel and a proprietary drop-in design that uses your original hammer/trigger pins. That means no gunsmithing, no extra purchases, no bs. The trigger was designed with target shooters in mind, making acquisition the focus, not worrying about your stock trigger failing to perform. Get one step up on the rest of the field with one of the 11 models offered by this legend in the marketplace with over 70 years of trigger innovations.
Sure, she’s not as pretty as some of the others, but neither was your first girlfriend, but she got it done, didn’t she? CMC’s single stage group also feature a drop-in design, S7 tool steel and are all factory set at 3.5lbs. Four different models provide options for both the AR-15 and AR-10 platforms. Reliability and repeatability are the hallmarks of this no-nonsense trigger. Focusing on function over form has been revered as gunsmithing intelligence for decades and CMC has taken this to heart with their Single Stage. Remember, when the lights are off, it’s all about feel, not looks.
Slender and curvy, with a 3.5lb pull, Rise’s RA-240 enhanced trigger comes freshly milled from hardened tool steel in an anodized blue cassette. Stock with Rise’s anti-walk pins, this trigger features quick resets and a crisp break that fits most .223 and .308 platforms. Developed exclusively for OpticsPlanet.com, this slight curve trigger was innovated for comfort and performance. If you ever wondered what having the chick from Avatar in your rifle would be like, well here’s your chance!
The Geissele Super Semi-Auto trigger is like a dad who was also a Marine. Ultimately, he’s there to make you a better person, but he’s not gonna take any crap and he definitely isn’t gonna deal with any frills and thrills. This two-stage trigger is built solely for solid precision and accuracy. Built with the rigors of military demands in mind, the Super Semi is a quick install/easy disassembly style that appeals to the crowd who needs to be able to put rounds down range at a moments notice. A full force hammer rounds out this trigger for more efficient ignition of all ammo types, even that crap you got from your uncle Joey.
Do you wanna ‘Merica the hell out of your rifle and support a good cause simultaneously? Rise’s Folds of Honor trigger not only delivers the performance of single stage with anti-walk pins and a crisp pull but a portion of every sale will go towards the Folds of Honor program which provides scholarships to families of fallen or disabled soldiers. The trigger cassette is adorned with the stars and stripes and they’ve included their anti-walk pins for good measure. And you get a bad ass challenge coin to go with it, so it’s a win-win.
Continuing with the good causes, HIPERFIRE’s Competition Trigger delivers all the same advantages of their competition trigger with positive resets and virtually no pre-travel with the added bonus of a $25 donation to the Law Enforcement Memorial Association. Single stage with a hard-hitting hammer and a straight trigger bow means stringent tactical performance and reliability just like the boys in blue expect. HIPERFIRE’s revolutionary finger pad increases the adjustability and fine tuning available to the shooter.
If you’ve ever pulled the trigger and thought, “this one round per pull is lame”, then this is the trigger for you. The Franklin Armory Binary trigger features a three-position selector that can be set to safe, semi, and binary. The binary position sets this trigger apart, firing a round on pull, and one on release, literally doubling your firing speed instantly. Time to take your boomstick to the next level with the BFSIII and have everyone on the range wanting to take this innovation for a test run!
Geared towards the 3-gun competition shooting crowd, the Geissele Super Dynamic touts itself as a hybrid between the safety and reliability of a two-stage with the crispness and quickness of a single stage. Lightening resets and faster target engagement makes this trigger a worthwhile investment for the competition shooting crowd. As our three gunners are well aware, trigger reset and target acquisition are musts in the competition setting and this trigger could very well be the upgrade that sets you apart from the rest of the competitors.
If Goldmember had an AR, this would be his trigger, suck it Austin Powers. Designed to appeal to competition, sporting, casual and tactical shooters alike, the AR Gold has the reliability and quick reset of any top trigger with the addition of some well-deserved bling to your platform. The drop-in design makes installation as easy as dropping your least favorite henchman into a dark pit of doom while increasing your break speed, reset time and ammunition ignition proficiency. American Trigger has made a statement here, showing us gold isn’t just for warlords anymore, but for those of us who want to deliver rounds down range in style.
Santa wishes his helpers were as efficient and good looking as this one. The ELF match trigger is the only trigger using aerospace grade sealed bearings on the market, creating an amazingly smooth pull and reset and guaranteeing components that won’t be compromised by outside forces. A2 steel and aircraft aluminum make up this drop-in design that utilizes original pins and comes in a straight and curved shoe. Offering packages that include new grips matched to the trigger assembly make the perfect gift. Adjustable from 2-3/4 to 4lbs, this little fella is sure to please those on the naughty and the nice list.
What would a best triggers list be without the budget option? The Super Sporting trigger from Rise improves rifle performance over stock triggers without having to explain to the significant other why little Timmy’s college fund is a few hundred dollars short. Known as the “Black Fallout”, the drop in design and a single stage pull round out this trigger inside an anodized aluminum cassette for aesthetics make up the outside improving break and reset without breaking the bank has never been more easy, and for a limited time, OpticsPlanet is offering a free latch charging handle with the purchase of the RA-140, making it an even better deal than at first glance.