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First Impressions: A favorite of our SME Mike Pannone, this is a variation of Geissele's SSA trigger with a straight trigger bow. Some of our staff really liked the straight trigger, and others not as much. Otherwise, it is similar to the SSA, with a smooth first stage, crisp second stage break, and minimal over-travel. Reset was distinct but not short. Comes with replacement pins. Its brethren, the Super Dynamic Enhanced trigger ($250), is half a pound lighter and is similarly a straight trigger variant of the SSA-E.
First Impressions: This classic from Geissele has a smooth first stage and a clean, crisp second stage break with minimal over-travel. Reset is on the long side but positive and distinct. The SSA boasts a Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Safety Certification and is in service with Special Operations troops. A hard use trigger, it is non-adjustable and made of tool steel with sear surfaces cut by a wire EDM machine. Its full-power hammer spring ensures ignition with all types of ammo. The Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced model ($230) is similar with a lighter measured pull weight of 3.4 pounds.
First Impressions: A variation of Geissele's popular SSA trigger with design input from Jeff Gonzales of Trident Concepts, the Super Tricon has an interesting trigger bow, which has a ribbed surface and curved upper portion leading to a straight surface. We found it tended to guide our finger down to the straight portion, where there's the most leverage. The first stage was somewhat long and the wall of the second stage was noticeable when we reached it. Break during the second stage was clean with minimal over-travel. Reset was relatively long but distinct. Comes with replacement pins.
First Impressions: Hiperfire doesn't mind thinking outside the box. Comes with three sets of springs to set desired trigger pull weight without any adjustable screws. It has a crisp light break with no over-travel, as well as a short trigger stroke and reset. The straight trigger has an optional red finger pad that clips on to the trigger bow in one of five positions. Some liked it, finding it helped with indexing the trigger finger and providing extra leverage, but it needn't be installed for those who didn't. The trigger on safe is nice and tight. Includes three sets of springs, replacement pins and the trigger shoe.
First Impressions: Its unique geometry allows users to set desired trigger pull weight by simply switching out sets of springs, with no adjustable screws. It has a crisp break with no over-travel, as well as a short trigger stroke and reset. The trigger on safe is snug as a bug. Includes three sets of springs and replacement pins.
First Impressions: This value-priced trigger had a pretty clean break, but some over-travel. Reset was a bit long, but very distinct. Our sample broke at 3.5 pounds, half a pound heavier than the rated weight. Springs can be swapped out to adjust pull weight. Comes with posi-lock tension plate to secure pins.
First Impressions: This value-priced trigger had a clean break, but noticeable travel through the single stage. Adjustments made with set screws; the hammer needs to be removed to access the over-travel screw, making it fussy to set. Pull weight can be changed by swapping out the trigger spring. Reset was a bit long, but very distinct. Comes with posi-lock tension plate to secure pins.
First Impressions: Long considered a benchmark for single-stage triggers, JP released the JP EZ system for a much easier installation than its classic trigger. By adjusting a few set screws, you end up with the trademark crisp JP feel – short travel, perfect break, and short positive reset. The included adjustable safety removes all slop when on safe. Also comes with two hammer springs and oversize anti-walk pins.
First Impressions: This is the original JP trigger that set the benchmark for single-stage AR triggers. There's a reason JP has a devoted following. If you're willing to spend some time and effort to install and fit it, this kit will reward you with short travel, a crisp break, and short positive reset – for a reasonable price. Comes with two hammer springs to set the pull weight. Does not include replacement hammer (the JP Speed Hammer pictured here is an additional $60).
First Impressions: This trigger has a light first stage with a distinct, heavier second stage, with some travel through the second stage to the clean break. There's minimal over-travel with a somewhat long reset and some bounce back to the second stage. Features a nickel-boron coating and includes replacement pins. This trigger comes in all of Knight's commercial SR-25 rifles.
First Impressions: This affordable option has nickel-Teflon-coated components. Trigger feel was just a bit improved from stock, featuring a long trigger stroke with some notchy creep. It had a long but strong reset and minimal over-travel. Includes pins and safety selector, spring, and detent.