I have used many excellent triggers over the years. Most recently, I was in the market for an outstanding, high-performance, single-stage, cassette trigger.
As such, I ended up getting the TriggerTech, Competitive single-stage AR-15 trigger with a fixed 3.0 lb trigger pull weight and the PVD Black Straight Flat lever. PVD, or Physical Vapor Deposition, is a durable, wear-resistant coating that provides a smooth and uniform appearance.
Who is TriggerTech?
TriggerTech is a Canadian based company that designs and manufactures high-performance, precision triggers for bolt-action, AR-15, AR-10 and AR-9 rifles, as well as crossbows. TriggerTech was founded in 2013 by Greg Daniac and Mats Lipowski.
Why Did I Get the TriggerTech AR Single-Stage Competitive Trigger for my AR-15?
After much research, I was most impressed by TriggerTech’s unique engineering innovations such as Zero-Creep Technology, FLTWR Spring Technology and TKR Technology.
Zero Creep Technology
Zero Creep Technology uses a patented, free-floating roller which is captured between the sear and a component called the “ticker”. This ingenious innovation completely eliminates trigger creep and improves trigger pull consistency.
FLTWR Spring Technology
FLTWR Spring Technology incorporates a flat wire hammer spring that makes it possible to use a greater number of coils to provide more hammer strike force. This unique approach results in more reliable primer ignition and extended trigger life.
TKR Technology utilizes the ticker, allowing the sear to release without additional displacement from the trigger lever. This proprietary advancement minimizes overtravel and results in a reset that retains a tactile and forceful feel.
TriggerTech also makes their housings from 7075 aluminum rather than 6061 aluminum that is used in many other brands of drop in triggers.
How Many Different AR Triggers Does TriggerTech Offer?
TriggerTech offers six “Gas Gun” triggers (AR-15, AR-10, Pistol Caliber Carbines and Sig MCX) in a variety of configurable options, some of which include adjustable trigger pull weights. Those are:
- AR Duty Trigger (AR-15, AR-10, AR-9 in Single or Two-Stage)
- AR Single-Stage Trigger (AR-15, AR-10, AR-9)
- AR15 Trigger (Two-Stage)
- AR10 Trigger (Two-Stage)
- Pistol Caliber Carbines Trigger (Sig MPX, AR-9, FX-9 in Two-Stage)
- Sig MCX (Two-Stage)
Pricing depends on which configurable options for lever type, model and/or platform you select.
Please note that these triggers do not come with pins, but do include 2 hex keys for the rear “snug down” screws.
Features of the TriggerTech AR Single-Stage Competitive Trigger
- Zero-Creep Technology
- TKR Technology
- FLTWR Spring Technology
- Extremely short overtravel
- 7075 Aluminum Anodized Housing
- 440C Stainless Steel Components
- Flat straight Trigger lever with PVD Coating
- Tactile, Mid Force Trigger Reset
- Standard Mil-Spec Pin 0.154″
- Full hammer strike force
TriggerTech AR Single-Stage Competitive Trigger Pricing
MSRP is $244.99 with the following options configured:
- Platform: AR-15
- Model: Competitive (3.0 lb fixed)
- Lever Type: PVD Black Straight Flat
Street price is the same as MSRP, everywhere I could find it online. You can buy directly from TriggerTech.
TriggerTech AR Single-Stage Competitive Trigger Specs
- Creep: 0.000″
- Overtravel: < 0.015″
- Reset: < 0.030”
- Overall Weight: 2 oz (according to my scale)
What first stuck me about the TriggerTech trigger was its exceptional build quality. It is truly a stellar example of form and function that makes other triggers seem cheaply made in comparison.
Installation of the TriggerTech single-stage AR trigger was a breeze….just remember to tighten the two hex screws in the rear that secure the trigger in place.
By the way, I had also ordered and installed the TriggerTech 45° and 90° throw safety selector. It is literally the best AR safety selector I have ever used. Like their triggers, the incredible build quality and thoughtful engineering is evident throughout the design and construction of the TriggerTech safety selector.
For example, the TriggerTech safety uses a DLC coated, 440C stainless steel tumbler and a proprietary Silicon Nitride ball tip detent for ultra low friction and enhanced durability. The clever ball tip detent design also enables you to pull out the safety selector and tumbler without removal of the grip. This makes changing your trigger faster and easier.
At the Range
Having sent 220 rounds of 5.56 NATO 55 gr FMJ (M193), suppressed, down range, I experienced no issues whatsoever and can confirm that this TriggerTech trigger has ZERO creep and breaks like glass.
I found the 3.0 lb trigger pull weight to be perfect for my needs, especially since all of my other ARs have triggers that are running in the 3-3.5 lb range.
TriggerTech states that the intended purpose for this trigger is:
- Harsh Environments Ops
- High Speed Shooting
- Law Enforcement
- Long Range Hunting
- Rugged Hunting
- Target Shooting
- Varmint Hunting
Trigger Reset of the TriggerTech AR Single-Stage Trigger
The reset is quite short, tactile and audible. The video below demonstrates the trigger reset and break.
Is the TriggerTech Single Stage AR Trigger Worth it?
Given all of the innovative technology and exceptional build quality of the TriggerTech Single-Stage Competitive AR trigger, I think it is well worth the money. In fact, I like this TriggerTech Single-Stage trigger so much, that I put it in my home defense AR-15 rifle.
So, if you are in the market for a high-performance, precision engineered, single-stage, drop in trigger for your AR, and are considering the TriggerTech single-stage AR trigger, I highly recommend that you get one. I also recommend that you get the TriggerTech 45° and 90° throw safety selector.