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I’ve been shooting multi-gun for a bit, and I built my rifle with a Geissele Super 3 Gun (regular curve) trigger since they’re a local company and have good triggers overall.  I do like the trigger particularly on distance shots, but I feel like my splits could be faster for the close-in stuff if it were straight and had a lighter draw weight than 3.1 lbs.

 

What are other folks shooting?

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I've got CMC's, Hiperfire's, JP, Triggertech, Elftmann's and Timney's. For 3 gun my favorite is the Calvin Elite followed by the Elftmann 3 Gun. Hate 2 stage for 3 gun, never liked any Geiselle's, the Larue single stage is decent on a budget, the CMC 2.5lb is better on a budget. 

Any of them that you practice a lot with will be fine.

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Here's my secret sauce for a really nice AR15/AR9 trigger.  I just use a PSA EPT trigger, which can be had for about $60-70.  Install an adjustable  Grip Screw from Joe Bob Outfitters.  Then depending on results, use either the Trigger Spring and/or Disconnector Spring (never use the hammer spring) from the KVP Reduced power trigger spring kit.  Sometimes do a light polish on the PSA trigger.  Have used this recipe on several of my own rifles/pistols and installed several for friends.  Always had good results and end up with a trigger that are equal to the high dollar Geissele triggers I have owned.  These triggers will perform for long range shooting and also give me splits and rapid fire that equal my USPSA match pistols.  Great deal for the price if you are willing to do a little minor work and enjoy the results of your own efforts!

1. Trigger...  https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-ar15-pa10-enhanced-polished-trigger.html
2. KVP Reduced Power Spring Kit... https://www.joeboboutfitters.com/Kaw-Valley-Precision-AR-15-Reduced-Power-Trigger-S-p/kvp-rptk.htm
3. JoeBob Trigger Adjust Screw... https://www.joeboboutfitters.com/JoeBob-s-AR15-Grip-Screw-Trigger-Adjuster-p/jb-triggeradjuster.htm

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One of the biggest things I find people figure out after buying a high end trigger is some triggers do not have enough reset return pressure on the trigger for their preference.  It might be wise to figure this out if you think you like a trigger with more or less reset return pressure.  This is completely a product of the design of the trigger.  AR Gold and TriggerTech triggers have very light reset return pressure.  Triggers like the HiperFire, Geissele Triggers have stronger reset return pressure on the trigger.  

 

Some feel that stronger reset return pressure helps them pull the trigger faster for blaster/close in stages and/or target arrays, when you are looking to pull the trigger as fast as possible.  

 

I completely remove my finger from the trigger when slapping the trigger so I do not care about return force on the trigger.  I use TriggerTech Triggers in my competition rifles. 

 

Something else to keep in mind if you are reloading 223 that primers that can possibly fall out of reloaded 223/5.56 ammo can muck up cassette triggers to the point the need to be sent back to the manufacturer for repair.   Traditional triggers tend to fare better when this happens.  While they can become inoperable when this happens, they can usually be taken apart by the end user to remove the primer and get the trigger working again.  If you are using commercial ammo, this is typically something you do not have to worry about.  

 

To be honest I do not think about the trigger at all when on the clock.  I think CMC triggers are probably one of the best bang for the buck in regards to triggers, and I doubt that trigger would hold me back from doing anything well with a rifle.  Probably get the 3.5# trigger for competition.

 

Maybe a couple of things to keep in mind before purchasing.  This would also narrow the field down before choosing one.  

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I always like playing with ar triggers off the clock but rarely care much or notice unless it's a normal mil spec or worse.  i do prefer a little bit more reset pressure but again on the clock don't really care.  I run a hiperfire ECL on my 3gun rifle because i had some light primer strikes early on before i found a cracked bolt causing it, it's fast enough and should set off any primer. 

 

i tried a KE arms slt2 in my wwsd lightweight "fighting/run'n'gun" ar because it's design KE says is less susceptible to the popped out primer killing trigger function. plus  the design lets you engage the safety regardless of hammer position.

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My favorite trigger is the Geissele Super Dynamic 3 Gun (SD3G) but flat, and use it in my 3gun builds.

 

If not the Geissele, I liked the Elftmann 3gun flat - ran very smooth and how I liked. Have used CMC and Timney in the past, but wasn't a huge fan compared to the S3G.

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