When upgraded triggers became available, they were mostly designed for, marketed to, and used by those involved in shooting sports like target competitions or other applications where a higher degree of focus is placed on extreme accuracy. Everyone wants an accurate weapon and the ability to shoot accurately-but these are shooters desiring to achieve truly miniscule shot groups because that is what their application required. In recent years, the technology and techniques that offered benefits in the "precision shooting arena" has been recognized to offer benefits to other shooting applications, such as 3-gun competitions (where speed is a more important factor), personal defense/training/combat, and hunting.
Upgraded triggers provide a crisp break without the typical weight, travel, and sometimes "gritty" feeling of a standard, mil-spec, stock trigger. An upgraded trigger is NO substitute for proper shooting technique/trigger manipulation, but it has the ability to greatly benefit a shooter that has these learned skills, and it can even make it a bit more simple for an individual new to the sport to learn proper technique and enjoy success.
Upgraded triggers usually come in either a single stage or two stage model. A standard, "mil spec" trigger is a single stage type. The single stage upgrades simply offer a much smoother and lighter pull, often with a reduced length of travel and a dependable and consistent reset. Two stage triggers have a longer initial "take-up" (the first stage), followed by a clean, crisp, and light break (the second stage). Knowing when this break occurs becomes very intuitive to learn and expect-which can be a good thing, provided the shooter has no bad habits and understands proper shooting technique.
Two stage triggers once were primarily used by shooters who were involved in precision applications where this style of trigger offered the greatest benefit; the accepted idea among those in the shooting community was that they were excellent for this type of shooting, but not so much for those applications where speed may be necessary. Recently, this idea has been challenged by successful performance in other shooting sports and situations and it has become more accepted that the two stage trigger can benefit almost any shooter and shooting style or application. I would have to agree.
|JP Single Stage Trigger|
|DTI Two Stage Trigger|
Installation of any of these is fairly easy, especially with the multitude of online videos and tutorials that can be found with a search engine query. Thanks for reading our blog. If you have any questions about the upgrade triggers we offer at DTI, or how they may work in your AR-15 rifle platform and increase your shooting accuracy and enjoyment, please contact us.