Swapping out your AR-15 trigger assembly is just one of the many ways you can customize, upgrade, and optimize your firearm to meet your needs. Whether you're changing the stock trigger for something more refined or starting a build from scratch, having the right trigger can make a world of difference in your AR-15's performance.
If you’re looking for a quality-first collection of AR triggers, you’ve come to the right place.
AR-15 Triggers from Wing Tactical
As you browse Wing Tactical, you'll find a range of AR trigger and trigger kit options available for your AR-15. Triggers are multifaceted, and there are many options you can choose from to customize your shooting experience, including the shape of the trigger, pull weight, and trigger stages.
Your choice of AR-15 trigger will have a significant impact on how it functions. Certain types of triggers are more suited for particular activities—you likely wouldn't use the same rifle for hunting as you would for a fast-moving competition, and the same logic applies to your trigger assembly.
In a competition or hunting situation, you may want a two-stage trigger that allows you to pull back to the break wall and wait until you have your shot lined up to fire. However, other shooters prefer a light, crisp single-stage trigger that releases the sear without any prelude. On a firearm intended for self-defense, you may want a heavier single-stage that requires a more deliberate pull.
Also known as competition triggers, these triggers are specifically geared toward match or competition shooting. This is a broad category that can include triggers with various characteristics.
Single-Stage AR Triggers
A single-stage design begins to engage as soon as you exert rearward pressure on the trigger. This style is the default on many factory firearms, but an aftermarket trigger will typically be far crisper, minimizing slack and creep to promote better accuracy.
Two-Stage AR Triggers
Instead of engaging as soon as you pull the trigger, this style offers a two-stage firing sequence. Squeeze a little to begin setting up your shot, then harder to pass the break wall and drop the hammer.
The standard shape for most stock triggers, curved triggers can offer a slight or generous curve. These triggers are ergonomically comfortable and guide your finger to the same spot each time.
As an alternative to the curved trigger, some triggers feature a straight, flat shape, giving you greater leverage and lighter perceived pull weight.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why replace your AR trigger?
While some shooters might be satisfied with the factory trigger on their AR, others might be looking for a more customized experience. Shooters might replace their original triggers with faster or more gradual triggers or switch to a curved or straight trigger for increased ergonomic comfort.
How long do AR triggers last?
Each AR-15 trigger product will be rated for a certain number of rounds — review your product manual carefully to learn more about your trigger’s longevity.
It’s important to note that triggers are arguably the most-handled component of your firearm. Whenever you clean or oil your firearm, take special care to maintain the trigger to extend its lifespan.
How do you choose the right type of trigger?
The right trigger type for you will depend largely on how you plan to use your AR-15. Consider the primary purpose of your firearm and use that information to determine which trigger type is best suited for the task. Since much of selecting a new AR-15 trigger comes down to personal preference for pull style and weight, be sure to do your research and choose the style that's best for you — it could be a great reason to hit the range and test-drive a few new things.
Before buying, you should consider your personal preferences, comfort, and experience level. You want a trigger that you're comfortable with and can successfully use to hit your target. And once you install a new trigger in your AR-15, get plenty of practice — we wouldn't recommend trying out a new style of trigger for a high-stakes competition or self-defense situation.
Which parts are included in a trigger kit?
Trigger kits vary in the parts they include. Some include only the trigger, while others offer all of the parts needed to change out your entire AR-15 trigger group. These full assembly kits generally include the following parts:
- Trigger spring
- Disconnector and disconnector spring
- Hammer with J hook spring
When you purchase a trigger assembly kit, you may receive a pre-assembled unit that only requires a couple of pins to fit in your lower. Many drop-in AR triggers are designed for easy at-home installation, while others will require a trip to the gunsmith. Before you make a decision on which trigger to purchase, be sure to read the specs carefully to ensure you're getting all the parts you need.