It has often been said that the trigger is the heart of the rifle. The saying is true for any firearm for that matter whether it is a rifle, shotgun or handgun. You can have the best stock, the finest ammunition, the highest grade of materials and craftsmanship in your firearm, but if your trigger is not right, none of it means anything. Quite simply, the trigger makes or breaks the rifle.
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Why is the 10/22 is a Great Gun to Upgrade the Trigger On?
The Ruger 10/22 is perhaps the most common rim fire rifle in America and one of the reasons for its popularity is its ease of customization. Whether the shooter builds a rifle from a stripped receiver or simply adjusts parts to suit his or her own needs; the rifle is very easy to work on. Ruger’s award winning rifle has the distinction of being the first semiautomatic rimfire rifle geared toward adult customers as opposed to a starter rifle for children to learn the basic fundamentals of target shooting and hunting.
In the old days, most shooters would not attempt to fine tune or otherwise adjust the trigger on their own rifles. This was mostly due to the horror stories of other well-meaning shooters who completely butchered their own rifles or created some other calamity by filing, sanding and dremeling parts that they should not have or otherwise did not know what they were doing.
The correct answer then was to “Take it to a gunsmith”.
A competent smith would use water stones and files to precisely fit each of the critical components by hand. The sear would be polished painstakingly and new springs installed. Most of the time the original factory parts would be used, but when the work increased enough for certain gunsmiths, they made their own with some of them becoming powerhouses in the aftermarket parts industry.
Fortunately technology has caught up with the Ruger 10/22 with regard to its trigger. A number of these companies now make “drop in” kits to improve the trigger on their Ruger 10/22s.
The Best Trigger Kits for Your Ruger 10/22 Rifle
Next we will take a look at some of the best trigger kits on the market for your 1022 rifle. There a good amount of different variations to choose from and it could become confusing choosing the right one. You can find the quick and dirty list below:
That is the goal of this article, to help you find the right trigger for you and your gun. Continue reading below to see the top of the line options for you.
Best Overall Trigger:
RUGER – 10/22 BX-Trigger
Probably the most recent to hit the market is the BX Trigger made by Ruger. This drop-in unit has very little over travel and is constructed from lightweight space age polymer. The module is set at the factory for a light 2.5 to 3 pound breaking point and will fit both the rifle and the Ruger Charger pistol which is based on the same action as the 10/22.
Despite its lightweight the BX trigger is rugged as well as reliable and according to Ruger it meets or exceeds the standards of the firearms industry with regard to drop testing.
Ruger should make this standard in all of their rifles at the factory, but it would undoubtedly raise the MSRP of the relatively low-priced 10/22. The fact that they are making them in house might mean that these could come in certain special editions of the rifle in the future and more importantly shows that Ruger listens to its customers.
Read our full BX-25 trigger review.
Best Drop-in Trigger:
Timney 10/22 Drop-in Trigger Assembly
A company known as Timney has been making match grade triggers for decades and know exactly what they are doing when it comes to building almost perfect triggers. Their 10/22 design is nothing short of exceptional.
Each and every component in a Timney trigger assembly is built by hand, calibrated and tested to exacting specifications. Critical components such as the hammer, trigger and sear are EDM cut from steel and hardened, while the body is CNC milled from 6061-T6 billet aluminum. The factory setting is 2 pounds and breaks like glass with no slack whatsoever.
The assembly includes an easy to use replacement magazine release button and an improved bolt hold open feature.
While Ruger may have been content to sell an average semiautomatic rim fire rifle, there was another company that practically dedicated their business model to making improvements on the Ruger 10/22 platform: Volquartsen. Volquartsen’s trigger uses CNC machined housings with all internal parts precision cut by EDM with +/- .0002″ of tolerance.
A bit pricier than the Ruger trigger mentioned previous, the Volquartsen unit makes use of a hardened stainless steel hammer in their trigger pack with properly cut notches for a precise and consistent angle. The plunger is redesigned to depress rearward for an improved trigger pull coupled with reduced power springs for the hammer and sear.
The unit also includes improved bolt and magazine releases as well as oversized pins for a perfect action job.
This Ruger 10/22 trigger module from Power Custom features a housing made entirely from aluminum. The trigger has a simple drop-in design so you don’t have to mess around with disassembling those minor parts. This single stage trigger has a pull weight of 2.25 pounds, which can be adjusted between a range of 1.75 to 3 pounds using an internal setscrew.
It has a wide aluminum shoe with Garand-style safety in the internal trigger guard, along with an extended magazine release for smooth changing. The safety and mag release have been placed close to the trigger for quick operation during competitions and in self-defense situations.
Additionally, the pretravel and overtravel time of the trigger can be adjusted. The aluminum housing of the trigger assembly has a removable side plate, which helps you with its disassembly, in case you want to clean it. The trigger is available in a couple of different models with different magazine compatibilities.
This trigger assembly from Power Custom is an all-in-one trigger replacement for your 10/22. The trigger is easy to install, and adjustable in every way possible.
The KIDD trigger is a single stage trigger that has a 1.5 pound to 4 pound break. This is fully adjustable and can be tailored to your needs and wants. Many people have also said that they are zero creep with this trigger.
This trigger is easy to install and will be able to be put into use right after it arrives. This is one of the top triggers currently on the market for the Ruger 10/22 rifle and will be a great purchase for anyone looking for a way to easily upgrade your rifle.
CLARK CUSTOM – RUGER 10/22 DELUXE HAMMER/TRIGGER KIT
Rather than a drop in trigger pack, Clark Custom Guns offers a drop in parts kit that requires a complete disassembly and replacement of your Ruger 10/22’s hammer, sear, sear spring, trigger and disconnector. The Clark trigger is adjustable for over travel and gives the shooter a crisp consistent 2.75 to 3 pound trigger.
All of the parts are finished in a matte blue with the exception of the trigger, which is black anodized aluminum.
The skill level to install the Clark kit is a bit higher than the others we have mentioned, but it is in no way an unsurmountable obstacle for the average to advanced hobbyist.
How to Install a Ruger 10/22 Trigger
The installation of a trigger inside a weapon is always the most difficult part, whether on a 10/22 or any other rifle. You need to have the right information and knowledge about the different parts of the trigger assembly, their function, and proper placement. Installing a Ruger 10/22 trigger is no different. We’ll break it down into certain steps, to give you an overview.
- Once you have disassembled your rifle to obtain the trigger assembly, the very first step is to remove the magazine release pin, using a small punch.
- Next, remove the pin, which holds the bolt lock in place. Once done, hold the trigger down and push out the hammer spring and its pin.
- Now remove the trigger and you’ve completely disassembled your trigger.
If you have a drop-in type trigger assembly for installation, you just have to follow step one, mentioned above.
If these steps have flown over your head, make sure to check out this video for detailed instructions on how to install the trigger in your Ruger 10/22. Since all the triggers reviewed here are drop-in assemblies, it won’t be difficult to install them into your rifle.
Trigger Assembly and Disassembly Video
Check out the video below to see how to assemble and disassemble your Ruger 10/22 trigger:
Twenty years ago it was almost unheard of for an average gun owner to produce a safe two to three pound trigger job for a Ruger 10/22 rifle in their home workshop or kitchen table.
With advances in manufacturing and materials it is now possible to achieve a custom trigger job on a Ruger 10/22 with the only tools being a set of punches to remove the old pins in order to replace the trigger components. Thank you for reading and I am hoping that it was of some use to you. Good luck and safe shooting!