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.
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.
Best 10/22 Trigger Comparison Chart
KIDD Single Stage Trigger Unit
TIMNEY Drop-in Trigger Assembly
VOLQUARTSEN Trigger Guard 2000
Clark Custom Deluxe Hammer Trigger
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:
Here are the 5 best triggers for your Ruger 10/22 rifle:
- RUGER – 10/22 BX-Trigger
- TIMNEY – 10/22 DROP-IN TRIGGER ASSEMBLY
- VOLQUARTSEN – RUGER 10/22 TRIGGER GUARD 2000
- KIDD Single Stage Trigger Unit for Ruger 10/22
- Clark Custom Deluxe Hammer Trigger Kit
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trigger Assembly and Disassembly
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!