There’s nothing in this world worse than the stock AR-15 trigger you find on most guns. If you were specifically designing a trigger to be the most terrible thing ever created, you still couldn’t do as bad of a job as most stock triggers. That’s the reason the first upgrade I always suggest people make is swapping out the trigger for something better, but the cost of a five star trigger can often be prohibitive. That’s where ALG Defense comes in . . .
ALG Defense was founded by William Geissele’s wife — Will being the founder of Geiselle Automatics, one of the top commercial trigger manufacturers in the world. The idea behind ALG is to provide triggers that are tuned by Geissele’s technicians while still being affordable by the average shooter.
“Affordable” in this case means about $50. It’s priced perfectly for either new shooters who want to improve their rifle without investing too much or existing shooters who want to build a new rifle or improve an existing one without spending too much money. In short, cheap bastards looking to get a great trigger at a great price.
The result is a pretty nice single stage trigger. At least, I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be a single stage trigger. It doesn’t really say in the documentation, but it feels like a single stage trigger. There’s a touch of stacking during the pull, but much less than in a standard AR-15 trigger.
One thing that I didn’t like very much, though, was the pull weight. My ideal trigger pull is somewhere around 4 to 5 pounds, and the QMS clocks in at about 6.5. I couldn’t tell you the precise number (RF is stonewalling my attempts to get a somewhat spendy precision trigger testing rig) but 6.5 feels about right. It’s fine for close range shooting, but the more force is required to pull the trigger, the more sympathetic muscle movement in your hand will take place, potentially throwing off your shot.
There’s not a whole lot more to say about the QMS trigger. I could sit here and wax poetic about the history of triggers since 1490 but in this case I think a short summary statement is the best endorsement I can give. The ALG Defense QMS Trigger lives up to its claim of being better than the standard AR-15 trigger, putting a crisper and smoother tool in the hands of cheap bastards. It may not be as good as a Timney or a Geissele, but at around 1/4 the price, it’s a great entry level trigger.
Specifications: ALG Defense Quality Mil-Spec (QMS) Trigger
Pull Weight: 6.5 lbs
Ratings (out of five stars)
Ease of Use * * * * *
The trigger drops straight into the receiver, and once it’s in there you’re done. No worse than installing any other milspec trigger.
Feel & Function * * *
Not perfect, but a far better trigger than stock triggers.
Overall Rating * * *
It’s a good step up from the standard AR-15 trigger and for the money, it’s a good deal. It’s no Timney but it’s closer than most triggers. Perfect for new shooters or those on a budget.