It’s no secret that I didn’t like the Tac-Con 3MR trigger. It isn’t necessarily that it’s a bad egg — the thing functions as advertised — it just seems overpriced for what you get. They were asking $500 for a trigger that doesn’t do anything all that new, and came with no training materials or instructions on how to use it. Their PR guy’s response to the article wasn’t all that pleasant, but after a few conversations with the Tac-Con guys themselves, they invited me out to try out their latest creation. Tyler liked it. As for me . . .
I think it’s awesome. Let me add a little context to that proclamation.
3-gun competitions are different depending on where you live, but down here in Texas the above video is pretty much the standard. Match directors love to make stages where you need to engage short range targets very quickly and then switch to long range targets, and there’s no way to build a gun to do both things at the same time. Either you have a really awesome run-and-gun setup for taking down close-range targets, or you have a great long-range build dedicated to distance that you try and use on the close range stuff as well. Middle ground is hard to find.
One of the main differences between the two builds is the trigger. The quick break and short overtravel of single stage triggers are perfect for when you need to go really fast, but their relatively heavy pull isn’t ideal for long range shooting. The extremely light second stage of a two stage trigger is ideal for staying on target at long range. But while you can use a two stage trigger at close range targets, the long trigger travel is less than optimal. Tac-Con has found a way to let the shooter move easily and quickly between those two triggers in the middle of a match, and provide a rocking awesome trigger pull for each.
The Tac-Con triggers are built the same way that Timney makes theirs: they EDM the parts for the smoothest edges and encase the whole unit in a drop-in pack for easy installation. The trigger pull feels great, and while there were some issues with the early runs of the 241 trigger (Tyler touched on that) they seem to have the situation under control.
I do, however, have two small notes for the Tac-Con guys. Not complaints — notes.
The first note is on the single stage trigger. I appreciate all the work they did with the 3MR trigger, but it’s just not for me. That assisted reset is just not my speed, and I would love to see a version of the 241 with the assisted reset function removed and offered at a slightly reduced price. They say that the unit will run right around $395, and while that’s still a touch high, it’s not unreasonable. The 241 is something legitimately new, and paying for that novelty is a staple of American capitalism. Still, bring it down to $350 and we’ve got a deal.
Note #2 is something I discussed with them on the range, and something that should be incorporated into the finished product. I have a tendency to ride the safety selector with my thumb while shooting, and on the range I kept bumping the safety past the 90 degree mark when in the single stage mode. When the safety moves, the trigger disengages and can no longer fire. That’s a pain for those shooting fast. The fix is simple: a deeper detent hole in their safety to make it stiffer for that one position.
I agree, I think the 241 is a real game changer. Instead of being stuck with a single stage or two stage trigger for your gun, you get to choose whatever works best for your specific situation. For hunting rifles, this could mean easily moving from single stage for pigs to two stage for a longer shot at a deer. For competition shooters, moving between single stage for close range to two stage for long range targets. For law enforcement, easily swapping from single stage for CQB stuff to two stage for longer target engagement and precision shots.