Today’s issue of TTDS may trigger some of the trigger-pullers out there. We are going to be taking a brief look at what are arguably the best AR triggers on the planet from Geissele Automatics. You can certainly do worse in the trigger world, but you’d have to try real hard and squint to find something better.
I have been using Geissele triggers for a while and they have always had special significance to me. Some old guy at the Camp Perry National Matches gave me, a wide-eyed teen at the time, the sage wisdom you just read in the first paragraph. You really have to squint -or overlook some things- to find a better trigger on the market today.
Geissele dominates the scene at the National Matches and is the choice component maker for rifle competitors. All of my AR rifles have a Geissele trigger of some sort in them. My Service Rifle match gun boasts several parts with a big “G” on them, including handguards and buffer springs. The Bakelite-dyed AR that is a common sight in my articles also has a Geissele buffer and spring and trigger.
So just what makes these triggers so good? Well, aside from being the only trigger brand I recommend, they are the only one I fully trust to actually deliver. I get contacted by readers all the time asking about parts and my recommendations, and the only triggers that I have seen that work 100% of the time for 100% of end users is Geissele. They are the perfect blend of aesthetics, function, and supreme ruggedness. I have owned several different Geissele triggers and each does exactly as advertised.
There are two specific triggers that I want to address for this article: the Hi-Speed National Match and the G2S. These triggers retail for $279 and $165, respectively. There are many options available, but these two represent what most people out there will use a trigger for.
The Hi-Speed National Match is, in addition to be match-legal in most rifle competitions, probably the single best trigger you could hope to find for your AR. This is a supremely adjustable, ultra-rugged trigger that offers the best two-stage pull available today.
I have tried many, many high end triggers and there is not one that comes close to what you get with this one. This is not only the perfect trigger for the National Matches, but also is enviable for the varminter, long range shooter, and all-weather hunter. This trigger is designed to be adjustable and you can tweak it just how you need it thanks to the comprehensive instructions it comes with.
The G2S, or Geissele 2-Stage, is what I would say is a great Geissele starter product. This is a drop-in solution for the shooter looking to improve their accuracy. The trigger is a simple, no-frills upgrade and is at home in entry-level guns as well as rugged field-grade rifles. My own hunting AR has this trigger and it provides an excellent, crisp two-stage pull without issue. I have recommended this trigger to first-time AR owners and every single one has claimed that it improved their shooting. Once you get a Geissele trigger like this, you will certainly want one in each of your guns.
The thing about Geissele triggers is that people tend to keep them. I’ve known several guys over the years who have bought and sold rifles and they always keep some milspec triggers around to put back in the rifles when they sold them. They took the Geissele triggers out and put them in the next gun. Most consider these triggers and parts to be investments and treat them as such. I think you’ll feel the same if you install one of these fine triggers in your rifle or carbine.