An AR-platform rifle is an ideal “kit” gun for do-it-yourselfers, and the single most important thing you can add to most of them a better trigger. If you are serious about shooting well, it’s the best money you can spend for your MSR.
Aftermarket triggers can be pricey, but the new self-contained, drop-in replacement trigger from Velocity Triggers costs about half the price of a lot of other aftermarket AR-platform triggers—MSRP is $150, with an Internet retail price of about $135.
Velocity Triggers is located in Phoenix, Ariz., and is owned by Tom Vehr, who has been in the trigger making industry for more than 30 years. The Vehr name is well known in trigger circles, because the family owns and operates Timney Triggers. Vehr for Timney Triggers for 14 years until Knight Rifles hired him away in 1995. Now he owns Vehr Manufacturing, which continues to supply triggers for Knight and other gun makers, and has just opened a new division making AR-platform triggers.
This American made, drop-in trigger is extremely easy to install and it will fit all AR platforms, including .308 rifles and rimfires. The single-stage assembly is offered with either a curved trigger or the straight one that many tactical shooters prefer. It comes in pull weights of 3, 4, or 4½ pounds.
Its hammer, trigger, and disconnect are cut from tool steel with a very precise Wire EDM process. Next the parts are heat treated for the correct hardness. The hammer and disconnect are treated with Robar's NP3, an electroless nickel-based finish. The trigger is treated with black oxide and is hand polished. The trigger body is machined from 6061T6 billet aluminum and coated with a green anodizing. Each unit is individually tested before shipping.
I installed one of their early units in a gun I was building and have been shooting it all summer. I don’t know exactly how many rounds are on that trigger, but it’s well into the hundreds, and it has performed flawlessly. It has a short and positive reset, and in speed drills I find the trigger fast and easy to predict. Yet it’s clean and crisp enough for precision work as well.
When I installed the trigger, its pull weight was 3 pounds, 5 ounces. Now, after break in, it has settled into a very consistent 2-pound, 14-ounce pull.
Vehr told me that he is about to introduce a new model designed to work specifically with the often-problematic steel case ammo; also in the works is a trigger specifically for 3-gun competition shooting.
As a show of appreciation, Velocity Triggers will heavily discount direct sales to members of LE, military, fire fighters, NRA instructors, and first responders.