Some of you know that I’ve been testing AR bits, gadgets, and accessories for some time now.
I’m beginning a series that focuses on AR upgrades. I think you’re gonna like it.
My elementary school and pre-school aged daughters love to accessorize their Barbies, our dog, and even their poor little brother. Let’s face it, they aren’t the only ones that love accessories. Go into your local gun shop and see the people hovering around the “black gun and accessory section” and you’ll see what I mean.
Perhaps there is something innate within the human condition that calls us to progress, improve, and accessorize everything. In the ‘90’s, Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor got it— he called for “more power” and those of us that have spent any time around the AR platform rifle get it too.
When one of our buddies says, “I finally have my gun set up just how I want it— it’s done,” we smirk to one another and think, he’ll be tinkering on something new again soon.
The truth is, gadgets don’t make you a better shooter. The truth is, if a gun is reliable and accurate then there’s not too much that needs to be improved.
However, the better a gun performs, the more we want to squeeze the last little bit of performance out of it. Notice that no one puts performance exhaust and low-profile tires on their Prius. Or do they? I don’t know, but if they do, they should stop that right now!
Today, let me highlight for you one of the best AR triggers I’ve had the opportunity to work with so far. KE Arms’ DMR drop-in adjustable trigger is a pleasure to use. Its minimal take up, overtravel, and reset make a greater difference in the shooting experience than one might imagine. Truth be told, I’m a standard issue mil spec trigger guy normally. AR triggers from the factory aren’t bad and are quite functional. I figure that my ability hasn’t gotten to the place where I’m pushing the gun to its performance limit yet (or even close), so what’s the point of all the upgrades? Still, I wanted one, and you probably do, too. Testing this trigger, I discovered that I wasn’t wrong. Little enhancements can help you no matter what skill level you’re at as long as your safety and fundamental skills are solid. Like the old timers say, this trigger broke like a glass rod, and that sure didn’t hurt my performance any.
The trigger and housing’s melonite coating is smooth and clean and appears to handle wear well. The installation and adjustment is simple and straight-forward due to the product’s self-contained drop-in assembly. I did need to adjust the one that I had to get it to reset reliably, and once I got it where I wanted it, I applied a bit of Loctite to the adjustment screw. I recommend that you (or your gunsmith) do the same. The angle of the trigger is flat enough to provide more “sweet spot” when firing, but it isn’t a flat trigger, so it does matter where your finger rests.
In addition, I matched my KE trigger with their 90/45 ambi selector and found it to be well worth the extra thirty-five bucks.
All in all, these two bits from KE arms go on my recommended buy list. What AR triggers do you like best?