Elftmann was kind enough to supply us with one of their AR9-Ar-45 Drop In Triggers, their Ambi-Safety, and the Anti-Walk Pin Set, all of which were also installed on the Randy Couture Liberty Rifle.
The request from Elftmann was simple…”Be honest in your assessment”. Well, here’s the straight skinny…The items Elftmann asked us to review are nothing short of amazing.
Now, there really isn’t that much you can say about a set of Anti-Walking pins. They either work, or they don’t. Well, they do. So there you have it.
Now, there isn’t all that much you can say about the Ambi-Safety either. When engaged….no pew. When disengaged…Pew Pew Pew. So far so good. The style of safety is not unlike a Cross-Bolt Design. The engagement/disengagement functions are actuated from left to right, as opposed to the traditional selector switch on an AR. It’s different, but if you have more than one rifle in your collection, it quickly becomes second nature. It is also very stylish in appearance, with a clear red indicator when in the firing position.
Now, that brings us to the meat and potatoes of the review….the Trigger. Good Lord…what a trigger it is.
They advertise that the trigger is adjustable from 2 3/4lbs to 4lbs, and as far as we could tell, they’re right.
The installation of the components was quick, easy, and a source of instant gratification. In fact, it was more difficult to remove the Mil-Spec Standard AR Trigger than it was to install the Drop-In design.
Installing the Safety was also very simple, although you do have to retain your existing Safety Spring for the new detent. The Anti-Walk Pins proved to be a bit more challenging, but mostly because we did the install when it was 20 degrees outside, and cold fingers are not nearly as nimble as warm ones.
On to the assessment of the trigger.
While completing a function check of the trigger, the crispness was unmistakable. With the hammer is cocked in the lower, the trigger feels as though it is milled into the lower itself. There is ZERO movement in the trigger…period. Just an incredibly firm surface on which to rest your trigger finger. However, add a little force to the equation, and it breaks cleanly and without over-travel.
Upon releasing the trigger, the reset is not only tactile, but incredibly audible as well. There is no mistaking that the trigger returns to the fire position. Whether the first shot or fiftieth, there is no discernible difference. The trigger is not only remarkably crisp, but it is astoundingly predictable. Once you are used to how the trigger feels, you know exactly when it is going to break and how far forward it will travel to reset.
Coupled with some deep breathing, squeezing on the exhale, the groupings achieved were better than expected. Eliminating the uncertainty of the trigger break is highly advantageous. With the each of us knowing exactly when to expect the break, it allowed us to place the rounds on target in a Silver Dollar sized pattern. This was at least 50-60% tighter than that achieved with the Mil-Spec trigger.
To put it as plainly as possible, the Elftmann AR9-AR45 Drop In Trigger, along with the accompanying accessories is about as perfect an addition to the AR Rifle Platform as you could possibly make.
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