Tier 3 (Basic) Ruger 10/22 Trigger Work

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This sale is for services on your trigger group, but you supply the initial group.


The Tier 3 Trigger Job
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This is an outstanding entry level value. It will not give you the equivalent of a $300 Kidd trigger. But if you like your 10/22 as it is and you don't plan on turning it into a $1,000 custom benchrest rifle, then this is a great option. This is not a full tilt competition trigger, that's what the Tier 2 and 1 are for. But this trigger WILL feel better than the new Ruger BX triggers, and if the 10/22 came with this trigger in the first place, there would not be this huge aftermarket surge of trigger options. The most important thing is that we re-work every part of this trigger in some way, which improves every aspect of the trigger motion as explained below. Most of the drop in hammer kits ONLY give you a lighter trigger pull, but everything else is still rough and sluggish. 

All the Details
For this level of work we are not installing any new parts, merely re-working what you've already got. The factory trigger group is a two stage trigger, which means there are four elements to it's motion. 

The pre-travel. This is that empty motion before the trigger hits 'the wall.' From the factory there is typically a lot of that motion, it's rough, and it's very heavy. This basic level of work will not change the amount of pre-travel, but it will make it considerably lighter and smoother. If you are starting with a polymer trigger group, we can often get this motion perfectly smooth. If you have a metal group, we can't guaranty that, and actually recommend that you jump up to the Tier 2 work. 
The Break. This is the actual snap of the hammer releasing. From the factory this is usually not a snap at all, but rather a long and crunchy motion which picks up where the crunchy pre-travel leaves off. This results in the line between the pre-travel and the break becoming blurred, and it makes it difficult to know exactly when your shot is going to break when you are trying to make accurate shots. After our trigger work, the break will be glass-rod crisp. Imagine a glass rod suspended between two points, and you start to put pressure on it. That rod will not bend or move before it simply shatters without warning. That's how our break will feel after the work is finished. The amount of pressure it takes for the trigger to break is what is referred to as the trigger pull weight.
The Overtravel. This is the distance the trigger travels between the break, and wherever it stops. On a factory trigger group, this is when it runs into the back of the trigger guard. The theory goes that if you have a 7lb trigger, that means you are applying 7lbs of force, but it's stationary so there is no actual energy being transferred. As soon as the trigger breaks, that 7lbs of force accelerates up to speed over 1/4" or however much overtravel you have, and impacts the firearm probably before the round has even ignited, jerking your sights off target. By reducing the overtravel distance and the pull weight, you reduce the amount of energy that is transferred to the firearm. On our Tier 3 triggers we do NOT install an overtravel stop.  That's one of the biggest advantages of our Tier 2 trigger work. However since we are reducing the trigger pull weight so dramatically, the impact will still be reduced. 
The Reset. This is the distance the trigger travels forward after the firearm cycles, before you hear the click of the trigger resetting. Proper trigger control dictates that you do not let up on the trigger all the way, rather just to the reset before you begin to pull again. It also makes sense that the shorter the overtravel, the shorter the reset. Since this basic trigger job does not remove any of the overtravel, you will also have as long of a reset as you do now. However from the factory the reset is usually quite rough. We will polish the internals so that your reset is very smooth, and very positive. Again, same as the pre-travel, a polymer group will have a much smoother reset with a Tier 3 job than a metal group will.  

It's difficult to get into real detail about the work without giving away trade secrets, but we do NOT stone any engagement surfaces. We do polish any surface that rubs to a mirror finish, and we do modify something on just about every part of the trigger. When finished, you will still have a positive sear/hammer engagement for safety, and the sear will be fitted to the safety as needed. 

Pull Weight
2lbs is the lightest we can safely go with a 10/22 trigger. Doesn't matter what level of trigger work you get. The higher levels of work will give you a better quality of trigger pull and more refined movement, but all three Tiers cannot go below 2lbs. 
The Sweet Spot is our most popular option. It's wherever your trigger naturally wants to go, and where it's going to feel best. It will be between 2 and 2.5lbs. 
2.5lbs is a great all-round option. It's heavy enough for beginning shooters or hunters, but it's still light enough for accurate shooting. 
3.0+lbs. This option is for folks who shoot in certain competitions that require at least a 3lb trigger. A 3lb weight will be hooked to the trigger, and the trigger will need to be able to pick up that weight. We do NOT recommend this pull weight for most people!! I understand that it doesn't sound like much of a difference, but when you have this trigger next to a 2.5lb trigger, it will feel significantly heavier and less precise.
There is a little metal tab on the bottom of the trigger housing, towards the front of the trigger guard. If you hold the bolt to the rear, push up on this tab, and let the bolt forward, it will lock the bolt open. This is used as a safety on ranges that require the action to be open when the range is 'cold', or for when you are cleaning the barrel. To close the bolt however, you need three hands. One to hold the rifle, one to pull back on the bolt, and the third to press up on that tab and somehow rotate it to the rear. It's a pain, and not exactly safe if you have a loaded magazine inserted. Our modification makes it so you still lock the action open exactly the same as before, but to lower it, you just pull back slightly on the bolt and let it go, just like you do with any other semi-auto firearm. The hold back will will drop out of the way on it's own when you pull back on the bolt, without you touching it. This is NOT a last round hold open! No 10/22 built has a last round hold open from the factory. There is one company making them, Google it if you have more questions. We don't carry or install the part.

Shipping Information
Complete shipping instructions and information can be found here.
Return shipping and handling will be added to your order when you check out, regardless of how many trigger jobs you purchase. Once you have purchased this service you will get a confirmation email with all the shipping and packing instructions. Print that off, and include it with your trigger.

We are currently processing triggers on Tuesday and Friday, and doing trigger work seven days a week. This means that you may not get an email immediately when it arrives here, for example, if your trigger arrives on a Saturday. In this case, your trigger will not be opened, the order processed, and you emailed until the following Tuesday.  When finished, you will get another email saying that your trigger is finished and shipped, with a tracking number. 

Thanks for your interest! Feel free to contact us at any point, and happy shooting.


97 Reviews

  • 5
    Tier 3 trigger work

    Posted by Daniel Grunwald on Sep 8th 2021

    Have been looking off and on for years on how to improve my 10/22 trigger. Gun is a hand me down so wasn’t interested in spending a lot with all the high priced options. EXTREMELY happy I stumbled upon Brimstone Gunsmithing. The original trigger was so heavy I would frequently think I had left the safety on when trying to get a precise shot off. Nope…just that horrible, heavy trigger again. Got my reworked trigger pack back and was blown away. Completely exceeded my expectations in every way. Chose the “sweet spot” option and it settled at 2.1 according to the included note from the tech. Light, crisp and beautiful in every possible way and getting the bolt hold open mod is just the icing on the cake. You will NOT be disappointed…take it from an extremely satisfied customer.

  • 5
    Basic Ruger Trigger Work.

    Posted by Bill on Aug 4th 2021

    Two basic trigger jobs done by Brimstone. Sweet spot weights came back at 2.3 and 2.1. At my beginner level this is sweet deal and better than I deserve. Took about one month including shipping time. Very pleased.

  • 5

    Posted by Edgar Kayser on Jul 7th 2021

    Thanks. I will be sending two triggers at a time until all my 10 22/CHARGERS have a TIER 3 trigger job.

  • 5
    Trigger work.

    Posted by Dennis Thomas on Jun 23rd 2021

    Words can't describe the smile on my face when I installed it! You did a fantastic job and a friend is going to send his to you.

  • 5
    10/22 trigger

    Posted by William Bond on Jun 16th 2021

    The improvement was everything you said it would be, smooth as glass and a crisp break. I am impressed.

  • 5
    Tier 3, sweet spot.

    Posted by Brent Muller on Jun 3rd 2021

    Trigger work was excellent. A smooth as butter 2 lbs.

  • 5
    Tier 3

    Posted by Justin Reppond on May 19th 2021


  • 1
    1022 trigger work

    Posted by John Rabias on Apr 10th 2021

    can’t reassemble. Pieces falling out of trigger

  • 5
    Tier 3 trigger work

    Posted by John on Apr 9th 2021

    Best money I have spent on my 10/22. Not a match grade trigger, but magnitudes better than stock. Turnaround was about two weeks from the time a sent it out.

  • 5
    10-22 trigger work

    Posted by Timothy Busch on Mar 17th 2021

    The trigger feels great, I only regret is not going tier 2. Thank you for great product and service.

  • 5
    10/22 trigger

    Posted by Robin Kenyhercz on Mar 16th 2021

    I haven't taken it to the range yet, but, dry firing it is very smooth, much better than stock trigger

  • 1
    Tier 3 trigger work

    Posted by Bill Blohm on Mar 10th 2021

    I had a trigger done before that performs excellent. This second trigger is terrible the creep is worse than before I sent it to you. The individual that did the work sent a note but their handwriting is so bad I could not read one word or his name. I will send it back and you can either fix it properly or send my money back. My phone number is 989-671-7395.