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
    trigger work

    Posted by fredrick mccollum on Jul 4th 2020

    Awesome job!! Trigger work done on 2 standard triggers and one BX trigger. Unbelievable difference this company made in my 10/22 rifles. Don't get your triggers done anywhere else!!

  • 5
    Great Job!

    Posted by Michael R. on Jul 3rd 2020

    This is the second trigger group that you have worked your magic on for me. It is everything that I expected, and more! Thanks!

  • 4
    Great all around trigger

    Posted by Brad on Jul 3rd 2020

    Breaks like glass, cane in at 2.0 lbs, and I selected the sweet spot. I have only dry fired it, so no real trigger time. I love the pull, but the reset is still a mile long. I can say that it is a positive reset , though. For $50, you cannot beat it. I’m glad I made the purchase!

  • 5

    Posted by Tom Burke on Jun 27th 2020

    I was more than pleasantly surprised when I received my trigger back. Crisp and clean, I immediately boxed up another one and sent it to them!

  • 5
    Tier 3 ruger 10/22 trigger work

    Posted by C schuyler on Jun 17th 2020

    Quick turnaround, great work. Will deal with again

  • 5
    Very smooth and crisp. I also have a bx trigger in another 10/22 that I really like but Brimstone’s trigger job is much better.

    Posted by Rodney on May 31st 2020

    Breaks at a crisp 2lb 2oz.

  • 5
    Tier 3 Trigger Work

    Posted by Unknown on May 20th 2020

    I’m incredibly pleased with the work done on my 10/22 trigger. The feel and break is incredible, and certainly helps my shooting. I’d recommend you guys to anyone.

  • 5
    tier 3

    Posted by Ralph on Mar 10th 2020

    Nice crisp 2.5 pound break with all the take up and after travel of a factory trigger. It's the same as a Ruger BX, for less money.

  • 5
    Tier 3 Trigger

    Posted by Dan on Feb 17th 2020

    This is the third Tier 3 trigger job I have purchased from Brimstone. I also have a Ruger upgrade BX trigger for the 10/22, which cost me about the same and is a significant improvement over the stock trigger, but not as good as the Brimstone.

  • 5
    Level 3 trigger

    Posted by TRAVIS JONES on Jan 30th 2020

    Unbelievable improvement for so little money! Best value ever!

  • 4
    10 times better than when bought from the factory it had about a 7lb full now it is a 2 lb pull

    Posted by William keas on Jan 25th 2020

    I'm very satisfied with the price in the work

  • 5
    Tier3 trigger job

    Posted by Guy D Lowmack on Jan 14th 2020

    I sent in two metal trigger groups to have a Tier3 trigger job. I received them back in one week and I'm very happy with the results (2.3 lbs and 2.4 lbs). I have two more trigger groups that I will be sending in next month! Great Company!