Earlier this week I did some off-hand practice with my R15 in .30 AR. For record, I fired three, three-shot off-hand groups at 50 yards. My average group size was 3.76 inches. That’s not great or even acceptable. But, I’ll use the excuse that the factory trigger was somewhat horrendous.

This morning I installed a Timney AR 15 drop-in trigger.That took about 10 minutes.

Just a few minutes ago I fired three more, three-shot off-hand groups at 50 yards. My average was 2.46 inches. That’s a 35% improvement! And, there was no practice with this rifle in between these sessions. My worst group with the Timney trigger was better than my best group with the factory trigger.


Worst Group     Best Group     Average

4.70                      3.25                 3.76              Factory Trigger

3.1                         1.76                 2.46               Timney Trigger

10 Minute Installation

I wasn’t really surprised, I’ve seen this before. Especially with regard to off-hand shooting. I conducted a similar experiment with my Gunwriter Assistant using a Ruger 10-22 and the results were almost identical. Most can manage a bad trigger from the bench but for good off-hand shooting you must have a good trigger. Pulling a good trigger is like a cold beer on a hot day or finding out your mother-in-law canceled her visit. It just kind of makes everything, well…Perfect.

Throw this crap away!


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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2 Responses to Timneyfied

  1. John Vehr says:

    You gotta love that!

  2. Jim Dodd says:

    The Timney is a good trigger, for a great trigger try the PACT Gold.



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