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.
OFF HAND SHOOTING TEST
Worst Group Best Group Average
4.70 3.25 3.76 Factory Trigger
3.1 1.76 2.46 Timney Trigger
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.