TANDEMKROSS 10/22 Precision Drop-in Trigger

With over 5 million Ruger 10/22 rifles produced there is a good chance that those reading this article either own one or have a close relative who does. In either case, this review will give you the perfect idea for a Christmas present for yourself or said relative. TANDEMKROSS and Brimstone Gunsmithing have collaborated on a drop in 10/22 trigger that is a must-have for 10/22 owners. And wouldn’t you know it, they are releasing it on October 22, i.e., 10/22.

TANDEMKROSS is well established in the world of rimfire competition. Started by shooters, the company specializes in addressing problems and shortcomings of rimfire rifles. Peruse their website (www.tandemkross.com) at your peril as you will almost certainly find something your 10/22 or other rimfire needs to have. Brimstone Gunsmithing, TANDEMKROSS’s partner on this collaboration, has over a decade of experience doing 10/22 trigger jobs. Brimstone has done tens of thousands of them, shipping the reworked triggers all over the globe. Brimstone took the knowledge gained by that experience and threw it into a complete redesign of the 10/22 hammer and sear. TANDEMKROSS already made a flat faced, textured replacement trigger for the 10/22, so the collaboration is a 1+1=3 kind of thing.

TANDEMKROSS is joining their flat textured 10/22 trigger and return spring with Brimstone Gunsmithing’s proprietary tool steel hammer and sear for a brand new precision drop in 10/22 masterpiece.

This drop in trigger is something anyone with a basic level of mechanical skills may install. The result is a safe, reliable trigger with nominal take up, a light crisp break, and minimal overtravel. The overtravel may be user adjusted further with a set screw, but really there is no need because there isn’t much to begin with. The break itself is just under 2 pounds, yet the large bearing surfaces between the hammer and sear make it safe and reliable. According to David Seth at Brimstone Gunsmithing, “hammer components are machined in-house from S7 tool steel, then the engagement surfaces are EDM cut after heat treat for the ultimate level of precision. The feel of the trigger also won’t change over time.”

TANDEMKROSS and Brimstone Gunsmithing are releasing a precision 10/22 drop in trigger on 10/22/18.

The real question is, how does the trigger feel? Well, this author has one of the only units available and I can’t stop dry firing it (while blocking the hammer of course). The knurled, flat trigger has an excellent texture that helps the trigger finger feel precisely how much pressure is being applied. The takeup is hardly noticeable, and the back wall is felt just briefly before a glass rod break is felt. It gets better. The reset is super short and has both an audible and tactile click. This is the Audi (sorry Cadillac) of 10/22 triggers. I may ignore their pleas to have my sample returned. The cost for all of this luxury is $134.99, so it is not a purchase for a 10/22 that one takes lightly. But if you or your close relative really likes his 10/22 then this Christmas the TANDEMKROSS/Brimstone Gunsmithing 10/22 drop in trigger is a no-brainer.

www.tandemkross.com www.brimstonegunsmithing.com

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About the author: Steve Gaspar has been writing for gun and hunting publications for nearly 20 years. He is an avid hunter, staunch 2A supporter, and occasional 3-gun competitor. His favorite outdoor activities are calling predators and shooting suppressed rifles. Instagram: @sendit223 http://instagram.com/sendit223

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  • Mike October 22, 2018, 9:35 am

    Or, you could just buy a Ruger BX-Trigger for less than half the price and have essentially the same thing, with lots of cash left over for a few extra goodies. I’m all for innovation, but multiplying options for the sake of brand diversity helps the customer none.

    • John L October 22, 2018, 12:17 pm

      I’ll go ahead and disagree. I believe a thriving, innovative gun industry benefits us all. Choice is good. If it’s not for you, fine, no harm has been done.Personally, I don’t see me buying this but I applaud the concept.

  • RANDY GOVERTSEN October 22, 2018, 7:49 am

    I’d like to see a short video on what it takes (or how to) change from the stock trigger to your new trigger.

    • Steve Gaspar October 22, 2018, 11:25 am

      I can do that, but all you do is take out the one bolt that locks the action into the stock, push the two pins out of the trigger housing with a punch, and remove the trigger housing. Replace trigger with the new one, put pins back in, put stock back on, and tighten the action screw.

      • Steve Gaspar October 22, 2018, 7:00 pm

        The test sample unit they loaned me was with the components already installed into the trigger group module. The above description is for when you have that. These components are sold UNINSTALLED, so yes, a video as you describe would be helpful. As it happens, TANDEMKROSS just uploaded their installation video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIi1VhyRCIw

    • Matt October 22, 2018, 1:34 pm

      To change out a 10/22 trigger group, just pull the action from the stock (1 screw), then the two pins that hold the trigger group either fall out on their own, or you can usually push them out with a paper clip. Then just reverse prices with new trigger. Because of the design of the 10/22 it’s literally the easiest trigger job possible

  • Leon W Jester October 22, 2018, 7:10 am

    First, the video contained no usable information whatsoever, other than “buy this, it’s good.”

    Second, I’ve owned 10/22s. Great gun. Fun gun. Good for small game and plinking. Not, however, an Anschutz. Never will be, wasn’t intended to be.

    Third, I’ve never had a problem getting decent groups at 100 yards with a stock trigger. One does, however, need to discover what ammo the gun prefers; mine liked CCI, wouldn’t hit the broad side of an aircraft carrier with Remington. My Hi-Standard pistol was almost the complete reverse. Isn’t the ammo, it’s the gun.

    • Matt October 22, 2018, 1:36 pm

      Thanks for the input, old curmudgeon!

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