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.
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.”
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