Ruger announced the new drop in BX-Trigger for their 10/22 rifles and Charger pistols last month. They sent us a couple to test out and I must say we are impressed.
There are probably more aftermarket accessories for the venerable 10/22 than any other firearm available today. The 10/22 is 50 years old now and continues to be one of, if not the best, semi automatic rimfires made. With the new BX-Trigger, Ruger proves they’re committed to making them better.
What was wrong with the old triggers?
Wrong may be too strong of a word. The stock 10/22 trigger is what it is. There’s a bit of take-up, and then the trigger hits a wall. That wall, though, can require upwards of 8 pounds of force. While that’s not a significantly heavy pull, it can be detrimental to accuracy on a light rifle. Fans of the 10/22 have been clamoring for a lighter trigger for as long as most of us can remember. Longer than I’ve been alive. And here it is.
This is a super simple process. If you can clean your 10/22, then you can install this trigger. It is as simple as removing the action from the stock and pulling two pins to get the old trigger out. To put the new one in you simply drop it in where the old one was, replace the two pins and reattach to the stock. That is it. I was able to install one in well under 5 minutes and could have gone faster if I hadn’t done it at the range when it was 25 degrees out (yes we went to the range when it was 25 degrees out. We’re that kind of stupid).
Once the BX-Trigger is in, you will want to preform a quick function and safety check. After making sure the rifle is clear, dry fire the trigger and keep it held back. While holding the trigger down rack the bolt to reset the hammer. Once that is done, let off the trigger slowly and you should hear a faint click as it resets. Pull it again to make sure the hammer falls. After that, make sure the safety works and you are good to go!
So How is it?
In short, it is great! The BX-Trigger is a huge improvement over the stock triggers on the two rifles we put them in. We used a newer Takedown model that had a stock pull of 7 pounds. The other rifle is from the 70’s and has the older style metal trigger guard and housing. There were no issues installing the new trigger in either of them. And the new trigger on both broke between 3 and 4 pounds. Of course the weight that a trigger breaks is not the only aspect of a good trigger. The new one has a bit less take up and feels crisper and cleaner.
Talking triggers is pretty subjective. But the difference is easily felt. We were reviewing a couple of Ruger Charger pistols on the same day, and had made the decision to leave the stock triggers in them for the sake of the review. And I have to say this–there’s no going back. once you’ve run one the new BX-Triggers, you won’t go back to a stock 10/22.
The MSRP is $89.95 and is available direct from Ruger or from your local dealer. My question for Ruger is this–when will these be standard issue on the 10/22? They should be. The 10/22 deserves no less.