Rare Breed Firearms and Rare Breed Triggers are showing off their new trigger for AR-pattern firearms, the FRT-15, or Forced Reset Trigger. The FRT-15 uses energy from the bolt to reset the trigger forward, allowing rapid, but not automatic fire.
According to Rare Breed the FRT-15 is not subject to regulation under the National Firearms Act, or NFA, since it requires the shooter to pull the trigger for every round fired.
And they do fire quickly. From these introductory videos it’s clear that this is a speedy system, using the mechanical advantage to give the shooter Jerry Miculek-style powers.
Whether or not fast shooting is practical is a matter of debate, but it is fun and a real head-turner at the range. Plus these triggers are a whole lot cheaper and more plentiful compared to actual automatic arms, which are expensive and extremely tightly regulated.
At $380, the Rare Breed FRT-15 isn’t inexpensive but in-line with other premium and boutique trigger systems. The FRT-15 is a drop in cassette-style trigger, although Rare Breed suggests gunsmith installation.
Not included with, but required components include an H3 or similar heavy buffer or comparable recoil assembly and a full-auto-rated bolt carrier group. Designed for AR-pattern firearms, the FRT-15 may not work with other guns that use AR trigger systems, owing to how it interacts with the bolt carrier.
The FRT-15 has a 7075-T6 aluminum housing with a gold anodized finish with wire EDM-cut steel fire control parts. The steel parts have a black QPQ nitride finish for corrosion- and wear-resistance and added lubricity. The trigger pull is rated at a pretty standard 5 pounds.
Theirs is not the first trigger of this kind. Other companies have produced trigger systems that tap the action of the host firearm to assist the trigger’s reset without falling under the umbrella of the NFA, such as the Tac-Con trigger system.
Similarly, other companies have manufactured binary trigger systems which are not regulated as NFA items, so in the same spirit, these triggers also aren’t NFA-regulated.
The FRT-15 reset mechanism probably takes a little practice to use, and there’s a chance that the forced reset may be uncomfortable for people with sensitive or “calibrated” trigger fingers, but it sure looks like a whole lot of fun, assuming you have the ammo to feed it.
For more information about the FRT-15 visit Rare Breed Triggers online.