Aftermarket Trigger Installation Tips

Triggers can be purchased aftermarket and installed to your rifle. However, this is a very detailed process which may require a little trial and error. During the installation process you will be able to adjust the safety, trigger pull weight, overtravel and sear engagement.


Setting the safety first is always a good step as it protects the gun from misfiring and is crucial to gun safety. Adjusting the corresponding bolt by loosening and tightening it is the key to finding exactly the right setting for your safety. Then, depending on how you shoot your rifle, you might need to adjust the trigger pull weight. Set at the factory, most trigger pull weights will work for most shooters. However, shooters with varying experience might want a lighter or heavier weight depending on how much force they want required to fire the gun. This change helps to better control the firearm and shoot accurately.


Going along with how much force in necessary to pull the trigger, sear engagement covers how much is needed to keep the trigger pulled back. Like all the other elements of the trigger, this can be adjusted depending on the shooter.After the shot breaks, the trigger can still travel backwards. The less overtravel there is however, the less chance there is that the gun will move after the shot and sight will be negatively impacted. This element of the trigger can also be adjusted so there is less overtravel affecting the shooter. This is specifically important for hunters that don’t want to lose sight of their target mid and after shot.


Changing the safety, pull weight, overtravel and sear engagement help customize a firearm and make it easier to shoot for the owner. Gun owners with years of experience can be very particular about how their rifle functions. Purchasing a trigger, installing it and adjusting it as needed it a way for you to get exactly what you want out of your firearm.