Hiperfire trigger review
Look, if this is your experience with triggers is playing Call of Duty on Xbox then you won’t really care what I’m talking about.
So what do you look for in an AR-15 trigger? I look for little to no pre-travel or creep, a crisp break when the hammer falls, a distinct and equally crisp reset and a light to mid weight trigger pull. Reliability and warranty are important factors as well
You may ask, why do I need to upgrade my trigger, who cares? I’ve had the opportunity to use many different triggers in the last year. I assure you, once you use an after market fire control group you will never want to use a stock trigger again.
Enough background, lets talk about the Hiperfire HIPERTOUCH series of fire control groups. Hiperfire launched their products earlier this year and is one of many in a crowded marketplace of after market AR-15 parts. Their fire control group’s claim higher hammer fall energy and a low and adjustable trigger pull weight. They have a great series of videos on their site that explains their engineering decisions and I suggest you go check them out.
Before this video, I had installed stock AR triggers and the process is simple. It is just as simple to replace your current trigger with the hipertouch system. Simply take out two pins, remove your current trigger system, then follow the instructions to install the hipertouch. Drop the group in from the top of the lower receiver. Place the hammer spring on the hammer with the toggle spindle and insert as normal. From there install the toggle springs with the weight you are interested in. Place the springs on the pins, place them on the toggle spindle and compress them with a punch while rotating down. To change weights, just repeat the last step.
Now that we’ve got it installed,
I was able to test the 24E and the 24C. The 24E is a traditional curved trigger and has the slightest hint of pre travel with a smooth hammer release and a very crisp reset. I installed it in my longer range rifle and it has been flawless.
The 24C is a different animal altogether. A straight vertical trigger with an optional and adjustable red shoe. By moving the shoe up and down, you can even dial in the trigger pull weight more. I used the light springs and then moved the shoe towards the bottom of the trigger for a light and safe trigger pull. At first I thought the shoe would be awkward but it turns out that I love it. It helps me find the same place on my trigger every time and forces an extremely consistent finger placement. This IS a competition trigger.
Both have 3 sets of springs that are easily switched out for the trigger pull weight that you want.
What does a good trigger feel like? It feels like breaking glass. It feels smooth. It has a crisp reset. It has no creep.
There’s no perceptible pre travel on the triggers at all. Apply rearward pressure and the hammer falls. Both the 24E and 24C feel very similar.
It’s adjustable. Replace the springs based on the weight that you want. I have gone back and forth and went with Yellow and a medium-light trigger pull for my 3-gun rifle and grey on my long range rifle which provides a light weight pull. By moving the shoe to the bottom of the trigger I lighten it up even more.
Both provide a very crisp break that is exactly what you would want.
The reset on both triggers is a positive and clean. Audible and tactile that doesn’t get lost even during rapid fire sequences.
Trigger pull weights of some different options
- Hiperfire Hipertouch 24E – 2lb 9oz
- Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C – 3lb 8oz
- Black Rain Ordnance Drop In FCG – 4lb 5oz
- Black Rain Ordnance Stock Trigger – 8lb 7oz
- Wyndham Weaponry Stock Trigger – 6lb 7oz
- Jard Inc. – 3lb 11.80z
Price and how it compares
If you look at the competitors there are a couple of big players. They range from $210 to $300. The Hiperfire Hipertouch 24E and 24C run $215 and $235 respectively. These are elite triggers and you’ll pay for the privilege. If you compete, these are fantastic triggers. Additionally there are well produced videos and instructions on their website that make installing and modifying their triggers a breeze. Add on that they are made in the USA by Americans with a limited lifetime warranty and you’ve got yourself a deal.
You can go to forums and argue features until you want to throw your computer in a river, but generally it comes down to thos e same points. There’s thousands of websites, videos and articles that go deep into what makes a good trigger and do it better than I can. What I can tell you though is that the Hiperfire Hipertouch line will be used in my AR’s for the foreseeable future.
If you’d like to see how pretty much all of the big trigger systems stack up, Recoil magazine has an AR-15 buyer’s guide that lists the stats and a quick opinion on every trigger you can think of.
So would I recommend these triggers? Absolutely. I will be using them in all of my AR-15’s going forward.
Special thanks to Whistling Pines Gun Club in Colorado Springs for their gracious support of WeLikeShooting.com