Thursday, July 5, 2012

Timney 10/22 Complete Trigger Assembly Review

Timney 10/22 Complete Trigger Assembly Review

PART 2 - 10/22 Troy Chassis Upgrade + Timney Trigger
Many will argue the barrel is the must do upgrade for the Ruger 10/22, however depending on the feel of your rifle’s trigger pull, a new trigger group may be the better upgrade to improve both features and accuracy.  My old 10/22 is easily decades old with a horrible trigger which I knew was not allowing me to get the most from my previous Tactical Solutions barrel upgrade.  To make things simple and easy I picked up a Timney 10/22 Complete Trigger Assembly.

ABOUT TIMNEY TRIGGERS
Timney was founded in 1946 and began by making replacement triggers for Mauser rifles. Over the last 60 plus years Timney has been making triggers for a growing list of firearms such as  Ruger 10/22s, to ARs, to even Mosin Nagant rifles and more.  Every trigger component in house right here in the USA.  Their triggers are well known and used extensively within the competition circles and for good reason; they provide an outstanding trigger feel and are some of the best trigger values on the market.  Part of the reason the Timney triggers are so well regarded is that each trigger is hand assembled, tested and calibrated to the highest quality standards in the industry.


Timney also goes the extra mile by providing expert installation for those customers that need it and a product customer service second to none.  I placed a quick call to talk about tuning and they were fast, courteous, and knowledgeable. As with any well respected company, all Timney Triggers come with a lifetime warranty; if you have a problem down the road, they will back it up with warranty and customer support.
THE BUILD
During the testing and review of the new Troy T-22 10/22 chassis, I decided to go ahead and pick up a new trigger group and selected a compete Timney Trigger Assembly versus some of the drop in trigger part upgrade kits. I did this for a couple reasons with the main reasons being simplicity and guaranteed reliability.  

My stock trigger guard assembly was very beat up and heavily worn. This caused what I lovingly refer to as the self disassembling Ruger; where once out of the stock all the pins would fall out of the receiver and trigger assembly.  A new tighter trigger guard would lessen that occurrence and provide a tighter fit.  My other concern was that the slop in my stock trigger assembly would probably not allow a new trigger parts kit upgrade to function as well as they should and some drop in kits can be a little finicky on older worn trigger guards, actions, and loose pin holes.  A complete trigger assembly allowed me to just pin on the ready-to-shoot assembly all while assuring reliability and adding extra features. 
The build is not done yet. I just added a Nordic collaspible stock and custom grip as well. Look for that update soon.

FIT, FINISH, & FEEL
As would be expected on any match grade trigger, the workmanship on the Timney complete trigger assembly was top notch with very tight fit to even my well worn upper 10/22 Ruger receiver. I was happy to find that there was just a bit of tension when inserting the pins which should keep my old Ruger from self-disassembly.  Once installed the Timney complete trigger assembly delivered much more solid wiggle-free trigger assembly to receiver union.

According to Timney’s site the trigger frame assembly is available in just black with a variety of colors available for the trigger shoe including black, red, blue, gold, green, and silver however MidwayUSA listed several other frame color options as well. For this build I went with subtle basic black on black color scheme.

The Timney trigger is excellent crisp 2-3/4 lb pull set from the factory. I do not have a trigger gauge however it feels about right. That range of pull is a good pull weight for everything from hunting, to plinking to target shooting.  Much below that and you get into a range where your adrenaline can cause a trigger squeeze unintentionally and in the 3+ lb range you start to lose the advantages that a fine target trigger provides.  This trigger pull weight is a great compromise for the all purpose sportsman and hunter all while still allowing fine target work at the bench.

The trigger pull is excellent. Unlike the factory trigger, there is no take up or creep in the trigger and it breaks nice and cleanly. Put your finger on the trigger, start applying pressure, and the only trigger movement will be the click of the hammer dropping.  Someone once said that a really great field trigger is one you do not notice at all.  The Timney trigger is just such a beast.  As I spewed volumes of hot brass from my Troy chassis’ed 10/22 while moving that Biohazard logo of my Eotech Zombie sight from target to target what I did not consciously think about the trigger pull - it just worked.   The trigger pull happened naturally and automatically the same as it did while shooting tiny little groups on the bench.  

What I did notice was that the EDM heat treated trigger, sear and hammer seemed to create exactly the same crisp pull over and over again without ever delivering a failure. The shape of the trigger is between a flat target trigger and stock curved trigger.  I found the shape comfortable for extended shooting. The Timney trigger is in that perfect zone where it is heavy enough to know when you know you are pulling the trigger and light enough for precision work. All good things for a complete 10/22 trigger assembly which is about $20-$50 less than others on the market.

FEATURES & FUNCTION
The biggest advantages to purchasing a Timney Complete Trigger Assembly are that it is a complete trigger assembly replacement and can be installed in about 20 seconds after you have removed your action from the stock.  Push out two pins, remove the old trigger assembly, replace with the Timney assembly, and push the two pins back in... done!  I am pretty sure a monkey could complete this upgrade with minimal training. No tuning, no chasing springs around the room... and again, no finicky reliability issues, it just works correctly right from the start.

The Timney 10/22 Trigger assembly is made from a single piece of CNC machined 6061-T6 aircraft grade billet aluminum so it will fit much more precisely than the stock Ruger guard. The trigger, sear, and hammer are wire EDM cut heat for precision and then heat treated for exceptional durability. As noted above this ensures that the parts lock up the same way each and every time to create a perfectly consistent trigger pull.

The internals of the Timney 10/22 trigger were a ground up redesign of the 10/22 trigger unit. The parts are completely different than the stock design so do not expect parts to be interchangeable. This is one thing I really liked about the Timney trigger was that it was not just a parts kit attempting to overcome the inadequacies of the original, it is a new design all together which delivers a superior feel and function to what the stock trigger could even if it were optimally tuned. Little things make a big difference when you start with a clean drawing board. One of the things I like is that there is a little polymer buffer for the hammer to assure is not banging too far back. All these little touches will assure this trigger will feel as good on the first day as ten years from now.

Adjustable trigger adjustments can move which means that they can prevent the gun from firing or worse set off an accidental discharge.  This is not an issue on the bench for target shooting where the gun is not being knocked around, however out in the field or defensively it can be a major problem. I do have some incredible adjustable 10/22 triggers from some of the top manufacturers in the industry however I would feel most comfortable with this non-adjustable unit while hunting and bumping the gun around. The other issue is that 99.9% of us do not have the talent to properly tune a trigger; which is why I believe non-adjustable triggers are the responsible way to go for a field or defensive gun. This is another reason I like the Timney unit; it is non-adjustable and for this squirrel, critter, zombie, and plinking gun build, I consider this a must have. 

The Timney 10/22 Complete Trigger Assembly
shown with a Troy T-22 Chassis,  Nordic Collapsible stock
and custom soldering iron modified  A2 grip.

Two cool features the Timney trigger assembly added are the extended mag release and auto bolt release. The new Timney 10-22 Trigger features a Timney designed Extended Magazine release that can be operated by one finger for exceptional ease and accessibility. After the last shot is fired the middle finger slips up and drops the magazine. If you have a tough-to-seat magazine, the extended release can be pulled back with the same finger to seat the magazine.  The trigger assembly comes standard with an auto bolt release. This allows a simple single handed release of the bolt from locked back position versus having to jockey with both hands to release the bolt.  Once you try the bolt release, it is a must have modification. The style of the stock safety remains the same; however it is quite a bit smoother.

FINAL THOUGHTS
The Timney trigger is built for the majority of sportsman, plinkers, and hunters versus being a touchy target trigger that can only be safely used of a bench. It just works without having to think consciously about it like a too light or too heavy trigger pull; it just breaks crisply without take-up every time... perfectly and consistently. At 25 yards my groups shrank by about 20%, but at 50 yards groups shrank by as much as 50% due solely to the trigger swap. 

Precision accuracy from a stock Ruger 10/22 can be unpredictable. Sometimes you get great groups as I did with the recently tested 10/22-TD however I know my old vintage 10/22 was lucky to group 1.25” at 25 yards in stock state.  The Tactical Solutions barrel upgrade drastically changed those averages for the better; however it is clear that in this case it would have been a pretty tough bet to say whether the barrel or trigger would have been the best first investment. In the case of my new 10/22-TD the barrel is great, it is the trigger which could use updating. In either case the trigger is one of the top upgrades you can make to increase the accuracy of your 10/22.

Sure there are lighter trigger pulls and fancier triggers on the market, however Timney delivers a wonderful 10/22 trigger with a design that exceeds the abilities of the stock version all for less money than the competition.  For this hard use 10/22 build, the Timney Trigger Assembly is the simplest option for non-adjustable match grade and field capable trigger for your 10/22 and of course the magazine release and auto-bolt release features are appreciated as well.



Read the 10/22 Upgrade Troy Part 1 and Part 3 Build Reviews
SPECS
Timney 1022-1C
Finish - Black Hardcoat anodized
Material - CNC billet 6061 T-6 Aluminum
MSRP - $220
Street - $205

SOURCES
Timney Triggers
http://timneytriggers.com

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