Friday, June 20, 2014

HiperTouch - HyperFire 24 3Gun Trigger Review

HiperTouch - HyperFire 24 3Gun Trigger Review

At this point, I have tested all four of the original HiperTouch HiperFire triggers and they have all performed excellent included the newest edition, the 24 3gun model. In fact HiperFire triggers are one of my favorite trigger brands. HiperFire just introduced the brand new 24 3Gun which is the sublime 24C trigger with a standard curved trigger shoe instead of a flat blade trigger shoe.

If you have not heard about the HiperFire line of Single-Stage triggers, you should seriously consider them. They are absolutely revolutionary from the HiperTouch 24 to the enhanced HiperTouch 24E, to the full blown super tuned 24C competition and new 24 3Gun models all in a game changing cam-action trigger design.

After the introduction of their 24C trigger, HiperTouch had a huge outcry from shooters who loved the 24C, but for one reason or another wanted a standard curved trigger and thus the 24 3Gun was born.

I installed the HiperFire 3Gun trigger in a custom Aero Precision build I was working on which featured SLR extended forend, a crazy Bird of Prey compensator, Black Hole Weaponry Fluted barrel, YM bolt carrier group, and Mission First Tactical grip and stock. Definitely a high end build with a high potential for premium accuracy. The HiperTouch Hiperfire 24 3G - 3Gun trigger fit right in.

ABOUT HIPERTOUCH - HIPERFIRE TRIGGERS
HiperTouch’s founder, Terry Bender, had an idea to overcome many of the shortcomings of “match” triggers. Terry is not just some guy filing down sears and swapping out are triggers with low power springs in his garage, he is a mechanical engineering consultant. The approach to the HiperTouch design was new from the ground up, based on a cam'ed system.

WHY HIPERTOUCH IS DIFFERENT
The ultimate challenge for a great tactical/hunting trigger is to deliver a smooth, fast, and flat pre-travel, very fast trigger reset, minimize lock time, assure a crisp light break, and with no noticeable overtravel all while delivering a high hammerfall impact.  With match target triggers, the goals are the same but with even more refinement of all the above, with no perceptible pretravel.

The problem is that many of these trigger design goals are all opposing forces. A smooth, fast, and flat pretravel and crisp light final break all require low forces at the sear which equates to the need for lighter hammer and trigger springs which can lead to light hammer strikes and less reliable ignition. In standard trigger designs, very fast trigger resets, minimized lock times, and high hammerfall impact require heavy springs which creates a crappy feeling heavy trigger. The final dimension is tuning out pre-travel, overtravel, and ensuring a crisp trigger break which are all impacted by the above light or heavy springs. Bad tuning can further impact reliability and safety. The end result is that trigger engineers have their work cut out for them to strike a balance for a great trigger.

The compromise has been either a great single stage trigger that may have a light hammer strike here and there with hard primers, or a 2-stage which delivers a 1st stage pre travel which some claim slows down followup shots.

The magic of the HiperTouch HiperFire design is delivered via spring cam-ed pressure on the hammer which counteracts much of the hammer spring force within the first couple of degrees of movement around the point of sear engagement. This delivers the perfect situation for a great feeling trigger and break. After the hammer begins to move forward the cam applies pressure the other way and greatly increases the hammer force. This increases hammer fall force, decreases lock time...etc. it's a best of both worlds design and its a totally new trigger design.

The HiperFire has three spring sets (light, medium-light, and medium). Initially, I though the heaviest strongest spring would deliver the heaviest trigger pull however it is the other way around. The strongest spring exerts more pressure on the cam and delivers the lightest trigger feel adn also the heaviest hammer fall impact. This is what the dual spring and cam design of the HiperFire triggers does. It's a mind screw when you first pull back the extra force hammer and have such a light trigger pull. SOme may want to use the lighter tuning springs and the HiperFire trigger provides that option, however in all my setups I have always used the silver spring to deliver the lightest trigger feel and heaviest trigger fall for improved reliable ignition.

FIT, FINISH, FEEL, FEATURES & FUNCTIONS
The Hipertouch 24, 24E & 24C all shared many key features as does the 24 3Gun version. All of the triggers are AR15/AR10 fire-control compatible with any lower receiver with industry standard .154" receiver pins. The triggers are screw-less "hard" tuned with static precision springs which inherently makes the trigger more reliable than a screw tuned design which can go out of "tune".  The user can tune the trigger at 2,3, & 4 pounds with the three supplied spring sets.

Essentially all four of these semi-automatic HiperTouch HiperFire triggers are identical once the hammer begins to fall and all deliver best in class hammerfall force.  Of course with all these similarities, many will ask what is the difference between them and why woud not just opt for the best automatically. The answer is trigger tuning feel.  You certainly do not want a super sensitive trigger on a duty/defense rifle and similarly you would not want a longer pre-travel trigger on a precision match target rifle. I would choose the standard 24 for a defense rifle and the 24E, C or 3Gun models which more precision is required.

HIPERTOUCH 24 3GUN $225.00
As noted earlier, the 24 3GUN is the same trigger as the 24C but with a curved standard trigger versus the flat blade trigger of the 24C. Many shooters including me will say the 24 C have no pre-travel, no over-travel, and stunningly light break. The 24 3Gun is the same.   Obviously there is some sort of travel, but it is so little the finger cannot perceive it. Adding the flat straight trigger blade and adjustable shoe increases trigger control significantly.

This is an incredibly fast running trigger which I would love to see one of the top speed shooters run. The splits are incredibly fast. You are going to see more and more 3 Gunners running this trigger simply because it is so fast and light.  That said it is too sensitive for a defensive focused AR15 build in my opinion simply because the trigger seems to lack any perceptible pre-travel at all. To me it most closely aligns to a Geissele National Match trigger but in a single stage design.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I love these triggers and if you give them a shot, you will see the HiperTouch triggers deliver far more than many of the other competitors. In fact, I sponsor the top Jr National Champion 3Gun shooter who swears by the Hipertouch triggers over any other trigger design. You will also find these triggers are numerous on other top 3Gun shooters as well.  

You will see these triggers quite a bit in builds going forward simply because I believe HiperTouch has delivered on a truly innovative design that actually works both theoretically and in practical use.  The price ranges are extremely competitive to other high quality triggers in the market as well... The entry level 24 is a screaming great deal with no tunable trigger in the $185 MSRP price range and the 24 3Gun is still a good deal at $225.

My personal preference is the HiperFire 24C flat blade design, however I know there are many law enforcement, government and other agencies which only allow standard curved triggers. Considering the performance of the 24 3Gun, I think HiperFire has another great trigger design that will be one of the HOT triggers on the market for 2014 and 2015.

SPECS
Shared Features of all Hipertouch triggers
No Screws, No Lower Modifications
AR15/10 Fire-Control
Robust Single Stage, Semi-Auto
User-Set Weights: Light, Med-Light, Medium (2-4lbs)
Small Pins: .154" Dia.
Best in Class Hammer Fall

III HIPERTOUCH 24 3GUN $225.00
24Competition Enhancements
Focus - 3Gun, DMR/match target
Traditional Curved trigger blade
Fast Splits and Controllable Repeat Fire
Retains Best in Class Reset

SOURCES
HiperTouch HiperFire Triggers - http://www.hiperfire.com/

2 comments:

william lee said...

On there website, it says that the 24c is not compatible with the BAD safetys. Did u have any problems with your setup?

Major Pandemic said...

I have not had any issues with the Aero precision Setup with both installed.