The Bottom Line
All I managed to do back then was remove some creep and crunch, and was still left with a 7.25-pound pull. This time I'm much happier with the results, and it took considerably less work to achieve them.
Trigger pull is now a touch over 3 pounds, which works great for me.
- Installs as a unit and replaces a bunch of factory parts.
- Provides crisp, single-stage trigger pull that's much lighter and less "creepy" than factory pulls.
- Available in a variety of trigger colors (it actually uses a trigger shoe secured with roll pins).
- Made in USA.
- Shape of trigger could be better.
- Actual pull weight is a touch over 3 lbs (advertised as 2.5 lbs). I like it like this, though.
- Drop-in single-stage trigger unit for Ruger 10/22 rifles/carbines.
- Replaces a dozen or so factory parts.
- It appears to be non-adjustable. At least, there's nothing in the paperwork about adjustment.
- I had mine installed and the gun back together in 34 minutes (taking my time and taking notes).
- Advertised pull weight is 2.5 pounds. Mine is a touch over 3 pounds, which I prefer.
- Available in a choice of trigger (trigger shoe) colors: black, red, blue, gold, green. and silver.
- MSRP at press time is $149.95.
Guide Review - Timney Drop-in Replacement Single-Stage Trigger for Ruger 10/22 Rifle/Carbine
Some years ago, I came into possession of a Ruger 10/22 carbine, which I bought from a guy in a nudist colony who was wearing only a Speedo. No kidding! I was ever so thankful that he had dressed for the occasion. But that's another story...
Trying to Improve a Bad Trigger
The trigger on my 1977-vintage 10/22 was heavy and rough. A few years after I got the gun, I bought and installed some aftermarket parts, which smoothed it out a little and removed some of the creep, but it still weighed in at a hefty 7.25 pounds. It worked for vermin control around my country home, but it certainly wasn't ideal.
Along came Timney Triggers, of which my father had been a longtime fan, with a drop-in 10/22 trigger. "Hmmmm," says I, and before long I had one of their new triggers in my hot little hands.
When it came time to install the Timney trigger in my gun, I checked the trigger in Dad's 1984 10/22. It weighed the same 7.25 pounds, but was much worse overall. Rough as a cob, with a "blump" about halfway through the pull.
That simply illustrates what many shooters already know - Ruger 10/22 triggers often suck.
Installing the Timney
So - installation time! I started at 10:36 PM, taking my time and taking notes as I went. The first thing I noticed was a typo in the small instruction sheet ("Timeny." For shame.). The second thing was that it was a bit aggravating having to flip the sheet over multiple times to refer to the diagrams on the back. But it was all pretty clear and I had no major problems.
There are two lock screws that hold the Timney assembly in place in the trigger guard. I had to do some fumbling to get the tiny hex wrench into them, but I finally got it done. There are springs inside the assembly that get in the way. It's all outlined in the instructions.
By 11:00 I had the trigger guard assembly together and had weighed the trigger pull. I made some more notes, and had the gun back together and the 3+ pound pull confirmed by 11:10 PM.
Almost two months got away from me before I got to the range with it. When a friend and I fired it at the range (25 yards), we were very pleased. My buddy Richard was even happier than I, because he out-shot me with my own gun, putting ten rounds into a tight group that I can almost cover with a nickel.
We tried a variety of ammo (Federal 550-round bulk-packed copper plated hollow point, Remington bulk-packed 425-round "22 Target" lead round nose, Winchester bulk-packed "22 Rimfire Xpert High Velocity," and some old CCI Mini-Mag copper plated round nose).
The tightest group was fired with the Remington target groceries, but my rifle seemed to like them all about the same. Accuracy was "minute of squirrel head" at 25 yards, which is all I need.
All shooting was done with a solid rest on a bench. Sights are a rear Williams peep with Williams FireSight fiber optic front sight.
All in all, this is a great replacement trigger. While my finger prefers the shape of the factory trigger to this one, performance is wonderful, and that's the bottom line.
- Russ Chastain