Review: HiperFire Trigger Shoes Now in Black
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If you have not heard about HiperFire single-stage triggers, you should seriously consider them. They are awesome, and the HiperTouch 24C competition model represents a game-changing trigger design. Yeah, I know you have heard it all before, but this time it is different. The HiperFire 24C comes with a sharp-looking, bright red trigger shoe, but now they offer a black trigger shoe as well.
About HiperTouch HiperFire Triggers
HiperTouch’s founder, Terry Bender, had an idea to overcome many of the shortcomings of “match” triggers. The approach to the HiperTouch design was new from the ground up.
The ultimate challenge for a great tactical/hunting trigger is to produce a smooth, fast, flat pre-travel; very fast trigger reset; short lock time; and a crisp light break, all with no noticeable overtravel and delivering a heavy hammer 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 opposing forces. A smooth, fast, flat pretravel and crisp, light final break all require low forces at the sear, requiring lighter hammer and trigger springs that can lead to light hammer strikes and less-reliable ignition.
Most of the time things like fast trigger resets, minimized lock times, and heavy hammer impact require heavy springs, which creates a heavy, crappy-feeling 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 two-stage that has a first-stage pretravel, which some claim slows down followup shots.
The HiperFire magic is a result of spring cam 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.
The HiperFire has three spring sets (light, medium-light, and medium). Initially, I though the heaviest spring would give me the heaviest trigger pull, but it is the other way around. The strongest spring exerts more pressure on the cam and thus creates the lightest trigger feel.
Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, and Functions
The HiperTouch 24, 24E & 24C all share many key features. 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, and 4 pounds with the three supplied spring sets.
Essentially all three of these semi-automatic HiperTouch HiperFire triggers are identical once the hammer begins to fall, and all deliver best-in-class hammer fall force. With all these similarities, many will ask what is the difference between them. The answer is trigger tuning feel. You 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.
Many shooters (including me) will say the 24Competition Model has no pre-travel, no over-travel, and a stunningly light break. Obviously there is some sort of travel, but it is so little that my finger cannot perceive it. Adding the flat straight trigger blade and adjustable shoe increases trigger control significantly.
This is an incredibly fast-running trigger; the splits are incredibly fast. 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 resembles a Geissele National Match trigger, but in a single stage design.
The flat trigger design has become a favorite of mine in all sorts of formats, from 10/22 rim fire rifles to this AR15 design. With the 24C, the tunable trigger shoe offers another advantage for both finger comfort and fine-tuning of trigger weight.
I mounted this in my SanTan Tactical lower receiver and clipped on a 5.45×39 upper, which shoots extra hard Russian Surplus rounds. Generally, I will have 1 in 200 that will fail to detonate, but the 24C greatly reduced that failure rate to only about 1 in 500. This shows that even the top end of the HiperTouch line can bring it for both a stunning trigger feel and hard hammer fall force. The 24C can be used with or without its trigger shoe, but using the shoe adds comfort to the shooter and an additional degree of adjustment as well. Now with the addition of the black trigger shoe, the shooter can choose color as well.
I’m planning to use these triggers quite a bit in future AR builds simply because I believe HiperTouch has created a truly innovative design that works. The prices are extremely competitive with other high quality triggers in the market as well. The 24 is a screaming great deal with a $185 MSRP.
The HiperFire HiperTouch is an outstanding line of triggers that is turning heads in the industry and changing minds about what a great trigger can be.
- III HIPERTOUCH 24C $235.00
- No Screws, No Lower Modifications
- AR15/10 Fire-Control
- Robust Single Stage, Semi-Auto
- User-Set Weights: Light, Med-Light, Medium (2-4 pounds)
- Small Pins: .154″ Diameter
- Best in Class Hammer Fall
- 24Competition Enhancements
- Focus – 3Gun, DMR/match target
- Straight Trigger, Use w/ or w/o Exclusive Shoe
- HIPERSHOE™: Fine tune Travel & Weight
- Fast Splits and Controllable Repeat Fire
- Retains Best in Class Reset