Gear Review: TAC-CON 3MR Trigger

TacCon-3MR-TriggerSo its not a secret, after SHOT this year I was a real skeptic in terms of the 3MR trigger.  I thought it to be nothing more than a gimmick to sell to the tacticool guys that want to be that guy at the range that has a 3rd position on their safety and shoot […]

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TAC-CON Media Event: Part 2: Range Familiarization

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This evening we were at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility here in Phoenix shooting, and getting used to the 3MR trigger.  I happened to bring my personal AR15 so that I was familiar with the system I was going to be shooting.  Being able to put 500-600 round down range, and get used to how it functions was a real eye opening experience.

As an initial skeptic of the system, I have to say that I have completely done a 180 and changed my mind in terms of its use, its function and its purpose.  Being able to shoot some of the different VTAC drills I was able to see how in a tactical situation the trigger system is very useful.  Having a assisted reset system helps the shooter prepare for the next shot on target and actually allows you the shooter focus on different aspects of your current shooting task.

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So how fast is the 3MR trigger?  I was able to shoot an entire 30rd magazine in 4.8sec, which translates to an average split time of a 0.16sec split.  Within that time, I was able to achieve splits down in the .10-.12 range.  Pretty impressive for a trigger system to be able to do that.  On the flip side, I was able to shoot a GI trigger group, unmodified and was shooting time more along the lines of 6.8sec for 30rds, or 0.22sec average split time.  In full auto terms, most of us were getting between 400-500rds/min.  Of course this is not the 700-950rds/min that you get on a fully automatic M4 rifle, but is still impressive for a semi-auto trigger.

All in all a very informative evening.  Other shooters on the range this evening were getting split times down in the 4.5sec range, so with practice the trigger system is able to speed a shooter up considerably.  Talking with the TAC-CON staff and other shooters on the range, the common consensus was that when you focus on going fast, it ends up slowing you down.  Being able to trust in your own ability is the key to shooting the system correctly.

Tomorrow we will be doing some more official splits and timing as well as tactical shooting and drills.  The video below is C. Despins, shooting next to me this evening, it is slowed down 16x to show the reset and how he is using the system.  His split times in this video are right between .14-.18sec running a VTAC 2x2x2 drill.

I promise to take more photos tomorrow and get more video.  We happened to be at the range late this evening, and getting decent photos was close to impossible.  Also, I am still looking for question that people might be looking to get answered.

I also wanted to add that the ambi-selector is not only ambi, it is also a 360 degree safety.  Meaning that to get to the 3rd mode, one can actually push the safety though the bottom, and directly to the 3rd position.  In talking with the TAC-CON guys, the idea is to be able to get to the 3rd position directly from safe, making the motion much more fluid and giving the shooter another option at coming off safe.

More tomorrow from Phoenix, AZ and the TAC-CON media event!

TAC-CON Media Event: Part 1: Factory Tour

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This morning we were all treated to a tour of one of the production facilities that TAC-CON uses to manufacture the components to make their trigger system.  Being an aerospace facility, the product that is being made is of the highest quality, and tightest tolerances.

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Also as part of the tour, we were each given a kit to assemble one of their triggers.  Included was all the parts needed to make a fully functional trigger system.  While at first a little daunting, assembly was actually easy.  Once assembled, we were walked through a function check of the trigger system.

 

What was released to us was a new ambidextrous safety selector that they will begin shipping with all triggers in the near future, with those that purchased triggers with a single sided safety the option to buy an ambi-safety from them.

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After the afternoon break we are headed to the range for hands on shooting with the trigger to get a better feel for how it is designed to function, what the functions are for and to get better at shooting with the trigger.

One part to the discussion this morning was the concept and thought process behind the trigger.  It was designed as a way to give people in a high stress setting a reset on the trigger and not get into the “death-grip” scenario, where they only fire one round.  The trigger is an auto-reset in the third position, forcing the user to reset the trigger for another shot.  The ability to rapidly fire the system was actually a side benefit to the way the reset system works, according the TAC-CON President Mike Stakes. This was actually to me, sheds a new light on the company and what they were looking to create for the firearms community and, at least to me, shed light on the reason they are being marketed to law enforcement as well.

This evening at the range should prove to be an exciting look into the function of the trigger system, how it works and getting used to using it.  Look for more this evening!

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TAC-CON 3MR Media Event, Pre-trip

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So today I am headed down to beautiful Phoenix, AZ to take part in a two day media event around the 3MR trigger system.  The trip will include a tour of the manufacturing facility as well as two days of range time shooting the trigger system both in a stattic target shooting mode for one day, and will conclude with a day of tactical drills.  Shooting days will be at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility just south of Anthem, AZ.

I know there are still a lot of people out there on the fence, and not sure about the trigger system.  I also know there are still a lot of questions about the system that they would like answered before spending the money for one.  So please feel free to leave questions in the comment section below, and I will do my best to answer them while I am there.  I will also be posting a daily recap, how the “learning curve” feels and photos from the facility and range time.

Stay tuned for more information!