I have to hand it to Ruger for its constant innovation—especially applying new ideas to time-proven products. Polymer-frame revolvers and the new delta ring/nut on the AR-556 are just two examples of this innovation. Right on the heels of the AR-556, Ruger has done it again with the introduction of the BX-Trigger for the ubiquitous 10/22 and the Elite 452 MSR trigger for the AR-15.
The BX-Trigger is completely drop-in. Simply take the barreled action out of the stock, push out the two pins retaining the trigger group and swap it out with the BX group. It takes about 5 minutes and it reduces the trigger pull to a really sweet 2 3/4 pounds pull.
The Elite 452 MSR trigger looks like you should similarly be able to push out a couple of pins and swap out the pistol grip with trigger group, but the pistol grip is actually innovative packaging. I was recently speaking with Ruger’s Mark Gurney about the Elite 452 MSR trigger and he explained how they function each and every one of these trigger groups. “We have to assemble it to test it, so we put it in a slave housing.”
Turns out it costs about as much to pay someone to take the parts back out of the slave housing as it does to just make a new one, so once function is tested Ruger just packages the whole thing and uses a new housing for testing the next trigger and so on. The cool thing is that the housing gives you somewhere to keep your old trigger parts, and if you’re so inclined, you can use it with your old trigger to practice your trigger pull.
In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.