Trigger selection is a very personal and subjective thing. Different people like different things. I happen to really like two stage triggers. I got bit of a feel for two stage triggers when I built a 6.5 Creedmoor gas gun for precision rifle shooting. That rifle has a Geissele two stage trigger. If you do some google-fu and search for two stage triggers for the Remington 700 platform, the name Huber Concepts pops up early and often. I’ve watched some of the YouTube reviews of Mr. Huber’s triggers and it has gained my interest. I was fortunate enough to talk to Mr. Huber and try one of his triggers live fire at the 2015 Sniper’s Hide Cup demo day. While I only got to play with it a bit, I thought I’d discuss the design of a two stage trigger, the potential benefits, and what I thought of the Huber Two Stage Trigger for the Remington 700.
Huber Two Stage Trigger
First off, we need to define what a two stage trigger is because that can confuse people. I would define it as a trigger that has two ‘stages’ with a distinct and tactile ‘break wall’ between the stages. The two stages are often of varied pull weights so the number becomes unimportant. For an easy example, let’s envision a two stage trigger with a two pound break weight. What I would expect is to see some part of that total pull weight in the first stage, a distinct break wall or stop at the end of the first stage, where only the remaining pull weight is needed at the break wall to fire the trigger. So if for example I set the trigger up, or had it set at the factory, for a 50/50 distribution of the 2lb pull weight. I would expect a 1lb first stage, and an additional pound required at the break wall to fire the rifle.
The Huber Two Stage Trigger definitely fits this criteria. Frankly, I’ve yet to come across anybody who doesn’t like the Huber trigger, though some are looking for a different function or feature that it may not offer. One thing that often happens with a two stage trigger on an AR10 platform is if you were to pull through the first stage and stop at the break wall, but timed out on a competition stage and opted not to fire the rifle, releasing pressure on the trigger resets the total pull weight. You would start all over again from zero. The Huber trigger doesn’t reset the pull weight just by letting off the trigger, that get’s some underwear in a twist from a safety perspective. People worry about having a rifle with only half the pull weight preventing an accidental discharge. Huber Concepts even calls this two stage trigger a ‘staged break’ trigger, in an effort to clear up any confusion.
Let’s Address the Idiocy
The weight of your trigger is not a safety device. You have to keep your finger out of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire. If you decide not to fire, get your finger out of the trigger guard and you won’t have problems. I’ve emailed and discussed the way the Huber Two Stage Trigger works with the Huber staff, and with Mr. Huber himself. The safety on the trigger will reset the pull weight. If you decide not to fire because you are out of time or whatever the reason may be, engage the safety. You should be doing that to begin with, and certainly if you are picking up the rifle and preparing to exit a stage at a competition. You want to transport the rifle safely, engage the safety. If you want to reset the pull to the initial starting point, flick the safety on and off and you’ve reset the pull weight. Don’t rely on additional poundage to prevent a negligent discharge. If you have to move whether it’s in a competition or combat environment, flick the safety on, it’s pretty basic and it’s common sense.
Live Fire on the Huber Two Stage Trigger
Mr. Huber let me fire a rifle they brought out that was equipped with his two stage trigger. I dry fired it a few times to get a feel for the pull weight and where the break wall was that separated the first and second stages. I have to say, I was immediately impressed. This kind of surprised me, not because I had anything against the man and his creation but I just hadn’t expected the feel of the trigger to be that nice! One thing I wanted to check, and I did this by working that first stage a bunch, both dry fire and with the gun sighted on a steel target, was how tactile that break wall really was. If you have a two stage trigger with a weak feel at the break wall, you can wind up pulling right through the first stage and the break wall thereby discharging the rifle.
Obviously part of the advantage of a two stage trigger is the ability to pull through some of the travel and pull weight and prepare or ‘stage’ the trigger right before the point of ignition. That can be especially useful on things like moving targets (The 2015 Sniper’s Hide Cup had a mover) or in positional shooting from kneeling or standing unsupported positions. Rather than having to press quickly and try to force the rifle to fire as the sights drift over the target from an unstable position, you can stage the trigger, and break the shot as the sights align with your target. I worked that first stage and every time there was a distinct feel as the trigger shoe moved rearward and stopped at the break wall. From there it only took a smidge more pressure to release the shot. It was very tactile and easy to find. I’ve played with two stage triggers in the past where you can have to hunt for that stop between the stages.
The feel on this trigger is great. It was easy to work the first stage and stop at the break wall every time, even without resetting the pull weight with the safety. Somebody is going to ask, “How clean was the break?” Honestly, it was really really nice. It puts my tuned Timney to shame and that’s a pretty nice aftermarket trigger offering. The Huber Two Stage Trigger had a clean, crisp, break when you added the extra pressure at the break wall. The shoe itself was comfortable and I really liked the feel of the whole thing. I was genuinely impressed with how well the trigger staged at the break wall each time, and how cleanly it broke. I ordered one and it should be on the way shortly! I don’t have anything negative to say about these and the man behind the trigger is quite pleasant and friendly to talk to. If you happen to be in the market for a two stage trigger offering for the Remington platform, I would give these a serious look!