Hey everyone it’s the bearded barbarian from the north again. I can hear you shouting at your monitors “Finally! Don got off his butt and got writing again.” Well there’s been more to it than that lately and I’ll spare you the details. Today I’m going to be talking to you about the first aftermarket trigger I’ve been able to get my hands on thus far for the Ruger Precision Rifle, the Jard Inc trigger.
While at work one very aggravating night Rich sent me a rather lovely link in a text message. It was the first pictures of a new trigger for a Ruger Precision Rifle. I knew then I had to get my hands on it and I had to test it out. I wanted to be the first to talk about it. I think I’m hitting that today. I started digging into anything and everything I could about this. Turned out there was not much out there yet. I shot out an email to Jard, and after a bit of confusion I ended up calling and talking to Dean while on break at work. I actually learned a lot from just that one phone call, as well as the next few I had with Dean.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Jard, they are based out of a small town called Sheldon, Iowa. Dean is also a farmer as well, so we are talking just about the definition of small business. They are the kind of guys I can get behind, they’re in it because they love what they do. Dean was awesome enough to send me a trigger to test out. It just so happened I got it while I was on a fishing trip with a very good friend of mine. The picture message showing what had been delivered that I got when we went into town for some more beer set me off dancing like an absolute fool. But then again we were in a Wal-Mart so it really can’t have been that weird.
After my trip I immediately attached the trigger, went out and shot it, and reported back. That last sentence was actually a lie. I actually spent the next few weeks being completely bogged down with training a whole new division at work, filing paperwork with the ATF, and dealing with a few personal problems, as well as the fact that summer finally decided to show up here in Minnesota. With its good friend high humidity no less. Rich has been on the receiving end of a number of my diatribes regarding how much it can suck to live in Minnesota. But that’s not why we are here, we’re here for Jard Inc’s trigger.
The Jard Trigger
The Ruger Precision rifle is definitely a rifle that is made for the aftermarket. As I’ve shown with other posts, there is a huge amount of parts already available on the market that can be swapped out for what’s already on the rifle. Ruger had the foresight to realize that there would always be people who would want to switch out the trigger in their rifle, so they made it a self-contained group that was easy to remove and attach a new one. Bonus points on them in my book. Jard’s trigger, which is the first to market to my knowledge, really took advantage of that fact. It’s a single stage trigger, without the fancy Accutrigger safety bar in the center of the trigger shoe. This is great because I’m a huge fan of single stage triggers. The particular model that Dean sent me was their 24 ounces pull model. That’s the heaviest they currently offer. I’m going to give you a moment to let that sink in. And the lowest trigger pull they do is 6 ounces. It’s almost scary how light it feels even at 24 ounces. Installing the trigger was probably one of the easiest single projects I’ve done on this rifle.
Installation of the new trigger is essentially a breeze. Start off by removing the lower from the action. After you have that done you need to remove the front screw from the trigger group. Using an object like an unsharpened pencil push on the lifting block from the inside of your receiver. If you’re having trouble getting it off, you might need to lift it further. I found that the blade of a flathead screwdriver gave me the extra bit of clearance I needed to be able to remove the whole trigger group. Be careful when lifting it, as the lifting block is on a track and if you lift it too far you can have the spring and block go shooting off across the room. The Jard trigger is actually extremely easy to install. Set it in place, screw it down, and you’re good to go. Once again I’m going to refer you to this lovely video that Youtube user GunsumerReports made about disassembling the Ruger Precision Rifle.
The Range Time
After I installed the trigger I spent some time doing some dry firing with snap caps in order to get used to it. It was almost scary, as I hadn’t really noticed how used to the factory trigger I had become. Mice farting comes to mind when describing how much effort it takes to set that trigger off. Because of how light it is, I had to spend some serious time training out the bad habits I had developed. I actually approve of that. As Rich put it, intuitive self diagnosis is a big step in the right direction.
I finally managed to sneak out to the range in the morning before work. After spending a little time sighting in my scope I got down to actually working with the trigger. The trigger was consistent with every shot, and I have to say was an absolute pleasure to shoot. I was slightly apprehensive about working with a trigger so light, but I focused on the fundamentals and kept the thought of “Don’t have your finger on the trigger unless you are actually ready to shoot.” at the forefront of my mind between shots. This range trip, with this trigger, has actually thrown a huge wrench into a project I had been working on for Accuracy-Tech. Because of it I’m going to have to redo a bunch of shooting, but I actually look forward to that. I like that, too.
Crisp. Clean. Light. As it came from Jard, there was no creep in that trigger. For people not used to shooting with such a light trigger I highly advise you to dry fire practice so you can get the feel for it. Once you place your finger on that trigger, it’s go time. I don’t claim by any means to be the greatest of shooters. Some of you may remember my picture of groupings from my article about shooting with Criterion Barrels a few months back. I took a picture of some of the groups I was shooting, and I think the results speak for themselves. Well with today’s groups I think this speaks well for Jard.
I’m very happy with this trigger from Jard Inc, and I highly recommend it. The platform made it an easy install, and it’s noticeably improved my groups. Dean and the guys down at Jard are a great bunch, and were kind enough to invite me down to get to know them better. So you have another iteration of the Accuracy-Tech Roadshow to look forward to. In the meantime it’s a beautiful day outside, and I’ve got the day off from work. I’m going shooting. Stay safe out there, and good shooting.