Tac-con 3MR PART 1 OF 2
Since the Shot Show, there has been a good deal of fuss as well as nay saying about a potentially rocket fast new trigger system from a company out of Phoenix Arizona, called Tactical Fire Control, aka Tac-con. This trigger system, known as the 3MR (3rd mode) was said to be capable of near full auto speeds, have very short uptake and ZERO over travel. But, was this all true?
I had been keeping an ear out in regards to the Tac-con trigger, and I was glad to hear any first hand feedback that could be had, but there were a select few opinions that mattered more to me than others. Such as people I knew to be familiar with much of what the industry has to offer, and people whom I knew to not be so easily impressed. The more that I heard, the more that my interest in the Tactical Fire Control 3MR trigger slowly began to transition, to intrigue.
So, I started making phone calls, in an effort to find who had them. I put the word out, and I got answers, and before long, I managed to get my hands on the 3MR trigger.
I have four AR platform firearms at my disposal. Two rifles and two pistols. The rifles were both outfitted with JP trigger systems, a trigger that I hold to be the best of the best, but the pistols were outfitted with nothing more than a QMS (quality mill spec) trigger, so they quickly became the most obvious candidates.
The next consideration was ammunition. One of my AR pistols was 9mm and the other 5.56. I had intended to bring the firearm, to the range to share the Tac-con 3MR experience with my co-workers, so I opted to outfit my Lone Wolf 9mm AR pistol, as my stockpile of 5.56 still seemed too precious to burn.
As I suspected, my co-workers were enthused with the prospect of trying out the 3MR trigger for themselves. But as the brass began to fly I realized that neither they nor I really knew how to achieve the desired effect with it. We all took turns “feeling it out” in our own way, when suddenly one of our guys began to seemingly “bump” off rounds. Half in shock, we pressed him for information and jumped in to give it another go.
With the number of guys there, the ammo didn’t last long and by the end of the exercise I didn’t feel that I was any closer to “figuring it out” then when we had begun. Sadly, the amount of ammo that I had brought that day, divided by the number of guys who shot it, meant a lot less shooting for each individual. It was fun to share, but it had been a huge mistake trying to learn collectively. 700 rounds might have been more than enough for one guy to get a handle on how the trigger worked, but not four or five people, essentially starting from scratch consecutively.
I returned to the range the next day with 500 more rounds determined to make a better effort of getting maximum speed out of the Tac-con tiger.
I loaded up several thirty two round Glock mags and for no reason whatsoever decided to get my fast shooting juices flowing by… dumping a magazine. Then I decided to do it again in the 3rd mode. This time, something seemed to click. Almost before I could ponder if I was working some “magic” with the trigger, the RSO asked me what I was doing to shoot “that fast”. Without thinking, I answered that I had simply dumped the magazine. He then asked if that was how the Tac-con worked, by simply shooting ar “dumping the magazine” speed. Honestly, I wasn’t entirely certain, I invited him to give it a try, as I sat back and watched. This in when I noticed something that I hadn’t quite noticed when I was the shooter. The RSO seemed to get a “spurt” of substantially faster fire at some point while in the process of dumping the magazine. In order to further examine the phenomena, I invited him to try it again.
Now, I could say that I was on to something. In fact now even the mechanical process of the trigger seemed to make much more sense to me. Where as some had the expectation that the trigger itself was going to do all of the work, this could not be true as the 3rd mode of the Tac-con trigger only pushed the trigger finger part way back towards the reset. This was…. assisted reset, not “bump fire” as it had been often described.
I asked a coworker to take a video in order to compare and visualize the speed burst sequences that I was achieving, and to better see how many rounds were fired in the process. During the course of fire the shift in rate of fire was phenomenal, however very short in duration. Sometimes just 6-8 rounds.
At the time I would have compared a magazine dump to… running as fast as you physically can. But in the third mode, you would have to imagine that at some juncture during your run, that the wind is suddenly at your back, as if you are being pushed along the way while running dead out.
Was it HOT? YES!
Was it intriguing? HELL YES!
Was it a sustainable near fully automatic rate of fire? Not so much. Not yet at least.
Between then and now, a lot of people have asked me if I was disappointed in this fact, and my answer is no. I am already plenty capable of dumping a magazine at an exceptional rate of fire, with a VERY fine trigger, and the Tac-Con 3MR IS a VERY fine trigger, with a 3rd mode function. When I had ordered it, I was far more concerned that it would be a less than impressive trigger that WOULD dump rounds and 800 RMP with little to no effort. I am quite glad it is the contrary.
Instead, the Tac-con 3MR is a very fine trigger, capable of an exceptional rate of fire and you might have to work at achieving an even higher rate of fire. For the time being, I’m cool with that.
For more information on this outstanding fire control system, please visit – www.tacconusa.com
(Stay tuned for a second installment review of the Tac-con 3MR trigger system)