Tac-Con Trigger – Take 2

Since my first test run of the Tac-con 3MR trigger, I would like to tell you that I kept at it and spent a thousand more rounds in order to better hone in on getting the optimum rate of fire out of the 3MR, but… I didn’t have the opportunity. A variety of business obligations involving travel kept me on the road shortly thereafter, so my efforts to get in any serious range time were greatly hindered in the weeks that followed.

However, during one of these weeks I received an email from Tac-con informing me that they had a media event in the works and wanted to invite me. Apparently my door knocking campaign, while searching out the 3MR trigger early on, had gotten the attention of the media company who was facilitating the event.

It seemed that the event would entail, a tour of the manufacturing facility, a Q&A session and range time sponsored by Tac-Con. So I figured, what better opportunity to gain some additional perspective.

To be completely honest, I felt that I had already made up my mind, about quite a few things Tac-con 3MR trigger related, as you have possibly already read, in my initial review. But, I like to know as much about any given thing that I write about, even if I never end up speaking to some details. This also gave me the opportunity to post a more through follow up, including any new information that I found to be compelling, as well as a progress report of sorts.

To Phoenix

The first day of the event brought us to the manufacturing facility. There we were able to view first hand blocks of aluminum chopped into small rectangles, fitted into a fixture, milled into trigger housings and so much more. The shop producing much of the assembly was otherwise involved in aerospace production, boasted a variety of state of the art equipment and everyone we met there seemed to thoroughly know their trade.

The tour was fascinating for a guy with a background in manufacturing. Having visited no less than hundreds of shops of this nature in my day, I could tell that the place was a top notch manufacturer and had not simply been tidied up for our amusement.

After the tour, they sat us down in a conference room and we each assembled our own Tac-con trigger from parts, and the questions began to flow. Given the variety of personalities in the room the questions varied from human interest type to machine process type questions.

Some of the more interesting questions to me, were related to cost and value. To me this was probably the most interesting part of the analysis that I hadn’t addressed in my initial review. With some new talking/writing points for a follow up review squared away, we headed to the range. I, in hopes of settling some of my additional curiosities.

Warm Up and Drills

After getting the gear and the guys squared away, the folks from Tac-con were ready to allow us to warm up a bit on the variety of AR type platforms that they had in tow. We were invited to “bring our own” gear if we chose, but only one individual, that I am aware of, opted to go that route. We were given a standard safety briefing, then allowed to give the Tac-con system a go on our own. Shots erupted along the firing line, as the shooters began let loose, some for the first time, others for the first time since the Shot Show.

At first, I didn’t pay the results of the others much mind. I was on my own mission, curiously allowed to my own devices, with a hefty amount of ammunition. As I continued to shoot, the unmistakable sound of more elevated rates of fire began to echo in my head. Some individuals down the line where making FAST progress, and I have to admit that a wave of wanting began to wash over me. Two of the guys from the Tac-con crew were working as RSO and line coaches. I stopped and asked one of them what the others were doing, that seemed to be “working”. Instead of method based response, his advice was to “stop thinking about it”.

Oh, but what pain this answer gave me. I had to laugh at myself for wanting so badly. Having worked for the last two years teaching and coaching shooters from the ground up, I had a method and an analogy to make most any shooter understand most EVERYTHING. For as much as I really wanted a better answer, ANY answer, I had to continue on as directed, because I believed that these guys know what they are talking about when it comes to their trigger.

I began to contemplate what “not thinking about it” likely entails and what a shooter such as myself might have working against him. The best that I could come up with it that I was a methodical trigger puller. The kind of guy who is hung up on hitting the reset just right, every time. I decided that I needed to loosen up a bit, and it seemed… to work.

For a half dozen or so mags, I was achieving higher rapid fire bursts, in some cases for more than half the magazine. This was not of course “full auto” that many might hope to achieve straight away, but it was however something. And something rather significant in my book.

Disadvantaged side note

I showed up to the Tac-con media event with carpel tunnel, tennis elbow and probably a broken thumb, all on my right hand side. With the amount of ammo that Tac-con allowed us to dump, that we might find our own effective rhythm, my right arm came pretty close to shutting down on me. All the while I watched others ripping rounds pushing 650-700 RMP, I was still able to hit 450-500 consistently despite a half dead arm. To me, THAT is impressive. In fact, it was practically priceless.

Defining value

In the end, I think that for most perspective buyers it will come down to the matter of value. Beyond “does it do what people say that it does”, is the trigger worth the price? This is what I feel that most people will want to know.

So, in closing, I want to offer you the best value based assessment that I have been able to come up with. But, first let me clear the air. The Tac-con 3MR is NOT a full auto “bump fire” trigger. What it is, is a trigger with a reset assist. The third mode enables a mechanism that forces the trigger forward towards the reset enabling a VERY fast rate of fire, faster, with some practice. And no other trigger offers this.

The fact of the matter is that everyone should be able to shoot significantly faster with the Tac-con 3MR trigger than with a Mil-spec trigger. So, my value assessment is based on speed.

If you look at what is out there, the cheapest route to legal fully automatic fire for an AR platform is probably a class 3 device called a lightning link. If you are not familiar, a lightning link (LL) costs about 6,500 dollars and WILL get you 750-800 rounds per minute (RPM) from your AR platform, with no practice and no technique. For the sake of argument, let’s say that your average shooter can pop off 350 rounds per minute with a Mil-spec trigger. That would mean that between 350 rounds per minute and 800 RPM exists a 6500 price gap.

You can of course choose to pay some smaller increment in dollars, and achieve a higher than average rate of fire, by purchasing an aftermarket trigger. You could choose to pay 250 dollars and get an outstanding trigger by a reputable brand and you might be happy and satisfied to have raised your capability to achieve a higher rate of fire. For argument sake, let’s say to 450 RMP. But, if you were to pay an additional 250 (500 as opposed to 250 for some other brand) and purchase a Tac-con, you could, with some practice, find yourself shooting in the 650-750 RPM range. And you would still have 5900 dollars (excluding NFA fees) in your pocket, vs the cost of a Lightning Link.

In my opinion, the Tac-con 3MR trigger absolutely KILLS IT when you examine the cost of investment vs potential rate of return.

However, my personal experience dictates other than the best possible outcome, and yours might too. So how does one measure?

Well, not only was I was able consistently pump out 425-450 RPM with my part broken, part dead arm, I was also consistently pumping out 6-8 rounds strings at 650-700 RMP from EVERY 30 round magazine.

That’s a near full auto rate of fire, at the very least twenty percent of the time. If that happened to be the best that I ever achieved, twenty percent of the cost of a lightning link (at 6,500 dollars) would still be 1,300 dollars. And Indeed 650 is ONLY roughly 80 percent of 800 rounds per minute, but that would mean that the Tac-con trigger would still justifiably be worth 1050 dollars, in my case.

Did I mention that many of the guys there shot a heck of a lot faster than me, with MUCH longer strings of hyper rapid fire? Where the Tac-con trigger to have a cost based upon ratio of speed, some of us would go broke or into debt in order to bring a 3MR home with them.

Bluntly, I am going to suggest that you consider a 3MR BECAUSE it is DIFFERENT and because the potential is there.

I am not suggesting that you toss your tuned match grade trigger to the garbage and swap out for a Tac-con, but eventually you are going to pick up another AR, that is going to need a trigger, make it a Tac-con and decide for yourself. But apply some reasonable perspective when you do.

We are well beyond the point of the early adoption stage. This trigger works, and it works well. I now have them in two of my four AR platform firearms. I can promise you that at some point down the road, you are going to be seeing more and more Tac-con 3MR triggers in the circles you swim in, and chances are, you’re going to love it.

AND, seen as all the talk in the world might NOT be worth a single video, here is some video of the Tac-con 3MR in action, at the Tac-con media event – YOUTUBE

For more information on this outstanding fire control system, please visit – www.tacconusa.com

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