Review: ALG Defense AKT AK Trigger (Part 1 – “So Far, So Good”)

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After my abysmal experience with the Tac-Con Raptor AK trigger, I was looking forward to the ALG Defense AKT.  I ordered mine shortly after they were released and promptly installed it on my Arsenal SLR-107F (a gun that the Tac-Con would not work in).

Unlike the Tac-Con, installation was an absolute breeze.   Other than the pin that you need to press in and then file to fit for the proper safety engagement (which isn’t necessary for the trigger to work) – it’s totally simple.  If you can do a Tapco or an AR trigger – this is nothing.

And the outcome?  An extremely short and fairly light trigger (darn, I need a trigger gauge) but if you’re disciplined about it, you can “stage” it and have an idea when it’s going to break.  Crisp, audible – CLICK – reset.  The cycle of the bolt seems a bit rougher – rubbing on the unfinished part of the hammer – unlike my well worn Tapco hammer.  Also the ALG has no over travel which is nice compared to the Tapco G2.  Ultimately, the trigger reminds me of the Tac-Con but it’s a fraction of the cost, installs without beating the snot of out of your rifle and the safety functions without much effort.  Seems like a winner, right?

Speak of of my safety…it’s probably out of their “safe” spec zone but the roll pin (mentioned earlier) they include to adjust that is too long (AK tolerances).  As a result, they expect you to sit there and file it down (meh, maybe later).  Basically, the trigger will rock back and forth a bit while on safe but that happens on my Tapco G2 triggers as well.  With the AKT, the sear engagement surfaces are smaller – which is why they want that extra degree of caution.  To test the safety without the roll pin, I put my rifle on safe and really jammed on the trigger multiple times and could not get it to drop.

It’s worth noting that I think they reacted to the first round of reviews saying the trigger was too light and they now include an auxiliary trigger spring which will increase the trigger pull.  To be clear, the basic ALG trigger is slightly more complicated that a standard trigger but you throw that extra spring in there you’re really starting to muck up a simple trigger group that the AK relies on.
I’ll take it out for a function test in the next week or so…keep an eye out for Part 2!

Review: Tac-Con Raptor AK Trigger (Part 2 – “Meh”)

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After e-mailing and calling (I also left a message) Tac-Con regarding the issues I experienced with installing the Raptor trigger, I took my Yugo M70B1 to the range.  For this preliminary function check, I set myself up at the 25 yard berm and simply propped the rifle up on the bench by using the magazine as a poor man’s mono-pod.  While I put up some 7 inch targets – I was really only interested in testing how the trigger worked given that it was such a pain to install.  At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if something goes wrong…and I was right.

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Review: Tac-Con Raptor AK Trigger (Part 1 – Not So “Drop In”)

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After shooting the Tac-Con Raptor AK trigger at SHOT Show 2015, I was hooked…until I heard the price tag – $349?!?  Um…I own AKs which originally cost that much.  I figured it wasn’t meant to be and started considering the less expensive triggers being offered by CMC and ALG.  A few weeks later I was shocked to learn I had received one in a give-a-way!  Of course, the day I got it in the mail – I tore open the box and sat down to install it in one of my rifles.

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Review: MagPul’s Glock Magazine

Everyone loves MagPul…Right?  They are one of the most well-known brands in the firearms industry and for good reason.  They make solid products at a competitive price point and can make anyone or any gun feel operator as f*<k (which is clearly the most important metric in life).  Even in the midst of moving from Colorado and cranking out millions of standard AR PMags, MagPul began to support an entirely new platform with the AK PMag and AK MOE & ZHUKOV stock/handguard sets.

But I think I was most surprised by the recent announcement that MagPul was going to begin producing magazines in 9MM for the Glock 17.  When I first saw the press release, I did know if I liked the idea…Glock magazines with no metal liner?  Sounds like some notoriously unreliable magazines from South Korea.  Ewwww.

Fortunately, I got a chance to check out these new magazines first hand at SHOT Show 2015 and I was really impressed.

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