Christmas comes early: Ruger releases BX-Trigger for Ruger 10/22 … FIIINNNAAALLLLLYYYYYYYYY

If you have been reading TFB for a while you will know how much I love the Ruger 10/22. I have been in love ever since I purchased my first one. That said, out of the box in its most basic/cheapest configurations, its a rifle that only has reliability and upgradability going for it. The trigger is terrible, the sights are about as basic as iron sights can be and the extractor wears out to fast … not to mention the terrible plastic stock. Ruger has introduced better iron sights, although most people will just use a scope anyway, the extractor is easy to replace with an aftermarket titanium third-party replacement and the stock even easier, but for a newbie the trigger is difficult to upgrade. While not terribly hard (I have done it so many times I could probably do it blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back) It requires more effort than the majority of weekend plinkers are probably willing or able to.

Finally Ruger has addressed this with the drop-in trigger group the BX-Trigger. It breaks at under 3 lbs, less than half the standard trigger and looking at the below trigger pull chart, it is a lot less “spongey”.


Installation is easy. Its just a case of remove a few pins. The engineers who designed the BX-Trigger show you how to install it in the video below ….

I wish I could buy Ron Nelson and Todd Wilkinson a beer. They deserve it. I can’t wait to see what the next BX product will be. BX-Target-Barrel???

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Zachary marrs

    Still uses stupid bolt release

    Still made of plastic?

    Far better options for not much more.

    This should be the trigger that comes with the rifle IN THE FIRST PLACE



      The Ruger lawyers make the customer put it in. Law suit for misuse of a usable trigger AVERTED. GO RUGER!!

  • Chad B

    I was excited until I saw it still has the bolt lock lever. That’s a bigger nuisance than the heavy trigger.

  • ContrarianView

    I hope to get one soon for a complete disassembly and review including comparison to the standard OEM and high-performance aftermarket trigger groups.

    The OEM bolt release is a trivial issue. As a manufacturer, Ruger wants to make safety a priority for all users including beginners, and preventing inadvertent closing of the bolt is a reasonable thing to do. I don’t blame them one bit. Working the bolt lock/release is simple if you do it properly. I have a video on YT about it. It is certainly cheap enough to modify or replace the bolt lock/release if you want to.

    There is nothing wrong with a plastic trigger group housing. It’s light, precise, and dimensionally stable in all conditions. In fact, some of the aftermarket parts makers recommend using the plastic housing as the pin holes and other dimensions are more consistent and precise than in the old, cast-aluminum housings.

    • bruce lancaster

      I have zero issue with plastic. I do have an issue with the bolt release. I’m perhaps a little prejudiced against devices that aren’t friendly to one hand operation as my father is missing an arm and I learned pretty much everything regarding tools, firearms, etc one handed – left handed… but then there is also the problem the bolt release isn’t very glove friendly either, and previous Ruger advertising indicates the 10/22 trigger guard was created to be glove friendly (not that it really is, but they made a point of saying it in the 80s and 90s). My newest 10/22s all have really sticky releases and every single one of them (5 – two TDs – two TDTs and an NRA edition) really require the bolt be held back with one hand while the other fiddles with the release. My older ones would release with a stiff press of the release button. I’m a fan of the 10/22 but I view the bolt release as an area that needs serious improvement.

  • sianmink

    My 10/22 already has a trigger in it..
    I just want that mag release lever. Getting tired of jamming my thumb inside like I’m checking its prostate.

    • ARCNA442

      You don’t need to buy a whole trigger to get the new mag release lever. I was having the same issue with my old 10/22, so I just ordered the lever from the Ruger website. I think it was less than $20 and took all of a minute to change out.

    • tazman66gt

      …with gloved hand…

  • BryanS

    This should be the one that comes with the rifle, not the lawsuit designed one. It would not cost them any more to release it right the first time.

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  • CrankyFool

    MSRP is $89.95, which seems around 60% off of standard other options (~$220 range). That by itself makes it incredible.

    This is noteworthy especially for those of us who want to do an 80% 10/22 build (much easier, it seems, than the 10/22 AR-15 build) — Casual inspection shows a home-build 10/22 being profoundly more expensive than a store-bought one, and the trigger unit has a big role here. If this saves you $120 … I don’t see any reason to not go with it.

    • A Volquartsen hammer is only about $36, along with bushings to match it, a hammer spring, and trigger return spring. In a 10/22 trigger pack, the sear notch on the hammer has a large effect on the trigger pull.

      • CrankyFool

        Oh, no doubt, but to be clear we’re talking about two different things. If you’ve already got a 10/22 with a trigger, this may not be the cheapest way to do a trigger upgrade on it. I agree with that assertion, and on my own 10/22 I upgraded to a Volquartsen hammer with pretty happy results.
        If, on the other hand, you’re building a 10/22 from scratch using, say, an 80% receiver, you’ll need to buy a trigger pack. Volq’s trigger pack is around $230 or so; at $90, this trigger pack is, erm, cheaper :). In fact, I see no other trigger packs that are even in the ballpark of this one (since Ruger doesn’t seem to sell their normal trigger pack separately from a rifle).

        • There are a few plain vanilla Ruger 10/22 triggers on eBay, and there are a few more on the Rimfire Central classifieds

  • Blake

    Thanks a lot for picking this up, Steve. Just in time for the holidays…

  • uisconfruzed

    So why did TFB not post my short, to the point, non profane comment about trying four different triggers and the one I found superior?????
    Did Ruger pay you to run this article?

  • PodBoy

    So it’s just a short reset trigger package, right?

    • ~3 pound pull vs ~11 pound trigger pull

      The chart shows the standard 10/22 trigger pull is under 6 pounds, but some of them are BAD.

  • You don’t need to buy a whole new trigger group if you’ve already got one. You’d be better served by the Volquartsen match hammer kit for $36. You get about the same result, maybe better.

    How many semi-auto .22 rifles can you get, with a really good trigger, for less than $225?

  • Looks to me, like the BX-trigger has more take-up, and less creep.

  • VITW

    I installed the Volquartsen bolt release on my 10/22 TD but would like to do a trigger upgrade as well. I assume that I won’t be able to install the Volquartsen after market bolt release on the new BX trigger?