Ruger Elite 451/452 Trigger

Ruger Elite 452 Trigger

Ruger is now selling a trigger upgrade for the AR-15 type rifle. Called the Elite 452, the two-stage trigger is a fully assembled kit in a polymer dry fire housing that includes a new grip, hammer spring, safety selector, and all of the needed pins, screw to mount the grip and springs.




The polymer dry fire housing allows the potential customer to try the trigger first before buying it. It’s also helpful to the person installing a trigger for the first time since you can see exactly how the unit is put together.

While Ruger doesn’t refer to this trigger as a match unit it certainly feels like one. Trigger break is very crisp with almost no takeup. I’m leaving it in the AR I tested it in.

The 451 trigger unit is a single stage while the 452 is a two stage.

Among the benefits of this unit claimed by Ruger are:

  • 30% faster lock time
  • smooth pull
  • crisp 4.5 pound break
  • Checked with my trigger pull gauge approximately six times and got a pull of 3.5 pounds.

  • safe for dry firing & can be used as a training tool

Ruger states that this unit will fit any modern sporting rifle (aka AR-15) rifle that has 0.154″ trigger and hammer pins.

The MSRP on the unit is $159.95.

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  • Jeff Smith

    I love the dry fire housing that Ruger is using for this and it’s new 10/22 triggers. That was a fantastic idea.

    • It lets customers try before they buy. The gun shop doesn’t need to dedicate a receiver or a complete firearm to demonstrate the product.

      • raz-0

        It’s neat. I expect there to a be a brisk secondary market for the empties when the guts are put in a real rifle.

    • It’s certainly an inspired idea. When Ruger sent this unit to me I sat and dry fired it,checked the trigger pull etc. It saved me a lot of time.

  • ContrarianView

    The sides seem to have a crinkly finish – casting marks? But the hammer face seems reasonably smooth. How smooth are the sear engagement surfaces?

    • Ruger is the king of firearm investment casting, so it would not shock me. Cleaning up the sides would be a needless expense as it isn’t a bearing surface. The actual engagement surfaces are probably ground or machined.

    • They are very smooth. The non contact surfaces are a little rough but then why not.They have no effect on function and save cost.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Even if you don’t like the grip, just the fact that their throwing in their own pistol grip and screw is a nice little touch.

    Man.. Ruger these days just keeps coming out with great stuff.

  • me ohmy

    BATF will *STILL* say….”nah.. that’s a gun”

  • Marty Ewer

    Countdown to ATF declaring the polymer dry-fire housing a “firearm.” 5, 4, 3…

  • Zachary marrs

    Kinda surprised they didn’t include an ambi selector, but i guess i can understand

  • Mmmtacos

    In most cases I believe Ruger has a lower price for the quality
    standard they meet with their products, especially given their focus on
    making everything in the US. I severely doubt that I would ever want to
    replace my Geissele with a Ruger I am eager to try this trigger, and
    glad I have a Ruger obsessed friend who has been looking to upgrade his
    mil-spec trigger. I am certainly eager to give it some pulls once my
    buddy picks this up.

  • It will be sent as shown in retail packaging

  • Chase Buchanan

    I’m sure the housing is made as cheaply as possible, of light, fluffy plastic.

  • Chase Buchanan

    Why is there a notch in the hammer? What on Earth does Ruger have against 9mm ARs?

  • The selector does have a bit more usable surface area so it’s not really a stock unit.