RISE Armament Debuts $99 Trigger Group

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I had the pleasure of reviewing RISE Armament’s single stage 535 Advanced Performance Trigger, and it is the trigger that I currently run on my 3-Gun Rifle.  RISE is introducing their new offering, the Black Fallout RA-140 Super Sporting Trigger (SST).

A sector of the market has been underserved. Until now, there wasn’t a quality trigger group available around the $100 price point,” says Chris Barger, president of RISE Armament. “The RA-140 performs as well as trigger groups that are double the cost. Now, no one has an excuse to use a mil-spec trigger.

The RA-140 SST is manufactured and assembled in RISE’s facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. It is precision CNC machined from high-grade, heat-treated tool steel and aluminum. The entire trigger group is contained in an aluminum housing that is black 8625 hard coat anodized.  It is a single-stage drop-in trigger group with a short reset and it rated to have a 3.5-pound pull weight.  The trigger shoe is rounded, unlike the RA-535. For what it is worth, they manufacture to AS9100 aerospace requirements.  

I am personally impressed with the quality of the products and I am definitely going to give this one a try on my next build.  They state that it is “very easy to install with no fine-tuning needed” and I can attest that the RA-535 Advanced Performance Trigger was.  They do recommend using KNS pins for the install, and they sent a kit with mine, though I ended up tensioning it with the internal set screws.  It will be interesting to see if they come out with a rifle build using the RA-140 like they did with the RA-535.

The trigger will eventually retail for $119, but is currently available for an introductory price of $99.  You can find out more information about this trigger at: http://www.risearmament.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=81



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Rock or Something

    Cool. I’ve been looking to swap out my stock AR-15 trigger for awhile now. If the reviews are good, they have themselves a customer.

  • thedonn007

    Does it have a full strength hammer spring? Will it work with .22lr?

  • Cymond

    “Now, no one has an excuse to use a mil-spec trigger.”
    Depends on the purpose. I put a RRA 2-stage trigger in my main AR, but actually removed it. Light triggers are great for many things, but I’m very satisfied with my ALG ACT for a defensive carbine.
    I’ll use triggers like this for my pure ‘fun guns’ when I can build ARs just for fun.

  • USMC03Vet

    Mil spec triggers are fine.

    • I agree in defensive firearms, however if you have a hunting gun that’s designed to be accurate It makes sense to install a custom trigger.

    • Kivaari

      After I used a Geissele SSA in one rifle, and shrinking my groups by 1 inch, I put SSAs in all of mine. If this performs nearly as well as the $210 SSA it will be a great alternative.

  • Kivaari

    If it gets rid of the grinding in stock triggers, it’s a winner.

  • Marcus D.

    I’ve been waiting for trigger prices to fall, but they haven’t. I have an ALG QMS, which is a clean breaking but heavy trigger and very short reset, but I would like a 4 lb trigger. this sounds a lot like the Velocity (which has been on my wish list, but retails for a bunch more).

  • JR300

    So I bought one of these triggers and my honest opinion is that they’re not bad but not that great either. The break has an odd feel to it…it’s not a crisp break like the LaRue MBT-2S or most Geisseles. There is NO retention for the hammer/trigger pin so you have to use some sort of retained pin set (like the ones made by KNS). For $100 it’s not bad but don’t expect it to be as good as the MBT-2S or Geissele triggers.

    • Anthony Lombardo

      did you know there are 2 allen screws built in to the body that you can adjust once installed. they push against the receiver and apply pressure to the pins to keep them from walking (and they are super tight). i ordered the kns for mine as well, but found these after i made the order. i’ll probably just return the kns pins as i was unable to walk the pins out even with a punch.