[SHOT 2016] CMC Triggers’ AK Modular Drop-in Trigger

Released hammer

As Ray I. recently reported, CMC Triggers Corp. has been working on a drop-in modular trigger unit for the AK.  I had the chance both to try the trigger at the range day and examine one in operation at CMC’s SHOT booth.  As far as shooting impressions on the range go, I left with a very favorable impression of the trigger.  It had a crisp, light break, and none of the slap of a stock AK trigger.  Reset was extremely short, and though I did not have a shot timer with me (it wouldn’t have been very useful at range day anyway) I am certain my split times between shots were faster than even with my personal AKs that I have done trigger work on.  Being that the trigger is modular, you can pick and choose from a flat bow, an AK profile bow, and an AR15 profile bow.

cocked hammer

cocked hammer

Released hammer

Released hammer


At the booth, I got to see more of the internals of the trigger.  The receiver pins are isolated from the pivot points of the trigger and hammer, so as to be able to fit multiple AK variants while still being able to function.  The housing will most likely come to distributors in machined 7075 aluminum form, though forged examples were also seen at the show.  The rocket wire spring is a definite improvement over the usual greasy stranded wire that can be found on either side of an AK hammer.  The trigger is tensioned via set screws once installed.  Overall, I look forward to throwing one of these in one of my AKs and running it through the ringer.   If you want to see more pictures of the CMC AK trigger, check out CMC’s facebook page.

note the 2 set screw holes at the top of the picture

note the 2 set screw holes at the top of the picture

Thanks to everyone at CMC triggers for their time!

Rusty S.

Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. He is fortunate enough to have access to class 3 weaponry as well.


  • David Lowrey

    Any word as to MSRP? How does it compair to the standard tapcos that come in most aks these days?

    • Rusty S.

      Should be around $190-$200. That’s $100 less than its competition. And, though I use Tapco right now, it’s a world of difference, in a positive way.

  • Darrell


  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    I’m curious, will these packs look as is, or will they offered more sealed packs? I’ve always kind of wondered why the packs aren’t more sealed off to prevent debris from getting. I understand it would be another component to take down for lubrication, cleaning, and malfunctions but still, to have all the systems within the weapons sealed off as much as possible sounds like a good idea, at least in my ignorance on the topic. Its only the hammer that needs to get out and return, right?
    Be nice to carry around or have on standby a couple of extra packs for when complete take down isn’t possible. Trigger starts messing up from all the dirt like we see with all the mud and dirt test, open, shake, drop the pack, shake, replace with new pack, continue firing.

  • Lee Attiny

    Would a modular trigger like this work in a Saiga 12?