At the 2016 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, Blackhawk! was present showing off their new products, including the new suppressor line we reported on earlier this week. Blackhawk! was also showing off their new improved GI triggers, which we’ll cover later in the article.
The suppressor line comes in seven varieties, which are compatible with more than twelve calibers:
“Pulse” – .22 LR (full auto), .22 WMR, .17 HMR, .17 WSM, .22 WMR
“Smoke Stack” – .45 ACP, other pistol calibers below 0.45″, .300 Blackout
“Mini Boss” – 9mm handgun, .300 Blackout
“Gas Can” – Centerfire up to .308, 5.56mm full auto
“Barrage” – 5.56mm, .22 LR, .22 WMR, .17 cal
“Carnivore” – .300 WM, .308 Win/7.62mm, centerfire calibers below 0.30″
“Wrath” – .338 LM, other centerfire calibers below 0.338″
The new suppressors are not yet ready for the market, but Blackhawk! representatives informed me that they would be released later this summer. Prices will range between $400 to just over $1,000, depending on model.
Also at the Blackhawk! booth was their new drop-in GI trigger mechanism. This trigger conforms exactly to GI trigger dimensions, but features a new boronized surface-treatment that according to representatives penetrates deep (~1mm) into the metal to create an extremely hard, uniform surface that has excellent wear characteristics. According to Blackhawk! representatives, this treatment creates a trigger mechanism that effectively does not wear out, but gives a cleaner, much less creepy pull at the same pull weight and dimensions of a standard GI trigger, allowing it to drop in for agencies or services that require GI-spec trigger groups. The trigger also will ship with an alternate spring to reduce pull weight, bringing it down to the 3.5-4.5lb range.
At the show, Blackhawk! had set up trigger demos, and I found their trigger was a substantial improvement. I felt the demo GI trigger (all the way to the left) was very similar to my Colt’s bog standard trigger, and the two triggers at the show were substantially cleaner, although they still had perceptible creep. I found that the GI-weight Blackhawk! trigger also truly did have similar pull weight to a GI trigger, but with less creep, which is a plus for a duty trigger in my opinion.