Review: LaRue MBT Trigger

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LaRue Tactical, a high-end manufacturer of resetting target systems, Quick-Detachable optic mounts and AR precision rifles, began producing their own 2-stage trigger design in 2015. Named the MBT-2S, the new LaRue trigger kit is made for the AR-15 and AR-10 style lower receivers (standard small pins only, no weird old-school Colt size). During the last Black Friday, LaRue was selling the MBT-2S trigger at a promotional price of just $125 instead of the regular retail price of $199. That deal was extended a little bit into the Christmas season until the stock ran out. I received my sample during the 2015 holiday season. However, due to the popularity of the MBT-2S trigger, many didn’t receive theirs until months later. So, how’s the new LaRue MBT-2S trigger comparing to other popular 2-stage triggers? After few months of using it, I would say that the LaRue MBT-2S is a very nice trigger upgrade and well-worth the money.

 

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My LaRue MBT-2S trigger kit arrived in the typical LaRue packaging fashion, which included a bunch of extra goodies like a bottle of their famous “Dillo Dust” Texas dry rub seasoning, a couple of nice LaRue bumper stickers and a LaRue hat. The MBT-2S trigger itself comes in a foam-packed tin can with a glass top lid.  It’s quit a bit nicer than the utilitarian small plastic bag that most of other aftermarket triggers arrive in. The LaRue MBT-2S spec said the pull weight is 4.5 pounds (2.5 lb first stage and 2 lb second stage). My copy breaks at just 4.1 pounds (measured with a Brownells trigger pull gauge). For those that prefer a heavier trigger-pull, LaRue includes a 2nd trigger spring which will provide a heavier 6-pound pull weight.

 

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The LaRue MBT-2S trigger is precision-machined from S7 tool steel. Better known for their signature return to zero quick-detachable optic mounts and with a start as an aerospace company, LaRue has been manufacturing precision products for a long time.  Although LaRue didn’t say what it is, most the surfaces of the LaRue MBT-2S trigger are coated with a type of modern slick finish, a common addition featured in other high-end triggers. I have to say I like the shape of the trigger bow on the BMT-2S. I found that I could pull the trigger as fast as the flat-type competition trigger, yet, there’s still enough curve left on the MBT-2S’ trigger bow so I could use it for precision shooting.

 

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Close-up shot of the LaRue MBT-2S. It features an interesting hinged disconnector design. Together with the disconnector spring already installed, it makes the trigger installation on a lower receiver very easy. Maybe also because of this unique hinged disconnector design, the LaRue MBT-2S has a very fast and short trigger reset. Being a non-adjustable type, the LaRue MBT-2S should have the long-term reliability of the bombproof stock AR15 trigger.

 

How fast and easily can you install the LaRue MBT-2S? Probably a minute if you are slacking:

 

Another feature I really like on the LaRue MBT-2S is its wide trigger pad. It feels great on my trigger finger. Although there are those that preferred the blade type narrow trigger pad. Overall, I found the LaRue MBT-2S trigger to be very well made, super easy to install and the ergonomics of the trigger bow just works for me. The trigger pull breaks clean and it has a very fast reset. Price wise, the LaRue MBT-2S is competitive with other $200-$250+ non-adjustable 2-stage triggers on the market. At the promotional price of $125, the LaRue MBT-2S is a much better bargain.

The LaRue MBT-2S 2-stage trigger is available directly from the LaRue Tactical’s website here.

 



Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com


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  • Joe

    Anyone have experience with this? Working on my first two builds…this or Geissele 2 Stage? Roughly the same price.

    • Wolfgar

      No, there still $124.99 on their website and look like a great bargain. Great review, thank’s for the update.

      • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

        G2S = MBT in terms of cost. You don’t have to wait for he G2S though.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      The G2S would be my buy. I have a MBT, a SSA, and a G2S and find that I prefer the SSA with the G2S as a very close second and the MBT coming in last.

      I don’t much like the wider shoe on the MBT and the takeup doesn’t feel as refined as the Geissele units.

  • Zackary

    I have some MBTs and they are great and well priced. I would suggest trying one and if you dont like it, it will sell for about what you purchased it for, $125.00.

  • Gary Kirk

    Make a single stage at around 2 lbs and I might be interested

  • i_the_jury

    I found the MBT to be ok, not great. Comparable to a Rock River NM trigger but not to a Geissele SSA which I found to be much nicer break. Couple guys I shoot with regularly agreed.

    • Orion Quach

      It’s funny cause my friend who was a SSA fan, switched them out on two of his rifles for the MBT and I lucked away with a deal on a used SAA.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      I have to agree with you. It may have something to do with preferring the width of the SSA shoe though.

    • n0truscotsman

      The Geissele is a tough nut to crack. By far, my favorite trigger.

  • Back in 2012, I bought an Armalite adjustable two stage. It has been wonderful so far, but I wanna purchase mother one since it was like $95.

    My google-fu fails to find the same one with the .5mm grub screws for travel adjustments.

  • Joseph Goins

    I still prefer the BCM PNT trigger for $50 over this $200 one.

    • Frank Grimes

      How long did it take for your MBT to arrive?

  • mk18

    I currently own a few different 2-stage match trigger and the MBT is right up there with my Geisseles in terms of crispness. The ONLY thing I dislike about the MBT is the width of the trigger shoe. It’s just too wide and the edges, despite being angled off, just sort of “cuts” into my finger. It’s basically not as comfortable as the Geisseles (of which, I much prefer the Tricon shaped trigger, not the ultra-curved SSA/normal Geissele. At the $125 price point, it’s IMO, the best trigger you can get for the money. For $200, so long as the trigger width doesn’t bother you, it’s a toss up between the MBT and any Geissele in that price range. As a side not, I just want you guys to know that I’m NOT a LaRue fan. I don’t use the rails (outdated, overweight, poor mounting system) or their optic mounts (lever design is inferior to the likes of ADM, GDI, etc.)