Digital Trigger for AR-15 Rifles

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DigiTrigger is a drop-in AR-15 trigger, which adds a digitally controlled 1 lb trigger mode to your rifle. It is made by a company called Digital Trigger Systems.

It is a hybrid system meaning that although it has a digital mode, it still retains the conventional mechanical trigger. So on traditional “safe” and “fire” positions of the safety selector, the rifle works just like any other AR-15 style rifle. And in those two modes it remains a pure mechanical trigger not relying on batteries.

The digital mode is in place of the “full auto” selector position. When it is selected, the rifle’s trigger becomes a digital 1 lb trigger. Also on this mode a grip safety is actuated. It is also possible to switch to another digital mode, where a shot is fired not only when the trigger is pulled, but also when it is released. In order to choose between the 1 lb trigger and shot-on-release mode (a.k.a binary trigger) you need to push the proper button on the backstrap of the grip. Should you need to cancel the shot on release, you need to either keep the trigger pressed for six seconds or manually switch it back using the backstrap buttons.

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This digital trigger allows shooting much faster. Also, the lightweight 1 lb trigger should aid making much more accurate shots. The DigiTrigger also limits the rate of fire that you can reach to the point where you won’t be able to outrun the bolt carrier group. In other words, it won’t allow you to pull the trigger faster than BCG of your rifle cycles.

Watch the manufacturer’s video for more details and demonstration of the system:

Unfortunately, there is no information concerning the availability and pricing of the DigiTrigger.

I think this is a promising concept among other attempts to digitize a rifle’s trigger mechanism. Its key feature to me is that it retains the mechanical trigger.

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Hrachya H

I was born and currently live in Armenia, where I work in a family business of leather goods manufacturing. Being a retired sergeant of my country’s armed forces and a lifelong firearms enthusiast, I always enjoy studying firearms design, technology and history. Also my knowledge of Russian allows me to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Pete – TFB Writer

    Very cool. I’d give it a shot for sure.

    • John L.

      ba-bump clanng…

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        I’m making a clean break from these jokes.

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          Swing and a miss.

    • iksnilol

      It’s a decision so easy you could say it is binary.

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        Triggered!

        • iksnilol

          But nowadays you truly have a digital amount of options to choose from.

          • Dougscamo

            Groan…..ba dump bump….

          • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

            This line of “jokes” might give Spider-Man cancer. Sigh.

    • valorius

      Please let me know when you’d trust it with your life. That’s the only way i’d buy one of these.

      It is neat for a target rifle though.

      • Tinkerer

        Electrically actuated triggers and even Electrically primed cartridges date to WWII.

        • Martin Grønsdal

          This one is digitally remastered

        • valorius

          I already said that. 😉

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        Take it out the box and see if the mechanical option works w/o batteries in it, which it sounds like it’s meant to do.

  • Jim N Jenna SK

    Interesting.

  • milesfortis

    Digital?
    Programmable?

    • alex waits

      YUP.
      But that is not our intent. 😛

      • Bigbigpoopi

        Anal-To-Facial won’t approve of it

        • ostiariusalpha

          They have a new boss. We’ll see.

          • Billy Jack

            Looking forward to them being defunded.

    • kevinp2

      My thought exactly!

    • Martin M

      This will never fly for civilian ownership.

      • milesfortis

        I don’t see how ATF can rationally (then again, I’m inserting the word “rational” into an irrational and often undecipherable regulatory agency) do anything with the trigger as long as it’s in it’s original configuration.
        There are already ‘binary’ (pull-shot/release-shot) triggers on the market. All these guys are doing is going electronic.

        • YS

          Like open bolt semi auto?

          • milesfortis

            Anyone back then could see open bolt semi was going to get called.
            Remove disconnector on the old M10/11 semi (real easy), voila.

            The BatBoyz did the same with slotted UZI open bolts – yes, just the bolt – in ’84. They called that a ‘conversion part’.

        • b0x3r0ck

          There is already a trigger system that alot like this one already out that controls the trigger operation. As long as it not programmable to fire multiple rounds on a single trigger pull I don’t see what grounds they have.

    • Bryan

      Not likely. To easy to see as a potential hazard. the mechanical portion that actually releases the hammer is S/A and won’t allow regular F/A, as designed.

  • alex waits

    This is something ill be looking forward to.
    Hope for updates.

  • kevinp2

    Very nice! This day was bound to come.

    And of course, someone will hack it and figure out how to …

    • Dan

      How to……give it ring tones!

      • Gary Kirk

        BRRRRRAAAT.. BRRRRRAAAT.. BRRRRRAAAT..

        Even comes with it’s own vibration feature..

        And for around $1000 plus $200 tax, plus 9-12 month wait, can even have a silent mode..

      • kevinp2

        Yes, repeating ring tones!

    • milesfortis

      With that ‘binary’ feature, who would need to?
      Just another nail in the coffin of NFA-34, an 82 year old that that current legal technology and manufacturing has rendered obsolete for FA, SBR, SBS and even some DDs.

      • Ryfyle

        Kinda feels pointless to keep the NFA for much longer.

      • kevinp2

        Having watched the video, I must say that the binary feature was very impressive. Controlled and accurate fire at a high rate. It would take a little training, but you are right, it seems like it would make full auto capability a moot point.

  • The_Champ

    A post about an AR with something that might actually be new and innovative? Well I never!

    • valorius

      Electrically actuated triggers and even Electrically primed cartridges date to WWII.

      • Cymond

        Yeah, but selectable between mechanical vs electrical, and then the electrical selectable between single and double?

        Any one feature alone is already uncommon, but all together, it’s pretty unique.

        • valorius

          Check out the German MG151E, which had electrically primed ammunition. Pretty slick kit for the early 1940s.

          • Seth Hill

            1) The MG151E is not AR based.
            2) Electrically primed ammo is not the same as this. This is still normal ammo fired using a normal BCG, firing pin, etc.
            3) As The_Champ stated, this is something new and innovative when it comes to the AR. A quick search seems to show that this is the only product of it’s type for the AR so far.

          • valorius

            Other rifles have had it, but sure it’s the first of it’s kind for AR’s.

          • Seth Hill

            What other rifles (or even pistols) have had digital mechanical (electro-mechanical) triggers? I’m not talking electrically primed/fired ammo/ignition system. This company appears to be the first to have produced a traditional trigger group/system that melds in electronics (other than something like a fingerprint scanner). They even hold a patent for it.

  • Minuteman

    Wow, this would confuse me a great deal. Waaaay too much thinking involved and I’m rather allergic to anything ‘digital’. Heck, I’m hardly on good terms with my computers, cell phones and what not. So I highly doubt I’d add gimmick like this in to the mix. No thanks…

    • Henry Reed

      K bye, we’re gonna go have fun. They literally couldn’t make it any more straightforward. Is this how you acted when they invented fax machines?

      • Minuteman

        Geissele triggers are fine. I don’t need a solution to a non existent problem. YMMV

        • Henry Reed

          Find one spot in their literature which claims that there was a problem with the AR trigger.

          • DanGoodShot

            Whoa, whoa, guys, calm down. Different Strokes fer different folks. 😉 it’s all cool
            Remember the words of the Great Book… Love thy fellow gun neighbor.

        • DanGoodShot

          Whoa, whoa, guys, calm down. Different Strokes fer different folks. 😉 It’s all cool.
          Remember the words of the Great Book… Love thy fellow gun neighbor.

          • Minuteman

            You’re preaching to the choir, bro. He didn’t get the ‘YMMV’ part.

      • How old do you think he is? The first patent for a fax machine was granted in 1843; he’s not literally a Minuteman.

  • dave

    Golgo 13 approves.
    How much is it?
    How much is it?
    How much is it?

  • Sean

    I mean, cool concept but good lord, calm down with the trailer music and the slo-mo. lol

  • spotr

    I like the concept of having the “mechanical” option if something goes wrong with the “digital” (..you know.. like batteries).

    I like the 1lb. pull.

    I like the binary shot option.

    The big question is.. Can you get this past the ATF bureaucrats? The ATF has already denied other electronic triggers since they are “too easy to convert to full auto”. I hope so.

    • This was my immediate question, if the electronics have direct control over the sear I feel the ATF is going to give it the thumbs down for hackability.

      • b0x3r0ck

        Track point rifles have direct control over the seat and that passed just fine

    • aka_mythos

      Anyone doing an electronic trigger should probably consider just overmolding the electronics board to prevent tampering.

    • Benji

      This seems hilariously easy to convert to full auto. Edit its software logic to keep the sear disengaged if the trigger is held. Having said that, I guess nothing prevents technically minded people from modifying mechanical FCGs either.

      • Bryan

        As I understand it, it is NOT convertible to F/A…through an electronic means…At it’s heart it is still a mechanical system, so it is STILL S/A and always will be, the electronic end keeps you from outrunning the bolt….something that CAN be done with other bianary triggers…

  • DanGoodShot

    Now this is a great way to get electronics into the gun. Making it secondary to the mechanical trigger is a slick idea. If it works as well as advertised in the electronic mode, sorry “digital” then you can count me in!

  • b0x3r0ck

    The website has it starting at $499 looking good so far.

  • noob

    finally! I wonder if the electronics are secured in some way so attempts to tamper with them result in the destruction of the unit?

  • Core

    Want

  • Bill

    Hmmm, sounds suspiciously like some form of “smart gun,” and everybody knows those are invariably doomed to failure, because of stuff that’s never been done before.

  • CS

    Smart Gun tech coming soon. Baby Steps, baby steps…

  • Irfan Zain

    Did anyone notice the stream of smoke out the trigger guard when he pressed the PR button at 2.26?

    • LimaYankee

      He was running suppressed, that has more backpressure than normal.

    • DIR911911 .

      did not notice that. kind of looks like something moving positions in the housing forced some leftover smoke out

  • Matt Shermer

    Is it unreasonable of me to be worried that this kinda thing might be one step removed from so called “smart guns” that the gubernment would try to push on us if they could have their way?

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      If every “smart gun” pushed on us was totally voluntary and had mechanical overrides (like this trigger does) then I wouldn’t be so worried, and they wouldn’t be pushed on us in the first place. It’s a non-issue.

  • some other joe

    I would hope the trigger is digital. I mean, what else should I use, my tongue? My big toe?

    • iksnilol

      You’d use an analog dial.

      Like on analog watches.

  • Goody

    I could see that being somewhat practical on something like a 204. Or hilarious fun on a 22.

  • Trey Heldmann

    If the gun community embraces this kind of electronic on their firearm, won’t it make us look a bit hypocritical when we refuse “smart” guns for reliability reasons? I fully expect to get some backlash for this comment, but just some food for thought on Thanksgiving 😊 I personally have no problem if someone wants to put this on their firearm, it’s a choice just like
    “smart”guns. I just don’t want electronics pushed on to my weapons.

    • milesfortis

      I see nothing hypocritical about it.
      The deal about “smart gun” tech has been the demoncrap/liberal-progressive/authoritarian/anti-civil rights crowd’s plan to make such tech mandatory.
      And the tech they want always seems to be fail-safe (unusable).
      This thing appears to be an “add on” where engagement is at the user discretion.

      • Trey Heldmann

        I don’t find it hypocritical either. I just feel that someone like Bloomberg could pounce on this with such charges.

        • milesfortis

          Bloomie, his minions, associates and allies will take any opportunity they think will make points for them anyway, no matter what we do or don’t do.
          Eff-them.
          Simply tell them where they can go and how they can get there.

        • Dr. James Russell, PhD

          They have no power anymore. National concealed carry and repeal of all state gun laws are in the future.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      The main difference is that this trigger has a manual override, allowing the user to bypass the electronics. “Smart guns” are the opposite, where the electronics are there to stop you from firing unless allowed.

      • PersonCommenting

        I dont get the opposition to smart guns and electronic guns. As long as it isnt required by law I have no problem with innovation. If it wouldnt hurt states like new jersey I would go out and buy that Armatix 22 tomorrow just because it is something cool and different.

        • milesfortis

          The main opposition is as you’ve described. The busybody/stick their nose into everyone else’s business and do it “our way” bunch of nanny-staters have always tried to make such devices mandatory.

          • PersonCommenting

            And I one hundred percent disagree with it being mandatory. I just dont get the crowd who hate technology and would never even consider trying one. That was more to my point. I agree with everyone who thinks it being mandatory is dumb.

          • stephen

            I also don’t agree with making it mandatory; and I don’t like anything electronic on my gun that could fail in a self defense situation.

            The worst time to find out it fails is when your life depends on it.

            just saying

          • PersonCommenting

            Yes but people said the same crap when the semi auto came out and it is the most popular handgun in the world. .Mechanical devices fail, electrical devices fail but they are both with proliferation going to become more and more reliable.

          • Billy Jack

            You can agree or disagree with whatever you like. If it’s something that helps prop up our equipment or rights on that proverbial slope prone to slippage the answer from intelligent gun owners will always be no. Anyone stating that such a position is unreasonable is either uneducated or working for the destruction of our rights. Your inability to understand the political situation leads me to believe that you are probing rather than being generally curious. Unfortunately, our enemies are persons with billions of dollars at their disposal and plenty of organizations with their sole function being total removal of all firearms from civilian hands.

          • PersonCommenting

            I guess you have an inability to read. I never said I want these to gain ground because I do know the political climate. I wont buy one as long as it will hurt other states and thus our rights.

    • Edeco

      It wouldn’t make us hypocrites, so it shouldn’t make us look objectively hypocritical. We’ll be portrayed that way, but it’s just a strawman, the opposition trying to run our side of the conversation and theirs.

      • Billy Jack

        Controlling the framework of the discussion is something most people seem incapable of for some reason.

    • kevinp2

      I support smart guns and can see several uses for them, and in fact, if reliable smart guns become feasible, they would likely result in several million more gun owners, particularly those with small children.

      At the same time, I 100% oppose any mandate for smart guns.

      A good rebuttal to the hypocrisy charge is to point out that the smart gun mandate in New Jersey exempts police officers and to ask why that is.

  • Cymond

    Oh wow, this could compete very nicely against the Franklin BFS.

    The BFS has the advantage of a mechanical system and the (real or perceived) reliability that brings.

    This has the advantage of a 1 pound pull for precision work, plus doubles for fun (and possibly defense). Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not sure I’d want a 1-pound double-tapping trigger on a defensive gun.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Then don’t flip the selector to the third position in a defensive use.

  • gunsandrockets

    Well son of a gun! Damned clever. I hope the price is reasonable.

  • Dagarta

    It’s interesting that it’s taken “this long” for an electronic trigger to appear (at least that I’ve heard) for ARs.

    I’m actually interested to see if these things will hit the precision shooting circuit and prove any particular worth.

  • Cap’n Mike

    Very Cool!
    I cant find a down side.

  • Bryan

    As I understand it, it is NOT convertible to F/A…through an electronic means…At it’s heart it is still a mechanical system, so it is STILL S/A and always will be, the electronic end keeps you from outrunning the bolt….something that CAN be done with other bianary triggers…Anyways, I’m guessing that to protect the electronics, it’s potted in…

  • Seth Hill

    It appears that was the original design of this, here is how I came to that conclusion:
    1) As you state, and Guns America also states, Creative Digital created one.
    2) So I Googled “Creative Digital trigger”, I found a link for Patent US8336438 that has Creative Digital listed for Patent US20130118050 under the Referenced By section. Digital Trigger Technologies also is listed there for Patent US8807007.
    3) Looking at US20130118050 it states it is invented by Benjamin Alicea. Then you go to the Legal Events section and you see that it was assigned to Digital Trigger Technologies on 06/29/2014.
    4) Looking at US8807007 you see that under Legal Events it lists Creative Digital and then Digital Trigger Technologies as assignees.

    Now, interestingly both US20130118050 and US8807007 list US9151559, US20150241156, and WO2012158975 in the “Also published as” area. Those are all tied to Benjamin as the inventor but the Original Assignees are tied to Benjamin, Digital Trigger Technologies, and Creative Digital respectively, but none of them show a change in assignment. It appears that the two companies are listed as being in different states (patents show Creative Digital in Illinois but I get nothing when i Google it). When you Google Digital Trigger Technologies LLC in Indiana (as noted in patents) it does come back with information AND it shows that Benjamin is the registered agent.

    So, it IS the first digital trigger it is just a new version or this is the civilian version.

    • valorius

      Excellent detective work by you. 🙂