CMC AK Elite Triggers

CMC AK Elite triggers are already available on CMC Triggers website. They come in three different trigger shoe types: flat, curved (AR-style) and traditional AK type. All the three versions are offered either with 3.5 lb or 4.5 lb trigger pull weights. These options don’t affect the price. No matter what configuration you choose, the MSRP is $225.




Traditional AK

These are drop-in single stage triggers and as you can see they are self-contained in a separate chassis. So in order to install them, all you need is to disassemble your AK’s trigger group keeping only the safety selector lever, axis pins and the pin retaining plate or spring. Then just drop the CMC assembly inside the receiver and secure it with the pins. You can also use the provided tensioning set screws to tighten the whole assembly against the trigger housing rivets. Except being convenient to install, this trigger should save a lot of time and hassle when cleaning the gun. So it will take only popping the pins and you have all the clockwork removed and handy to clean or examine.

The housing of the AK Elite trigger is made of 7075-T6 aluminum and the actual trigger group components are made of 8620 alloy steel and S7 tool steel. All steel parts are also hardened to 60 Rockwell hardness.

It would be good to see those kinds of trigger manufacturers to make some sort of built-in axis pin retention. That would give a better solution to the debate of whether retention plates or springs to use.

Hrachya H

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  • 22winmag

    Are these different than last year’s CMC AK triggers that have been for sale on a half dozen websites?

    • Rick O’Shay

      I don’t think so.

  • nova3930

    gah. $200+ for an AK trigger?

  • USMC03Vet

    Boutique AK triggers. ?

  • David J

    I might spend 99.99 for this AK trigger but over than no! Let’s face it AK’s are brutes and I love each one I own, but why spend so much on a trigger vs just buying a new AK or more ammo?

  • the_duck

    Wonder if the hammer being made from such a hard material will result in advanced deformation of the softer bolt carrier tail like many Tapco G2s have experienced (which was also exasperated by the profile of the hammer as well).

    I just swapped out my G2 for a surplus Romanian trigger group, which was already worn in well and is pretty smooth. G2 smooth, actually.

  • DunRanull

    Ive been using various makes and models of AK over the years and Ive heard guys gripe about AK triggers being hard, rough, gritty, “slappy” etc but havent noticed this myself… I’ll grant that they arent any M1/M14 trigger.. OTOH an AK won’t fire if you drop it on concrete either. I’d be leery of lightening the poundage any more than a smoothing/stoning by a good gunsmith would do. YMMV.