I recently posted an article evaluating the Beretta ARX-100 rifle, and the feature that I feel was most detrimental to the shooting experience was the trigger, which actually maxed out a trigger pull gauge. My friend CJ is serious about distance shooting, reloading, and is quite handy when it comes to trigger work and as such he has a gauge.
On measuring the pull of the ARX-100, most attempts resulted in a max:
However we did manage to get it to read once after several times at 11 pounds, 8 ounces:
After this experience, I thought it might be reasonable and prudent to put many other rifles (including two Beretta products) to the test that I feel are comparable in at least one category to the ARX-100.
For testing, I dug pretty deep into the safe. I will also note that none of these have had any trigger work on them. All have completely stock triggers:
A set of testing parameters were established:
- The same gauge used in the review would be used on all rifles
- Three attempts would be made on all rifles
- The median of the three tests would be collected as data
The rifles were placed with their stocks on a flat surface and all tested by my business partner Patrick while I photographed the rifles (he has no vested interest in any rifle performing better than any other).
Anyways, on with some results.
I felt starting with the previous Italian service rifle was appropriate; the tried and true Beretta AR70:
Which did much better than the ARX-100’s 11 pounds, 8 ounces:
Next up was a Daewoo K1A1, Korea’s AR15.
Then the Israeli Tavor:
A new, unfired Colt M4:
A select fire M16A1:
A Rock River Arms AR15 with their 2-stage trigger:
An HK MR556A1:
A select-fire HK33:
An FN FNC:
A Ruger Mini 14:
New AUG A3:
Masterpiece Arms MPAR:
FN SCAR 16s:
Arsenal AK74 (SGL-31):
Israeli Galil 392:
H&K G36 (SL8 trigger group):
Beretta CX4 Storm:
So with that we have a final pool of all data, arranged from the gun with the lightest trigger pull to the heaviest:
|Valmet M76||3, 2.5||50.5||3.15625|
|Sig 556||3, 14.1||62.1||3.88125|
|Rock River||3, 14.9||62.9||3.93125|
|HK MR556||4, 14.4||78.4||4.9|
|Mini 14||5, 2||82||5.125|
|Benelli MR1||5, 12||92||5.75|
|Galil 392||6, 1.5||97.5||6.09375|
|Robinson M96||6, 4||100||6.25|
|M4 Carbine||6, 8.5||104.5||6.53125|
|Bushmaster M17s||6, 12||108||6.75|
|CX4 Storm||7, 11||123||7.6875|
And this fancy graph should help as well:
This experiment was eye opening to me, and I hope that this data is pertinent to you choosing your next rifle!