[SHOT 2020] RISE Armament

    I’m not going to lie, I have a special place in my heart for RISE Armament. I own all of their triggers (except for the original Gadsen, since I was not blessed enough to attend NRA Show last year). I also have their 1121XR Rifle in both .308 Win and 6.5 CM. Not only do they make the best triggers I have ever used (my personal opinion, of course), but their Director of Marketing is apparently wicked with a knife:

    This year they brought two new triggers to SHOT, a 2nd generation of the 140 SST, rebranded as the Rave 140, and a new performance trigger (just below their top of the line 535) called the Blitz. RISE mentioned they will be moving away from the numeric designation to better differentiate the trigger lines.

    [SHOT 2020] 2nd generation of the 140 SST, the Rave 140 removes the set screws for easier installation.

    [SHOT 2020] 2nd generation of the 140 SST, the Rave 140 removes the set screws for easier installation.

    The Rave 140 is a single-stage, 3.5-lb pull drop-in trigger. Interior parts have a black nitride finish and are contained in a housing that is machined from a solid block of 6061 aluminum, then fine-tuned by hand. It includes anti-walk trigger pins. A significant change from other models (and something that will start in lines moving forward) is the removal of the adjustment set screws–now there are heavy-duty springs that replace that functionality. It can be ordered with either a curved or flat trigger blade.

    [SHOT 2020] Clean trigger. Note the RISE logo on the side of the trigger blade.

    [SHOT 2020] Clean trigger. Note the RISE logo on the side of the trigger blade.

    The Blitz has a number of the same construction features as the Rave–machined from a block of 6061, set screws have been replaced by springs, interior components are black nitride finished, etc. The Blitz features a lighter pull, between 3.0-3.5-lb pull, and has a lighter hammer. The trigger blade is a “hybrid” that incorporates aspects of both curved and flat triggers.

    I had the opportunity to shoot both at Range Day, and both were definitely clean crisp triggers. I plan to get both in for a review in the next couple of months and will do a more formal review comparing them.

    Rave 140 MSRP $139

    Blitz MSRP $199

    You can learn more about RISE Armament at https://www.risearmament.com/.

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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