TFB Review: RMT NOMAD Pivoting Trigger

    TFB Review: RMT NOMAD Pivoting Trigger

    I was recently given a drop-in trigger and asked to take a look and see if I had any thoughts. That is where the RMT Nomad and I met. The interesting thing about this trigger is the trigger shoe pivots. It both rotates and swings side to side slightly. RMT calls this “Pivot Technology”. The pivot will allow perfect indexing consistently through different shooting positions. This is new and very different. Clearly a product I want to play with and put through some testing. Do I think it is legit, or a gimmick?  Read on my friends.

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    TFB Review: RMT NOMAD Pivoting Trigger


    Initially, the NOMAD Trigger looks like a typical drop-in trigger. Aluminum housing. Flat-faced with nice machining on the sides of the trigger. It certainly looks nice!  What is really different is the shoe and how it is designed. It slightly rotates and slightly swings side to side. When looking at it the base of the shoe you see it is a separate piece. Without complete disassembly, all I can say is it appears to be mounted by a spring-loaded ball joint. The NOMAD Trigger only moves six degrees. Just 6 degrees. RMT explains:

    “With what we like to call, the 6 degrees of freedom, this trigger will move with your finger to prevent any unnecessary firearm movement from affecting your sight alignment as the trigger breaks. This is especially important when you are forced to shoot from awkward positions where perfect hand position is not possible” said Mike Semanoff CMO RMT Triggers

    TFB Review: RMT NOMAD Pivoting Trigger

    TFB Review: RMT NOMAD Trigger, With A Pivoting Trigger Shoe

    The idea is the NOMAD Trigger will correct any errors in your pull caused by unusual shooting positions. That six degrees will absorb the deviation in your pull and prevent movement of the rifle. That is great, but can it do it without a “wonky” feeling? A trigger that is swinging side to side, does not give one very much confidence.

    TFB Review: RMT NOMAD Pivoting Trigger

    TFB Review: RMT NOMAD Trigger. (Here the trigger is pulled all the way to the far side of the trigger guard)

    TFB Review: RMT NOMAD Pivoting Trigger

    TFB Review: RMT NOMAD Trigger, With A Pivoting Trigger Shoe


    • Housing and trigger are both of anodized 7075 aluminum
    • S7 Tool Steel for maximum durability of the hammer
    • 6 degrees rotating and pivoting freedom
    • No creep or grinding
    • Set at 3 lbs from the factory (not adjustable)
    • Only Weighs 2.2 oz

    TFB Review: RMT NOMAD Pivoting Trigger


    So, is it possible the NOMAD Trigger can keep the shoe slightly moveable and not be “wonky”? The answer is a hard yes! I found if you ignore the NOMAD and just concentrate on firing the weapon, it performs. If you ignore RMT’s “six degrees”, the NOMAD silently does its job. The NOMAD trigger has a crisp break at 3lbs. The reset is pretty standard of a drop-in trigger. I noticed the design does not allow both full rotation and full swing simultaneously. Most of the people I had dryfire the trigger when installed, did not notice any unusual play. The more experienced shooters noticed the play but had no negative comments.


    The RMT NOMAD is well thought out. They appear to have found a point where trigger shoe movement is not only good but beneficial. This is without any loss in the quality of the break or reset. Some may be wary of movement in the shoe, as I was. I found it completely safe and barely noticeable. it is a very safe, well-functioning trigger.

    Anything new and different is good to see. Not everything new and different is good and worthwhile. The NOMAD is an innovation that improves your trigger without feeling it. While pulling the trigger, one can not really tell when the shoe has moved, even when trying to recreate a “perfect pull”. I would do a dry fire positive I had not moved it, and the shoe was flexed to the side. I am sure some readers will want to shy away, but you will be missing out.

    Certainly different but you will not feel the difference in any negative way.

    Mike R

    Mike spent his entire adult life riding an ambulance throughout the Southwest US. He found humor in long in-depth philosophical conversations with crack heads and other urban street survivalists.

    His highest point was being invited to instruct for some “special” medics in the military. He spent almost 10 years there. A 30 year gun enthusiast, he started down the path of reloading to keep up with his desperate need of more ammo. Reloading is like medicine, you never stop learning.

    He can generally be found at the local range picking the brains of the old timer, looking for brass, and banging away at gongs. He reloads everything from .32 to .45, .223 to 7 rem mag.