December 23, 2021

Timney Competition Trigger vs Wilson Combat Trigger

Before we dive into our comparison, let’s talk about triggers.

Your trigger is one of the most integral parts of the shooting process.

As such, the trigger you use can have a dramatic impact on the shooting process.



Because the amount of force required to pull the trigger—which is known as the trigger’s pull weight—can cause your body to react in different ways.

For instance, if your gun has a heavy pull weight you may pull more to one side when squeezing the trigger. As this happens the bullet trajectory would change and your accuracy would drop.

If a trigger is too light, you might fire rounds when you don’t intend to.

The purpose of your firearm should factor in when choosing an aftermarket trigger.

If your firearm is a self-defense weapon, you may want a standard 7 pound pull weight.

For competition shooting, you might want a 2 pound trigger so you can quickly send shots downrange.

Today we’re going to be comparing two competition triggers for AR-15 platforms

First, we’ll look at the Wilson Combat Single Stage Tactical Trigger Unit, and then we’ll compare it to the AR-15 Competition Trigger from Timney Triggers.


Wilson Combat Single Stage Tactical Trigger Unit

Wilson Combat has several competition triggers on the market including two stage triggers designed for 3 gun competition shooting and pistol caliber carbines. Today we’ll be looking at their standard single stage trigger made for general competition shooting.

  • Self-Contained Trigger Unit. No loose pins, screws, or peices that you need to keep track of.
  • Easy to install drop-in trigger unit. Should take less than 1 minute to implement into your rifle.
  • Made with Heat Treated, Air Hardened H13 Tool Steel.
  • Positive Trigger Reset allows you to send successive shots at your target for better shot groupings.
  • 3.5 – 4 Pound Trigger Weight allows you to intentionally pull the trigger with ease.
  • Only compatible with standard USGI style AR lowers with standard .015” trigger pins.
  • Retails for $189.95


Timney Triggers AR-15 Competition Trigger

Timney Triggers has been around for more than 75 years, and they have a reputation for reliable trigger assemblies and units for all the most popular firearms on the market. Today we’ll be looking at their standard AR-15 Timney competition trigger.

  • Self-Contained Unit that utilizes proprietary design to keep pins from being knocked loose.
  • Easy to install drop-in design similar to the Wilson Combat trigger.
  • Hammer is made with wear-resistant S7 steel. Other components are made with A2 Steel. The casing is made with lightweight aluminum alloy.
  • Uses your rifle’s original hammer and trigger pins.
  • Choice between curved, straight, and skeletonized trigger,
  • Can choose between small and large pin sizes.
  • Pick between 3, 4, and 4.5-pound trigger pull weight.
  • Retails for $199.99


Our Verdict

Take your pick! Considering that both these triggers are in the same relative price range, we can safely say that you’ll be satisfied with either one of them. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference.

The Timney Triggers AR-15 Competition Trigger provides you with a little more customization before check-out. Unlike its rival, this model from Timney Triggers allows you to choose the pull weight and trigger style that’s right for you.

On the other hand, if you can deal with the lack of customization then the Wilson Combat might be the better choice for you. With components made of nearly indestructible steel, this trigger is built to go the distance. You also get the positive trigger reset which allows you to shoot faster and get tighter groupings.

If you want a little more say in the components of your trigger, then the AR-15 Competition Trigger is for you. But if you want a more sturdy build with positive trigger reset, then we recommend the Wilson Combat Single Stage TTU.

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