June 16, 2021

Trigger Review – CMC vs. Timney

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Drop-in or get dropped. Let’s compare the CMC Drop-in triggers to the Timney drop-in triggers. Both brands are established and trusted throughout the United States. Both brands are made in the U.S. and have very similar demographics, with minor differences. The target demographic for both brands includes gun owners with AR 10/15 style rifles. Now, let’s get to the individual breakdowns.


CMC Triggers

CMC is very well known among the drop-in trigger market. The reason for this is because they own the original patent on drop-in triggers. That being said, it is easy to see how they amassed such a large customer base. The CMC triggers are great for all-around use. They all provide little to no pre-travel, crisp breaks, and an undetectable amount of over-travel. CMC triggers can also be purchased with a low pull weight. They offer a fairly large variety of triggers but don’t seem to specialize in any way. They are taking a step in the right direction with their new 9mm drop-in trigger for PCCs. As we said before, these triggers are great for all-around use. Their lack of customization makes them not the elite choice for specialized rifles such as competition rifles and hunting rifles. Another aspect about CMC drop-ins that we don’t like here at PewPewReviews, is their lack of compatibility with other firearm brands and models. Their price starts at around $195 and goes up to $300. Most of these triggers fall in the $235 to $300 range.


Timney Triggers

Timney drop-in triggers share a lot of similarities to CMC triggers. To start, they offer little to no pre-travel or over-travel. They also have crisp breaks with low pull weights. These drop-in triggers are also a great choice for all-around triggers. An important aspect we like about the Timney triggers is their wide variety and potential for customization. Due to the fact that there are so many types of triggers, it’s no wonder why they are so popular among hunters and competition shooters! Timney caters towards hunters by matching pull weight, pre-slack, and break to make for the perfect hunting trigger. On top of this, Timney triggers can be installed in a very wide variety of both firearm companies and models. When it comes to competition, Timney is unbeatable. Combining all of the aspects stated before along with acknowledging Timney’s ability to customize drop-in triggers makes them the perfect competition trigger. Allowing the user to make adjustments so the trigger can line up perfectly and comfortably makes for a quick and controlled break.

The one thing many of these triggers lack is their compatibility with PCCs. With this being said, Timney has come out with a line of drop-in triggers specifically for PCCs. The main concern we have become aware of, although rare, is the screws in Timney’s triggers can break more often than other companies. Don’t let this be a deal-breaker for you as it doesn’t happen often and Timney’s customer service has been known to replace these screws quickly and hassle-free! The price for these triggers starts somewhere over $100 and increases to around $300.


The Right Trigger

Overall, both of these products are great. You can either take our word for it or the thousands of people who own and boast about these triggers each and every day. When it comes down to the question of “Which choice is superior?”, the answer is not that simple. The way we would answer this question is by asking another question. What are you going to be using it for? If you were to say something along the lines of a reputable trigger for all-around use, we would recommend the CMC triggers. If your response was more specific as in hunting or competition shooting, we would tell you Timney triggers are the best choice for you as they offer a wider variety with more customization. As for price, they are both pretty evenly priced. It could be pointed out that Timney has problems with their screws, but this is rare and their great customer service will handle it. So once again, we don’t think there is a clearly superior choice when comparing the two. They are both superior in their own ways.


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