SCAR Trigger Options
What are my options if I do not want to drop another $400+ on a trigger for my SCAR17? The trigger has gotten much better after 1000 rnds or so and a detailed cleaning of the trigger assembly. I understand that the trigger on the scar is different than most weapons and as such trigger jobs are somehow more difficult. Basically I understand that I do not understand the trigger.
I just know that my $60 trigger job on my bushmaster kicks ass compared to the scar trigger, but the knowledgeable people I have spoken with led me to believe the same thing could not be accomplished on the scar trigger. Any thoughts?
Bill Springfield lists a "trigger job" on his website for the SCAR, I think it's $65 or something. I'm not one, however, for trigger jobs on such a proprietary piece of hardware, but YMMV.
Timney is supposed to be coming out with a drop-in, it's already listed on Midway's site. Supposed to be $200-300 I think
This is an email that I have sent out a few times. The method is simple and has been used for years on AR's.
On the scar the trigger assembly is very similar to the AR. A short screw can be run up the pistol grip screw hole and the screw will press up against the trigger bar, the trigger bar will move up against the safety, and this will take all the creep and some of the trigger weight off the trigger pull. I have done the same to three AR's and my SCAR 16 and 17, and it works like a champ. My SCAR's triggers are very usable now, and the best part, no material was taken off of anything, and the factory warranty is still intact. Just go to the hardware store and get a screw with the same threads as the pistol grip screw, (6.0mmx1.0, measure to be sure) and cut it to about an inch, then cut a slot for a screwdriver in one end. Polish to round the other end and screw it up into the pistol grip threaded plastic hole above where the nut goes. Do this with the safety on. I run the new screw up until the safety is a little tight to put on, but easy to take off. Care must be taken to shorten the pistol grip screw,
so that it does not tighten up on the adjusting screw that you made. This could break things. I shortened the pistol grip screw so that it just goes through the nut. Some measuring is in order of course, and blue Locktite is your friend. Be sure to put a drop of oil or grease on the factory pistol grip screw, as I had mine gall in the grip nut (stainless does this), and it was tough to get it back out, but the star washer on it is a good one and it will not come loose for any reason even if oiled. After assembly, I warmed the assembly up over the home heater to see how the assembly would react to temp changes, and the trigger group gets looser rather than tighter when warm, so this is good. I have ran about a thousand rounds through the 17 so far after the mod, and the trigger has not changed a bit. Other than light strikes with one particular batch of surplus ammo, I have had perfect functioning with my SCAR 16 and 17, and the trigger mod lets me get the most out of the rifles.
Note, when testing, do not let the hammer fly forward against the plastic.
The screw can be removed easily, and re-adjusted easily
I am not kidding about the pistol grip screw galling in the nut. You do NOT want this to happen. The nut will turn in the plastic, and I had to cut the friggin' grip in order to get at the nut in order to hold it, totally destroying the original grip.
Hope this helps.
That sounds like a great adjustment; although methinks me balls are a wee-bit too small to take on this mod, esp since High Desert Dog already made such a great fitting Hogue Grip for my 16S:
I better wait for the Timney or cough up for the "big G," which I really like on my OBR 5.56.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge of the mod. Very clean and concise write up.
Thanks and you are welcome. So far as easy to do, it is even simpler then it sounds, and like I said, has been around a long long time. So far as concise, well, I had to re-do that sucker a bunch of times before it sounded right. Seems I ain't near the English major that I thought of myself, and every time I re-read it, I kept finding something that needed editing. Oh well. Age and Alzheimers.