Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C Competition AR10 AR15 Trigger Upgrade Review

Quick questions (and answers) for the impatient : How does the Hiperfire 24C trigger compare to other AR triggers? (The 24C is a specialized 3 Gun Competition trigger and is most […]
hiperfire hipertouch 24c ar-15 trigger review

hiperfire hipertouch 24c AR-15 & AR-10 trigger upgrade

Quick questions (and answers) for the impatient :

  • How does the Hiperfire 24C trigger compare to other AR triggers? (The 24C is a specialized 3 Gun Competition trigger and is most comparable to the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24 3G. The difference is the 24C has a straight trigger bow with a movable finger “hypershoe”, while the 24 3G has a traditional curved trigger face. Because the 24 3G and 24C are so much alike, you will find the 2 reviews to be rather similar)
  • Is the Hiperfire 24C replacement trigger a good value at an MSRP of $235? (We think all of the Hiperfire triggers are a good value, assuming you match your desired trigger feel with the correct model of Hipertouch trigger.)
  • Should I buy a Hiperfire 24C trigger? (Each of Hiperfire’s triggers is aimed at a certain set of trigger feel parameters. If you desire a fast, light trigger with a unique finger rest (“hypershoe”), obscene adjustability, no creep and a crisp break at the wall, then the 24C might be for you.)
  • Is the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C trigger  good for hunting? (We think the 24C is more suited to competition than to hunting.)
  • Is the Hiperfire 24C trigger  a good upgrade for my duty rifle? (The 24C is a good trigger. However, we prefer a heavier, and good bit longer trigger pull on a duty rifle.)

Quotable: “All around great trigger. I’ll buy this one from you right now!” – Jason (who now owns the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C trigger)

Bench testing

Hiperfire hipertouch  24c trigger review Hipershoe

The distinctive Hipershoe has 5 positions along the vertical trigger bow, altering percieved trigger pull weight

1) Assembly

Hiperfire sent the Hiperfire 24C trigger for review. We installed it in brand new and otherwise complete AR15 lower receiver (Model AM-15) provided by Anderson Manufacturing. Installation is not overly simple, but is straight forward thanks to the incredibly well written instructions included in the package and the easy to follow installation videos online at the Hiperfire website. I have yet to find any other trigger with such clear illustrations and step by step instructions as are included with all of the Hiperfire triggers.

Click Here for my detailed video on installing the 24C.

Overall, I found the 24C easier to install than a stock mil-spec type trigger, mainly because the 24 series triggers are easier to align within the mag well when inserting the trigger and hammer pins. The 24C has more parts. However, the parts are easier to install in the 24 series triggers and the safety selector can remain in place during installation (a big plus). Since I think installation of a mil-spec trigger is manageable for a detail oriented hobbyist, and the 24 series triggers are easier to install than a mil-spec trigger, any trigger from the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24 series is a great option for a DIY upgrade. Just take your time and be sure everything is assembled properly, the hammer spring is oriented the right direction, the shelf on the toggle pins faces outward, etc.

Chosen configuration: The Hiperfire 24C trigger comes with 3 toggle spring options. The toggle springs are an ingenious design that simultaneously alter trigger pull weight and hammer strike energy. Toggle spring option are:

  • Blue = medium trigger pull weight and low-end stock hammer energy
  • Yellow = medium-light trigger pull weight and low-end stock hammer energy
  • Grey/plain = light trigger pull weight and 35% higher hammer energy than stock

We chose the heaviest toggle springs, the unpainted grey springs, which provides the lightest trigger pull and… this part is a bit backwards from how most trigger groups work… the heaviest hammer strike. While we do not have a reliable way to measure hammer energy, this claim by Hiperfire makes perfect sense, as the toggle springs are compressed as the trigger is pulled, countering some of the trigger pull spring energy for a lighter trigger pull. When the trigger breaks the toggle springs uncompress, working with the hammer spring to push the hammer forward. So, heavier toggle springs = lighter trigger pull and more hammer energy. The best of both worlds!

Additionally, the Hypershoe has 5 detents in which it can sit on the straight trigger bow, creating a shorter or longer fulcrum which raises or lowers the pull weight and amplifies or reduces the feel of the trigger creep and reset. For testing we positioned the hypershoe in the bottom position, giving the greatest mechanical advantage for a lighter trigger pull feel. If there is a down side to the Hiperfire 24 series design, it is that there are more moving parts within the Hiperfire trigger. However, I can’t see how any parts, aside from possibly the springs, would be likely to wear out or fail under even the heaviest use. While installing the toggle springs takes a steady hand, all of the Gear Report staff that tried it found it easy to master quickly, making in the field trigger spring changes relatively simple and quick.

AR10 AR15 trigger upgrade test hammer drop block

Josejuan testing a trigger with the hammer drop block while Bob installs a trigger in a pistol lower

2) Hammer drop block

Before our range testing day, we put the Hiperfire hammer drop block (they sent us a prototype to test) in the  Anderson Manufacturing lower receiver to test the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C trigger for proper operation and get an undistracted feel for the trigger. This was an important step for us, as it allowed each tester to rapidly switch the hammer drop block to different lowers with different triggers to test the trigger feel for accurate comparison. As one of two highly refined competition triggers in the Hiperfire lineup, I expected an ultra-short travel, light trigger. The 24C is advertised as having virtually zero creep and a very short reset, since it was designed for the competitive action shooting arena, where speed, accuracy and split times reign supreme. Hammer block testing confirmed that there is virtually zero creep. As in, when the trigger resets, which is audible, it is already pretty much at the wall. While I felt that I needed more time on the 24E to find the sweet spot where the trigger was reset and ready to fire again, there was no such issue with the Hipertouch 24C. When it resets it stops moving and IS at the sweet spot. Additionally, as a guy with pretty big hands, I actually appreciated the slight additional distance that the hypershoe adds to the face of the trigger from the pistol grip. It may be less than 1/4 of an inch, but it was a noticeably more comfortable distance. Another thing that Josejuan pointed out quickly while doing hammer drop block testing is that there is a little molded seam line that bisects the face of the hypershoe vertically. It seems odd that on such a nice trigger that is so well crafted that this little mold seam was left and not at least knocked down a bit. It didn’t cut his trigger finger, but it was enough of an imperfection that he noticed it. Interestingly, when we got to the range with all of the sights, sounds, smells, weather, live ammo and other distractions no one seemed to notice the little unfiled seam.

G.P.S. Trigger pull Scale3) Trigger pull scale
Measuring trigger pull weight is pretty simple:

  1. clamp the magazine well block in the vise,
  2. slide the upper onto the magazine well block. So, the upper is completely stable and not subject to movement during trigger testing,
  3. cock the hammer by hand,
  4. reset the peak weight ring on the trigger pull scale,
  5. place the trigger pull scale test arm on the trigger in the location that you will place your finger when shooting,
  6. pull gently aft on the trigger pull scale until the trigger releases,
  7. record the peak weight from the trigger pull scale
  8. lather, rinse, repeat 2 more times
  9. average the 3 pull weights

The Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C trigger delivered the lowest trigger pull weights of any trigger in our Big AR Trigger Upgrade Test, at  2.25 Lb, 2.5 Lb, and 2.5 Lb for an average of 2.42 Lb.

Just for shits and giggles we moved the Hypershoe from the lowest to the highest position on the trigger bow and trigger pull tests, recording trigger pull weights of 3.5 Lb, 3.25 Lb and 3.25 Lb, for an average of 3.33 Lb. That is nearly a whole pound difference in perceived trigger pull weight adjustment simply by sliding the hypershoe up or down the trigger bow. I don’t want to seem too excitable, but HOLY CRAP! That is impressive and clearly makes the Hypertouch 24C the most user customizable of all the triggers in our test.

The consensus among our testers is that the sub-3 Lb range is too light and and the lack of pre-travel in the trigger might be a safety concern for the uncontrolled hunting environment. The Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C trigger is designed as hard-core, dedicated action shooting competition trigger and we think the pull weights available are well suited for that type of shooting.

4) Pre-travel & Over-travel

We measured total travel the tip of the trigger at just a touch over 1/16 of an inch. With nearly zero pre-travel, or creep, that leaves about 1/16 of an inch of over-travel. Making the reset about 1/16 of an inch.

 The Results

The Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C trigger is designed to be an action shooting competition trigger. I have not yet tried action shooting competition, but based on observations and interviews with competitors, the short, light, already-on-the-wall feel of the 24C seems to be right on the money. While it delivers refined feel for a specific type of shooting, it does so at a $235 price that is competitive for this segment of the market.The Hipertouch 24 C is priced slightly above one of the most established and respected triggers in the market, the Timney Competition AR drop-in trigger (which we are also reviewing) which MSRPs for $228. The Hiperfire 24C trigger itself has the unique Hypershoe on a straight trigger bow vs the Timney Trigger’s curved trigger face, but otherwise feels rather similar. The biggest difference may be that the Timney Trigger is a fixed trigger pull weight drop-in unit, while the Hiperfire offers the user a whopping 15 different trigger pull weights that are pretty simple to change. Or maybe a slightly shorter reset on the Timney.

AR trigger upgrade WMD Guns NiB-X trigger 100 yards bench100 yards

All 5 shooters emptied five rounds of American Eagle 55 grain .223 Remington at small, numbered paper targets from benches with shooting rests or sandbags at 100 yards to get a feel for how the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C trigger performed under slow, controlled fire. Since the Hipertouch 24C Competition is designed for, well, competition, I expected it to feel too light and touchy for longer range shooting. What I found was that the light trigger pull and lack of pre-travel meant that I had to focus more on when to release the hammer… because that is basically what you get with the Hipertouch 3G and 24C… precise control over when the hammer releases. Distance shooting is usually characterized more by a desire to be surprised when the trigger breaks so that the shooter doesn’t involuntarily react to the trigger break with any sort of twitch or flinch that might move the gun and make the shot miss it’s mark. While I think the 24 3Gun and 24C triggers are fine for casual longer distance shooting, they are likely not what most people would choose for serious distance shooting.

 Short range tactical carbine

Chris from Three Pillars Shooting, LLC and Bob, our other NRA instructor collaborated to run the team through basic 3-10 yard quick target acquisition, rapid shot strings and short mag shoot-reload-shoot drills. We mentioned in the reviews of the non-competition triggers that the competition triggers felt a bit light during this stage of the test. We actually had one or two premature shots at the short range firing line because the shooter meant to just find the trigger with their finger, but instead put just enough pressure to allow it to fire  (sorry, don’t recall which of the competition triggers it was. We didn’t write it down, as the shooter quickly said it was his fault, not the trigger). No one was hurt, and it wasn’t the triggers fault… it was just operating as designed. But it highlights the reason why most people prefer a bit heavier trigger with a bit of creep for a tactical environment. That said, the Hiperfire 24C trigger shot well, even if the trigger might have benefited from shooters that were more accustomed to competition triggers. In fairness, it is a bit of a jump to go from a workmanlike and somewhat gritty mil-spec fire control group to a high performance Ferrari competition trigger.

ar trigger upgrade review close range carbine shooting40 yard plate rack

A 2 shooter duel to see who could hit the most of the 6 plates of 8 inch diameter in a horizontal row at 40 yards. Similar to the tactical carbine shooting, the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C Competition trigger was in it’s element during the plate rack duels. It was very quick and easy to string together shots in the competition environment compared to the heavier, slower non-competition triggers. If you want to understand the limitations of the mil-spec based triggers, then I recommend shooting something of the caliber of the Hipertouch 3G or 24C. I honestly felt that the limiting factor when shooting plates with the 24C and the other competition triggers was my ability to move my finger faster… or lack thereof.

 40 yard steel silhouettes

This was less formal with 2 shooters competing to see who could put a string of shots on their steel silhouettes most rapidly. In range testing we found that the competition triggers excelled with their ultralight trigger pulls and ultra-short resets. As with the 40 yard plate rack duels, the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C trigger felt much more deliberate and crisp than some of the lower priced options that we tested (the 24 Elite model was the closest). Even with a very limited number of rounds to “get to know” the trigger, the 24C Competition trigger was pretty easy to figure out: The Hiperfire 24C trigger is built for speed and adjustability. The trigger was reset and ready to go before I could get my sights back on the silhouette target pretty much every time.

Overall

Gear Score
Gearswww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Taking the already good 24 3G trigger and adding 5x the user adjustability via the Hypershoe! How could you NOT love this trigger?

hiperfire AR15 AR10 trigger upgrade full lineHiperfire

As noted in our AR Trigger Test Preview, Terry Bender, the Hiperfire CEO wasn’t just willing to pit his triggers against the competition, he was EAGER. While every other manufacturer in our big AR Trigger test sent one model of trigger for evaluation, Hiperfire sent all 5 current production triggers. Terry, a graduate degreed mechanical engineer by training, created a very innovative design for the 24C series triggers, adjusting the geometry and mechanisms within the AR trigger group. My experience with the complete line of Hiperfire 24 triggers is consistent with how Terry describes them: “The triggers are differentiated best by the amount of creep to meet any preference.” However, I would add that the ability to dial in the trigger pull weight by swapping the springs is a great added feature.

GearReport logo Round AR15

The Big AR Trigger Upgrade Test

We tested 9 AR platform trigger upgrades from 5 different manufacturers to identify:

  • Which AR trigger upgrade is the best value?
  • Which AR-15 and AR-10 triggers are best suited for hunting, competitive shooting, personal defense, duty rifle?
  • Which AR trigger do we like best?

Starting with a just barely broken-in “mil-spec” trigger group as our “control”, our team of 5 testers assembled and dry fired each AR FCG on the hammer drop block to get a feel for each trigger, measured trigger pull weight with a trigger pull gauge, then shot each trigger in long range, tactical carbine, and competitive shooting situations to assess each fire control group in a real-world setting. We shot nearly 2,000 rounds down a combined 6 AR uppers so we could provide the most comprehensive trigger upgrade review possible.

Huge thanks to Ammunition Supply Company, who kicked in 2,000 rounds of bulk 55 grain ammo for this test.

You can read more about the hiperfire AR15 AR10 trigger upgrade and the other triggers in the test in our full AR trigger upgrade review.

 

 

 

About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits.

A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management.

Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.