Hiperfire Hipertouch 24E Elite AR10 AR15 Trigger Upgrade Review

Quick questions (and answers) for the impatient : How does the Hiperfire 24E trigger compare to other AR triggers? (Nice compromise between pull length and trigger break.) Is the Hiperfire 24E […]

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Quick questions (and answers) for the impatient :

  • How does the Hiperfire 24E trigger compare to other AR triggers? (Nice compromise between pull length and trigger break.)
  • Is the Hiperfire 24E replacement trigger a good value at an MSRP of $215? (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 24E Elite trigger? (Each of Hiperfire’s triggers is aimed at a certain set of trigger feel parameters. If you desire a light trigger with a hint of creep and a crisp break, then the 24E might be for you.)
  • Is the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24E trigger  good for hunting? (We think the 24E is more suited to hunting from a stationary position.)
  • Is the Hiperfire 24E trigger  a good upgrade for my duty rifle? (The 24E is a good trigger. However, we prefer a bit heavier, longer trigger pull on a duty rifle.)
  • Where is the review video? Click here for the Gear-Report.com YouTube Channel
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hiperfire hipertouch 24E ar-15 trigger

Quotable: “Good feel throughout. Clean break.” – Jason

Bench testing

1) Assembly

We received the Hiperfire 24E trigger  as a review sample direct from Hiperfire and installed it in an otherwise complete AR15 lower receiver provided by Anderson Manufacturing. Installation 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 a detailed video on how to install the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24 triggers.

Overall, I found the 24E 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 24E 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 24E 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. When the trigger breaks the toggle springs uncompress, pushing the hammer forward. So, heavier toggle springs = lighter trigger pull and more hammer energy. The best of both worlds. If there is a down side, it is that there are more moving parts within the Hiperfire trigger. However, I can’t see how any parts, aside from 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.

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

2) Hammer drop block

Before heading to the range to make expensive noise, we put the Hiperfire hammer drop block (they send us a prototype to test) in the  Anderson Manufacturing lower receiver to test the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24E trigger for proper operation and to get our heads around the trigger’s feel. 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 the middle of the road trigger in the Hiperfire lineup, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The 24E is advertised as having 1/2 the creep of a mil-spec or 24 trigger and a shorter reset, designed for the designated marksman or LE sniper. Just from the hammer drop block testing I agreed that it delivers as advertised. In the field it proved to be a nice balance between having a bit of pre-travel so that a twitch of the trigger finger won’t fire the rifle, but a smooth pull and clean break. More on the field behaviour later.

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 24E trigger delivered trigger pulls of 3.25 Lb, 3.0 Lb, and 3.0 Lb for an average of 3.08 Lb.

WMDguns.com NiB-X trigger on G.P.S. Trigger pull Scale

A smooth 3 Lb felt about right to our test shooters. Not too heavy, not so light and short that it would be a safety concern in the field. The Hiperfire Hipertouch 24E trigger is designed as DM and sniper trigger and we think the pull weights available are well suited.

4) Pre-travel & Over-travel

We measured total travel the tip of the trigger at almost 1/8 of an inch. That is split nearly 1/16″ of pre-travel, or creep, and 1/16″ of over-travel. Unlike the Hiperfire EDT, which felt very different to me when pulling with my finger tip vs resting the trigger in the first joint at the end of my finger, the 24E proved consistent with either trigger pull method.

 The Results

The Hiperfire Hipertouch 24E trigger is designed to be a long range precision shooting trigger and I like it as such. While it delivers refined feel for a specific type of shooting, it does so at a price that is competitive, if not on the low side, for this segment of the market. Make no mistake, the the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24E is a high-end trigger, even if it’s $215 MSRP is on the low-end vs competition.

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All 5 shooters slung 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 24E trigger performed under slow, controlled fire. Given that this is what the Hipertouch 24 Elite is designed for, it performed well. It just worked. No drama, very little wondering when it would break, just a light, repeatable trigger pull every time. I have the 24E earmarked for a future AR10/.308 rifle build.

 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. Given that this usage is where we might expect a slightly heavier trigger to inspire more confidence (you know, since we were shooting from an open firing line 5 shooters wide, about an arms length apart), the test team offered no criticisms of the Hipertouch 24 Elite trigger. However, some of the competition triggers felt a bit light in this shooting scenario.

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 Elite fire control group put in a respectable showing in the plate rack duels. It didn’t feel like the quickest trigger, but was closer in feel to the specialized competition fire control groups than the feel of the mil-spec based triggers. I am a bit surprised to say that the 24E strikes me as the best compromise for the casual, recreational shooter that splits time between bench shooting and the more mobile action shooting disciplines. I really expected the Hiperfire EDT to be my choice for that jack-of-all-trades role. In the end, the lighter pull of the 24 E won me over from the EDT.

 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 24E trigger felt more deliberate and crisp than any of the lower priced options that we tested. I was not able to find the sweet spot in the reset of the 24 Elite trigger in the limited rounds we had available during our testing. So, the pre-travel slowed me down a bit compared to the shorter /non-existent pre-travel in the competition triggers. Maybe more time on the 24E will make me faster as my finger gets accustomed to the reset point of the 24E. Seems like a good reason to take it back o the range soon. 🙂

Overall

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My choice for the best multi-use trigger in our big AR trigger upgrade test.

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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 mechanical engineer by training, created a very innovative design for the 24E 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 nice also.

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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.