Hiperfire Hipertouch TH24 Tarheel 3 Gun Competition AR15 AR10 Trigger Preview

The skinny on Hiperfire One of our favorite triggers from our Big AR Trigger Upgrade review was the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C trigger … the Competition model with the distinctive Hipershoe. When Terry at […]
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Carolina Blue Hipershoe

The skinny on Hiperfire

One of our favorite triggers from our Big AR Trigger Upgrade review was the Hiperfire Hipertouch 24C trigger … the Competition model with the distinctive Hipershoe. When Terry at Hiperfire told me that he had a new trigger coming out soon that would be BETTER than the 24C, I wondered if he was high on … well, whatever it is that Engineers get high on. After all, the 24C caused such a stir among the Gear Report test team that I was in fear for my well being when deciding how to dispose of that trigger when testing was done. Lets just say that there were no shortage of hands that went up when I asked who would like to keep the Hipertouch 24C for extended testing.

Magic coatings

We saw in our AR Fire Control Group testing that WMD Guns turned a clunky stock mil-spec trigger into a very respectable fire control group by applying Nickel Boron to all of the non-spring parts and doing a bit of polishing. So, it should not have surprised me to see that Hiperfire had done much the same in coating the 24C with an un-named “secret sauce” Nickel alloy based finish, and called it the Hiperfire Hipertouch TH24 Tarheel 3 Gun Competition Trigger. Hiperfire doesn’t disclose that the plating is NiB-X. However, that is what it looks like to me.

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Hiperfire Hipertouch TH24 tarheel 24 trigger

Hiperfire says that the TarHeel TH24 trigger:

  • is smoother, so the shooter feels greater control and confidence, improving accuracy
  • is more responsive and more pleasurable to shoot
  • extends trigger life via reduced wear, since the plating is hard and somewhat lubricious.
  • absorbs lubrication into plating surface matrix
  • is easier to clean carbon fouling
  • provides better corrosion protection than parkerizing
  • offers better looks, although color will darken with use

I found the intro video on the Hiperfire site to be a list of great features, mixed with a few negating statements that make it clear that Hiperfire wasn’t initially convinced that coating a Hiperfire 24C would make a difference. My expectations are that the Hipertouch TH24 will feel nearly identical to the Hiperfire 24C competition trigger.

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Hiperfire Hipertouch TH24 tarheel 24 trigger upgrade – ready to install

Set it up!

I installed the Hiperfire Hipertouch TH24 in the new WMD Guns Big Beast .308 WMD-10 (AR10) for initial testing. Installation is identical to the Hiperfire 24C, so check out this video to see how it is done. The Hiperfire 24 series triggers look a bit complex, but aren’t really that hard to install at all. Besides, Hiperfire provides the best instructions I have seen, rivaled only by LaserMax (they also have awesome printed instructions… but I digress). The only tool that I use is a little alignment pin from the Hiperfire Hipertouch EDT installation kit. It is not required, but makes it easier to align the trigger group and the hammer with their respective pins. If you are new at this and take your time following the instructions to the letter, including watching the video(s), then you are probably looking at at 30 minute install. And you really should take your time since there are a couple of critical things, like the orientation of the toggles relative to the toggle pin, that you really don’t want to get wrong. Once you understand how the Hipertouch 24 series triggers go together, you can probably remove a mil-spec trigger group and install the TH24 trigger in about 5 minutes. I chose to install the heaviest toggle springs in the TH24, so I expect trigger pull to measure about 3 – 3.5 lbs.

As you can see in the pictures, the Big Beast is pretty much totally coated in NiB-X on all visible surfaces… and even some of the hidden ones, like the trigger well and mag well. While we have a variety of lowers that we could install the Hiperfire TH24 in, I chose the AR10 not because the Nickel finishes match, but rather because:

  • The stock trigger in the Big Beast is a fully coated and polished mil-spec trigger, as mentioned above (the one mentioned above was from the WMD Beast lower, not this Big Beast), but it seemed to be the weakest link on the solid WMD-10 platform. I am a big fan of the Hipertouch 24C trigger and can’t wait to feel how the Hipertouch TH24 feels in the AR10.
  • To show that Hiperfire triggers fit in AR10 rifles, not just the smaller AR15 platform rifles.
  • Because the Big Beast is our workhorse for testing various night vision and normal optics, so it will be used a lot.
  • And yes, also because the finishes match. While I am not a slave to fashion, I do appreciate the ability to color coordinate my rifle with my trigger. 🙂

How we will test the TH24

Hiperfire TH24 tarheel 3 gun trigger - tarheel 3-gunMuch of the testing will be opportunistic, as it is installed in one of our testbed ARs. As we shoot the WMD-10, we will also note how the Hiperfire Hipertouch TH24 feels and operates. However, we will do the obligatory hammer drop block testing and trigger pull weight testing.

Tarheel 3-Gun

Gear Report is located in Central North Carolina, the heart of 3-Gun country, in large part, due to the efforts of groups like Tarheel 3-gun. We look forward to checking in with the folks at Tarheel 3-gun as part of this review. The TH24 came about at the request of Tarheel 3-gun. It is my understanding that they insisted on a Carolina blue trigger. Please understand, if you aren’t blessed to live in the Tarheel state, that the exact shade of Carolina blue associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is what many North Carolinians refer to as “Carolina Blue”. The blue on the hipershoe is close, but a bit too dark. 🙁

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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. Well, Terry is back at it again, this time with the new TH24 Tarheel 3-Gun trigger. 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.

Huge thanks to Ammunition Supply Company, who kicked in 3 types of .308 ammo for testing the WMD Guns WMD-10, that houses the Hiperfire TH24.

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.

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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.

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