anyone know if I can lighten this trigger? It's terribly heavy. does anyone make a replacement that is adjustable?
The AR-50 uses a Rem. 700 type trigger, so all you need to do is look up how to adjust one. If you want to replace it, all you need to do is buy a Rem. 700 trigger group from any of the manufacturers out there.
Excellent, Thanks! I thought they looked pretty similar..... How about the safety?
I replaced mine with a standard Shilen (what Armalite uses but their Lawyers had a go at it first) and it dropped right in. The problem comes when you use the safety, as you know the safety is on the back of the bolt and is VERY heavy. With the standard trigger if you don't hold the safety when you release it (which is next to impossible) the bolt will force the sear down and if there's a round chambered it WILL FIRE. After that you'll need to take the trigger out and reset the whole trigger.
Now, I know this sounds like a PITA but I never use my safety anyway and never load the rifle until I'm ready to shoot. Shilen's 2 ounce trigger has an internal safety from what I've heard and this won't happen with it. My trigger breaks clean at 2 pounds and that's where Iike it, I have shot an AR-50 with the 2 ounce trigger in it and it is amazing. The one thing you need to remember is to keep your finger out of the trigger guard until you're ready to shoot. Plus you'll need to take a dremel to the underside of the receiver and do some minor grinding for the 2 ounce trigger group so it will drop in clean.
So now you have a couple pro's and con's to think about if you plan on replacing the trigger. The other thing to do is to bounce your rifle on it's butt if you dial the stock trigger down. Use a fired piece of brass or one of the dummy rounds with the plastic in the primer pocket to test the trigger to be sure it won't fire from being dialed down to low.
Thanks 50_Shooter, very helpful information.
Yes, thanks a BUNCH!
I would try adjusting it first. I did and I am very happy with mine.
Plus it is free!
I adjusted mine as well. It's clean, crisp, and light. I don't have a trigger scale so I'm not sure the exact weight. But my AR50 is second only to my 22-250 prairie dog gun.
Call Brad at Cross Canyon Arms in Ogden Utah. 801 731 0172. He can work on the stock ar50 trigger and soften the safety.....a lot.....so that it doesn't slam when you engage/disengage it. I was in his shop last week playing with one he's worked on. Very nice.
Or just install a Jewel with bottom safety and don't use the ar50 safety. That might require some inletting of the bottom of the stock. Brad can do that too.
it is true that if you install an aftermarket trigger set too light that manipulation of the safety will cause the sear to release and BOOM!
I never seen much use for a safety on this gun, I'm sure the lawyers made them put it on for the sake of the children.