Timney Triggers has been building the world’s finest triggers since 1946 and recently opened its doors to Guns.com for a factory tour. 
 
If you’ve never tried an aftermarket trigger in your favorite rifle, shotgun, or handgun, you’re missing out on one of the best upgrades you can make to your favorite firearm.
 
Since 1946, Timney Triggers has been producing easy-to-install, single-stage triggers for shooting enthusiasts. At first, the company focused on bolt-action rifles, but it currently offers more than 170 models of triggers for all types of rifles, shotguns, and handguns. The company employs 65 employees in their home in Phoenix, Arizona. Today, Timney is the oldest and largest trigger company in the country. 
 

Timney has been in the trigger biz since Truman was in office, but one thing stays the same: quality. (All photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

 
All Timney triggers are hand-built in-house – there are no rebrands in the company's catalog – and personally tested on the action for which they are built. If you have a problem, Timney has a lifetime warranty that follows the trigger. 
 

Timney makes its incredible triggers by machining the parts from billet steel – no skimping with metal injection molding or rolled parts – while still hand-assembling, testing, and calibrating each trigger before it leaves the door. 
These discs will be turned into triggers.
The saying on the line is that they "cut away everything that is not a Timney."
Precision is everything.
Each is assembled by hand...
...Then individually tested.
How many of these actions can you name? Timney has a trigger for each – often several different versions. 
 They even have "lasers."

 
The company employs some of the best engineers in the business, including Calvin Motley, the man behind Timney's Calvin Elite trigger systems. 

 

 

Timney has strong partnerships with firearm manufacturers and, increasingly, the company provides the OEM trigger packs for these makers. It just makes sense for gunmakers to go with a pro in the trigger space rather than spend lots of their own R&D time and expense to develop something that, honestly, may not be as good. 
 
A big development recently is that, since July, all Remington Model 700 rifles have come standard with Timney Triggers. The Alpha 1 and Police models will come with the Elite Hunter trigger, and all other Model 700s will have the new Impact 700 trigger. Timney was asked to build a replacement Remington Model 700 trigger that does not compromise on quality. Timney listened. Timney delivered. 

Plus, it just saves folks the time it took in the past to get a Model 700, take out the factory trigger, then replace it with a Timney anyway. 
 



My own Timney experience


I've got a Timney Alpha Competition trigger in my hard-serving Gen 3 Glock 19. The company says it is one of the most popular pistol triggers they sell. While I was hesitant to swap out for anything that wasn't an OEM part – about the only malfunctions I have ever seen on a Glock that left a "dead" gun came from aftermarket add-ons – Timney has put the Alpha trigger to an independent test that it fired 10,000 rounds with no oiling or cleaning, and it performed flawlessly with zero malfunctions.

Further, as with all Timneys, it comes with a lifetime warranty. 
 

Timney Alpha trigger
It also ships with the little screwdriver tool shown. Available in seven colors – the only visible part of which is seen on the safety lever – I went with red, which seemed an appropriate color for a safety dongle.
Timney Alpha trigger
Timney ships its triggers with a Tootsie Roll Pop, with the tie-in being that you can usually install the "no gunsmith needed" trigger by the time you finish the sucker. They also have good instructional videos online. 
Timney alpha trigger
The factory-tuned weight is set at 3 pounds on the Alpha – compared with the standard 6-7 pound trigger from the factory – and ours did not disappoint when installed.

 
I've put about 2,000 rounds through it with the Alpha Comp installed so far and it feels great. 
 
Also gone is the "mush," creating a short take-up and distinct wall that is sharp and crisp with a noticeably short reset. Observe: 
 


 
Thanks to Timney for opening the doors for us to visit.

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