There is no greater Ford vs Chevy argument in the gun world than LaRue vs Geissele 2 stage triggers. Its full of fanboys, drama, and even the owners of both companies don’t seem to be on good terms… So we need to separate the wheat from the chaff. No drama. Which is the better trigger?
Having owned both triggers I want to present a simple, logical crux to the discussion outright. Both the MBT and G2S / SSA are huge upgrades from a box stock mil-spec trigger… and in fact, both are so good that it will boil down to shooter preference over trigger performance. For all practical purposes, even if one trigger is slightly crisper (and I mean slightly) there are simply too many other variables that will impact your shot MORE than the 10% difference (maybe) in trigger crispness.
Let’s take a look at the specifications:
- S7 tool steel
- Two trigger springs to tune pull weight
- Flat trigger face
- 2.5# 1st stage – 2# 2nd stage
- Heavy spring to brings weight to 6# total.
- Cast tool steel
- The traditional rounded trigger face
- 2.7-3# 1st stage – 1.5-1.75 # 2nd stage
- Features as above
- An SSA with fewer QC processes attached and no external markings. A budget SSA.
- Retail $140
As an owner of both the SSA and MBT, it’s really obvious that they are both excellent triggers but there are differences present. The biggest point of contention between the two triggers appears to the trigger face. Geissele is more like the trigger that shipped with your AR15, whereas Larue is more like a hybrid between a flat face and a curved trigger. The flat feeling is often debated, but it’s down to shooter preference. The flat face will have no bearing on your shot to shot performance, likewise for the more traditional feel the Geissele trigger. Personal Preference. One consequence of having the wide trigger face is that you have to remove the safety to install the Larue whereas this step can be skipped for the SSA.
The second point of contention is the break. Reading accounts of users who have both triggers on hand, I get the feeling that they experienced a crisper second stage with the MBT vs the SSA. I can mirror that point, as my MBT has a crisper break then my SSA. The SSA has a very slight roll at the wall, so a hint of creep is present but nothing spectacular. The MBT has a sharp drop off after the wall breaks. When taking a shot, with triggers this good… neither will cause you to drop score. It’s just an observation.
The third point is that some shooters note the first stage of the SSA appears to be free of grit and rolls perfectly until the second stage. I can also state this was true in my triggers case. The MBT has a hint of grit on the first stage, but with the second stage being nothing but a wall and a sharp break. Ultimately the 1st stage isn’t what breaks the shot, so having a bit of grit here is nothing more than a bit of a nuisance without impact on trigger performance.
Finally the bread and butter. Price. It’s not a contest here, you can see the price difference weighs heavily on the popularity of these two triggers. I wrote an article on the MBT a few years ago referencing the intro price of the MBT at 249 dollars. Since that point, Larue has consistently dropped the product price further and further… to where it now retails 80 dollars.
I see this topic pop up frequently online, and I wanted to paint a picture. Both triggers are premium products with slight differences in feel… none of which will impact your shot unless you are at the highest levels of competition. My own experience with the MBT vs the SSA is that it is a wash in overall performance. They are both great products. I like the crisp break of the MBT, I like the Geissele standard trigger shoe, I like the grit-free 1st stage of the G, I like the cost of the MBT. Is the SSA worth more than double the price of an MBT? No. Absolutely not. With the performance of both a wash and the minuscule personal preferences taking the center stage between each trigger… there is no contest, the MBT is a better purchase. If you need something better than an MBT you might find that the SSA-E has a slightly crisper break according to users who have handled all three, but even then it won’t be enough to justify the cost over an MBT.
If you can’t get over the MBT’s wide trigger shoe, then its a no brainer go with the G2S and save some coin over the SSA.
If you need a trigger that is balls to the wall the best of the best, you are likely shooting long range and or in a competition setting. In that case, the only triggers you should be looking at are the HSNM from Geissele, the MKIII from Wisconsin Trigger co., or any other high-end tuneable two-stage. When you need something with elite performance, you are going to need the ability to tune the pull to your benefit. As far as the two-stage trigger offerings from Larue VS Geissele, well… the tables have turned. If they were the same price, then I would say flip a coin. Without a lower price, it’s hard to recommend the SSA but the G2S might be closer to the MBT’s value.
Check out the MBT at Larue Here.
Check out the SSA at Geissele Here.