Looking at the products on display at Triggercon 2018, one rather interesting item we saw was the RTS
Upfront, items like this are historically pretty controversial. Many will argue something like this is not needed…but to TriggerShield’s credit, it does work exactly as advertised…it is quick to operate and seems well thought out for what it is.
Curious though, what’s your opinion of something like this? Is this a viable solution, or is more training on weapon handling a better approach? Is there a situation where you’d consider one? Let us know in the comments below.
Q: Ryan, we saw this product highlighted at this year’s Triggercon and wanted you to give us a brief explanation, as we’re always looking for new and interesting items that come out for the AR platform. Just what is the RTS TriggerShield?
A: The RTS TriggerShield covers the trigger well of the firearm. It is a shield that hangs over on either side of the rifle, we sell them as a set. Its function is to block the trigger well from any inadvertent breach, any unintentional contact with the trigger, be that a finger prematurely or a piece of gear…a branch…someone grabbing at your weapon. Whatever that is, this is a physical impediment to something getting on that trigger by accident. The reasons for that are obvious. You don’t want anything touching the trigger until you mean to pull the trigger purposely.
That said, in order for a tactical safety device such as this to be viable, you do have to be able to get onto that trigger on purpose when you want to, quickly and tactically. What we are most proud of is our design that allows you to swipe right up underneath it from a down to up motion. As a right-handed shooter like I am, with my trigger fingertip to the right, I’d be doing basically a small
Then as soon as I am done working that trigger on purpose I just extend my finger out just
Q: People are going to have an opinion on something like this. Perhaps say, “just train harder.” Who do you feel benefits from a device like this, and why?
A: We feel like this is a very beneficial, viable solution for a wide spectrum of shooters. If you consider the newer shooter who does not have a lot of range time, does not have the muscle memory of keeping their finger out of the trigger well until they are ready to shoot something, this is an obvious benefit for them, as it is a physical impediment.
It also has benefits for someone with more experiences, perhaps an operator.
The safety selector switch is not intelligent. The trigger is not intelligent. If that thing gets knocked off by accident and a corner of a mag on your MOLLE gear gets into that trigger and presses it, that weapon is going to discharge, it doesn’t care.
So, what do you think? Is this something you could benefit from? Let us know below. Should you want to try one for your self, or for more info, head on over the RTS TriggerShield website.
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