Modern Samurai Project
Innovative Gunfighter Solutions Flat Face Trigger Review
Before we begin, let’s set some baselines to see if this review will be relevant to you.
I am not a fan of flat face triggers
This was not a scientific, standards base, control group study. It is my opinion based on the things that are important to me.
I am a nobody but I train a lot. Here is my story :
Lifelong martial artist (TKD, Muay Thai, BJJ), no LEO or military experience (save being an Air Force brat), NRA pistol instructor (who isn’t?). I have received previous training from George Wehby of I4Tactical, Matt Jacques of Victory First, John Murphy of FPF Training, Chris Sizelove of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Aaron Brumley of Solo Defense, Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts, Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training, Pat Goodale and Wayne Fisher of PFT Training, and private training with Al DeLeon of the State Dept’s MSD unit. I shoot anywhere from 200 to 400 rounds a week. I try to compete three times a month. When not traveling for work I train BJJ 2 to 3 times a week.
In addition, I am also a contributor on PrimaryandSecondary.com and a moderator on three of P&S’s Facebook groups. I have learned, broke bread, shared drink, asked questions and (carefully) expressed my opinion with many professional pipehitters without getting my ass handed back to me.
Why am I not a fan of flat face triggers? My finger has a tendency to slip to the bottom of the trigger causing me to push low, where with a rounded trigger face the finger is “cupped”. In addition, I find the trigger safety on most flat faced triggers to be too thin. This may create an issue of not fully engaging the safety during rapid draw and engagement. Did I find these issues to be true with the IGFS trigger…..surprisingly…..no.
So why am I doing this “test”? At the request of Jimmy at F3 Tactical, I agreed to do an evaluation of the trigger. I again stated to him that I was not a fan of flat triggers. Jimmy in his usual way chuckled and said that the review would be more interesting that way. So at his store (F3tactical.com) I installed the trigger in my Roland Special (Glock 19, KKM Barrel + Comp, RCS Freya magwell, Trijicon RMR RM06, Surefire X300U) and his RMR’d Glock 19. The trigger was replacing my beloved Robar NP3 coated stock shoed trigger. I kept the Wolff 6# trigger spring and the 4# striker spring to keep things on an even playing field.
The Tests: Like I said I find myself slipping low on flat triggers so to test this I employed a few drills. These drills were Dot Torture, the FAST drill, 1 reload 1 at 7 yards, 100 point B8 at 25 yards, and the Hateful Eight Drill.
Dot Torture: Ran the drill five times over a week’s time at 6 yards, slow fire. Perfect 50s on all of them.
The FAST Drill: Ran the drill 10 times. Average times were between 4.80 and 5.15. Shooting low did not become an issue
1 Reload 1 at 7 yards from concealment: Times averaged between 2.9 and 3.2 seconds. Misses outside of the Alpha were usually high and my fault.
100 Point B8 25 yard drill: Scored a 92 cold. This is acceptable.
The Hateful Eight (8 yards, 8 inch circle, draw shoot 4 to slide lock, reload shoot 2, reload, shoot 2 in 8 seconds): Total of 3 runs 8.4, 7.76, 8.35. Missed one on the first run that was high. I smoked the second run. On third run, the gun did not lock back on empty (common issue with me and my big mitts and high grip) so it cost me time. This in no way is a reflection on the trigger.
Drill Outcomes: I did just as well with the IGFS trigger as I did with the Robar. The usual problem with slipping low on flat triggers was not apparent. The issue of not fully engaging the trigger safety did not occur.
How did the trigger feel? Pre-travel is minimal, over-travel is almost non-existent, reset is short and crisp. The pull is smooth and the wall is predictable. I believe the vertical grooves on the trigger face and the wide trigger safety separate it from other problematic flat triggers.
I did not find any significant issues with trigger. I would indeed recommend the trigger for anyone wanting to try flat triggers. The trigger was consistent, reliable and did not have the pitfalls of other flat triggers I have tried.
The final question on everyone’s mind….Am I going to switch to this trigger for my EDC pistol? No. Not because the trigger is not outstanding, but because I compete in USPSA’s Carry Optics division. This division requires a stock trigger shoe so I want my trigger “feel” to remain consistent throughout all of my Glocks. Is this scientific? Hell no. Does it make sense to me? Yep. YMMV.
Finally, I apologize if you were looking for words like “game changer” and “revolutionary” and “1911 like”. May I offer that descriptions like that rarely prove to be true? Perfect practice and repetition are the only ways to get better. Now with that in mind, good kit and components can remove obstacles. And in my humble opinion, the IGFS trigger is good kit if you are looking into flat face triggers.
Be Good. Stay Safe. Get Training.
Scott “Jedi” Jedlinski
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