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Looking for a Glock Trigger Upgrade? | Evaluating the SSVi TYR Trigger Group [VIDEO]

What follows is my written review. The video with additional thoughts and a view of the product is at the bottom of this page.

It is no secret that I like Glock handguns.  I have carried the same Gen 3 Glock 27 for the past 9 years and it has been a solid and reliable workhorse.  I feel the Glock is a reliable performer right out of the box, and in addition to carrying one for EDC, I was issued a Glock by the Southern California police department where I previously worked.  Because the department had strict rules on officers modifying their guns (putting a Hogue slip on grip would be considered ‘a tricked out gun') I have been accustomed to carrying my Glock 27 for EDC very close to stock (with the exception of some aftermarket sights and applied grip.  I have been shooting the factory Glock trigger for a long time and grown to accept it for what it is and make it perform.

However, as great as the Glock is from the factory, there are a few enhancements that many Glock owners seem to like. As you probably guessed from the name of the article, one of these enhancements is replacing the stock trigger.  Some shooters complain that the stock Glock trigger feels ‘mushy' and not as responsive as they would like.  Others feel that the pre-travel and reset are too long.  While I completely acknowledge that there are firearms with nicer factory triggers, I actually liked the stock Glock trigger and really had no issues with it.  This is not due to me not knowing any better either, as I have fired a lot of different firearms.  I just felt the Glock factory trigger was solid when compared to the vast majority of stock triggers from other manufacturers.  But, I recently began using and testing an aftermarket trigger and found it produce a trigger feel on my Glock that I never experienced before.  So I decided to journey down the road of aftermarket triggers for Glocks, research and evaluate the topic as much as I could, so I could provide you all with as much information as possible.

At this point, I think it is important to explain that, in my humble opinion, modification of the trigger on your EDC gun comes with different considerations that that of a range or competition gun.  I explain my philosophy and some of these considerations in an article from a few years past titled Should You Modify Your Carry Gun.  To summarize that past article, I believe that the benefits of reducing the trigger pull weight on your EDC trigger, do not outweigh the potential liability.  On a competition gun or range gun, these liabilities are less impactful and reducing the trigger pull weight is not as much of a concern.  So you may be asking ‘why write an article on trigger modifications if I am so against them?'  The simple answer is that I am not against trigger modifications at all.  Not even for your EDC gun.  In fact, I am all for making the trigger on your EDC gun feel and function considerably better.  I simply recommend you accomplish this enhanced trigger pull and better performance WITHOUT reducing the trigger pull weight.  So how can this be accomplished?  Well if you have made it this far in the article, I want to present a couple trigger groups for your Glock that are go-to favorites and have proven their reliability over time.

 The SSVi (Speed Surprise Violence of action Industries) Tyr Trigger:  SSVi is a company that was founded by Damon Young; an Army Vet and skillful artisan of Glock customization.  He is well known in circles as producing some truly beautiful, functional and reliable custom Glock handguns.  If you have seen his work, you can argue that there is no company doing better frame modification or stippling.  Through SSVi, Young has also produced a trigger that looks slick and performs just as adeptly.  The trigger is called the Tyr Trigger, (from the ancient Norse God of law and heroism Tyr.  In fact, the word Tuesday is believed to have come from the celebration of Tyr.)  Ancient Gods aside, what makes the trigger special?

First, it's contour is different from that of a stock Glock trigger shoe.  It is not a completely flat trigger shoe, but it is much flatter than the stock Glock trigger.  I have shot the Glock trigger and a flat trigger and found this to be a perfect combination of both concepts.  The flat feel allows the fulcrum of the trigger to be moved slightly, allowing the shooter to have more leverage, and the slight curve still helps to guide the trigger finger into the correct spot on the trigger.

The trigger shoe also is wider, which also feels better.  There are some companies that make trigger groups that ship with polished or coated trigger bars.  The concept behind polishing these components is simple, where metal on metal rubs if the surfaces are polished, the parts glide more smoothly producing a less ‘gritty' feel to the trigger.  The Tyr trigger's included trigger bar is not polished or coated.  It looks like a standard Glock trigger bar.  I found this to be evidence that the trigger's magic does not come from using highly polished parts, reducing tolerances or trigger weight, rather it's superior geometry utilizes better leverage to produce a more comfortable, consistent and crisper feeling trigger.  And even without shooting a live round through your gun, you will absolutely notice the difference.

Some complain that the stock Glock trigger is has a longer reset and that it feels ‘mushy'.  The ‘mushy' feel is primarily affected by trigger creep.  Trigger creep refers to that feeling where the sear is engaged and moving to release the striker.  A long, drawn out sear engagement causes the break that feels mushy and not crisp.  Another complaint that some have is that the Glock trigger has too much pre-travel.  Pre-travel refers to the amount of distance the trigger has to move before the action begins to be engaged.  If this distance is long, the shooter has to pull the trigger a long way, resulting in more time to adversely affect sight alignment or picture.  Now like I mentioned above the Tyr trigger only changes the trigger shoe and trigger bar (but the trigger bar is no different that the stock Glock trigger bar).  So the Glock's sear and other action component's tolerances are not changed (a very important consideration to me).

Once I replaced the trigger group (which you know in a Glock is ridiculously simple) I ran through a ton of dry fire reps.  I found that the trigger felt like it had a shorter reset, crisper break,  and a truly enhanced feel.  It still felt like a Glock trigger, only a seriously enhanced Glock trigger.

Trigger shoe shapes of the Tyr, Apex and standard Glock trigger

SSVi describes the Tyr Trigger in their own words:

The SSVi Tyr Trigger was designed from the ground up to be the next evolution in an EDC/duty trigger.  Utilizing all OEM parts other than the precision machined and anodized shoe, it maintains all the current safeties in place with the Glock Safe Action system, and enhances the leverage used when actuating the trigger to refine the user experience.

Using the Týr Trigger: As I have stated in many of my past articles, I am primarily a self-defense shooter.  So many of my reviews come from this point of view.  Putting civil liability issues aside, one fear I have always had about modifications of my EDC gun was reliability.  It is not acceptable to have an EDC gun that has any potential to malfunction.

Reliability in aftermarket products I put on my EDC gun is paramount.  I don't care how great something looks, if it doesn't perform, I won't even think of putting it in my EDC gun.  Before shooting live rounds, in my dry fire testing of the trigger, I found the trigger safety worked just like the standard Glock trigger safety.  This is obviously something to consider, as the Glock does not have any other manual external safety besides the trigger safety.  I ran the gun and, while I did not expect to have any stoppages caused by the trigger, I was satisfied when after around 200 rounds the gun ran as it did prior to my modification.  I know this is a small sample size, but I have no indications that the trigger would malfunction in the future.  I say this because after shooting, I inspected the trigger components for any sign of wear.  The trigger shoe pins did not feel like they were looser from usage nor did the shoe material seem to have been compromised in any way.  Reliability wise, I think only time can be the true judge, but I felt confident that putting the Týr trigger in your EDC gun would not compromise its reliability.

I ran the gun and, while I did not expect to have any stoppages caused by the trigger, I was satisfied when after around 200 rounds the gun ran as it did prior to my modification.  I know this is a small sample size, but I have no indications that the trigger would malfunction in the future.  I say this because after shooting, I inspected the trigger components for any sign of wear.  The trigger shoe pins did not feel like they were looser from usage nor did the shoe material seem to have been compromised in any way.  Reliability wise, I think only time can be the true judge, but I felt confident that putting the Týr trigger in your EDC gun would not compromise its reliability.

Rocking the limited edition ‘Republican Red' Tyr trigger in my Glock 27

Final Thoughts:  The trigger feel was like nothing I have ever felt on a Glock.  As found during my dry fire testing, the pull was crisp, the reset was short and the feel of the trigger on my finger very nice.  All of this increased feel to the trigger without reduction of trigger pull weight or changing internal components.  I found this to be not only shocking but a learning experience for a guy who was very traditional and conservative when it came to EDC modifications.  All in all the Týr trigger from SSVi is an outstanding trigger that does just what it claims to do.  Now there are many companies out there making replacement triggers for Glocks.  The thing that I love about the Tyr trigger is that it does all of this without having to reduce the pull weight of the trigger, unlike like many others.  Speaking of other triggers, I think it is obvious that the Tyr trigger wins when compared the feel of the standard Glock trigger.  But what about other aftermarket triggers?  How does it stand up?  I thought that in addition to providing a video of the trigger in action, I would put it alongside a well-known aftermarket trigger from

All in all the Týr trigger from SSVi is an outstanding trigger that does just what it claims to do.  Now there are many companies out there making replacement triggers for Glocks.  The thing that I love about the Tyr trigger is that it does all of this without having to reduce the pull weight of the trigger, unlike like many others.  Speaking of other triggers, I think it is obvious that the Tyr trigger wins when compared the feel of the standard Glock trigger.  But what about other aftermarket triggers?  How does it stand up?  I thought that in addition to providing a video of the trigger in action, I would put it alongside a well-known aftermarket trigger from

I thought that in addition to providing a video of the trigger in action, I would put it alongside a well-known aftermarket trigger from Apex Tactical Specialties, not as a total side by side comparison but just to better explain its similarities and differences to other triggers that aim to enhance the Glock trigger's feel.  If you are searching for a trigger that looks sharp, makes your Glock's trigger feel more responsive, keeps the integrity of factory specs and is dependable, then check out the Týr Glock Trigger from SSVi.

 

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