I should just start this off by saying – I’m a GLOCK guy. I love GLOCKs. So this review will be coming from that standpoint. If your coming from a 1911 standpoint or you just want to read a great review, MaxVenom did a review HERE.
When I first thought about getting a handgun, everyone I talked to told me to get a GLOCK. I didn’t listen and I bought an FN pistol because I wanted (thought I needed) a physical safety and in my inexperience I thought the GLOCK didn’t fit my hand.
Well the trigger on the FN was not the best, I never used the safety I thought I needed, and it was a double-action/single-action pistol that was hard to train to. It had a long trigger pull for the first shot (double-action) and then a nice short trigger pull onwards (single-action). It was a good gun and it did a good job of showing me the way.
I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to firearms safety. And once the light bulb went off in my head that my two main safeties are my mind and my trigger finger, it seemed like the mechanics of pistol safety’s just got in the way. This is what led me to GLOCK. There a number of reasons to buy a GLOCK but for me it comes down to reliability, ease of maintenance, and dare I say, the trigger reset. Jerking the Trigger has a great write up on “why GLOCK” – HERE.
Anyways, reliability; the GLOCK is the AK of handguns- rock solid. Ease of maintenance; maintenance on a GLOCK is a joke, you can field strip and clean a GLOCK in about 5 min. And last, there is the trigger reset. Not the trigger pull itself, or its smoothness, because these not much there, a GLOCK trigger is grainy and rough. But the trigger reset is the same every time and has a fast positive reset.
Early on, I tried to get rid of some of that graininess in my GLOCK trigger and did the inevitable $0.25 trigger job. You are essentially polishing up the trigger mechanism to smooth things out. For future reference you can also do this by putting a couple thousand rounds downrange. The trigger on my GLOCK 19 smoothed out both from the trigger job, which is a nice way to learn all the components of you handgun, and a LOT of shooting. A great DVD to learn more about the trigger job and the GLOCK itself is AGI Making GLOCKs Rock.
So I own a few GLOCKs and I like the trigger on all of them because they are all the same. You pick up a GLOCK and you know what you are getting. I was never one of the guys that wanted to install a new trigger.
How does all this get us to the Haley Strategic Skimmer Trigger? Well I have been a fan of Magpul for a while and thought it was interesting when Haley and Costa left to go start their own gigs. Because of that I subscribed to Haley’s blog and one day a video popped up of Haley explaining the skimmer (UPDATE – sorry, Haley pulled the video a little while back for reasons I don’t know).
First off, he is saying it’s a carry trigger. That’s kind of huge as most (not all) replacement triggers are for competition or trying to lighten the trigger pull. This trigger was designed from the start to be a carry trigger. I use my GLOCKS as tools and carry them often so this made me think a bit.
GLOCK Triggers and Jeff Wilson have a reputation of putting out quality stuff and I’m always down with increase hit probability and reduce operator error. So I decided to poke around and try to find some reviews. Two things I found crawling the interwebs: 1) people who have tried it, love it and a lot who haven’t, hate it, for a multitude of reasons, 2) there weren’t that many in-depth reviews out there.