By Dave Anderson
My new favorite PFR (perfect farm rifle—I’m borrowing from John Taffin’s term PPP, for Perfect Packin’ Pistol) is the Ruger American Rimfire Compact. It is less than a yard long, weighs about 6 pounds with scope and rings, uses the dead-reliable Ruger rotary magazine and is very accurate and tough as nails.
The American trigger is actually quite good. It can be adjusted down to about 3 pounds. But I was so pleased with the accuracy and handling of the little rifle I decided it deserved a bit more.
So, as always, when looking for gun-enhancement components, it’s off to the Brownells website. Timney makes triggers for both the rimfire and centerfire Ruger Americans. I’ve used enough Timney triggers in various rifles to have absolute confidence in their quality.
The Timney is a self-contained, drop-in unit. Experienced gun tinkerers should have no trouble removing the factory trigger and installing the Timney. You will need proper roll-pin punches, a pin block and plastic mallet or hammer. The only parts retained from the factory trigger are the safety button, linkage and spring.
If you don’t have the right tools, simply have your gunsmith order the trigger from Brownells and do the installation. It took me about as much time and trouble as fitting scope bases and rings, and I’m sure any gunsmith could do it faster than I could.
The product description says the trigger is CNC machined, the sear EDM cut and Teflon-nickel coated for a smooth and durable trigger release. Out of the box pull is set at 3 pounds. At the adjustment screw’s lowest setting the Lyman gauge indicated almost exactly 1.5 pounds with barely an ounce of variation.
A little tweaking and I had it set at a beautiful, crisp 2 pounds. What a joy it is to shoot the little rifle—especially offhand—where a good trigger really makes a difference. Is it the PFR? Well, I kind of wish the rifle was stainless steel…
To install the Timney trigger on the Ruger American rimfire, remove the stock
trigger by tapping out two roll pins. The safety button, spring and linkage
from the stock trigger are used with the Timney trigger. Install the Timney
using the original roll pins, trying not to mar the ends of the pins as Dave
did. Roll pins need special punches (Brownells has ’em). If you don’t want to
add them, it’s another good reason to consult a gunsmith.
The screw in front of the Timney trigger body (above) adjusts weight of pull.
At its lowest setting, the weight of pull was a crisp 1.5 pounds, though Dave
eventually set it for a 2-pound break. The factory trigger’s safety button,
spring and linkage are used with the Timney trigger. This one (below) is
marked “RF” for rimfire. Timney also makes a trigger for Ruger American
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