LaRue Tactical, a high-end manufacturer of resetting target systems, Quick-Detachable optic mounts and AR precision rifles, began producing their own 2-stage trigger design in 2015. Named the MBT-2S, the new LaRue trigger kit is made for the AR-15 and AR-10 style lower receivers (standard small pins only, no weird old-school Colt size). During the last Black Friday, LaRue was selling the MBT-2S trigger at a promotional price of just $125 instead of the regular retail price of $199. That deal was extended a little bit into the Christmas season until the stock ran out. I received my sample during the 2015 holiday season. However, due to the popularity of the MBT-2S trigger, many didn’t receive theirs until months later. So, how’s the new LaRue MBT-2S trigger comparing to other popular 2-stage triggers? After few months of using it, I would say that the LaRue MBT-2S is a very nice trigger upgrade and well-worth the money.
My LaRue MBT-2S trigger kit arrived in the typical LaRue packaging fashion, which included a bunch of extra goodies like a bottle of their famous “Dillo Dust” Texas dry rub seasoning, a couple of nice LaRue bumper stickers and a LaRue hat. The MBT-2S trigger itself comes in a foam-packed tin can with a glass top lid. It’s quit a bit nicer than the utilitarian small plastic bag that most of other aftermarket triggers arrive in. The LaRue MBT-2S spec said the pull weight is 4.5 pounds (2.5 lb first stage and 2 lb second stage). My copy breaks at just 4.1 pounds (measured with a Brownells trigger pull gauge). For those that prefer a heavier trigger-pull, LaRue includes a 2nd trigger spring which will provide a heavier 6-pound pull weight.
The LaRue MBT-2S trigger is precision-machined from S7 tool steel. Better known for their signature return to zero quick-detachable optic mounts and with a start as an aerospace company, LaRue has been manufacturing precision products for a long time. Although LaRue didn’t say what it is, most the surfaces of the LaRue MBT-2S trigger are coated with a type of modern slick finish, a common addition featured in other high-end triggers. I have to say I like the shape of the trigger bow on the BMT-2S. I found that I could pull the trigger as fast as the flat-type competition trigger, yet, there’s still enough curve left on the MBT-2S’ trigger bow so I could use it for precision shooting.
Close-up shot of the LaRue MBT-2S. It features an interesting hinged disconnector design. Together with the disconnector spring already installed, it makes the trigger installation on a lower receiver very easy. Maybe also because of this unique hinged disconnector design, the LaRue MBT-2S has a very fast and short trigger reset. Being a non-adjustable type, the LaRue MBT-2S should have the long-term reliability of the bombproof stock AR15 trigger.
How fast and easily can you install the LaRue MBT-2S? Probably a minute if you are slacking:
Another feature I really like on the LaRue MBT-2S is its wide trigger pad. It feels great on my trigger finger. Although there are those that preferred the blade type narrow trigger pad. Overall, I found the LaRue MBT-2S trigger to be very well made, super easy to install and the ergonomics of the trigger bow just works for me. The trigger pull breaks clean and it has a very fast reset. Price wise, the LaRue MBT-2S is competitive with other $200-$250+ non-adjustable 2-stage triggers on the market. At the promotional price of $125, the LaRue MBT-2S is a much better bargain.
The LaRue MBT-2S 2-stage trigger is available directly from the LaRue Tactical’s website here.