The always popular Ruger 10/22 has become the semi-auto rimfire rifle of choice for shooters of all ages. Its simplistic design and readily available parts allow folks to customize virtually every component without employing a gunsmith.
Changing a 10/22’s trigger assembly is a simple modification, yielding dramatic improvements in accuracy and weapon function. While you can swap the trigger components individually, replacing the entire trigger guard assembly results in the aforementioned benefits with minimal effort.
Most aftermarket trigger guard assemblies are constructed of billet aluminum, compared to the factory plastic unit used in 10/22 models produced after 2007. They also reduce the pull weight of the mushy, 5- to 7-pound factory trigger down to a crisp 2 to 4 pounds. Aftermarket trigger assemblies are commonly fitted to precise tolerances with internal components made of hardened steel. Trigger assemblies also typically include an automatic bolt release and extended magazine release lever.
Swapping out the trigger guard assembly requires only a flathead screwdriver, punch tool and about five minutes of your time. First, take the receiver off the stock, then remove two action pins holding the trigger assembly to the receiver. Pull out the old trigger guard, drop the new one in its place, then secure it to the receiver by tapping the two action pins back into place. Reattach the receiver to the stock, and you’re ready to shoot.
To make your shopping experience effortless, I’ve rounded up some of the best complete aftermarket trigger guard assemblies on the market. Each option is generally very similar in construction, features, performance and price, with small differences in ergonomics and adjustability among each unit. You’ll be sure to have a great time plinking, hunting or target shooting with any one of the following aftermarket trigger guard assemblies.