Trigger Upgrade

By Mark V. Lonsdale

Looking to improve that heavy stock trigger on your duty sniper weapon or favorite hunting rifle? Check our the new Dakota from Bix’n Andy and Bullet Central.

Last season I ran the Bix’n Andy TacSport Pro on one of my ELR competition rifles with considerable success, but light competition triggers are not always the best choice for a tactical weapon system or hunting rifle. The features needed in a trigger for a duty sniper rifle include rugged reliability, impervious to inclement weather, but still offering a clean, crisp break at an acceptable pull weight.

On left, the Dakota installed, with the bottom bolt release, on an STTU .300 WinMag sniper rifle. On the right, the Rem 700 compatible Dakota without the bottom release installed. 

2019 Mark Lonsdale

.416 Barrett ELR competition rifle that served me well last season. This rifle is built on a BAT Machine action with a Bartlein barrel in a McMillan Beast-2 stock. Scope is a NF ATACR 7-35x56mm FFP, with ballistic solutions from a Kestrel 5700 Elite with Applied Ballistics solver

Bix’n’ Andy have stepped up to the challenge with the clean and affordable Dakota. It is a simple process to switch from the stock Remington trigger to this adjustable trigger. The only tools required are a large Allen wrench to remove the action from the stock, and a pin punch to remove the two cross pins that hold the trigger in place.


One convenient feature of the Dakota is the trigger pull weight can be adjusted from 1 pound to 4.5 pounds without removing the rifle from the stock. This rifle is a .300 WinMag in a McMillan A6 stock with Badger M5 bottom metal.

While a clean 1 pound is a good pull weight for competition shooting, it is too light for most shooters for field use. The last thing a sniper needs is an accidental or negligent discharge in the heat of the moment, under operational stresses, or with cold fingers.

On several occasions, I’ve seen inexperienced shooters touch off a shot prematurely when the trigger was lighter than what they were used to. In fact, I just saw this on the range last week when a shooter was getting ready to shoot a new match rifle with a very light trigger. What he failed to do was dry fire the rifle several times to educate his trigger finger to the lighter pull, while building some level or neuro-muscle memory.

Going from a heavy factory trigger, usually over 4.5 pounds, to a more sensitive trigger is a process. For shooters new to light triggers, we recommend starting with a heavier trigger and then incrementally decreasing pull weight to an acceptable level. For tactical training and in hunting rifles, we recommend 2 to 2.5 pounds. For competition, which is a very controlled environment where you don’t chamber a round until on target, then a 1 pound trigger is safe and acceptable. But for purely competition use, the TacSport Pro is recommended.

From the Bullet Central web site, features that make the Bix’n Andy Dakota trigger so special are:

  • Fully Weather Resistant so that you can perform at your best no matter what mother nature throws at you.
  • Searless Design ensures simplicity and total reliability.
  • Single Stage trigger mechanism with a crisp release.
  • Rem 700 Model and all Rem 700 Style clone compatibility.
  • Ideal Over-Travel so that you do not interfere with the rifle’s position during fire.
  • Patented Ball Bearing Design with lifetime support guarantee.
  • Precision Machined Parts.
  • 1 lbs – 4.5 lbs (or 450g – 2,000g) Pull Weight for a wide range of adjustment.

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 Stay tuned for more comprehensive field testing next week



STTU .300 WinMag built on a Rem 700 Long Action, Bartlein Heavy Palma barrel with Piercision brake, McMillan A6 adjustable stock with Badger M5 bottom metal, and Accu-Tac bipod. Scope is a Leupold Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm FFP with MIL reticle

About Mark V

Dedicated shooter, seeker, traveler, teacher, trainer, educator
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