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Reader’s Choice BEST Aftermarket Trigger: Geissele SSA-E

For the month of September and our Reader’s Choice voting, we voted on the BEST Aftermarket Trigger you could add to one of your firearms. This could have been anything from your handguns to your rifles to your shotguns. The most frequently upgraded firearm, in regards to triggers, is the modern sporting rifle so there were an abundance of options put forth for that type of firearm. Between 12 triggers to pick from your chosen winnner was… (drum roll please)… the Geissele SSA-E!

Reader’s Choice BEST Aftermarket Trigger: Geissele SSA-E

There was a hefty initial list of suggestions from our staff, and you provided ample more suggestions of your own as well. For the final voting results we will provide you with the Top 5 because below that the voting falls off for the remaining triggers considerably. Let’s get this rolling, and as always, shoot us some of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

  1. Geissele Automatics “Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced” (SSA-E) – 30.33%
  2. LaRue Tactical “MBT-2S” – 21.34%
  3. Franklin Armory “BFSIII AR-C1 Binary” – 7.24%
  4. Triggertech “AR Diamond” – 6.11%
  5. Rise Armament “High-Performance” – 5.38%
  • Remaining Miscellaneous Voting Choices – 29.59%

As can be seen by the voting results, there is a tremendously strong liking for the Geissele SSA-E and LaRue Tactical MBT-2S triggers. Those 2 triggers alone comprised over 50% of the voting! From there the voting tightens up quite a bit with 3rd through 5th place less than 2% apart. The remaining 7 voting options were all good triggers as well, but the voting became pretty watered down and tight after 5th place. Are those the results you expected in the poll? Did a trigger you voted for make the Top 5? Let us know what you think in the Comments below! Also, congratulations to Geissele Automatics for taking home top honors with their SSA-E trigger!!!

Built on the chassis of the Geissele SSA, the Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced (SSA-E) provides enhanced trigger control and weapon accuracy while maintaining the robustness and reliability of our combat-proven two-stage trigger. The SSA-E’s reduced first and second stage pull weights result in a trigger with a smooth, light first stage take-up and a crisp, candy cane-like second stage break. The SSA-E is ideal for use in precision Squad Designated Marksman type rifles where weapon accuracy and reliability are critical and a non-adjustable drop in trigger is desired.


When we run the Reader’s Choice every month what can be more entertaining than the results you guys and gals create through your voting is your side commentary. This month was no exception because you bust our chops and you have some pretty good one-liners. We appreciate you engaging in our monthly Reader’s Choice polls and growing along with us. So let’s dive into some of the more cringe-worthy, feelings-triggering, and hilarious comments you all posted!

Finally a poll I give a crap about…

-Nicholas Washington

Well, either we gotta step our game up or you have a strong fancy for premium triggers. In either case, thanks for joining the conversation!

Sorry but how the frick does Franklin Armory think their trigger is worth almost $400? That’s just comical.


Franklin Armory does some wildly creative things. Sometimes they are criticized for their odd creations, and other times the firearms industry as a whole is like, “How the heck did they do that?”

Most modern AR15 manufacturers make a pretty decent stock trigger.
Pick one made by a reputable manufacturer (BCM, ALG, DPMS, Colt, etc), made of quality materials…

Just like aftermarket Glock triggers, you really should learn to shoot the stock, factory spec gun BEFORE you decide you need a new trigger. People act like their shooting problems will magically be fixed with some special expensive part but that is rarely the case. It’s mostly marketing hype and babbling nonsense from people who probably shoot worse than you do.


This person makes one really good point. While it is fun and at times cool to upgrade your firearms and make them your own, there is no amount of ‘upgrades’ that can overcome poor shooting. We should all strive to train, hone, and improve our abilities for whatever our discipline or craft requires. Whether that is for hunting, competition shooting, CCW/defense, and/or any unique combination of those.

Fully digital triggers are definitely the future

Guns are almost literally the last mechanical fudd holdovers in all of the world of machinery.


While firearms (some) are still very rudimentary from their original inceptions there are a lot that are truly pushing innovation and design in a lot of capacities. If you look at some of the technology surrounding firearms like night vision, thermal, range-finding riflescopes that tell you where to aim… that is something that was thought of as impossible 50 years ago.

From the comments below one thing is clear. There are a bunch of high quality replacement triggers out there to fit about any budget.


That is absolutely true. While if you wanted to you could spend a mortgage on some aftermarket parts, you do not have to in order to get some really nice parts. The difference between run-of-the-mill and an impressive upgrade is not much. We often talk about the highest tier of quality in existence, but there is a lot of great stuff available at affordable prices as well.

CONCLUSION: TFB BEST aftermarket triggers

Once again, thank you to everyone who participated in our September poll of Reader’s Choice for the BEST Aftermarket Triggers. With close to 2,000 votes we are thankful for everyone who participated in this month’s voting on the Reader’s Choice. Here are your Top 5 results of the BEST Aftermarket Triggers:

  1. Geissele SSA-E “Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced” – 30.33%
  2. LaRue Tactical “MBT-2S” – 21.34%
  3. Franklin Armory “BFSIII AR-C1 Binary” – 7.24%
  4. Triggertech “AR Diamond” – 6.11%
  5. Rise Armament “High-Performance” – 5.38%
  • Remaining Miscellaneous Voting Choices – 29.59%

Be sure to be on the lookout for October’s Reader’s Choice poll as we enter a new month and start a new topic! Also, let us know what you think of the results we posted. Do you agree? Disagree? Let’s keep the conversation going in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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