Well, my trigger decision was just made for me.
I was waffling between the Jewell and the Bushmaster match triggers. The Bushmaster is less expensive and reportedly more robust than the Jewell, but the Jewell is more adjustable and has a very good reputation as a match trigger.
Midway USA carries both, but both were listed as out of stock, no backorder. I set up a reminder on both of them and hadn’t really made up my mind as to which one to get. Which one came in first may have ended up being the deciding factor if it was getting down to the wire.
Having settled on the less expensive barrel, I had a little more money budgeted that I could use on the better trigger, so I was beginning to lean toward the Jewell, but I figured I’d have some time to make up my mind before either were in stock at Midway.
Well, I just got notified today that the Jewell trigger is in stock.
I spoke to my wife about it, she said unequivocally that, if it fit in the budget, I should go ahead and order the better trigger. I decided I’d better go ahead…she’s still under the influence of some pretty killer pain meds and there’s no telling if she would change her mind once she comes down from them (I kid).
I really hadn’t intended to order the trigger this soon, but I was afraid if I waited, they would be out of stock again and I’d end up having to settle. I’d already settled on less barrel than I wanted, so I’m not going to settle for less trigger too.
I just finished ordering the trigger. That also meant that I had to order a safety selector, which comes with the Bushmaster trigger, but not the Jewell. And I ordered a set of headspace gauges as well.
So, another updated price list:
|NM Rifle Build costs|
|CMMG Stripped Lower||$125.99|
|YHM A2 Stripped Upper||$69.00|
|Bolt Carrier Group||*$66.65|
To recap the remaining parts I need:
From Rock River, I still need the Free Float tube and handguard ($115), the 1/4 moa NM sights ($110) and the buttstock assembly ($65). From Bushmaster, I need their sight and muzzle cover set (14.95). And weights from Ray-Vin (37.90 for the set).
The added expense of the better trigger is going to put me right at about $1200 or slightly over with shipping and sales taxes. I’m starting to get really excited about this, but I’m probably going to have to hold my water for a while before I can get the rest. Hopefully I can resist raiding my savings account to finish the project.