Light­ning fast trig­gers

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I have heard of ri­fles with elec­tronic trig­gers. What ad­van­tages do they of­fer?

Mike says: Pre­cious few, if the opin­ions of all but a tiny mi­nor­ity of com­pe­ti­tion ri­fle shoot­ers are con­cerned.

Back in the late 1970s I fired a Walther .22 match ri­fle with an elec­tronic trig­ger. It was a very com­fort­able ri­fle to shoot, in that it had a straight-pull bolt, but the only elec­tronic part of the sys­tem was that the trig­ger was a mi­cro-switch which re­leased a con­ven­tional firing pin. I haven’t seen one for more than 30 years, but I note that Walther now make .22 com­pe­ti­tion ri­fles and .177 match air ri­fles with elec­tronic trig­gers. I’ve never seen a field shoot­ing ri­fle with this sys­tem.

The other sys­tem I am think­ing of is the Rem­ing­ton EtronX ri­fle, which was based on a Model 700 plat­form.

This ri­fle came out in the very early 2000s and had a purely elec­tronic sys­tem. Pulling the trig­ger sent a cur­rent through an elec­tri­cally-sen­si­tive primer, and Rem­ing­ton claimed a lock time of 0.0000027 of a sec­ond.

The ri­fle was cham­bered only in .220 Swift, .22250 Rem­ing­ton, and .243 Win­ches­ter. The snag was that you had to use ei­ther Rem­ing­ton fac­tory am­mu­ni­tion, or load your own with spe­cial primers made only by Rem­ing­ton.

I can find no de­tails of any of these ri­fles be­ing im­ported into the UK, and it seems that in­ter­est in the USA didn’t last for long.

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