Arizona Response Systems, LLC
TUTORIAL, AK TRIGGER ADJUSTMENT - TAPCO G2
(updated 09-20-2016)
Introduction
I had some trouble with hammer-follow using NoDak Spud NDS-3 receivers and TAPCO G2 fire control groups. I contacted TAPCO. They said they hadn't heard of it happening. I contacted NoDak Spud. Harlan recommended I buy the more-expensive Arsenal 1-claw group. I bought the Arsenal fire-control groups. They worked better, but I could still get some occasional hammer-follow. I designed a fix for the Arsenal 1 claw (reduce hammer height .010-.020").

Since the Arsenal fire-control group is significantly more expensive than the TAPCO, I decided to determine if I could modify the TAPCO G2 to work reliably, safely, and consistently in the NoDak Spud NDS3 receiver.

In some circumstances, with someNDS receivers and someTAPCO G2 fire-control groups, with the trigger pulled in a certain way, the hammer can follow.

It is caused by a stacking of the following tolerances.

Examining import fire-control groups show some with signs of factory adjustment and numbering to the gun. This indicates fire-control groups are not always interchangeable between guns.

One shooter's trigger manipulation may not result in hammer-follow, while another shooter can get hammer-follow on the same rifle. A solid, fast pull to the rear will rarely get a hammer follow. A slow, smooth pull and holding at the point of hammer release may get a hammer follow.

The results I obtained are dependent on the slot cut for the 2nd arm of the 2-claw trigger being 4.25mm. This is shorter than the left side cut side cut. If the cut is too long, the trigger can rotate too far forward. The rotating hammer may then hit the TOP of the disconnector, rather than the camming surface on its leading edge. result is disconnector failure (hammer follow). If the cut is too short, the trigger does not travel far enough to release the hammer. While other lengths will work, 4.25mm is the constant I used to isolate the hammer to disconnector dimensions.

Hammer Shelf and Disconnector Claw
ARS AK trigger adjustment tutorial

ARS AK trigger adjustment tutorial
PROBLEM. The hammer does not rotate downward far enough for the disconnector to catch.

SOLUTION. Lower disconnector shelf on hammer and/or raise disconnector claw height .

DETAILS. I lower the disconnector shelf by .030"-.035". I raise the disconnector claw height by .005" to .010" (total of both .040"). I lightly polish the sharp edges. Since I am machining the mold lines off and polishing the surfaces anyway, this doesn't add much time to the assembly.

Disconnector Travel
ARS AK trigger adjustment tutorial

ARS AK trigger adjustment tutorial
PROBLEM. The modified hammer is now shorter in shelf height. (usually around .410") The disconnector does not cam forward far enough for secure engagement.

SOLUTION. Increase disconnector engagement.

DETAILS. Cut off the front tab of the disconnector leaving .250" from inside front of hole to end of front tab. Assemble to trigger with sleeve and spring. Measure distance between trigger claws and disconnector claw (I use a pin gauge). remove material from front underside of disconnector a little at a time until the gap on the assembled unit closes to 15% smaller than the hammer shelf width. This is usually around .350" (.350 = 14.6% less .410"). Test with trigger at rest. rotate hammer rearward. hammer must pass disconnector in both directions without touching, but with gap as close to 0 as possible.

Hammer Release
ARS AK trigger adjustment tutorial

ARS AK trigger adjustment tutorial

ARS AK trigger adjustment tutorial

ARS AK trigger adjustment tutorial
PROBLEM. Disconnector does not release hammer, or disconnector releases hammer but still contacts when hammer passes.

SOLUTION. Decrease disconnector engagement

DETAILS. Using the 85% guide, the disconnector gap ranged from the slightest contact to .005". If disconnector touches hammer, polish rear of hammer and/or front of disconnector. The lateral play in the hammer makes this dimension hard to measure.

Trigger Reset
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PROBLEM. Trigger won't return forward without assistance.

SOLUTION Adjust angle of disconnector relative to hammer shelf.

DETAILS The disconnector claw is too sharp. it is pointing downward like a hawk's beak relative to the hammer shelf. Polish the hammer shelf. put a slight bevel (.020") on the edge. Polish the front of the disconnector claw (the hooked beak part) Put a slight bevel (.020" on the disconnector claw front edge.

Proof

All 30 guns yielded a disconnector gap ranging from slight contact to .008" Most were 0 to .005". a few needed the hammer shelf radiused slightly - the disconnector didn't stop the hammer from releasing but there was slight rubbing. I have complete 60 rifles and cannot coax any of them to hammer follow. I understand that this is a small statistical sampling. I will update my results if further data collection suggests a different adjustment process.

Update. 350 trigger groups testfired with the above adjustments. Zero doubling. 2 with drag on disconnector release requiring a slight breaking of the "hawk beak" edge on disconnector.

Raw Data
Trig - Disc Gap
Hammer Width
Trigger Gap %
Status
Comments
0.345"
0.400"
86 %
pass
+ 0.008"gap
0.348"
0.403"
86 %
pass
+ 0.005"gap
0.348"
0.404"
86 %
fail
- 0.005"overlap
0.348"
0.407"
86 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.348"
0.408"
84 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.348"
0.408"
85 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.348"
0.410"
84 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.348"
0.411"
85 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.348"
0.412"
84 %
fail
- 0.005"overlap
0.348"
0.412"
84 %
pass
+ 0.001"gap
0.348"
0.412"
84 %
pass
0
0.348"
0.412"
85 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.350"
0.410"
85 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.351"
0.410"
86 %
pass
+ 0.010"gap
0.351"
0.416"
84 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.352"
0.412"
85 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.352"
0.412"
85 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.352"
0.415"
85 %
pass
0
0.352"
0.415"
85 %
pass
0
0.353"
0.413"
88 %
pass
+ 0.002"gap
0.354"
0.412"
86 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.356"
0.412"
86 %
pass
- 0.002"overlap
0.360"
0.407"
88 %
fail
+ 0.005"gap
0.361"
0.414"
87 %
pass
0
0.361"
0.415"
87 %
pass
0
0.362"
0.407"
89 %
pass
+ 0.009"gap
0.362"
0.406"
89 %
pass
+ 0.010"gap
0.362"
0.409"
89 %
pass
+ 0.006"gap
0.362"
0.416"
87 %
pass
0
0.363"
0.414"
88 %
pass
+ 0.008"gap
0.382"
0.406"
87 %
fail
+ 0.025"gap
Raw Data Commentary
Due to inconsistent hammer axle hole diameter, hammers with the same shelf length can have different results. While an overlap is not desirable, overlaps of 0.002"or less usually will still release the hammer. Overlaps greater than 0.002"usually will not release the hammer. My measurements are +/- 0.001"in each dimension, leading to an error of +/- 0.002"in percentage engagement and 0.003"in gap. While I recognize that variations in parts diminish the reliability of these measurements, I make the following recommendation

Target trigger gap of .0.360"- .0100"

Typical hammer width after reducing shelf: 0.415"-0.005"