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Gunfighter Moment – Larry Vickers

‘I was an early advocate of an ‘enhanced ‘ trigger in the M4 carbine but after seeing one double (fire two shots instead of one ) on a guy I became very wary of them. So with that in mind I was late to warm up to ‘enhanced’ triggers again for the AR platform. After using them again for a period of time I can recommend two brands by name ; Geisselle and Wilson Combat . The Geisselle has built a superb reputation within SOF and for good reason; they are excellent quality and are extremely durable.

I have also used the Wilson Combat TTU drop in unit with good results. Wilson Combat is famous for good customer service and quality assurance so between these two brands you can certainly find an AR trigger that meets your needs.’

-Larry Vickers
Vickers Tactical Inc.
Host of TacTV


Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical is a retired US Army 1st SFOD-Delta combat veteran with years of experience in the firearms industry as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant. In recent years he has hosted tactical firearms related TV shows on the Sportsman Channel with the latest being TacTV of which Bravo Company is a presenting sponsor.Larry Vickers special operations background is one of the most unique in the industry today; he has been directly or indirectly involved in the some of the most significant special operations missions of the last quarter century. During Operation Just Cause he participated in Operation Acid Gambit – the rescue of Kurt Muse from Modelo Prison in Panama City, Panama. As a tactics and marksmanship instructor on active duty he helped train special operations personnel that later captured Saddam Hussein and eliminated his sons Uday and Qusay Hussein. In addition he was directly involved in the design and development of the HK416 for Tier One SOF use which was used by Naval Special Warfare personnel to kill Osama Bin Laden. Larry Vickers has developed various small arms accessories with the most notable being his signature sling manufactured by Blue Force Gear and Glock accessories made by Tangodown. In addition he has maintained strong relationships with premium companies within the tactical firearms industry such as BCM, Aimpoint, Black Hills Ammunition, Wilson Combat and Schmidt & Bender.

Larry Vickers travels the country conducting combat marksmanship classes for law abiding civilians, law enforcement and military and has partnered with Alias Training to coordinate classes to best meet the needs of the students attending the class.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer some words of wisdom.

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9 Responses to “Gunfighter Moment – Larry Vickers

  1. I only have experience with 2 Wilson Combat triggers. They felt AMAZING, however, both went full auto within the 1st 100 rounds of use.

  2. Mike Nomad says:

    What is meant by ‘enhanced’? I’m wondering if my Geissele S3G or CMC Flat Trigger fall into the category. Either way, both have an excellent feel, and work flawlessly.

    • Yes both of those would be ‘enhanced’ triggers vs the stock design

      • jbgleason says:

        Larry, do those triggers have overtravel/takeup adjustments and what is your opinion of same on a combat trigger? I am a little leery of adding screws / adjustments into the mix no matter how much loctite I use on them. But I readily admit I have zero data to back that gut feeling. Wondering if you have tested any long term.

      • Mike Nomad says:

        Ah, I see. Anything not Bog Standard is Enhanced.

  3. X160 says:

    Another viable option is the JP trigger, which is what I like to use on my Duty/Training rifles.

    For those unaware of JP Triggers:
    JP triggers have been in use within the SOF community for a number of years prior to Geisselle hitting the scene (and are still being used by some today). In addition to being well received by military end users, their triggers remain popular amongst many professional competition shooters (their primary market audience).

  4. balais says:

    I learned to stay stock a long time ago. My AR is also my primary home defense weapon, and despite living in a relatively pro-gun state, i prefer to keep myself out of any potential hot water with a modified trigger during a hypothetical court case if i have to defend my life.

    Increased complexity sets up the stage for more to go wrong in my opinion.