LaRue Tactical MBT-2S Trigger Review

By Jeremy Tremp
Posted in #Gear
Save Remove from saved articles
Like Unlike
Facebook Share Twitter Share Pinterest Share

LaRue Tactical MBT-2S Trigger Review

April 1st, 2022

4 minute read

The trigger of a firearm is one of the most important aspects from handling to accuracy, especially on a precision rifle. Too stiff of a trigger, and you may input too much and pull your shots. Too little, and you might fire before you are fully ready. Everyone has a sweet spot, and that comes with training and experience to get that feel.

LaRue MBT-2S trigger installed in SAINT Edge ATC rifle
In this LaRue MBT-2S trigger review, the author is shooting the Springfield SAINT Edge ATC Elite — a gun in which this trigger is a standard feature.

The LaRue Trigger Solution

Thankfully, Springfield Armory has taken the guesswork out of the trigger discussion with the SAINT Edge ATC Elite (don’t miss the author’s full review of that rifle). The ATC comes from the factory with a LaRue two-stage, straight-bow trigger. That trigger, the MBT-2S trigger, is truly a delight for the shooter.

Man holding a SAINT Edge ATC rifle with LaRue trigger
The best way to test a precision rifle trigger is to get it on the range. That’s exactly what the author did.

The MBT-2S is CNC-machined out of S7 tool steel for strength and durability. LaRue Tactical also makes the MBT trigger in a single-stage version as well as curved variants. These triggers are meticulously designed and built in the great state of Texas by a great group of people at LaRue Tactical.

With a 2.5-lb. first stage take-up and a 2-lb. second stage break, it’s very easy to prep and then break your shot once ready. After many days on the range, I’ve come to prefer a two-stage trigger. In my mind, it helps me prepare for the shot twice. Once, when you are taking the time to ready your mind and body; a second time when you are ready to fire. With a single-stage trigger, I find myself having a harder time achieving top-level accuracy.

Man testing the LaRue Tactical MBT-2S trigger
During the field testing, the author found the LaRue Tactical trigger very easy to prep and then break the shot cleanly.

I also appreciate the flat face of the trigger, as opposed to a curve. The flat face allows for greater surface area against the finger-pad and ease of indexing in a variety of shooting positions. The result is faster and more intuitive shots. The design is also unique and utilitarian. There is no waste of materials, while also creating an attractive-looking trigger.

Range Time with the MBT-2S Trigger

So far, my only experience using the LaRue MBT-2S has been on the Saint Edge ATC Elite, but I could see myself using this trigger in most of my precision AR rifles.

Man range testing the LaRue MBT-2S trigger
During testing, the author achieved several 0.4″ groups at 100 yards. He attributed the LaRue MBT-2S trigger as an integral part of making that possible.

Getting behind my rifle and setting the reticle on the bullseye, I take up the 2.5-lb. first stage and prepare my mind to input as little of myself as possible into the rifle. I steady and focus, begin to exhale and, on the bottom of that breath, I break the second 2-lb. stage. The shot cracks off and the impact is within the ring, but low left.

LaRue bow trigger shoe
The author found that the flat face of the trigger allowed for easier indexing in a variety of shooting positions.

The scope was a bit off, but we are looking at groups, not optics. I reset the trigger, positive and satisfying, and it jumps forward. I take a deep breath and repeat the process a second and then a third time. I tell my spotter not to let me know the group size so I won’t be distracted. I shoot my groups at 100 yards on 10X. This allows a good level of detail on the target without getting the reticle bouncing from high magnification.

Review Conclusion

I am not a PRS shooter, but I have extensive time behind precision bolt and gas guns. During my very first time out on the range with the SAINT Edge ATC Elite, my third and fourth groups were .4 MOA at 100 yards. I do attribute a lot of the ease of achieving those groups to the LaRue MBT-2S trigger. It makes interfacing with the rifle easy and natural, while also making it fun.

Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out The Armory Life Forum, where you can comment about our daily articles, as well as just talk guns and gear. Click the “Go To Forum Thread” link below to jump in!

Join the Discussion

Go to forum thread

Continue Reading
Did you enjoy this article?

Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual. These articles and videos are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory. The views and opinions expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Springfield Armory.

Product prices mentioned in articles and videos are current as of the date of publication.

Jeremy Tremp

Jeremy Tremp

Jeremy Tremp is a filmmaker/photographer who turned his passion for the firearms industry into a dream job. Having identified a need in the 2A space, he and some like-minded friends started Offensive Marketing Group to help bring their unique skillsets to an industry in dire need of "outside of the box" marketing approaches. One of the perks is getting access to some of the best gear and training in the industry. In his spare time, he loves to be at the range testing gear and learning to be a better shooter, firearms advocate and content creator.

© 2024 Springfield Armory. All rights reserved.

Springfield Armory

No account? Create One

Create Account

Have an account?