Review: Rise Armament Rave 140 Trigger

By Michael Mills
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Review: Rise Armament Rave 140 Trigger

June 5th, 2021

6:45 runtime

There is just something about a nice competition-style trigger. The flat face, extremely reduced take-up, and that clean break. But what wins most over is the light, clean pull weight. Cleaning up a trigger can provide many benefits when running a rifle.

Rise Armament trigger installed in SAINT rifle
The Rise Armament Rave 140 trigger was a worthy addition to the author’s SAINT Victor rifle.

Whether for competition or hunting, a clean, short and light trigger can definitely speed you up and make you a bit more accurate.  After all, the less input we put into the gun the more accurate we will likely be. Also, admit it … most of us just like to customize our gear.

Is Something Wrong with Mil-spec?

To be honest, I have run mil-spec triggers almost my whole life, from my U.S. Army days to almost all the way through my current career in law enforcement. But once I decided to actually buy my first custom drop-in trigger, there was just no going back.

Man on range testing the Rave 140 trigger
A slick trigger is only good if it performs with 100% reliability. Here, the author is ensuring the Rave 140 does.

Now, the Springfield SAINT Victor rifle gives you a trigger with a far better feel than many mil-spec triggers off the shelf because of its nickel boron coating and flat face. But still, like I mentioned, some of us just cannot leave good enough alone and have to “tinker.”

Installing custom trigger in SAINT AR rifle
Mills found the Rave 140 trigger unit to a breeze to install, saying even a beginner can do it in 20 minutes.

Why Rise Armament

Rise has come out with triggers in pretty much everyone’s price point who is looking for a drop in unit. The new Rave 140 I am testing here comes in right at $139.00 at the time of making this piece, and the performance is worth every penny. Check out my video review above, and keep reading below.

With the Rave 140, you get a full drop-in trigger with a break weight of 3.5 lbs., anti-walk pins and two Allen wrenches for installation. Add yourself a little bit of Vibratite or Loctite on the anti-walk pins, let set overnight and you’re good. Install takes about 20 minutes, even for a beginner in the AR-15 world watching a video on how to install. Once it is installed, complete a quick functions check and you are good to go.

Rise Armament Rave 140 trigger unit
The Rise Armament Rave 140 is a drop-in unit that makes upgrading your AR-15 very simple.

What Benefits Will You See?

The take-up and reset are very short in this trigger group, making your pace of fire even faster once you get dialed in on it. For me, the feel of the flat shoe is great. And for those who like a curved trigger shoe, they have that as well. Even though your SAINT rifle came with a better than mil-spec trigger in it, this takes it to the next level.

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Michael Mills

Michael Mills

Michael Mills created www.tacticalconsiderations.com as a way to help spread good information, shed positive light on the gun community and to have fun. He has always loved teaching and helping others, especially when it comes to gun rights. This passion was further ingrained during his service in U.S. Army Special Operations, and he is a Use of Force Instructor, Defensive Tactics instructor, DEA Firearms Instructor and Police Academy instructor. He also has 15 years of law enforcement experience from patrol to supervision.

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