The Scar 17 is already pretty badass, but the stock trigger leaves a bit to be desired. 

I didn’t feel my stock Scar trigger was as crisp and clean as she could be, so before heading out for a weekend-long sniper course, I installed the Geissele Super Scar Trigger in its place. The stock trigger was designed for combat after all, so it’s heavy and not quite delicate enough for a sniper application. Though, your experience may vary, as they tend to be inconsistent from gun to gun. For me it was the Geissele Super Scar trigger to the rescue.

Type: 2 Stage
1st Stage Weight: 2.5 lbs.
2nd Stage Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Total Pull Weight: 4.0 lbs.
Adjustable: No
Pin Size: Mil-Spec

Made In The USA: Made In The USA
Price: $325


The install of this trigger was rather simple and straightforward. After removing the stock trigger assembly, I followed along with Bill Geissele in this videoBut there were some omissions from the video, and the quality is poor, so I would like to bless you all with some tips. And as always, make sure your rifle is safe and clear before doing anything else.

When you drop in the new trigger group, there is a slave pin holding everything together which is not mentioned in the video. This means when you get the trigger into place, you won’t be able to see a hole through which to push the trigger pin – you will see a silver pin instead. Have no fear, the slave pin pushes right out. Pro tip: DON’T use a hammer… just push the trigger pin through the receiver from left to right.

The video mentions this is some sort of “step pin” but for me it pushed right through without multiple steps.


Once your new trigger is in, it’s time to install the new hammer. You’ll have to put the hammer spring onto the little piece that sticks out (trunnion) in the correct manner (see photo below!). Now you don’t have to pause the video 17 times. You’re welcome.


The spring goes back into the pivot boss and then the hammer kind-of-sort-of goes back down into the receiver, but it will take some wiggling to get it seated properly and eventually get that pin back in there. For me, this was the hardest part.


And for my next tip: Whatever you do, don’t cock the hammer. I won’t tell you how I know this.

Slide the hammer pin in through from left to right. It will be difficult to line up. This is where I broke out the flashlight. I truly don’t know how the video made it look so easy. The bit about not cocking the hammer during this step is an afterthought in the Geissele video which I think needs to be a huge warning in red letters!

You should be good from here. Just test your hammer, trigger and safety before putting everything back together.






The Geissele Super Scar Trigger is light and delicate. The pull weight is decreased by 3 pounds from the stock trigger which is the most noticeable difference, but not the only one. The Geissele trigger also has a much shorter reset. The first stage in this two-stage trigger is very clean and crisp and distinct. After prepping the trigger in stage one, the second stage has literally no detectable slack and breaks immediately. I absolutely loved that about this trigger.

All of these qualities make for a great sniper trigger, especially for a newbie, by helping to minimize anticipation, jerking, and bumping, and also creating a very consistent experience.

Overall, this trigger is a vast improvement from the stock trigger, and I would recommend it to anyone as the first (or even the only) mod to make when bringing home a new Scar 17.  This is a high-end trigger, so yes, you are going to pay $325 for it. However, your entire experience with the Scar 17 will be improved without having to make any other modifications, so I certainly recommend it and I think it’s worth the price. 

By Emily R

Emily R. is the enthusiastic primary contributor at Double Feed, a gun & gear review site. She is an avid shooter, firearm collector and all around tacticool chick on a mission to tell it like it is. No filter here. You can find Emily’s review, photos, and other cool stuff over at

4 thoughts on “Review: Geissele Super Scar Trigger”
    1. I enjoyed the article but on my SCAR-17 I went another route, the Timney Scar-17 trigger.

      It’s a drop in trigger (i.e. easy install such as their AR triggers) and a single stage 3.5 lb pull.

      I can’t say enough good about Timney, their triggers are fantastic (My Tavor trigger is good too)..

      ease if installation is much better than any “parts” trigger.

  1. Thank you for the article. Do you think this is a DIY modification to your firearm, you have experience working on them however, I have only replaced easily swapped out parts. I want to upgrade to a super scar but don’t want to “ship the entire firearm back to FN” to have work done to it, that’s to much time and hassle.

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