Primos Trigger Sticks: a Range Gear Review
There are many times that a little support can be handy while shooting, whether it’s from the ground, your knee, or with a bipod or tripod. At this year’s Shot Show, I was introduced to the Primos Trigger Sticks. I fell in love at first sight.
Primos Trigger Sticks have a total of 6 versions in three basic categories: Tripod, Bipod, and Monopod. Each of these versions is available in two heights: tall and short.
- Tall: 24″ to 62″
- Short: 18″ to 38″
- Tall: 24” to 61” i
- Short: 18” to 38”
- Tall: 35” to 65”
- Short: 21” to 30”
Trigger Stick Handles
The part I like most about the trigger sticks is the handle area and all of its options. With a press of the trigger, you can raise or lower the height with only one hand. I have used several types of tripods and bipods in the past for hunting and shooting, as well as tactical observation and shooting. The problem with most tripod and bipod systems is that the legs need to be adjusted one side at a time by releasing the lock and then reapplying the lock until you get it to the correct height. The process can take precious time that you might not have whether you’re in a coyote stand when that pesky yote shows before you are ready, or in a tactical situation where you might have to move to a better position using a wall or vehicle for cover and each is at a different height.
The handle rotates 360 degrees so you can turn the barrel of your gun quickly for moving shots, multiple targets, or to cover multiple locations while covering your buddies. The handle comes with a quick detachable shooting yoke. An optional Camera / Spotting scope mounting plate can be purchased so you can change from the ability to engage targets quickly to precisely viewing with the drop of a lock and press of a button. As a hunter, I really like this option. I can take one bipod that allows me to get quick shots on animals as well a look through my binoculars or spotting scope to spot and stalk the best animal in the area.
Another positive is that the Tripod weighs in at 3.5 pounds. When ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain, this reduces what you have to pack. Having a tool like this that works in multiple ways reduces the weight you carry in your pack during those miles-long hikes up and down the mountains with a heavy pack on you back.
A few weeks after Shot Show, I received tripod and bipod Trigger Sticks in their tall versions from Primos.
Working with them in my garage, I could see their benefits immediately. The trigger system is impressive and easy to use. By pressing the trigger you can go from the shortest height to the tallest height in a matter of seconds. Not only does it move from height to height quickly but it is super quiet. If using these in the field, you won’t startle your prey when adjusting for that downhill or off-camber shot.
In working the trigger sticks in the garage, I found it easy to change positions and move from area to area with little effort. The rotating handle made quick and quiet movement an easy task. The trigger adjustment allowed me to move from a kneeling to a standing position with little effort in a flash. Moving to a seated position with the tripod took a little more effort. Also, I had to use two hands to rotate a knob on the base of the handle and move each leg out so they could be lowered past their normal resting position. Although it took more time to move each leg out, for an all-in-one system, it’s a small inconvenience that can be dealt with.
On the range, I wasn’t disappointed at all.
I first started out by zeroing my RDS pistol. The Y shaped yoke makes it easy to rest my pistol and get a less-than-two-inch group while kneeling. I will never attempt to zero my pistols another way. Next moving to rifle shooting, I positioned a defense steel target at hundred yards from me and started blasting. The shooting started with multiple 30-round magazines in the standing position. I worked single shot, moving from off-target to on-target shooting single shots, I also worked with the tripod in its lowest position moving it to a standing position firing strings of two to three rounds. I then moved to changing shooting positions, going from standing to kneeling and kneeling to standing. These drills with the trigger sticks reinforced my excitement for the use of the trigger sticks. The time spent in shooing these positions, I felt comfortable and never had an issue with the trigger sticks. The standing position was firm and reliable, the kneeling position was the same.
I moved to the seated position and started busting caps. If I had a complaint it would be using the trigger sticks in the seated position. To remind you, it takes two hands to move from standing or kneeling to seated. But for a system that has so many positives in its corner, there is always going to be something that isn’t as good as the others. Once in the seated position, shooting with the trigger sticks supported the rifle, allowing me to place accurate shots on target quickly and easily.
My son has even gotten into the action with the use of the Trigger Sticks. Here is a picture of him shooting a Ruger 10-22 with the support of the Trigger Sticks.
For any situation where you might be stalking big game, sitting on a perimeter without good support, plinking and or zeroing your rifle, the trigger sticks from Primos should be placed in your kit. They are easy to use, fast to employ, and work in multiple ways. Check them out!
Big Bird out!
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Daniel has been in law enforcement for nearly 15 years. During his career he has worked for a large Sheriff’s department in Nevada on such assignment as detention, courts, court transport, patrol, and S.W.A.T. He is currently a full-time rangemaster. Daniel has numerous firearms, tactics and instructor certifications, to include: handgun, shotgun, carbine, less lethal, force on force, low light, certified armorer, basic and advanced S.W.A.T. schools. He has instructed many students for LMS Defense and is one of the founder-owners of Crucible Training.