I’ve never purchased a really nice AR-15 trigger. I think moving from the terrible burst trigger on the M16A4 to half-decent mil-spec triggers was good enough for me for the longest time. Yet, as time’s passed and I’ve become a little more snobbish, I’ve finally looked into getting a nice trigger. Preferably a light and smooth drop in design. In my quest, I ran across the RMT Nomad, and it packed everything I wanted and more.
What Sets the Nomad Apart
Have you ever heard of a free-floating trigger? That’s the best way I’d describe the RMT Nomad. Triggers move backward and forwards, but the RMT Nomad also moves side to side. We get 6 degrees of pivoting, and the trigger moves with ease to the right or left with the press of a finger. The weapon doesn’t fire when the trigger is moved to the left or right and doesn’t return to the center when released.
The pivoting design simply allows the user to assume the most natural firing position possible. In fact, I was quite shocked that my finger naturally pushed the trigger out to the left side of the gun. (I’m a righty.) I have big hands, and the trigging moving to the left allows me to comfortably keep my fingertip on the trigger without feeling crowded in the trigger guard.
It’s an interesting design that gives me the most natural grip I’ve ever had on a rifle and the most natural feeling trigger engagement. It’s different, but different doesn’t mean bad by any means.
That’s what sets the Nomad apart. Other than the pivoting design, the Nomad is a drop-in AR trigger secured with a set of anti-walk pins. Installation takes no time at all, and it drops in and functions with no drama.
At the Range
Obviously, I find the Nomad trigger to be quite comfy, fitting my hand and accommodating my finger. That trigger is flat, and as a flat trigger my finger can sit on any portion of it comfortably. Double the comfort, double the fun, right?
A flat-faced trigger helps accommodate smaller hands by reducing the length from the grip to the trigger. The Nomad trigger’s ability to be pulled towards the hand will certainly help shooters with smaller hands. So even if you aren’t a yeti, like I, you’ll find the Nomad comfy.
The flat-faced trigger is textured, metal, and feels great. The trigger weight is 3 pounds total, and there seems to be a just barely detectable level of take up before the wall and then the bang. I give the short and sweet nature of the trigger a ten out of ten. It’s insanely nice and helps eke out some of that human error that occurs when the trigger is pulled.
I replaced a BCM Mil-Spec trigger with the Nomad, and the BCM is a nice Mil-Spec trigger. Yet, the Nomad absolutely blows it out of the water. The Nomad’s short pull and lightweight will certainly clean up your groups a fair bit.
We get a solid reset that is tactile and audible and just really enjoyable. When a short and positive reset combines with a lightweight trigger, you’ll find yourself capable of going faster with a good degree of accuracy. It’s very easy to break off accurate double taps and good strings of fire when necessary. Or just when fun.
There is no difference in the trigger’s reset or movement when the trigger is pivoted to the left or right. It retains the high-quality pull regardless of where I move it in terms of its left to right direction. The RMT Nomad offered zero reliability issues either. When the trigger got pressed, the gun went bang.
This includes perfect function with the new Mantis Blackbeard and the CMMG 22LR conversion kit. Both setups functioned flawlessly, and the RMT Nomad ran without complaint. It’s smooth, sweet, and well suited for those looking to draw some accuracy out of their rifle and increase their comfort.
The RMT Nomad did things differently, and I can respect that. The drop-in trigger world is a fair bit stale, and as such, the presence of something new is always appreciated, especially when it makes it a fair bit more comfortable for my big hands to get work done.