Installing the SSS Savage Competition Trigger

Posted in DIY, Savage on November 10th, 2017 by Preston Lewis




Before starting work on any firearm be sure that the firearm is clear. Do not touch the trigger until the firearm has been cleared. Inspect the chamber to ensure that it is clear of ammunition and that there is no ammunition positioned to be chambered. Do not keep live ammunition near your workspace. Once you have checked the firearm, check it again!

Tactical Works, Inc. takes no responsibility for the accuracy and/or safety of this “how to”.  This post is simply for your reading enjoyment. Before shooting any firearm have it inspected by a qualified gun smith.

Installing the SSS Savage Competition Trigger

SSS Savage Competition Trigger

SSS Savage Competition Trigger

In this DIY tutorial, we will be installing a Sharp Shooter Supply Competition trigger in a Savage Model 10 FCP-SR. This trigger is a great value and will take your rifle and accuracy to the next level. The SSS Competition Trigger has an adjustable pull range from 2 pounds to 12 ounces. It also comes with installation instructions as well as allen key wrenches. In order to have a successful trigger install, below are a list of tools needed.

  • Dremel Tool with a diamond dremel bit
  • Vise
  • Set of Allen Wrenches for stock or chassis removal
  • 1/8” drift punch to remove the main trigger frame pin
  • Small pair of Needle Nose Pliers to re-install the bolt release spring
  • Blue Loctite
  • Torque Wrench to reinstall the stock or chassis

Before you start, MAKE SURE YOUR GUN IS CLEAR AND UNLOADED. I cannot stress this enough. Safety First!!!

Step 1- Remove the bolt from the action

Step 2- Remove the front and rear action screws. (On a stock, you will remove the forward screw and the screw in front of the trigger guard. On a chassis such as a Stealth/MDT LSS chassis, you will only have 2 screws, remove both of them.

Step 3- Place your barreled action on a flat surface with the trigger facing up.

Step 4- Take your 1/8” drift punch and remove the Main Trigger Frame Pin shown in Figure 4-1.

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 4-1

Once this pin is removed, slide the whole assembly forward towards the muzzle and pull up. It will come right out. Remove the bolt release lever and spring shown in Figures 4-2 and 4-3 below.

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 4-2

SSS Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 4-3

Step 5- Carefully remove the “C” Clip on the side of the Accutrigger and pull the trigger pin out. Pull the entire trigger free of the frame and lay it to the side.

Step 6- Take the main trigger frame and put it in your vise so you will have a steady working surface as shown in Figure 6-1. (Only for Accutrigger Models will you have to modify the main trigger frame. Pre-2004 Savages have a different trigger frame that does not need to be modified.)

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 6-1

Step 7- With the diamond bit in your dremel tool, carefully grind a slot into main trigger frame to allow clearance for the stud on the SSS trigger. (Looking at the frame from the front with the holes facing up you will be grinding the left side) As shown in Figures 7-1 and 7-2

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 7-1

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 7-2

Step 8- Grind a little at a time and slide the SSS Competition trigger into the frame until the frame sits right against the new trigger housing as shown in Figure 8-1. (You don’t want anything binding as your trigger will not function properly if anything is smashed.)

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 8-1

Step 9- Once your new SSS trigger will sit perfect in your trigger frame with the two back feet shown in Figures 9-1 and 9-2 sitting on top of the trigger frame and the screw holes (frame and trigger holes) lined up perfectly, insert the provided machine screw through the hole (doesn’t matter through which side) and thread the provided nut onto the screw on the opposite side. Tighten the screw with the provided allen key until it is snug. DO NOT TORQUE THE NUT DOWN!! Apply a small amount of blue LOCTITE in the middle of the nut being careful not to get any into the trigger.Wipe off excess if needed.

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 9-1

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 9-2

Step 10- Once the SSS Trigger is installed in the main trigger frame, place the lip on the back of the frame into the slot in the rear of the action.

Step 11- Re-install the bolt release lever the way you took it off as shown in Figure 11-1 below.

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 11-1

Step 12- Slide a small allen wrench through the holes of the bolt stop lever, main trigger frame and action as shown in Figure 12-1 allowing all of the components to line up correctly.

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 12-1

Step 13- Install the bolt release lever spring with the small pair of needle nose pliers and push your allen wrench through the spring and all the way through the bolt release.

Step 14- Take your main trigger frame pin and slowly push it through the hole on the spring side pushing the allen key out. (Exactly the opposite way you inserted the allen key.) This step may take some fooling with but take your time and you will get it. See Figure 14-1. (Main trigger frame pin re-installed)

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 14-1

Step- 15- Slide your safety tab to the rear  in the “Safe Position”. Use the smallest provided allen key to adjust “Screw D” clockwise until it touches the safety bar. (You can see it under the trigger housing). Once it is touching the safety bar, back it off 1/8 of a turn counter-clockwise. Install your bolt and “cock the gun” and pull the trigger and make sure IT WILL NOT FIRE WITH THE SAFETY ON!! If it does fire with the safety on, turn the screw clockwise until it won’t, making sure that your safety tab slides back and forth freely without binding.

SSS Savage Competition Trigger Installation

Figure 15-1

Step 16- “Screw C” is your Overtravel Screw. This screw will set your desired over travel. Turning the screw clockwise reduces the overtravel and counter-clockwise increases over travel. (If this screw is adjusted in all the way clockwise, it will not allow the trigger sear to engage.If this happens, turn the screw counter-clockwise until the sear will engage the trigger.)

Step 17- “Screw A” is the Sear engagement adjustment screw. A majority of your pull weight will be associated with this screw. This screw comes set from the factory for minimum sear engagement. It is advised to adjust this screw no more than one turn clockwise to reduce sear engagement, if you adjust this screw counter-clockwise, it will increase your trigger pull weight. Reducing the sear engagement introduces the risk of a slam fire or accidental sear disengagement.

Step 18- “Screw B” is your Trigger Pull Weight adjustment. You can set this screw where you so desire. Turning the screw clockwise increases your pull weight and turning it counter-clockwise reduces the pull weight.

Step 19- Once your trigger is adjusted to your preference, cycle the bolt no less than 100 times making sure you have no slam fires or unintentional sear disengagements. Also make sure your safety engages as well. SAFETY FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!

Step 20- Once you’ve deemed your rifle “SAFE”, carefully lay the barreled action back into the stock or chassis. If you have a Savage Accustock, you will not have to modify the trigger guard or stock when reinstalling. If you have a Savage Stealth or MDT LSS chassis, you will have to open up the trigger hole about a ¼” forward to clear the new trigger housing. Your dremel with the same bit will do this easily.

Step 21- Once your action is sitting in your stock or chassis with no interference, apply a liberal amount of blue Loctite to the ends of the action screws. Thread the action screws into the actions and hand tighten them. With your torque wrench, tighten the rear action screw to 60 inch pounds and same for the front action screw. Once both screws are tightened to 60 inch pounds, tighten the rear action screw to 65 inch pounds.

You can, at any time, reinstall the Savage accutrigger. This modification isn’t permanent.


Trigger Install Complete

Trigger Install Complete

Trigger Install Complete

Trigger Install Complete

This install is well worth the finished product, I promise you!!!

As always, see you at the range.

Crosstac Saddle Bag Review

Posted in New Kit, Product Reviews on October 13th, 2017 by Preston Lewis


When I received the Original gen1 Crosstac Saddle Bag, I was very impressed with the quality and workmanship in this shooting bag. I was looking for a bag that can be used on pretty much any barricade that PRS match directors can throw at you. I have always been a comfortable shooter that carried different bags around with me in a match to suit different barricades (rear bag, strap on bag etc.) until the Crosstac saddle bag showed up on my doorstep. The first thing I did with this bag was set it on a railing to see how it would support my gun by itself. To give you an idea, I shoot a 6.5 Creedmoor on an MDT TAC21 chassis with a 24 in barrel (12.4 lbs) and I can lay this weapon system on the bag and simply let go of it. With that being said, long range precision shooters dream about having a bag that will steady a gun like this. The first time I used it, I shot out to 1020 yards 5x with no misses.

Crosstac Saddle Bag


Lisa called me and asked if I would try out the new Crosstac Gen2 Ultralight Saddle Bag. The item showed up and I could not believe how lightweight this thing was. The bag itself is the exact same as the gen1 saddle bag except for the fill. The gen1 uses a coarse ground walnut fill weighing in at about 7lbs versus the gen2 bag being filled with a ball bearing size Styrofoam weighing in at a little under a pound. Back to the range with the gen2 bag and my fears were confirmed. With rifle stability being one of the main components of long range shooting, the gen2 bag did not hold the gun near as well because the Styrofoam does not mold in place like the crushed walnut media of the gen1.

Crosstac Shooting Bag Media


Crosstac Gen 1 Saddle BagCrosstac Gen 2 Ultralightweight Saddle Bag


I had a few of my PRS team buddies up to see what they thought about it.

Will, “It would be nice to run around with a lightweight bag but I definitely like the way the gen1 bag cradles my gun.”

Dennis, “For an older shooter, I like the gen2 saddle bag because of the weight. I would not sacrifice weight for accuracy in a match though.”

Hunter, “For the saddle bag concept as a whole, you can do a lot of different things with it. It’s nice to have lightweight gear for matches or for hunting but in a match where points are on the line, I want something that is going to be very stable. The gen1 bag is definitely the one for me.”


With that being said, everyone has their own opinions. I do like that Crosstac gives you the option to unzip the bag and put whatever fill you would like in there (including my son who likes to hide his little army men in mine). Maybe they could give you the option to order both types of fill so you could switch them out for different applications or even mix them for a happy medium of lightweight bag and great weapon stability. For me, I’m going with the gen1 Crosstac Saddle Bag. Until next time!


Preston Lewis joins Team Tactical Works, Inc.

Posted in Product Reviews, Tactical Works Home, Uncategorized on September 27th, 2017 by Team TW

Contact: Team Tactical Works  FOR RELEASE ON 9/27/2017 11:00 A.M.
Tel.: 970.672.0765

Tactical Works, Inc. announces the addition of Preston Lewis to Team Tactical Works.
Preston will be joining Team Tactical Works Inc. as a sponsored shooter, product tester/reviewer, author, contributor, and consultant. 

Colorado Springs, CO, September 27 – Preston Lewis was born and raised in Panama City, FL. He is an avid hunter, fisherman, full-time dad and a husband. He enjoys the thrill of long-range shooting or anything to do with firearms for that matter.

Preston has been around guns his entire life however over the last 8 years, when he is not spending time with his family he devotes most of his free time to the science of long-range shooting sports. Preston shoots matches as a member in the Precision Rifle Series as well as F-Class.

When Preston isn’t shooting he spends his free time reloading for practice and matches and tuning rifles for himself and others.

Preston is a sponsored Team Tactical Works shooter as well as an author, product tester, “TW Think Tank” member and contributor.

“I am honored to be a part of Team Tactical Works. The folks at Tactical Works, Inc. are wonderful people to work with. If you need anything for long range shooting, you’ve come to the right place! See you at the range.”

Tactical Works, Inc. is headquartered right outside the downtown area of beautiful Denver Colorado.

Our company mission is simple, provide our customers a simple and secure area to acquire reputable firearm accessories while providing superior customer service.

To help us with our mission our main goal is to offer quality firearm accessories from companies who stand behind their products.  

Our customers are military, law enforcement, competition and recreational shooters who need to depend and trust on their weapons platform.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Team Tactical Works, Inc. at 970-672-0765, or email


New ENVY Chassis by XLR Industries released

Posted in New Kit, Remington 700 on August 3rd, 2017 by KrowRN

XLR Industries has just released the ENVY Chassis for the Remington 700 Short Action. We have been impatiently waiting for these since SHOT Show this year and are very excited to have some in hand!!

ENVY Chassis by XLR

Envy Chassis by XLR Industries


Here is the press release from XLR Industries with information about the new ENVY Chassis:


For Immediate Release: August 1, 2017

XLR Announces the Release of the ENVY™ Rifle Chassis System

The highly anticipated ENVY™ offers a winning blend of features, function, and durability. It was designed specifically for those shooters who desire professional level precision.

Grand Junction, CO. – August 1, 2017.

XLR, a leading U.S. manufacturer of custom rifle chassis and components, is proud to announce the release of the ENVY™ precision rifle chassis. The feature-rich ENVY™ was developed from the ground up through years of cooperation with some of the best shooters in the world.

The ENVY™ rifle chassis has a base weight of 35 oz (without buttstock or grip) and will initially be available for the Remington 700 short action and clones. The sleek, one-piece design is constructed from rigid 6061-T6 aluminum for an ultimate balance of lightness and durability. A multi-point radial cut inlet allows the receiver to sit in the chassis stress-free for the utmost in accuracy (no V-block). As with all XLR chassis, the ENVY™ is a direct bolt-on application with no gunsmithing or setup required by the user.

Unique to the ENVY™ is the integrated, Arca-Swiss™ style 1.5” dovetail mount on the forend. This allows the chassis to be used with a camera tripod. Having the mount integrated ensures that it will never come loose during strings of fire. It also allows for a longer dovetail than a traditional bolt-on adapter would, which provides for more versatility in balancing the rifle by sliding it forward and aft.

The integrated detachable magazine system allows the use of AICS style magazines. A new style of magwell features a larger, tapered opening for faster magazine changes and has an angled, serrated face that can serve as a barricade stop. In addition, the ENVY™ also features an integrated 5.5” picatinny rail located on the bottom of the handguard as well as five strategically placed QD sling sockets. An integrated bubble level keeps cant issues in check. The M-LOK™ compatible handguard allows the shooter the option to custom-tailor the chassis with M-LOK™ accessories.

“What we have put together is the perfect package for your competitive, PRS style shooter,” said Matt Means, Sales Manager for XLR. The ENVY™ has more integrated components than any other chassis in its class. This highly anticipated product release will satisfy the needs of anyone seeking a durable and highly adaptable rifle chassis. The ENVY™ will of course come with our lifetime warranty.”

The basic ENVY™ package is priced at $740 with many upgrades and options available. The ENVY™ is available now on the company’s official online store at
About XLR

XLR is a U.S. based manufacturer of world-class rifle chassis, components, and accessories. The company manufactures the renowned Element, Evolution™, Carbon, and Envy™ chassis systems for professional shooters, tactical shooters, and hobbyists alike. Using only the finest materials and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, XLR strives to maintain its reputation for quality and tactical innovation.

Contact Information
Matt Means · Sales Manager · · (970) 241-1807
XLR · 2323 Grand Park Drive · Grand Junction, CO · 81505

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Quiver 2 Round Holder

Posted in New Kit on June 7th, 2017 by KrowRN

*Now Available*

For those times when 1 or 2 more rounds would be handy.




The Quiver 2 Round Holder by Hoptic USA is a low profile spare round carrier.  Made from 6061-T6 Aluminum and Type III Hard Anodized in Black or FDE. Available for .308 in KeyMod, M-LOK, and Picatinny mount options. The .308 version also fits .243, 6.5 Creedmoor, up to .30-06. Weighs in at a mere 1.5 oz (with KeyMod hardware).  Proudly Made in the USA.

KREMLIN and KRUX stocks by iota Outdoors

Posted in New Kit, Remington 700 on March 20th, 2017 by KrowRN

Now Available for Pre-Order!!

KRUX stock for Remington 700

The KRUX stock for the Remington 700 is a lightweight, low-profile composite stock perfect for a backcountry rifle build.  It weighs a mere 27 ounces and is only 28 inches in length. A carbon fiber reinforced composite mold maximizes the rifle stock’s strength under compression of a fully equipped rifle. Custom machined pillars maintain proper action and bottom metal dimensions, reducing stock fatigue and maintaining accuracy. The KRUX is hand laid for a premium quality and look and is offered in a matte texture with molded in colors and ports.  Available for the Remington 700 in Short Action or Long Action; Right or Left hand; BDL or Badger M5 inlet. Colors include: Citadel Grey, Sentinel Green, and Gobi Tan.

KREMLIN stock for Remington 700

The KREMLIN stock for the Remington 700 merges the features of both the hunter and shooter stock designs to create one multi-functional precision stock for a wide range of experiences. A composite molded rifle stock with a carbon fiber core that provides stability to any shooting stance, from the shoulder to the sandbag.  The carbon fiber reinforced composite mold maximizes the stock’s strength under compression of a fully equipped rifle. Custom machined pillars help maintain proper action and bottom metal dimensions, reducing stock fatigue. An AirTech recoil pad made from LimbSaver’s proprietary NAVCOM technology, exclusively for iota, effectively absorbs a wide range of frequencies to dissipate energy and vibration. The KREMLIN weighs 40 ounces and is 31.5 inches overall length.  Available for the Remington 700: Short or Long Action; Right or Left Hand; BDL or Badger M5 inlet. Colors include: Citadel Grey, Sentinel Green, and Gobi Tan.

Both stocks are available for PRE-ORDER with a lead time of 6-8 weeks.

AR15 Pistol with Thordsen Customs buffer tube cover

Posted in AR15 on September 23rd, 2014 by Team TW

We had to share this AR15 pistol build primarily because it’s, well, cool.  It has the  Thordsen Customs AR15 enhanced buffer tube cover, Law Tactical folding stock adapter, and the Thordsen CAA saddle kit.  Original photo by Reign Precision RPM.

AR Pistol



Posted in Tactical Works Home, Uncategorized on September 11th, 2014 by Team TW

Twin Tower Memorial

September 11, 2001 the United States of America lost nearly 3000 of our citizens.  This loss came at the hands of a group who’s only intention was to hurt America and American families.

What our attackers didn’t realize is the loss of 3000 would immediately strengthen over 300 million to become stronger, smarter, and more united.  As Isoroku Yamamoto stated “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” 

Today more than ever America is being threatened and we need to remember and reflect on the loss of 3000 moms, dads, children, brothers, sisters and friends not only to honor them but to carry their on their legacy as proud free Americans.

We owe it to the 3000 to carry on, pursue our dreams, and live life to the fullest as they can no longer.  We also owe it to those 3000 to continue to build a united, proud and free country.

Today please take a moment to remember the nearly 3000 Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  In addition, recognize and thank the men and women of our armed forces who give all to keep us safe and allow us our freedoms.

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” 
― Rose Kennedy

Project Savage: Choate Tactical Stock Installation

Posted in DIY, Project Savage, Savage, Tactical Works Home on July 7th, 2014 by Team TW

Savage Choate Tactical Stock



One of the upgrades that many shooters leverage is an upgraded aftermarket stock.  In a previous post we detailed the feature’s that this shooter is looking for which are drop-in-fit, full length bedding block, pistol grip,  free-floating barrel, immediately available, and not too expensive.  The Choate Tactical Stock fit the bill and the decision was made.

The rifle is a Savage 10 Hog Hunter in .223.  The Hog Hunter ships with an economical stock better known as the “Tupperware” stock.  The stock does have bedded pillars but is too flexible for reliable repeatable groups.    Some Savage rifles have the Accustock which will have three action screws.  The Savage Target Actions will also have three actions screws.  The Hog Hunter has two action screws.  This installation will focus on Savage actions that have two screws however we will try to address the three screws actions where we can.

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D-Day never to be forgotten, 70 years ago

Posted in Tactical Works Home, Uncategorized on June 7th, 2014 by Team TW


“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”  Dwight D. Eisenhower

D-Day June 6th, 1944

Honor and Remember