John Huber was an avid collector of curio and relic firearms, but he had a problem. He loved the look and feel of his classic Mauser rifle, but he hated to shoot it because of something he refers to as “that darn trigger.” So, like other “can-do” creators throughout the decades, while seeking a solution to a personal dilemma, he ended up starting a company – Huber Concepts (HC) – providing products for men and women who also wanted to bring some fun back to the performance of their classic firearms.
“He loved that gun,” Huber’s business partner and childhood friend Diz Disbro (Huber grew up a couple blocks from Disbro’s grandmother’s house) told me at a recent trade show, “but he did not like to shoot it. And so he set out to find a way to make it more fun to shoot, and that was the birth of the Huber ball trigger.”
That was nearly twenty years ago. Huber’s original trigger was created with both the collector and the shooter in mind, and each successive HC innovation has kept that same audience at the forefront. Today, the company’s black Teflon model continues to provide match grade performance while maintaining the original military profile of a rifle. Their stainless steel and ultralight models also provide excellent performance while adding a distinctive custom look via a patented design.
HUBER’S FIRST PRODUCTION “RUN” was two; one trigger each for the business partners’ personal rifles. However, after months of “what do you have there” questions at their local range followed by a steady slew of “me to” requests, the two decided to pursue a series of initial patents for the trigger, and soon began to purchase machines and castings to replace their “hand file and a piece of steel” production process. Over the next decade, Disbro shared that the two developed triggers for “twelve distinct WWI- and WWII-era bolt rifles, with significant variations among them.”
For example, some guns allowed the use of a two-stage trigger, while others permitted single-stage only. Still others allowed adjust ability of the same trigger for multiple rifles. As the requests continued, the two eventually turned their attention seven years ago to producing triggers of similar quality for modern bolt guns.
“We hadn’t thought about it,” laughed Disbro. “We were having fun with the milsurps (military surplus, for the uninitiated). So we gave it some significant thought, and came up with the Remington 700. It was a natural fit, there were a lot of Remington 700s out there, and we all know they’ve had their trigger issues through the years.”
Out of this process came their two-stage trigger for this popular rifle platform, although Disbro – and many others in and around the industry – sees it as much more than a standard aftermarket replacement. “It uses rotations,” he explained. “If you think about a quarterback throwing the ball to a receiver, at the last second – when the fingertips are on the ball – is when all the zip, the spin, the direction, the speed…everything happens.
That’s what happens inside the trigger. We’ve come up with a model, and we stand behind it; ‘better shot timing, guaranteed.’ In our industry, everyone [that shoots] is dealing in degrees of being late on their shots.
The crosshairs are only on the target so long.” The trigger uses what the company calls “anti-friction ball technology,” which involves some pretty advanced mathematics, but boils down to a highly improved tactile sensation during the trigger pull. Scores of people who have tested the trigger on the range and in the field have said the same thing; that you can feel the exact break moment every single time you pull the trigger.
In short, shooters really need to get their index fingers on one to fully appreciate what Huber has created, even if only for a dry fire test. “Our whole thing is that you don’t have to have a hair trigger,” added Disbro. “You can have control on the trigger, you can have it where you don’t have to have anticipation of when the shot’s going to go. It’s going to fire when you are on the target, and not late.”
Disbro insists that their Remington 700 Huber trigger can help everyone, from the top shooters in the world to the weekend range shooter trying to get more shots in the black. It also is a great advantage in hunting applications for those hoping to tighten their groups, or those looking for a more ethical shot.
“Long range hunting is in vogue now,” said Disbro. “We can take people whose proficiency is at, let’s say, five hundred yards. And now they can be proficient at six hundred yards without doing anything else because their shot timing has improved dramatically.”
Huber triggers have now been on the market long enough to have become popular in the after market world. Although each Huber trigger is built to order and is shipped out with a chart, Disbro said that it hasn’t stopped people from seeking them out from other sources.
“We have people who call us up and say, ‘I bought a [used] rifle because it had your trigger in it, and I wanted the trigger. Tell me what I got.’ And we can tell them exactly what they have. Or sometimes they say, ‘I’d like to send it in so you can check it over, and we can, because the charts match out identically.”
JUST WHEN DISBRO WAS GETTING used to being in the trigger business, Huber told him, “I’ve got an idea for a muzzle brake.” The resulting product is called the Huber Square Brake, and although Huber is in the early stages of the marketing for it, it has already enjoyed some success alongside the trigger family via satisfied customers and word of mouth.
According to company literature, the brake works by shearing air into vortices to the side as equal and opposite. This prevents pressure ridges within the confines of the brake adjacent to the bullet over a longer period of time to completely redirect the high-speed gas column. The brake moderates energies to minimize lateral and radial motions of the gun (lessening the negative effects on sight picture and sight alignment) and recoil in the shot sequence lasting 5-10 milliseconds.
This enhanced stabilization also reduces target reacquire time for subsequent shots in semi-auto mode. One final product that deserves mention is also the result of customer requests; an AR trigger design that is in the works. But, if history were a good indicator, I’d bet that John Huber’s newest design would find a market and create many more satisfied customers. MSRP for both versions of the Remington 700 trigger (the single-stage and the 2-stage) is
$295 to $320.
For more information, visit huberconcepts.com, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (920) 921-9641.