Equally as good is RRA’s Two Stage Trigger, which has a two-pound take-up, then a crisp 2.5 pound break. While slightly wider and perhaps a tad less refined in feel than more expensive and well-known competitors, it also can be had for about 70 percent of the price at $125, which is very reasonable for a trigger of this quality. Rounding it all out is a Hogue pistol grip, RRA’s Winter Trigger Guard, and the RRA Star Safety Selector, which has a serrated half-dome on the end to aid in rapid manipulation. Tipping the scales at 7.9 pounds, the QMC comes in a plastic rifle case with one proprietary 30-round RRA windowed magazine, three accessory rails, and a packet with various sundry instructions.
As the QMC rifle comes with no iron sights, I topped it with a Trijicon Miniature Ruggedized Optic (MRO). A die-hard Aimpoint fan, I have nevertheless come to appreciate the MRO, thanks to its cone-shaped tube, 2 MOA dot, and easy to adjust controls. With the same 50,000 hour battery life, the MRO sells for about $200 less than a T1/T2 series Aimpoint, which is probably a reason why we are seeing more and more of them on many ARs out there. The MRO I was provided came in its miniature Pelican-style box, with a 1/3 co-witness, thumbscrew mount, which worked fine and stayed on the rifle with no issues.
Proceeding to the range, I initially zeroed at 50 yards from prone, monopoding off the magazine. Inside 10 rounds I was centered and shooting five-shot groups the size of a quarter or less, thanks to the two-stage trigger, muzzle brake, and small red dot. I then put the QMC through my usual series of drills, where it performed quite well, both in my hands and that of two friends who were enjoying the sunny, 80 degree day of gunfire with me. If not as svelte as some other more anemic looking ARs now popular, it handled fine and absorbed recoil well. No malfunctions or hang-ups were encountered while utilizing mainly 55-grain M193, all fed through about a half-dozen different types of magazines, including Magpul, Daniel Defense, stock GI, Lancer and Troy, as well as the RRA magazine that came with the rifle. So far, so good.