Forward Controls Design Trigger Guard – Winter


Flat Dark Earth (FDE)
OD Green

Product Description

TGF (Trigger Guard, Forward Controls) is designed for use with TDP spec forged lower receivers, and fills the gap forward of the pistol grip, between the trigger guard “ears” (note that TGF will not swing down like TDP spec trigger guards). The winter version has as much constant/unchanged space from the trigger bow forward as possible (instead of the space inside tapering and decreasing as the trigger guard nears the receiver’s front trigger guard holes). TGF does not have a spring-loaded detent for the front but uses a set screw like Magpul’s, and a standard trigger guard roll pin in the rear. FCD retained the use of roll pin for TGF’s rear, as it’s reliable and robust, it also will not loosen. The front set screw (1/16 Allen wrench is required) is flush with the receiver and doesn’t protrude.  All the sharp edges and corners have been removed. TGF features a canted front edge to make rocking the magazine into the mag well easier.

The space to the rear of the trigger bow is inaccessible for the user’s finger, so it’s kept small and low. TGF also features an angled front end to facilitate rocking the magazine into the magazine well. In so doing, the design opens up the magazine well slightly for those that use the rock into mag well technique. For those that don’t, the angle takes nothing away from the way they’re used to inserting magazines, “beer can” straight into the magazine well.

  • Available in anodized black, desert tan, and OD green.
  • Lower receivers made from Cerro Forge “keyhole” forgings generally have taller trigger guard ears, as do Colt, LMT, and BCM lower receivers.
  • Please note ZEV produced lower receivers appear to have shorter trigger guard ears, and these shortened ears expose a bit of the bottom of the TGF, as shown below. This has no bearing on functionality. The latest Mega lowers (with the old Mega atomic whirl) has been reported to have long ears that do cover the TGF.
  • TGF is proudly designed and made in the USA. A trigger guard roll pin and set screw (for the front) are included. A 1/16 Allen wrench is required (not included).
  • TGF is machined from 7075 aluminum.


  • TDP width for the trigger guard is 0.430 +/- 0.003. TGF follows TDP specs and tolerances. The gap between the rear trigger guard ears is 0.438 + 0.008 / -0.000. Given the rather loose tolerances of the space between the trigger guard’s rear ears, TGF (or any trigger guard, for that matter) could be just right, or slightly loose. This is normal, the TDP spec width of the trigger guard and that of the lower inside the trigger guard ears all but guarantee an in spec trigger guard will be loose inside the ears.
  • TDP diameter for the front right ear of the trigger guard is 0.125 +0.003. If the hole is on the upper side of the tolerance, TGF’s set screw can rattle inside. This too, isn’t unique to TGF.

Notes from Manufacturer:

  • We’d like to remind folks that AR15s/M16s are tools, and every part has a tolerance value. It isn’t an advantage or useful feature for combat weapons to be so tight that they lose their tolerance for debris, sand, and mud. TDP trigger guards swing down, and they wouldn’t be able to do so if any foreign object in its way can stop them from doing so.
  • We don’t fudge and get creative with TDP specs and tolerances. If we made TGF on the wide side (didn’t even think about it, but we wouldn’t do it anyway because it has problems of its own), we’d risk the TGF being too tight and not fitting Colt, LMT, and BCM lower that are true to TDP specs. We design and produce duty-grade components for duty/combat weapons, and we adhere to TDP specs and tolerances.




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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Brian G.
Functional Art

Let's be honest. You want this because it looks bad ass and also has that little duck logo on the bottom. I'm right there with ya. However, this little baby is packed full of features!

The edges are rounded and have a nice touch resting against your middle finger. The guard closes up the gap on AR receivers making it more comfortable to hold all day. AND the design prevents your finger and trigger from binding with the guard.

Really well executed and the price is right. Now stop reading this and buy one.


Well executed design that fills the gap between the grip and a standard trigger guard