I think Walmart and Dicks were the only 2 places where you could even buy the MkII's w/o the AccuTrigger. It's well worth a few extra bucks to get the AT though. And you can make some adjustments to them to make them pull lighter. But I haven't changed mine and it shoots great actually. The trigger could be better but if you grew up with 6-7 lb. triggers anything under 4 lbs. seems great.
I've shot some great groups with mine but it's picky about ammo and not as consistent as it could be. Still for the money they're very hard to beat. Marlin has rifles that essentially have a direct copy of the AT now. Their XT series of rifles look and work just like the AT's except they pull a little lighter. I'd like to get to shoot one to see how well it really works. So far all I've done is pull the trigger in a LGS. It was their idea so I went for it. It felt very nice and better than the Savage version. That doesn't mean it will automatically shoot better of course. But Marlins have always shot well but had heavy triggers. I've been waiting for them to put a good trigger on their .22's for many years and now they have but then again Marlin has had their problems lately too so I haven't bought one "yet".
The right to bear arms, and the right to arm bears!
Man, if the bears get guns around here I'll have to move to town and that would stink.