Apex Tactical’s Action Enhancement Triggers Provide a Serious Upgrade in Form & Function, and Possibly Your Scores
By Bobby Walla, 3GN Club Series
Recently, I had the opportunity to get a few Apex triggers and do a little testing and evaluation. I tested their action enhancement triggers for the Glock platform as well as the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact.
First we will start with the Glock, because it is the most popular striker-fired pistol on the market. When I opened the box, I received a trigger with factory Glock Gen 3 trigger bar and the Ultimate safety plunger, and their branded connector (which removes one pound from the overall trigger weight). After installing, I did a lot of dry fire prior to heading out to shoot.
Some people prefer a trigger with zero take-up, but if you’re like me, you’ll prefer a smooth, small amount of take-up with a predictable wall, and that’s exactly what the Apex trigger offers. I took the pistol out to the range with 500 rounds, and like I assumed, the Glock 34 ran like a top. I’ve felt a lot of aftermarket triggers out there—some good, some bad—but the Apex shines in its design. The thing I really like about it is the small foot on the bottom of the trigger shoe. It creates a more ergonomic and consistent trigger press!
Next up was the M&P M2.0 Compact paired with the Apex Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit. First off, for people that do not have experience with M&P’s, detailing stripping the pistol is A LOT more challenging than a Glock! (See video below). When you open the package, you will be greeted by the following parts: Flat-Faced trigger, forward set sear actuator, two-dot machined sear, heavy duty sear spring, duty/carry sear spring, heavy duty and duty/carry trigger return springs, ultimate striker block kit (striker block, spring, and Talon tool), and finally a slave pin to aid in install of trigger return spring.
After watching some install videos, I went to work on breaking the gun down and installing the kit using the heavy duty springs. I got everything put in the gun properly and started doing some dry-fire. It became clear that if you have an M&P and do not have this trigger kit in your pistol, you are CRAZY. I am not trying to downplay their product for other platforms, but my experience is only with the mentioned platforms, and the feel of the trigger is simply amazing! A small amount of pre-travel met with a smooth, rolling wall. The trigger is extremely ergonomic. I have always been a huge fan of flat triggers on my pistols and MSRs (Modern Sporting Rifles), which adds to the appeal of this Apex model.
I headed to the range with 500 of my 147-grain Rainier Ballistic projectiles loaded to 130 Power Factor. I expected to have some issues, not because of the trigger, but because the stock recoil spring is extremely heavy. I was pleasantly surprised that, like the well-worn Glock, it ran flawlessly. Just a quick plug for S&W: While I have never been a fan of M&P’s since they initially hit the market, kudos to them, they hit the modifications from their Gen 1’s out of the park!
Unlike some other shooting sports, Apex Tactical’s trigger enhancements are allowed in any and all 3GN divisions! I fully believe in and typically recommend shooters to buy a good gun, upgrade the sights, and then invest in a few thousand rounds and get to shooting! However, if you’ve done that and are still having issues or just looking for a little edge against the competition, I would highly recommend you jumping on Apex’s website, and buying a trigger kit for your platform.