New Trigger From Apex

Apex Tactical says their mission is simple: to create superior products that perform to extraordinary levels. In their pursuit of excellence they’ve patented a new trigger, one designed to improve the performance of striker-fired triggers. It’s their third patent, and with the increase in striker-fired pistols from companies that didn’t previously manufacture them it does seem to be a good marketing move. Personally I’d love to find out how their new trigger performs, and I know just the gun to try it in…


From Apex:

Apex Tactical Specialties announced that it has been awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a “firing mechanism for a firearm” covering the company’s Forward Set Sear and Trigger products.

Covered by U.S. patent number 8,863,425, the Apex Forward Set Sear and Trigger is designed to reduce total trigger travel creating a more responsive trigger in a striker-fire pistol, and one reminiscent of the trigger feel in a single-action pistol.

This is the third patent Apex has received. “

Since the introduction of our Forward Set Sear and Trigger system it has been one of our most popular upgrades for the Smith & Wesson M&P series of pistols. The improvement in the trigger pull experience over a factory system is significant, and for many customers it is what defines an Apex upgrade,” explained Randy Lee, president at Apex Tactical Specialties and the designer of the Forward Set Sear and Trigger system.

Apex Forward Set Sear and Triggers are available from,, MidwayUSA and local firearms dealer.

For more information on parts and services from Apex Tactical Specialties, visit, like Apex Tactical on Facebook or follow @ApexTactical on Twitter and Instagram. Instructional videos on the installation of Apex parts are available on Apex’s YouTube channel.

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  • N

    Unless I’m misreading their press release, the patent is for aspects of the already released Forward Set Sear and trigger system, not that this is the release of something new.

    • AJ

      I got the same feeling. I was all, “damn, now I need to buy another Apex kit.”

    • Anonymous

      This. The FSS has been out for years. Who cares that they just got a patent on it…I’d care if they’d come out with a new trigger even better, but it seems that’s not the case.

  • David

    I just put one in my Shield. Sooooi much better than the factory trigger

  • JQPub

    I really have the itch to drop one into my MP40. Everyone seems to rave about them (and the stock trigger is the one thing that sucks about this gun). I think I’m going to order it this weekend…

    • Try it. Plenty of people will buy the parts off you (e.g., ebay) if you decided that the trigger is not for you 🙂 The investment risk is very low.

    • 3XLwolfshirt

      Do it. I have one in my M&P and it’s amazing. Extremely light and crisp.

    • Frank

      A lot of LEOs are turning them in right now following the FBI’s switch to 9mm. I’ve seen them for around $350 pretty easily. Which is great considering most LE trade ins are rarely shot.

  • Vitsaus

    Smith & Wesson already makes a pistol with this trigger. Its called the SW1911.

    • sgt fish

      gayest comment on this article

  • mlk18

    I have over a half dozen M&P’s and a couple SD9’s. Each and every one is filled with Apex parts ranging from a simple spring kit to action enhancement kits and triggers. Smith & Wesson needs to call Randy and strike up a production deal. An M&P Pro model still falls drastically short of an Apex equipped M&P. Installation was easy. Did the last one at my desk with a couple punches and a kitchen rag.

    • barry

      Yes, S&W should outright buy Apex Tactical and incorporate it into their Performance Center. The difference between a stock SD trigger and Apex one is staggering–from 8-9 pound pull to 5 pounds with almost no takeup or overtravel. The M&P upgrade is equally amazing. If this was a factory upgrade, I can see it being the Glock Killer.

      • Steve

        I loved the Apex SD trigger springs at first (haven’t tried the trigger yet). However, after a couple years (approximately 2k rounds), I started getting a ridiculous number of light primer strikes. My last box of ammo had 9 out of 50! I swapped the original springs back in to see if that would solve the issue. We’ll find out when I go shooting this Sunday.

  • Flyingchipmunk

    I sold my Glocks and started shooting an M&P because of Apex triggers. I have a Shield with the duty kit and a 9L with the comp trigger. I have the stock spring with the comp AEK and it is the best striker fired trigger legal for USPSA production.