APEX Releases Flat Trigger for S&W M&P Shield

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APEX, known for taking S&W’s original abysmal M&P trigger and tuning it to near perfection (in my opinion, their triggers are better than any Glock I shoot on a daily basis), has turned their attention to the small M&P Shield. The new flat-faced trigger is a stand-alone replacement for the stock Shield trigger (which is pretty good) and claims:

  • Reduce pull by about 2 lbs.
  • Reduces pre and over-travel.
  • Smooths out the pull
  • Maintain factory safety values

For a listed retail of $79.95 for the trigger and $164 for the Duty/Carry kit, the triggers are relatively expensive compared to the base handgun they would install in, but it’s hard to put a price on being able to shoot more accurately, especially in a defensive situation.

Full Press Release Below:

Apex Announces New Flat-Faced Trigger for Smith & Wesson’s M&P Shield

LOS OSOS, Calif. – Apex Tactical Specialties, the industry leader in aftermarket drop-in performance parts for firearms, announced the upcoming release of the new Apex Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger for the popular Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol.

The new Shield Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger replaces the factory hinged trigger with a anodized aluminum trigger body featuring a Flat-Faced profile and a center mounted pivoting safety. The trigger reduces pre-travel and over-travel by approximately 20%.

The new Shield Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger is available as a stand alone replacement trigger, part #100-131, for $79.95, or as part of the popular M&P Shield Action Enhancement Trigger & Duty/Carry Kit package, part #100-132, for $164.95.

The new Shield Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger will be available for purchase in late August. Dealers and distributors can pre-order the new trigger by contacting Apex at dealer@apextactical.com or calling (805) 528-5250.

Features and Specifications:
– Black anodized aluminum trigger
– Direct drop-in replacement of factory hinged trigger
– Full kit reduces trigger pull by approximately 2 lbs.
– Smooth uptake and reset
– Reduces pre-travel and over-travel
– Reduced reset length
– Center mounted pivoting safety maintains factory safety values
– Apex Part #: 100-132 (Action Enhancement Trigger and Duty/Carry Kit)
– Apex Part #: 100-131 (Action Enhancement Trigger)
– MSRP: $164.95 for the Trigger and Duty/Carry Kit
– MSRP: $79.95 for the Action Enhancement Trigger

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

– See more at: http://www.shootingwire.com/story/353797#sthash.iiHQt8hp.dpuf



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Dracon1201

    That’s not the type of “flat” I’d want. Put less angle into it. I want to see this flat, perpendicular to the mating surface on the frame.

    • Lach

      They have a pic of it installed in a shield on facebook, its looks vertical to me much like the flat faced for the M&P full size guns.

      • Dracon1201

        Okay, cool! It doesn’t look like that from the angle here. Glad you cleared that up.

  • USMC03Vet

    Can’t you just buy a handgun with a decent trigger to begin with?
    Just sayin……

    • david

      Yeah right. Most factory triggers suck.

      • USMC03Vet

        Correction. User error.

    • DonDrapersAcidTrip

      what is even the point of these comments? we get it. you think your personal experiences and tastes apply to every single other person on the planet. God forbid it would occur to another person to do a thing that you would never think to do yourself.

  • Captain Obvious

    Here’s a novel idea…How about just buying a gun with a nice trigger. Installing an Apex trigger is like buying a box full of auto parts and assembling your own car.

    • nobody

      …and exactly how many 9mm pistols are there that are about the same size as the shield and come from the factory with a sub 3 lb trigger?

      >Installing an Apex trigger is like buying a box full of auto parts and assembling your own car.
      lolwut? That’s quite some hyperbole.

    • John

      So, you end up making something that’s more than the sum of its parts?

      A novel analogy.

  • Lt Donn

    Most of the CHL folks I instruct would be better served learning how to shoot the stock trigger…most would not realize any real-world benefit from installing the Apex trigger…THBS, if you are an “operator” or some other pro shooter, then perhaps…but most ham-fisted citizens do not have the time to learn how to properly manipulate “any” trigger let alone a 80$ add-on part. For self-defense purposes and distances, the stock trigger is just fine.

    • R H

      Normally I’d agree with your assessment, but I REALLY don’t like the trigger on the Shield. I don’t mind the pull, and I actually shoot well with it (it being my brother’s gun, I’ve got only a few hundred rounds through it). My problem with the trigger is that I tend to short-stroke it. It’s got a long reset and also somewhat of a “false reset”. I’m sure it’s something that I wouldn’t do if I trained with it, but how many people going through a CC class shoot 400+ rounds through their main carry piece? My guess (after attending 2 classes in 2 states_ is that the answer to my question is “Way too damn many!”. I guess what I’m really saying is that the Shield should come with a better trigger. And to be honest, those willing to drop the extra cash on this trigger will likely be the ones who have taken the time to properly train with their carry piece.

    • range officer

      And explaining to the jury why you changed the trigger to your gun may not help your self defense case. KISS

  • Ken

    What’s the difference between the regular trigger and the duty trigger set that’s double the price?