Apex Triggers for Beretta APX, S&W M&P 2.0

Apex APX

Apex Tactical Specialties announced a number of new trigger products for handguns ahead of the NRA Annual Meetings in April. Two of these new kits were developed for combat pistols that were introduced earlier this year: the APX from Beretta and the M&P 2.0 from Smith & Wesson. Let’s take a look at these new replacement kits.

Beretta APX

I’ve not had a chance to shoot the APX yet, but I’ve heard the trigger is pretty good for a factory offering. Nevertheless, few stock triggers can be as nice as one that has been designed by a proven company like Apex.

The new product, officially dubbed the Action Enhancement Trigger, offers four distinct benefits:

  • an 11% reduction in total trigger travel,
  • a 12% reduction in pull weight,
  • a whopping 55% reduction in over-travel, and
  • a 37% reduction in reset distance.

Of course, these numbers all sound good, but the proof will be in the feel of the trigger on the range.

Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0

Apex Smith Trigger

One of the enhancements that Smith & Wesson made to the new 2.0 versions of the M&P was the improvement of the trigger. Well, that’s what they said. I’m not impressed by it. I like the M&P series of pistols, especially the 2.0. But the new trigger, while different than the original, doesn’t feel like an improvement. Others disagree with me. Regardless, Apex figured they could improve it.

The Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit offers a flat face trigger with a center trigger safety instead of the hinged trigger S&W like to use. The kit offers these four improvements:

  • 18% reduction in pull weight,
  • 44% reduction in total trigger travel,
  • 18% reduction in over-travel, and
  • 6% reduction in reset distance.

The total reduction of trigger travel seems to be pretty significant. I look forward to trying one of these out in the future.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Rick O’Shay

    I know this is all about the Apex triggers, but hot damn I cannot get past how much it looks like a machining error every time I see the front of the M&P 2.0 slide.

  • Henry C

    Sounds like if you’re designing a new pistol from the ground up, apex would be the people to consult with.

  • valorius

    It’s as if every major gun maker is in a race to make the ugliest pistol possible first. That Beretta, my god…