By Chris Hickory
New to Apex Tactical’s line of improved triggers for the Smith and Wesson MP handgun is the Polymer Forward Set Sear Kit. The replacement trigger is completely redesigned and looks more like a Glock factory trigger than the hinged trigger offered on the stock platform. The polymer kit, introduced about six months ago, keeps the cost down without degrading function. The factory trigger is one of the biggest criticisms of the pistol from trainers and end users compared to the aluminum kit. The name of the trigger defines the function of the kit. It moves the sear forward, allowing the shot to break earlier in the squeeze of the shot. The uniquely shaped trigger provides a built-in over-travel stop, giving the shooter a short crisp shot that gives positive reset for faster follow-up shots.
The trigger came in the mail within a week. I went ahead and ordered the Armor’s Block as this would be my first time doing a detailed strip with a Smith pistol and figured the block could be a good set of extra hands. I contemplated just having a local gunsmith do the task, but there is some pride associated with working on your own kit and not relying on someone else. It also gives the user a better understanding of how the system works. I have had formal training on some weapons in the Marine Corps such as machine guns and M16/M4 platforms, but I still consider myself a driver before a mechanic. With basic knowledge of firearm disassembly and access to YouTube, I think you’ll find the install challenging but not too much. Worst-case scenario is you do the walk-of-shame into your local gunsmith’s shop with the infamous bag O’Parts.
I cleared off the workbench and laid all of the components out to identify what I had. I did notice that Apex does not ship instructions with their triggers but includes a small business card that gives a link to their YouTube channel that goes over the install in detail. The video was nice, but because of the size of some parts, I found it necessary to rewind and pause quite a bit. I would have liked to see Apex include a set of paper instructions with an enlarged diagram for those hard to see places. Total time from start to function check was only about 30 minutes. Installation could have been completed without the Armor’s block, but it did come in handy and you can reuse it later and with its modularity and adjustment it can work on other pistols that are similar in size and shape.
After some initial dry fire, the difference was extremely noticeable and improved. I installed the lighter of the 2 springs that came with the kit, but felt it was a little soft for duty and carry type work at on 3.5lbs. The 5-pound duty spring was around 4.5lbs on the trigger scale, but more crisp and defined. The kit worked as described and shortened the travel of the trigger
from start to fully depressed, it measured to about a half inch less travel. The shot breaks very early in the initial stroke, which offers little take-up, compared to the factory trigger that breaks at the end of the stroke. As a result, the accuracy improved greatly from the ability to provide a smoother, more consistent trigger pull.
For the IDPA and USPSA competitors it will place you in a different category other than stock but is still legal for use. For IDPA it will be either Enhanced Service Pistol or Custom Defensive Pistol for the 45 ACP guys, and USPSA will move to Open, Limited, or Limited 10.
The MSRP as found on the website is $129.95 and the armorer’s block was listed for $29.95. For both the block and FSS Kit, I was able to keep the price lower than a trigger kit on my Glock pistol. As I extend my M&P family in the house safe, I expect each one will be wearing the Polymer Forward Set Sear Kit by Apex.