How this USPSA Production Legal Apex Tactical Flat Faced Trigger Changed My Life

The Rev recalls how the Apex Tactical Flat Faced Forward Set Trigger has changed his everyday carry ways.

M&P 2.0 with the Apex Tactical Flat Faced Forward Set Trigger
M&P 2.0 with the Apex Tactical Flat Faced Forward Set Trigger

U.S.A.-( Today, I’m going to share how a simple little Apex Trigger changed my daily life.  The Glock 19 has been my companion for years…most of my concealed carry life, in fact. However, after much deliberation, I believe my life has transitioned.

Amazing Competition

Among the influx of polymer that resulted from the MHS contract, it’s been difficult to pick a carry gun and stick with it. Among the full field of competition that included the FN 509, Generation 5 Glock, Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0, CZ P10c, Beretta APX, SIG 320, KRISS Sphinx SDP,  and the STI STX, there were arguably no bad options. I mean, the Beretta is ugly as sin, but that doesn’t make it a bad gun.

When I first got my hands on the full-sized M&P 2.0 and did my sweaty-muddy-bloody test, I knew, in the words of Lloyd Christmas, I liked it a lot. However, it still wasn’t G19-sized, so I was safe from the oh so dangerous word— change.

I flirted with the P320, a handgun that I like quite a bit, regardless of its tumultuous year in the market. I sent my 320 in for the upgrade from SIG after triggergate and appreciated the marked refinement. However, the 320 leaves some boxes slightly unchecked for me personally when compared with a couple of the alternatives.

The SIG SAUER P320 was eventually eclipsed by other choices.
The SIG SAUER P320 was eventually eclipsed by other choices.

Inevitable Change

The M&P 2.0 compact came out, and some serious soul searching was in order. My USA-all-the-way button would be pushed, and I already liked the gun.

I prefer its grip angle and overall grip profile. I prefer the aesthetic of its slide, and I’m not afraid to admit that looks matter to me. Looks don’t trump function, but if two items function equally, then appearance absolutely enters the equation. I’ve made no secret of disliking the form factor of the trigger. M&P triggers have made light years of improvement since their inception, but why Smith and Wesson continues to remain faithful to the overly articulated original trigger design is beyond me. Still, I liked the handgun enough to give it a test. I equipped mine with an Inforce APLc, a set of Night Fision sights and ordered a Spektre Light Bearing Holster from HTC. The gun was magnificent in this configuration, but the trigger geometry (though perfectly serviceable) still nagged at me.

Tipping Point : Apex Tactical Flat Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit

Apex Announces Flat-Faced Trigger for Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0
Apex Announces Flat-Faced Trigger for Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0

Then I installed a Flat Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit from Apex Tactical and the flatty changed my life. It was the tipping point. At current market prices, I can equip an M&P 2.0 how I like it for less $ than buying a Glock and installing new sights. Ultimately, I like the end result of the M&P better enough to change. In addition, as of today, Apex triggers are legal for use in USPSA Production Division. Apex and S&W are better than peanut butter and chocolate. I wish they’d partner up and birth a Reese’s-like harmony. They could create a world populated with their unique flavor of sweet M&P babies…a world that smells like gun oil and metal.

Rev's EDC Pocket Dump
Rev’s EDC Pocket Dump

The flatty has perfect geometry, a clean break, and sweet, sweet reset that will make other Glock guys consider changing. Apex’s Flat Faced Forward Set Trigger was enough to tip me over the edge. I changed my every-day carry, maybe you will too?

About Brian (Rev) Norris:Brian (Rev) Norris

Brian (Rev) Norris, in addition to writing and talking guns and gear via video, is a pastor (hence the “Rev”) who specializes in mentoring young men in the urban context. If he catches a moment of free time, you’ll likely find him enjoying his family or heading to the range on his motorcycle. Brian has enjoyed the shooting sports since his father introduced them to him as a child. He’s an outdoorsman who enjoys life to the full.