APEX Tactical Specialties AEK Trigger Install

This afternoon, I stayed in and installed an AEK Trigger on Shenanigun’s Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm pistol.  Courtesy of APEX Tactical Specialties, the addition of the AEK trigger provides a reduction in pre-travel and over-travel resulting in a perception of an improved trigger pull.  This trigger may stand alone, or further enhance APEX Tactical parts already in use for competition or duty/carry.

Installation of the aluminum trigger requires moderate skill; please be sure to review Randy Lee’s installation video, as well as the photos below to assist with a DIY install.  The most difficult step with this install is properly drifting the trigger pivot pin.  A pin block and appropriately sized and type of pin punches will make it VERY easy.  A vise is another option.

Following installation, I did perceive a notable improvement over the spongy OEM trigger.  The Center Mounted Pivoting Safety bar and the flat trigger face were also perceived improvements.

Priced at $74.85, I have difficulty recommending it to those without extensive trigger time behind their OEM M&P.  For those who are aware of APEX Tactical’s reputation for innovating practical parts and are able to perceive M&P shortcomings with OCD-like consistency, then it may be worthwhile to purchase the aluminum version of the AEK.

I might be more receptive to a polymer version of the AEK based on cost alone.  Release date TBD.  Otherwise, the AEK is good to go.

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3 Comments on “APEX Tactical Specialties AEK Trigger Install”

  1. rhinoaz
    April 16, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Should have just bought a glock 🙂

  2. Shenaniguns
    April 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    rhinoaz, I’ve had seven Glocks since 2000 in various configurations and have more experience with them than any other platform. Both the M&P and Glock have there positives and negatives but as the 10+ times as large Glock aftermarket shows, not everyone agrees with what Gaston defines as “perfection”. In fact, that’s why they are on their 4th Generation to fix some things while they break others.

  3. June 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Nicely executed and easy to follow. Thanks for these! Really helps.

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