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.

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Idaho Hiker

I put the Apex trigger in my Sig 320. Love to shoot it. Made a huge difference against the stock trigger.
I haven’t tried the Apex in my M2.0. After reading this, I might have to give it a try, since the Sig config spoiled me.

Brian Norris

You won’t be sorry.

Ronald P

I know everyone says the Beretta APX is ugly but I think it’s gorgeous, … maybe because I’m half Italian.


^The Rev. believes his life has transitioned, flat changed it, it was the tipping point.^
Go ye forth and do likewise.

Andy Buckmichael

I have always said that pastors, preachers, rabbis, popes, etc. are people that did not want to work for a living, just talk stupid people into giving them money.


anyone that think being a Pastor is an easy gig needs to try to follow one around for a week! many miles on their cars, and many short nights of sleep. I admire the profession, but I don’t want the job.


Original trigger in the M&P M2.0 4.25″ is OK as is. What will make a big, positive difference is replacing the sear with Apex two-dot-sear. The task can be performed with ease: punch out the rear-most frame cross pin; gently raise the block at the rear that holds the sear just enough to see all of the end of the pin that goes through the sear (one can see about half of the end of the pin before raising); put thumb over sear and slowly push sear-pin from left to right just enough to feel that the sear is free;… Read more »


Nice to know another Rev that enjoys shooting. But in our qualitative world of work, we forget to give the quantitative stats that give us the specs for decision making in arms technology. Guess i’ll Have to do some research.


May I ask why you didn’t just put an APEX flat trigger on your G19 if you’ve been carrying you beloved G19 for as long as you said? I’ve been carrying a 3rd gen G19 for almost 20yrs now, 19yrs to be exact .. and I’m in the same place; I’ve been looking for a change. But only with the trigger… Yeah, I like the grip angle a little better on the M&P .. however I’m quite used to the G19 grip after EDC with it for so long. But it’s not the real change ‘issue’ I’m looking for if… Read more »


Pull weight? Pull distance? Reset distance? Cost? Finger placement consistency? Puff pieces without details are a waste, to me!


Changed your life?
Sounds like you don’t have much to live for.
Turn the puppy around and have one everlasting pull.

Andy Buckmichael

Great advice.

Gene K

Andy, might I ask why you have nothing better to do than seek out individuals you don’t like (or are jealous of their enjoyment of life) and antagonize them? Is that truly the most productive thing you have to do? Get an education. (You can audit courses online at many universities for free. You don’t get the degree but you get the most valuable thing in life, knowledge). Volunteer and try to make someone’s life better whether that’s stacking sandbags, being a mentor or simply taking an old person who can no longer drive to the store or doctor. Start… Read more »


WTF kind of comment is this??

Andy Buckmichael

Do us all a favor and pull the trigger on that puppy.

john Smith

Andy is a no class individual, don’t mind him. His parents didn’t.