It's no secret I'm fond of the Smith & Wesson M&P line of handguns. From a gunsmith point of view I like them better than my beloved Glocks. My hand wraps around an M&P grip like a Cobra around it's prey.

 

 

 

It's no secret I'm fond of the Smith & Wesson M&P line of handguns. From a gunsmith point of view I like them better than my beloved Glocks. My hand wraps around an M&P grip like a Cobra around it's prey.

 

 

 

 
To transition on a personal level from Gaston's finest to a new platform is something that takes critical thought, much time, and I must admit a leap of faith. But here we are. I'm six months into the system, I've become a competent smith and a pretty good shooter of my M&P Shield, M&P 9, and M&P 9c.. I've custom stippled the 9 and 9c and installed high end triggers and extractors in all three. They really are a dream to shoot.


 

 

They point like a 1911, reset fast if not tactilely loud, split times hover immediately below two tenths of a second, the hold to the bore axis is ideally high, and reloads are fast and sure. I really really like these guns. But one thing nagged me on the 9 and 9c. Trigger reach was too short. My finger goes into the guard too far. Sure, I could adjust my finger, but that takes time. So I grumbled and made excuses for the short reach issue, but in my heart they just weren't flawless And that means they could never be my primary carry guns.

 

 

 

 

They point like a 1911, reset fast if not tactilely loud, split times hover immediately below two tenths of a second, the hold to the bore axis is ideally high, and reloads are fast and sure. I really really like these guns. But one thing nagged me on the 9 and 9c. Trigger reach was too short. My finger goes into the guard too far. Sure, I could adjust my finger, but that takes time. So I grumbled and made excuses for the short reach issue, but in my heart they just weren't flawless And that means they could never be my primary carry guns.

 

 

 


But this week Apex announced their Flat-Faced Forward Set Sear & Trigger kit. I'd already installed their Aluminum Forward Set Sear kit and enjoyed them immensely. Imagine a 1911 "feel" and quality trigger in a striker fired polymer pistol? But there was still this small issue about my finger not fitting in the trigger. Until this week. Buried in their marketing mumbo-jumbo was something about extending the reach of the trigger finger. I dialled Apex's number and they promised me their new kit by the weekend.

 

 

It came Friday and after dinner I was in the workshop installing the new Flat-Faced Forward Set Sear & Trigger Kit. Some parts of this are easy, but it's really a gunsmith modification for several reasons, one being the timing must be set and is critical to the operation of an M&P and another being mounting the trigger bar on the new trigger must be done just right or you'll destroy it.
So sitting in front of me is my modified M&P 9mm ready for the range. I hope that happens tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

It came Friday and after dinner I was in the workshop installing the new Flat-Faced Forward Set Sear & Trigger Kit. Some parts of this are easy, but it's really a gunsmith modification for several reasons, one being the timing must be set and is critical to the operation of an M&P and another being mounting the trigger bar on the new trigger must be done just right or you'll destroy it.

 

 

 

 

Dry firing feels very good. My trigger is exactly where I want it to be. It even looks cool. Very high tech! I'll let you know how it shoots real soon. Promise!