An Update From Apex On The FN 509 Trigger

Where is the FN trigger? And why is it taking so long?

We’ve had a ton of questions lately about the status of our Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger for the FN 509. We initially started work on this trigger – for the FNS – back in 2014 and quickly discovered that there were several obstacles to overcome in order for us to deliver a drop-in trigger kit that end users could install themselves.

At that time we stepped back from the platform, and had it not been for requests from a close friend, who at the time worked for FN, we would have left it on the drawing board and never really addressed the project again.

Fast forward to early 2016. It was at this time that our friend asked us to please revisit the FNS line of pistols. Since I hold this friend in such high regard, I sat down with Apex’s CEO (and my co-owner) Randy Lee to discuss the idea of resurrecting the project and he agreed that we should give it another look.

Developing a drop-in trigger for the FNS, and now the FN 509, requires extensive design in order to overcome three significant issues. These can be considered exceptional design challenges, especially considering no other trigger maker is taking on development of a replacement trigger kit for the FN pistol.

Here are the three issues we’re tackling, which hopefully helps explain the delay in releasing the new trigger.

Issue #1

The most difficult aspect of a new trigger kit for the FNS/FN 509 model pistols is replacing the factory trigger bar with a new trigger bar design.

When we first looked at the FNS pistol back in 2014, we were concerned about the factory trigger bar being double bent into a U-shape at the point of contact with the trigger. The concern we had was friction during installation of the trigger body and the potential to collapse the U-Shape. Sure enough, when installing the factory trigger bars onto our first prototype triggers we crushed four trigger bars. Knowing that the end user would be installing the trigger bar themselves, this was an unworkable option.

It was at this point that we realized we had to come up with a trigger bar re-design. This set us on a path of studying the system to truly understand the differences between machined parts and stamped parts and the forces involved in each.

We spent months going back and forth with our chosen stamping shop discussing materials and design elements to make the best trigger bar possible. After many samples and alterations to the stamps, we finally settled on the design, material, manufacturing technique and finish.

Once the design was finalized we started the patent process which took quite a bit of time as well. We were successful in filing for and receiving Patent Pending status on our trigger bar design.

Issue #2

While the trigger body design was relatively easy, when compared to that of the trigger bar, mid-way through design and testing of our trigger we learned that FN was going to release the FN 509. We realized that the FN 509 would be the company’s new flagship pistol and we needed to wait until we could get our hands on the FN 509 to confirm that our trigger would work in it as well as the FNS.

The FN 509 required us to make some changes to our own trigger body design, and though easy, those took time to get dialed in – particularly in conjunction with an evolving trigger bar design.

Issue #3

The third issue we faced was the sear. Initially we did not plan to incorporate the sear into the trigger kit, but instead develop it after release of the trigger as an additional upgrade item.

The factory sear is a great component, but we felt that a few changes would make it even better. And as our timing got pushed back it made much more sense to accelerate sear design and development to offer it in a full upgrade kit with the trigger and trigger bar.

The new Apex sear design for the FN 509 reduces the trigger pull weight. This, of course, meant we needed to adjust the trigger’s design accordingly. Additionally, the sear is also a stamped piece, and as we are having to work with an outside stamping company the process takes longer than that for a machined sear like those we manufacture in-house for the M&P line of pistols.

So, where does that leave us?

As of right now, the trigger, trigger bar and sear are all on their way to Apex as final, preproduction prototypes. We will begin our testing protocol in the next couple of weeks, and provided there are no additional alterations required, we should be good to go and start in on full production of the new trigger kit.

As usual, we will announce the release dates of our products in due course.

~ Scott Folk, COO of Apex

paul / October 27, 2017 / Apex News
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  1. Greg Stetler - October 27, 2017 @ 2:48 pm

    I’m pleased that your company has gone forward in making a great trigger even better. I have used your products for S&W Shield and was impressed.
    Thank you for revisiting FN.
    Greg Stetler

  2. Eric - October 29, 2017 @ 6:22 am

    Will this still fit the FN FNS? Do you have a projected release time I am also in AZ.

    Thanks Eric From Gilbert

  3. paul - October 29, 2017 @ 8:30 am

    There will be a kit for the FN 509 and on for the FNS.

  4. Mike - October 29, 2017 @ 1:51 pm

    Will there be only one trigger shoe option (flat faced) or a more traditional slightly curved shoe as well for the FN FNS?

  5. paul - October 30, 2017 @ 8:36 am

    We will only be offering the Flat-Faced Trigger Kit for the FN 509 and FNS. There are no plans at the moment for a curved version.

  6. James - November 3, 2017 @ 12:00 am

    Will the new trigger system be comprised of a polymer or will it be made of metal?

  7. Ernest - November 3, 2017 @ 7:59 am

    Woop, woop!!! Looking forward to this!!!

  8. Dustin Townsend - November 4, 2017 @ 1:02 pm

    How soon after release do you think you will offer different colors like the thin blue line and freedom editions?

  9. paul - November 7, 2017 @ 7:34 pm

    No immediate plans for color versions.

  10. paul - November 7, 2017 @ 7:35 pm


  11. Epis - November 8, 2017 @ 7:51 am

    Awesome! Glad to hear the progress!

  12. Ken - November 12, 2017 @ 9:32 pm

    The sear is where I see the biggest potential for a light crisp trigger break, the trigger bar will reduce some grit I’m sure and the flat trigger is right up my alley. It’ll be interesting how overall travel changes. I can’t wait to order one for my frame which is used for my cc FNS-40, current competition FNS-9, and soon the FNS-9L I’ll be ordering. I’m surprised to see no one is swapping springs in the slide and most have resorted to cutting coils. Has it been considered to provide a spring kit? I’m really excited about this product so thank you for persevering through the challenges!

  13. Adam Myers - November 15, 2017 @ 4:51 pm

    Thank you!

  14. Joe - November 16, 2017 @ 9:26 pm

    Can we expect the release of the 509 Fns trigger in early 2018?

  15. paul - November 20, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

    It will end up being in 2018 but exactly when that will be we cannot yet say.

  16. Bryce - December 2, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

    Been waiting a long time for this, can’t wait! Will there be any presales to get in on the early shipments?

  17. paul - December 4, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

    Yes, we plan to have them up for pre-order once we can lock in the official ship date.

  18. Scott - December 12, 2017 @ 11:31 am

    Can’t wait to put this in my FN 509!!

  19. K Ospalik - December 15, 2017 @ 1:03 pm

    Will the FNS version fit the FNS 9 compact when released?

  20. Ryan - December 19, 2017 @ 1:46 pm

    This is excellent news! I’ve been waiting for this since 2013 and it is finally coming. Are you guys going to be doing any testing updates, or video reviews prior to release?

  21. paul - December 19, 2017 @ 2:02 pm

    Yes it should.

  22. paul - December 19, 2017 @ 2:04 pm

    There will likely be a few reviews at or around the time of release.

  23. logan - December 24, 2017 @ 1:24 am

    Any chance on an update for the release date?

  24. Rick - January 3, 2018 @ 6:08 pm

    Still waiting

  25. paul - January 4, 2018 @ 10:52 am


  26. paul - January 4, 2018 @ 10:57 am

    Not update on the release. We are still doing performance testing.

  27. Dustin - January 5, 2018 @ 1:04 pm

    Please keep us updated! Ready to order this today for my 509!!!

  28. gary - January 9, 2018 @ 2:54 pm

    I have 2 fns 9c’s that I’d like to put this trigger in. will it fit in the compact model? I see someone asked but I didn’t see a response. also one of mine has a manual safety, the other dosnt. will it still be comparable with both?

  29. paul - January 11, 2018 @ 1:39 pm

    Should not be an issue.

  30. Alex - January 12, 2018 @ 4:57 pm

    I just picked up an FNS-9 Longslide today and Apex was the first place I look for a trigger upgrade and I was happy to see this is in the works. I’m hopeful that I see an announcement for the FN triggers at Shot Show. Thanks for the great products guys.

  31. Anthony jones - January 18, 2018 @ 5:33 pm

    Please let this go live at SHOT 18’!!!

  32. Trevor - January 28, 2018 @ 11:19 pm

    Is there anywhere we can sign up for email updates or something of the sort? I wanna know the minute this product goes official!

  33. paul - January 29, 2018 @ 9:06 am

    Follow us on Instagram and Facebook. And be sure to sign up for our email newsletter.

  34. Harry - January 31, 2018 @ 1:39 am

    Can’t wait for this trigger I’ve had several apex tactical trigger on various firearms and starting to compete with my FNS9L it could be that much better with a trigger upgrade

  35. Tariq johnson - February 3, 2018 @ 11:01 pm

    Will this work in the fnx-9

  36. paul - February 6, 2018 @ 9:02 am

    Not at all. It is only for the FN 509 and the FNS.

  37. DustinCo - February 7, 2018 @ 11:58 am

    Hey guys, any update on this!?!? Waiting on baited breath for this trigger for my 509 and can hardly wait!! Really hope it’s close because I’m ready to order 3!!! Let us know, thanks 🙂

  38. Darrell - February 7, 2018 @ 8:43 pm

    Please! Please! Release these, and soon! I have 4 of these and soon to be a fifth and your trigger system is what they are all waiting on. If they are half as good as the M&P system the FN’s will have a completely new alter ego!

  39. Thanks from NH - February 8, 2018 @ 9:41 pm

    Awaiting the green-light like many other 509 owners, anxiously and hopefully. Glad to see recent comments from Paul and assurances the gears are still grinding away to deliver another FINE-TUNED and bona-fide trigger assy.

  40. Rodney - February 10, 2018 @ 9:41 pm

    Any updates?

  41. paul - February 12, 2018 @ 11:39 am

    Not yet. This is still being worked on.

  42. Scott - February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 pm

    Add me to the list of future customers. Looking forward to this hitting the market.

  43. Ryan - February 22, 2018 @ 4:09 am

    I recently got to shoot the M&P 2.0 straight trigger and it was unbelievable. It just made the wait for the FN 509 trigger so much worse. Do you think we will get it before the summer is over?

  44. paul - February 22, 2018 @ 11:39 am

    No release date is set at this time. We will update customers once we have a target date for release.

  45. Ken - February 28, 2018 @ 8:53 pm

    The itch…..THE ITCH!!!!!! 3 months waiting for the FNS trigger!!! You’re killing me smalls!

  46. Jeff - March 6, 2018 @ 7:25 am

    An updates?

  47. paul - March 12, 2018 @ 4:29 pm

    Not yet. We are waiting on some components and once we have those we’ll be closer to announcing a targeted release date.

  48. Casen - March 15, 2018 @ 1:24 am

    Man I cant wait for this trigger, would be awesome if you guys went with a flat trigger like the m&p. These are great guns just in need of a great trigger.

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