Apex Update On M2.0 Forward Set Trigger Development

We’ve received a lot of questions about our impending release of the Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit for the M&P M2.0 and I wanted to provide a bit of insight and information to our loyal customers who have been waiting so patiently – and impatiently as the case may be.

Yes, we are diligently working on a Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit for the M&P M2.0. The final design is taking longer than expected, but as you know, Apex doesn’t simply do ‘Good Enough.’ Ours is a slightly higher standard.

Bringing our Forward Set Trigger system into the M2.0 is not as simple as a few geometry changes on the trigger body or sear. With the addition of the Sear Actuator to the M2.0’s fire control system, we’ve opted to design and manufacture our own version to aid in the reduction of trigger pre-travel. Since this is a new element to the Forward Set system design, we’ve chosen to seek patent protection for the Apex Forward Set Sear Actuator and we have been notified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that Apex has received Patent Pending status for the new design. Obviously this has caused some delays in our planned release timeline.

Being as the Apex Sear Actuator is a stamped component, we’ve engaged the services of an outside stamping company to assist us in manufacturing this component.  We’ve gone through multiple variations of the Apex Sear Actuator in the past few months and are awaiting final samples to come in from the manufacturer. If we approve them for use, we’ll order the pilot lot for final verification and approvals, then it’s ‘Game On.’

Since we had significant changes to the trigger body to insure fit and function in the M2.0, we had to design a new trigger safety. We opted to make this trigger safety from polymer for ease of manufacturing. The mold design and manufacturing process takes a fair amount of time, as do all the little tweaks involved in getting it just right. This too added more time to the development of the new trigger kit.

Additionally, Smith & Wesson just released information on the new M&P M2.0 Compact model. Apex was fortunate enough to have a pre-release sample of the pistol for R&D use. Not only have we confirmed the Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit will work in the Compact, just as it does in the 4.25” and 5.00” versions of the pistol, we’ve also prototyped an Apex Grade Barrel for the 9mm M2.0 Compact and will begin production shortly.

For those of you that keep asking “When?,” we want to assure you that we haven’t forgotten you. We aren’t stalling. And, we are taking the correct amount of time to get it right. Because when it’s all said and done, this is still an Apex product and there is a certain standard of quality and performance you expect. So when we do release the Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit for the M&P M2.0, you can be sure Apex is delivering to you the best product possible – because that’s how we do business.

We appreciate your continued patience and will keep you posted with any new developments.

~ Scott Folk, COO of Apex

paul / September 15, 2017 / Apex News


  1. Bill Kelley - September 15, 2017 @ 10:38 am

    Thanks for the update. Better right, than right-now.

  2. Hallowed Ground - September 15, 2017 @ 10:39 am

    You guys and gals have nothing to explain or answer for. Just keep doing all that you do and know that we the legions of loyal fans and followers will be when it’s release time… Although some of us may have no finger nails at that point from having chewed them off with anxious anxiety ???????

  3. Taylor - September 15, 2017 @ 10:44 am

    I’m on one of the impatient ones but please take your time and make sure it’s %100 correct the first time. Keep up the good work

  4. Chuck Adams - September 15, 2017 @ 12:58 pm

    Take the time and get it right the first time. Getting it wrong, or “sig-ing” it could be damaging. Just take all the desire for your product as a compliment. To the quality product y’all put out. The customer service I’ve received from you guys, sometimes at 1am, has been top notch and professional.

  5. Ron - September 15, 2017 @ 7:23 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to fill us in on your progress!! I’ve been chomping at the bit as well but just having this update helps a lot!!

  6. Jim Spurlock - September 17, 2017 @ 9:53 am

    Are you still using the factory trigger bar? Can you provide a new trigger and bar set together.
    How does the new flat face forward set sear combo compare with the enhanced action duty/carry polymer trigger kit?? Trigger pull? Take up? Over travel?
    I’m excited to get my new M&P9 2.0 5″ running the best trigger set up possible

  7. Sean - September 17, 2017 @ 3:26 pm

    Sounds like you guys are keeping true to your usual dedication to quality… As painful as the wait may be, keep up the good work.

  8. Hugh Carmichael - September 18, 2017 @ 6:45 am

    You guys parts for M&P are the best. I need a competition part kit for the m&p .45 acp. Can you do something custom for me?
    I have 4 – 9mm M&P outfitted 9mm’s and love them all.

  9. Chris B. - September 19, 2017 @ 9:55 am

    You guys & gals are awesome and you make great stuff. Looking forward to another great product from you all…Keep up the good work!

  10. paul - September 19, 2017 @ 9:57 am

    You mean something like this?


  11. Juan - September 22, 2017 @ 6:29 pm

    Does your Action Enhancement Aluminum Trigger & Duty/Carry Kit for M&P M2.0 fit the new M&P 9 2.0 compact?

    Thank you

  12. paul - September 27, 2017 @ 9:29 am


  13. Eric - October 16, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

    Will the 2.0 audible tactile reset remain with the Flat FSS? I love my 1.0 Flat FSS but that’s my only complaint. PLease advise

  14. Brian - October 18, 2017 @ 9:26 am

    Will the Forward Set Trigger Kit for the M&P M2.0 be offered without the flat faced trigger so I can enjoy the great trigger enhancements without changing the look of the pistol?

  15. Tony - October 20, 2017 @ 6:14 am

    Now that it’s been a month since the post, any new updates or more accurate timeline?

  16. paul - October 20, 2017 @ 9:20 am

    Not yet. Not any we can make public, that is.

  17. paul - October 20, 2017 @ 9:21 am

    No, the kit requires the trigger body.

  18. paul - October 20, 2017 @ 9:23 am


  19. Jerry - November 6, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

    1) Will a Duty/Carry version of the Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit for the M&P M2.0 be offered at the same time as the competition version?

    2) Will the Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kits for the M&P M2.0 be priced higher than the non-2.0 kits?

    3) Do you plan to offer .40 S&W versions of the Apex Grade barrels?


  20. Grant - December 5, 2017 @ 4:19 am

    Are you planning to offer a Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit for the M&P M2.0 in the thin blue line series?

  21. paul - December 7, 2017 @ 8:08 am

    Yes. We are waiting on Blue safeties for the trigger bodies.

  22. TOF - February 24, 2018 @ 11:02 am

    Do you folks have any plans at this time to develop a Flat Faced trigger for the 2.0 that can be adjustable (say down to 2.5 lbs to 3.5 lbs as a lightest adjustable weight?

  23. paul - February 26, 2018 @ 8:19 am

    We do not design or make adjustable triggers. Through the use of the factory and Apex springs, the trigger pull covers a range of weights ideal for duty/carry purposes to competition.

  24. Lou Colon - June 18, 2018 @ 3:02 pm

    Question – is it true that the reset can be neither tactile or audible with the FF FS trigger kit once installed? I’m asking because just had my installed and the reset is neither audible or tactile. Not a killer since everything else about the trigger is excellent.

  25. Michael - July 21, 2018 @ 7:40 pm

    Will this fit the smith and Wesson sw40v. Just starting to look for replacement of the horrible stock trigger so I can enjoy the firearm.

  26. paul - July 23, 2018 @ 9:12 am

    This kit is only for the M&P M2.0 models.

  27. scott - September 2, 2018 @ 8:29 am

    It depends on the gun, we see some trigger bars that are somewhat bent which causes a deadened reset. Check the new sear actuator, if it’s really wobbly, call our CS and ask them about it. They will likely ask for a short video showing it and can offer to replace it.

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