Installing The Apex Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger In The PPQ

Below are step-by-step instructions for installing the Apex Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger w/ Apex Tuned Trigger Bar in the Walther PPQ. If after reading these instructions you still have questions, please contact Apex Customer Service at (805) 528-5250.


Always wear safety glasses when working on firearms. We recommend this product be installed by a competent gunsmith. Modification of your firearm may nullify the warranty of the firearm manufacturer.

Recommended Tools

  • 3/32″ Punch
  • 3/32″ Roll Pin Punch
  • Small Gunsmithing Hammer
  • Apex Armorer’s Block (not required but helpful)

118-110web-1Installation Procedure

  • Remove magazine and make sure firearm is in a safe condition
  • Pull back on slide ΒΌ inch, deactivate takedown catch, and remove slide
  • Pry the takedown catch cover away from the frame and remove it from the gun
  • Take the takedown catch, pin, and spring out of the locking block
  • Use a 3/32″ punch to drive the slide stop lever out of the gun
  • Use a 3/32″ roll pin punch to remove both coil roll pins from the frame
  • Lift the locking block out of the frame and set aside
  • Lift the trigger and sear housing block out of the frame
  • Disconnect trigger bar from sear housing block
  • Connect the Apex Forward Set Trigger unit to the sear housing block, and replace the sear housing block and trigger into the frame
  • Replace the locking block, and use a 3/32″ roll pin punch to reinstall the forward and aft roll pins (Note: The two pins differ in length with the forward pin being longer)
  • Replace the takedown catch mechanism by inserting the catch, spring and pin, then reinstall the takedown cover
  • Replace the slide stop lever by sliding it into the frame and making sure the spring is in the correct position, place the right hand side on and then tap the two halves together (Note: We suggest using the wooden handle of the hammer so you don’t mark the finish)
  • Once all pieces are in place reinstall the slide and check for function


Handgun mats for the PPQ are available from TekMat (click here to order).

paul / January 15, 2016 / Gun Maintainence Tips


  1. Alexa - February 1, 2016 @ 12:25 pm

    Are there any plans down the road for a 9mm shield barrel

  2. paul - February 1, 2016 @ 8:54 pm

    Not currently.

  3. Kip - April 22, 2016 @ 10:04 am

    Nice trigger and looks simple to install. Will you be offering this in a blue anodized trigger like the YouTube demo video (similar to the Q5 oem trigger)?

  4. paul - April 25, 2016 @ 10:16 am

    No current plans for a Blue anodized version.

  5. KelliLovesGuns - April 12, 2018 @ 5:42 pm

    I asked because you mentioned that Walther approached you about this project

  6. Mark Mata - November 2, 2019 @ 6:49 am

    Do you know if apex will be making a trigger for the SF version? I see Walther in Europe has new triggers available but I cannot locate a dealer in the US that has them.

  7. scott - November 4, 2019 @ 5:37 am

    Yes, we have one coming out soon. Take a look at our Instagram, for a photo of it.

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