Best Glock Triggers [2019 Hands-On Tested]

There’s no doubt about Gaston Glock’s pistol, it’s a good gun

But can it be better?

Absolutely.

One of the most obvious improvements would be an upgraded trigger system.  There are roughly a million different upgrades for the trigger out there…so how do you choose?

All Tested Glock Triggers
All Tested Glock Triggers

That’s where we come in…we’ve bought, used, and tested the most popular triggers over thousands of rounds.

Top 4 Best Aftermarket Glock Triggers for the Money

  1. Apex Tactical: Best Bang-For-The-Buck
  2. Zev Fulcrum Ultimate: Editor’s Choice
  3. Velocity Arms: Runner-Up
  4. Overwatch Precision: Lightest Pull

Obligatory disclaimer that you should have a qualified gunsmith install and test all this stuff.

Stock Glock with 25 Cent Trigger Job & 3.5 lb Connector

Let’s establish a baseline trigger.

Many will say to get a better Glock trigger you just have to shoot it.  And they are right.

Thousands and thousands of rounds (or dry-fire) will polish up the internals and make the trigger much better.  Not custom 1911 level…but better than when you bought it.

Glock 25 Cent Trigger Job Polish Parts Diagram
Glock 25 Cent Trigger Job Polish Parts Diagram

We cover how to do the infamous Glock 25 Cent Trigger Job with some polishing compound and Dremel.

Another affordable upgrade I do is upgrading the stock 5 lb connector with a Lone Wolf or Ghost 3.5 lb connector.  If you built a Polymer80 Glock with a Lone Wolf frame kit…you already have the 3.5 lb connector.

Glock Connector Polish
Glock Ghost Connector Polish Area

Doing both in my G19 brings the trigger pull down from around 6 lb 6 oz to 5 lb 4 oz and makes it much crisper and with a smoother reset.  Perfect for general purpose and maintaining the stock safeties.

Stock Glock Trigger with 3.5 lb Connector
Stock Glock Trigger with 3.5 lb Connector

Here’s a quick video on the first pull and reset so we have a baseline for the others.

Perfectly manageable but still room for improvement!

 Best Glock Triggers

1. Apex Tactical Glock Enhancement Trigger

Apex is well known for improving the turd of a trigger that comes on Smith and Wesson M&Ps, especially the first models that hit the streets.  Obviously, they’ve expanded, or they wouldn’t be on this list.  

Apex’s Glock Enhancement Trigger came out a few years ago and is one of the most affordable drop-in trigger systems.

Various Polymer 80 Glocks
Various Polymer 80 Glocks (Apex in Red, middle)

When I say drop-in trigger…I mean it.

It’s a self-contained system with a trigger, trigger bar, and disconnector all built together.  You remove your standard Glock guts and fill in the blank.  It’s a very simple installation process and very convenient.

The Apex trigger gives you a quick stop initially so you know when to ease and squeeze the trigger.  There’s some minor pull before a clean break.

Also, a much shorter reset that’s followed by a similar pull and clean break again.

Red not doing it for you…they have purple and black too.

One big difference is the flat-faced trigger that still maintains the safety features of the standard Glock.  I definitely like flat-faced triggers after using the Apex a bunch.  It’s also a little meatier than the other triggers which I like.

Apex Glock Trigger
Apex Glock Trigger

You can combine upgrades with the Zev Competition Spring kit which I heavily recommend.  With it and a polish job…my trigger pull is 5 lb 7 oz and much smoother.

However, I found with mine that I got light primer strikes with the use of the reduced weight striker spring.  So be sure to test.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

If that happens to you…you might need the Zev Skeletonized Striker ($79) to take full advantage of the springs.

The Apex Glock trigger is my pick for best bang-for-the-buck since it looks cool, is reliable, improves upon the stock trigger, and is priced right.

Best Bang-For-The-Buck Trigger
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at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

What’s your take on the Apex trigger?

Readers' Ratings

4.92/5 (240)

Your Rating?

2. Velocity Trigger

This Velocity Trigger I got sent for testing and I put it in a new Polymer 80 build with a SeeAll Sight and matching gold Faxon Barrel.

Velocity Glock Trigger
Velocity Glock Trigger

It’s much thinner than the Apex or stock Glock trigger.  The flat-faced trigger is also ridged for your finger’s pleasure with a lower-activating safety.

With stock springs and only a 3.5 connector, I was getting 4 lb 12 oz.  With the competition spring kit…it should go down some more.

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at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

However…one big thing I didn’t like was that in my P80 build and my style of pressing the trigger (pretty high up with thin fingers)…many times the “safe-action” trigger wouldn’t engage.  And I’d be left with no PEW.

Whatever at the range…annoying at a competition…but potentially deadly in a real-life encounter.  Not that I would recommend having anything modified on your gun for self-defense.

Otherwise, the trigger was great…longer pull after the initial stop and a nice click.

I would recommend for competition/range if you’re finger placement is usually on the lower half of the trigger or if you have thicker fingers than I do.

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at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. Overwatch Precision Trigger

The Overwatch Precision is from another P80 build.  It also has the competition spring kit.

Overwatch Glock Trigger
Overwatch Glock Trigger

With everything…I get a super soft 2 lb 12 oz trigger pull.  However…it’s pretty spongy when compared to the other triggers.  Nice reset though.

But…runs into the same safety reset problem as with the Velocity (so make sure you press lower or have thicker fingers).

My pick if you really want a light trigger pull throughout.  I personally prefer less spongy (even at the expense of pull-weight) so this is my least favorite trigger out of all the series.

4. Zev Fulcrum Ultimate Trigger

My favorite trigger that lives in my G34 for competition shooting.  What I’ve shot the most besides stock Glock triggers.

Zev Fulcrum Ultimate Trigger
Zev Fulcrum Ultimate Trigger

It breaks the cleanest without a lot of pre-travel and no mushiness.  Combined with a little 25 cent trigger job polishing and the lightest springs…it comes in at under 3 lb 10 oz.

It’s not much to look at when installed…but the kit comes with an entirely new trigger assembly, lightened springs, and lightened striker (or else sometimes when you only change springs you get light primer strikes).

Plus…adjustable pre-travel and over-travel to get YOUR perfect trigger pull.  This all comes at a price though!

Best Trigger
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Honorable Mentions

There’s a lot of Glock triggers.  Here are some honorable mentions:

  • Agency Arms ($160): Pretty good as well…but I’d still take the Apex with the spring kit.  Personal preference though…tons of people love it.
  • Lone Wolf Adjustable ($75): The P80 kit trigger is actually pretty good…and this adjustable upgrade is not too shabby either.
  • CMC Trigger ($170): Another popular one but was meh to me when I tried it.

Conclusion

How did we do…what other triggers did we miss that we can test for the next update?  If you’re looking at other Glock upgrades check out our Reviews section that will cover slides, barrels, sights, etc.

50 Leave a Reply

  • Barry Laws

    I use GlockTriggers in my Glocks and sell them at our store. I like the feel combined with the fact that the trigger is OEM parts. To me the liability of firearms is huge and anything that mitigates that is a plus. When I've compared it to other kits (Zev etc.... and I've compared most all of them) I've found GlockTriggers to be as good, if not better. I know this is subjective, but I've been selling Glock accessories for 15 years so I have a bit of history there. Thanks for the input PEW PEW!

    1 month ago
  • James

    How bout the "new" Glock flat face Pyramid trigger kit? Looks promising in the Glock video anyways. Can you review that and make a comparison to these? Thanks

    2 months ago
  • Robbie

    Will the 4th Gen Zev trigger work with 5 Gen Glock 19?

    2 months ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      No, gen 4 and gen 5 triggers are not compatible.

      2 months ago
  • Sean

    Had the same Zev Fulcrum Trigger in my G26 for years and thousands and thousands of rounds...until the trigger shoe walked out on me...when I called Zev they were'nt surprised in the slightest and recommended going with the Riveted pin non-adjustable version. I've since switched to the non adjustable version (Zev Pro). I won't be recommending the Fulcrum to anyone including competition shooters moving forward...

    4 months ago
  • Jake

    Has anyone tested the Ghost Pro 3.3 TCT trigger kit for a Gen 3 G23? It sells for 50 bucks so I’m wondering if it’s a “get what you pay for” type thing.

    8 months ago
    • Dominick

      I run the Pro 3.3 TCT in my Carry 23 with an Overwatch Falx trigger, minus connector and everything else stock. Incredible carry trigger, and even good enough that I run it in some IDPA style matches. The Ghost connectors with the overtravel tab are what I run in all my Glocks and couldn't be happier.

      7 months ago
  • Sean

    You should test the Arsenal Democracy SWiTCH Trigger V1, and the Suarez FACE SHOOTER TRIGGER.

    8 months ago
  • Karol

    I have a glock 22 (my first pistol) and i hate the slack in the trigger and than the ramp up. I would like an even weight throughout the pull like a DA Revolver just lighter What mods should I do? This is my nightstand gun and will potentially be a CC gun in the future, im just not competent with it enough as of now.

    9 months ago
    • Hokan

      For a defensive weapon leave it stock. Prosecutors love custom guns when the perps family sues you for wrongful death.

      8 months ago
      • Stoplying

        This is actual bullshit-not that fake stuff. You will NOT find any cases past,current or pending where the trigger in the gun was a contributing factor. Please stop fear mongering this garbage.

        7 months ago
  • E Rock

    Any update on the gold trigger from Velocity? I'm PLANNING a polymer 80 build and contemplating this trigger. Wondering if you've grown to love or hate it since testing. Thank you.

    9 months ago
    • GrbgeMan

      Mine is sticky, call Killer Innovations.

      7 months ago
  • gym

    Save time and money and get a trigger as good as any shown here. Polish the internals, put in a Ghost connector, "choose the one you can install yourself", some require fitting. Then I replace the gen 4 trigger bar with a gen 3, because the nipple was not on the gen 3m 'it adds drag, as it rubs against the slide rail. Use the lighter springs. first test and make sure the trigger resets, if not then the the plunger spring with a polished plunger. That's it, The trigger resets faster and is about 1 lb lighter, "for carry I don't want a 2.5 or 3 lb trigger. This should be all you need in your carry gun, it's just silly to spend a thousand dollars on a 5hundred dollar gun. As far as RMR's go, if you are shooting competition maybe, Otherwise, at close range, rarely do the sights come into play , in 90% of fbi shootings the gun came up and fired at close range, your brain can do amazing things with muscle memory and practice, Rob Latham has a few good videos on this.

    10 months ago
  • Blackman

    Do the Suarez International Face Shooter Kit with the NP3 upgrades! I absolutely love mine.

    11 months ago
  • Jerry

    Jerry from Overwatch here. Great review! I didn't see if you ran lighter springs in your testing? If you did, be aware that when you run lighter springs, specifically a lighter striker spring with a heavier trigger spring along with a minus connector you will typically get a mushy trigger regardless of the shoe installed. The shoe itself specifically has nothing to do with the feeling you feel when pressing other than being a lever to actuate the trigger. The "feel" of the trigger is a direct result of the springs used as well as the connector. Additionally the tolerances of the bar, connector, striker, plunger and the actual trigger housing all in relation to each other affect the "feel" of the pull. This is the reason you can take a trigger that feels great in one gun, put the exact same trigger in another gun and have it feel awful. The Overwatch Trigger in particular is made for duty and CCW use. We have several police departments around the country and one federal agency that use, issue, or authorize our triggers for duty use. We use a heavier trigger safety spring (6lb spring rate) which when used with a lighter springs elsewhere in the gun will cause issues. The resistance provided by a lighter striker and heavier trigger spring is not enough to overcome the trigger safety spring as would be the case if you were getting a sub 3lb pull weight. Feel free to email me if you would like any specific information.

    1 year ago
  • Jeff

    Have you compared any of these triggers to the Pyramid triggers put out by the GlockStore?

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Jeff, I haven't heard of their triggers (no one I know uses them) until reading the comments here. I'll try to include them when I update this article.

      1 year ago
      • charles bailey

        Eric, The Pyramid trigger system is FABULOUS! I like it better than the Zev.

        11 months ago
  • Steve

    What about one source tactical and their Suarez DIT?

    1 year ago
  • Jacob

    Why do you recommend not modifying anything on your self-defense gun?

    1 year ago
    • No

      Cause

      1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      A potential something for a prosecutor to use against you if you go to court.

      1 year ago
      • Thomas Birkemeier

        That's ridiculous, and just an urban legend passed around gun circles. You using your gun and the consequence of that action is what they're going to go after, not any bells or whistles you've added. That's like saying "don't upgrade or modify your car because the police will use it against you if you go to court for a speeding ticket". Nonsense.

        1 year ago
        • TexasBEAST

          The Arizona homicide trial and conviction of Harold Fish made issues of his choice of 10 mm caliber and Federal Hydra-Shok ammunition in comparison to common LEO hardware at the time. Therefore, it is entirely conceivable that trigger jobs, bells, or whistles could be made an issue of, as well.

          3 months ago
        • Echo444

          I agree it is ridiculous but it is not "urban legend". A firearm discharged in self-defense (lethal or non-lethal) will be tested and if found modified (internal or cosmetic) can be evidence used by an aggressive prosecutor. Case in point; just Google the officer Phillip Brailsford in Mesa AZ ... ( look up the story) the prosecutor admitted into evidence the AR-15 dust-cover mod "you're fucked". Now, the judge did not allow into evidence but a prosecutor CAN admit mods to your firearm as evidence. #steelwaiting http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2016/03/robert-farago/cops-ar-15-dust-cover-inscription-used-against-him-in-court/

          1 year ago
          • Abraham

            That'syour example??? That POS of a "cop" gunned down a completely helpless, compliant, innocent man who was literally BEGGING the officer not to shoot him. I hope that "guy" rots in hell. Also, that was a police issue firearm that had an unapproved modification. Far from a personal defense weapon/situation.

            1 year ago
          • David Jones

            You're not even addressing what is being called ridiculous (and, it is). Modifying the function of a weapon and installing a dust cover with text that speaks to intent and mindset are two completely separate things. Cite ONE case where a customized handgun was brought into evidence by a prosecutor. I'll wait.

            1 year ago
        • C. Johnson

          From a thirty year law enforcement veterans point of view, I completely agree, absolute nonsense.

          1 year ago
  • Jimmothy

    what kind of sight do you have in the Velocity trigger video? It looks very interesting

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Jimmothy, it's the SeeAll Sight...I did a full review on it too.

      1 year ago
      • Jimmothy

        thanks man

        1 year ago
  • Alex D

    Here we go again .... equipment test and the tester really doesn't go look for whats good but not run of the mill, middle of the street, high price fancy shmancy Glock triggers. People who know take a hard look at OC Custom Triggers. The best triggers, adjustable, in the industry and around $50 for one. Sorely missing here.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Sorry Alex. I asked around and we haven't heard of OC Custom Triggers though. I'll try to check them out in our future article update.

      1 year ago
  • Keith

    You forgot the absolute best Trigger out there, the Johnny Glock Drop-in Triggers

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Keith, I'll try to include them in our next update.

      1 year ago
  • Infidel762x51

    Best trigger job, sell the glock to someone who likes a trigger pull that feels like a wet sponge and buy a 1911, SIG, or Browning Hi-Power.

    1 year ago
  • Raul Medina

    Arsenal democracy switch trigger

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Raul, I'll try to get one for a future update

      1 year ago
  • Steve Kelly

    You guys should be giving pyramid an honorable mention at least. Comparable to Zev imo.

    1 year ago
  • Chandler Byars

    Johnny Glock’s triggers are by far the best Glock trigger even though they are high

    1 year ago
    • Big Dave

      I agree 110%. Johnny and I are friends but I put that aside when it comes to an honest review of his work. I run a DEM Gunfighter trigger with Johnny's take on it. I asked for a 3.5 pound pull with the DEM Trigger with a short take up, a crisp break and the shortest reset possible and that's exactly what I got. I have a consistent 3.5lb pull and all safeties are functioning the way they should. Regardless of what trigger you use, Johnny will make it that much better. He is a bonafide Glock Trigger Wizard.

      1 year ago
  • donnie

    has anyone tested a overwatched percision trigger? if so how do you rated them? a friend recommended the trigger but i have never heard of it

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Overwatch added to the article! Light but mushy for me.

      1 year ago
      • Jerry

        The mushiness isn't due to the trigger itself. All of those triggers use an OEM trigger bar. The spring combos and tolerances between the bars are causing that issue.

        1 year ago
  • Chase

    I have been using my friends Zev fixed trigger for awhile and most recently put the Apex through its paces next to an Agency. The Apex was wider and for my friend with shorter fingers, was perfect and he preferred it to his Zev. The trigger safety on the apex is also a lot higher profile than the Agency (a lot closer to the stock.) I vastly preferred the break and feel of the agency so I bought it, but the Zev was also an awesome trigger. Id love for someone to review the Pyramid to see how it stacks up.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks for that detailed analysis, Chase. Haven't heard of the pyramid yet.

      1 year ago
      • SuperDave

        Pyramids are sold by the Glock Store. I think it is their own “house” brand

        1 year ago
  • TRUBRIT

    How do you rate the Travis Haley Skimmer trigger? Supposed to be close to a 1911 feel.

    1 year ago
  • Marlin

    Travis, Look into pyramid triggers. I replaced two factory triggers with them and very happy. Fair price.

    2 years ago
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