Best Glock Triggers [2018 Hands-On Tested]

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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!

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 the 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.

Zev Competition Spring Kit

Zev Competition Spring Kit

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
Apex Glock Trigger

Apex Glock Trigger

Prices accurate at time of writing

What’s your take on the Apex trigger?

Readers' Ratings

4.92/5 (137)

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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.

Zev Competition Spring Kit

Zev Competition Spring Kit

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.

Whatevers at the range…annoying at 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.

Velocity Glock Triggers

Velocity Glock Triggers

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.

Lightest Trigger
Overwatch Precision TAC Trigger

Overwatch Precision TAC Trigger

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!

Editor's Choice
Zev Fulcrum Ultimate Trigger

Zev Fulcrum Ultimate Trigger

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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… Read more »