Shield 45 - School me on trigger replacements

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  1. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee Moderator Staff Member

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    I've always said, "I'm not a trigger snob," and I think that's generally true. I'm generally OK with triggers that most would call decent, but not great. With that said, I went to the range on Memorial Day and I shot my Shield Plus side-by-side with my Shield 45. Specifically, this Shield 45 - 2.0, Performance Center, 4" barrel, not optics ready. There was just no comparing the triggers. The Shield Plus outclassed the 45, hands down. That got me to thinking about a trigger replacement. Of course, I have questions, and I'm hoping that some of you can help me out here.

    The first company that came to mind was Apex. I don't know if I need the full Action Enhancement Trigger & Duty/Carry Kit, or if I can get by with just the Action Enhancement Trigger. The Kit says it reduces the trigger pull by about 2 lbs. This concerns me, because this is a possible carry pistol. I have a local gunsmith who has a trigger gauge, so we can measure the pull before doing the work, but I don't want it to be too light, as in less than about 4 lbs. The trigger alone just says it reduces pre- and over-travel. It doesn't mention weight. Can anyone with experience with either of both of these in a Shield 45 (PC or otherwise) fill me in on your experience with it? Any idea what your trigger weight is now?

    Also, are there any other trigger replacements that I should consider? Midway and Brownells only carry the Apex triggers, but that doesn't mean that they're the only ones out there.
     
  2. 1KPerDay

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    I don't have experience with the 2.0 but I've put Apex DC/AEK in a couple of shields and their triggers/sears in a couple of M&Ps and IMO Apex is the way to go. The duty carry kit makes for a cleaner, much more shootable carry trigger IME. I would definitely get the full kit rather than just the trigger.
     
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  3. sevt_chevelle

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    Full kit. Apex has a chart somewhere that shows what springs will get you weight wise.
    If I remember right my shield has the full kit but with stock springs, the pull weight is around 4.5
     
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    Spats McGee Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe that's what I need to do, right there.
     
  5. JR24

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    Funny, I fondled a Shield 2.0 and M&PC 2.0 today at the shop. Wondered that since I had been shooting other triggers I once considered "bad" a lot lately, maybe it'd feel better.

    No, still don't like it.
     
  6. JohnB-40

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    Hi Spats, The only thing I would be concerned with would be shortening the pre-travel on a pistol without a thumb safety. I recently purchased my first Glock,a 43x. I think my Shield 45 2.0 has a much nicer trigger than it does. On another note,I hope your FTF problems are over.
     
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  7. Rule3

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    https://www.mcarbo.com/smith-and-wesson-m-p-shield-2-0-trigger-spring-kit.aspx

    You do not have to polish every single thing that he does in the video. He made a 25 minute job into over an hour!!, There is no need to polish the entire trigger bar?? Just for BLING! Nor the striker safety!

    Only hard part is getting rear sight off, Some are easy some are impossible!! SW and their wisdom put the dam striker safety spring under the sight??

    I did my 9mm and most of the parts where smooth enough from previous use,

     
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