Updated: Nov 17
When it comes to firearms, especially those as popular and well-regarded as Glock handguns, every component matters. Among these, the trigger stands out as an essential element, with its quality and responsiveness playing a significant role in the shooting experience. In the world of Glock modifications, one name has been making the rounds: the Glock Performance Trigger. In this skyscraper article, we'll dive deep into everything a Glock owner should know about this upgrade.
Why Upgrade to the Glock Performance Trigger?
This trigger is designed for a smoother pull and a cleaner break. Such enhancements can significantly reduce the chance of pulling or pushing the gun off-target.
Factory triggers can vary, leading to an unpredictable shooting experience. The Glock Performance Trigger offers a consistent pull every time, leading to more consistent groupings.
A Smoother And Lighter Trigger Pull
After a break-in period of a couple hundred rounds, almost all users enjoy the smoother and lighter trigger.
The Glock Performance Trigger is composed of OEM parts. Sometimes aftermarket parts are of lower quality than that of the original manufacturer and affect reliability.
The Glock Performance Trigger has a flat faced trigger vs the stock curved design.
Enhanced Ergonomics and Trigger Pull Qualities
The flat face design in the Glock Performance Trigger is known for its improved ergonomics and enhanced trigger pull qualities. It is specifically engineered to provide a comfortable and efficient interaction between the user’s finger and the trigger, which can lead to a better shooting experience.
Improved Trigger Control
The flat face design contributes to better trigger control. This design can help in distributing the force exerted on the trigger more evenly, leading to a more predictable and controllable trigger pull. Such control can result in improved shootability and accuracy while maintaining the necessary safety features of the Glock Safe Action® System.
Compatibility: Which Glock Models Work with the Performance Trigger?
When considering an upgrade like the Glock Performance Trigger, it's essential to verify compatibility. Upgrading without ensuring compatibility could be unsafe and adversely affect the firearm's performance.
Glock Performance Trigger Compatibility
The Glock Performance Trigger is primarily designed for the following 9mm models
Models that the Glock Performance Trigger is not compatible with
Generations 1-4 are not compatible.
The thin frame 9mm models (43, 43x, 48) are not compatible.
Models not chambered in 9mm (42,28,21,22,23, etc) are not compatible. Although future variations of the Glock Performance Trigger are rumored to be in the works!.
Ideal Applications for the Glock Performance Trigger
The decision to upgrade your Glock's trigger might be influenced by the specific shooting applications you're involved in. Here are some of the scenarios where the Glock Performance Trigger shines:
Precision is paramount in competitive shooting. The consistent and adjustable pull of the Glock Performance Trigger can offer a competitive edge, enabling faster follow-up shots and improved accuracy.
Even if you're shooting for fun, an upgraded trigger can enhance the overall experience. The smoothness and lighter pull can make target practice sessions much more enjoyable.
Applications that you may not want to use the Glock Performance Trigger (or any trigger modifications in general)
Officers need reliable and consistent performance from their service weapons. An improved trigger can enhance your shooting. However, having a lighter trigger pull can also make negligent discharges easier to occur, especially during stressful situations. We would generally advise using the stock or department approved trigger with a normal pull weight, or higher if required by local regulations. It is important to note that many LE agencies or state laws have minimum trigger pull weight requirements and/or may have rules about what modifications can be done to service weapons. Always make sure to know your department's requirements before having your service weapon modified.
Concealed Carry and Self-Defense
As we mentioned for LE use, having a light trigger pull on your gun can make it easier for negligent discharges to occur, especially during stressful situations. While a predictable and smooth trigger pull can improve your shooting, it can also make negligent discharges more likely to occur. Ultimately it is your choice to decide how to best modify and use your weapons to defend yourself and your family. If you need help deciding which Glock is the best for concealed carry, you can check out our full guide and review all the models. Many people prefer the Glock 19 for concealed carry, it is a great option, as it is a good all-around gun.
Glock Performance Trigger Installation
Use a Glock Armourer to maintain Warranty
The Glock Performance Trigger is lauded for its ease of installation, promising a smoother, lighter trigger pull for enhanced shooting experience. However, to ensure the integrity of your Glock's warranty, installation by a certified Glock Armourer is mandatory. Although the installation process is straightforward, Glock's warranty conditions stipulate that any modifications or installations must be done by certified individuals to avoid voiding the warranty. Finding a certified Glock Armourer is easy, with most located at Glock dealerships or local gun shops. While the DIY route might seem tempting, adhering to Glock's guidelines by engaging a certified Glock Armourer not only guarantees a professional installation but also preserves your warranty, ensuring an optimum performance upgrade with peace of mind. If you do want to go the DIY route
Tools Required for Installation
Glock armorer's tool or punch
Small flathead screwdriver
Needle-nose pliers (optional, but can be helpful)
Glock Performance Trigger Step by Step Instructions
Removing the Stock Trigger
1. Safety First
Ensure the Glock is unloaded. Remove the magazine and double-check the chamber to confirm it's empty. Remove all ammunition from the area.
2. Field Stripping
Point the Glock in a safe direction, pull the trigger. Pull the slide back about an eighth of an inch and hold it there. Next pull down on both sides of the slide lock and hold it down. Now carefully push the slide forward off the frame, be sure to hold onto it so it does not fall and break.
3. Slide Removal
Set aside the slide, leave the recoil spring and barrel in the slide.
4. Trigger Assembly Removal
With the punch or armorer's tool, push out the three pins from the frame. Remember their positions for reassembly. Lift out the locking block. Now, remove the entire trigger assembly, it should just pull up and out..
Installing the Glock Performance Trigger: Step-by-Step
1. Trigger Assembly Placement
1. Begin by positioning the new trigger in the frame.
Align the trigger bar with the trigger mechanism housing.
2. Locking Block Reinstallation
Place the locking block back into the frame.
3. Pin Reinsertion
Push the pins back into their specific holes, ensuring correct placement and orientation.
4. Slide Reassembly
Align the slide onto the rails and push it back into place.
5. Function Test
Without live ammunition, dry-fire the Glock to check the trigger’s reset and feel. Confirm the safety mechanisms function correctly.
6. Live Fire Test
At a safe shooting range, test the trigger with live ammunition for complete assurance.
7. Complete the break in period
As with breaking in a new gun, it will have several hundred rounds. Don’t get discouraged if the trigger doesn't feel as good as you had expected at first, it will take a bit of shooting to wear the parts and have the firearm operate as designed by the manufacturer. We recommend a minimum of 250 rounds, but ideally 500 to 1000 rounds for full break in.
Where to Buy Glock Performance Trigger
The Glock Performance Trigger isn't just another aftermarket accessory. For many, it's a significant upgrade that enhances their shooting experience. By understanding why it’s beneficial, how to install it, and its compatibility, you can make an informed decision about upgrading your Glock’s trigger system. Always prioritize safety and consult with professionals if in doubt. Happy shooting!
What is the Glock Performance Trigger Pull Weight? How does it compare to the stock Glock pull weight?
The stock Glock trigger has a trigger press of 5.83 pounds, while the Glock Performance Trigger has a lighter and more consistent trigger press of 3.56 pounds, which is 2.27 pounds lighter than the stock trigger1.
Does the Glock Performance Trigger have a flat faced trigger?
The Glock Performance Trigger is described by Glock to deliver enhanced trigger pull qualities and ergonomics utilizing a newly designed flat-faced trigger, which is different from the curved trigger face of the stock Glock triggers
Is the Glock Performance Trigger available for the Glock 43X or Glock 48?
The Glock Performance Trigger is not available for the Glock 43X and Glock 48 models.
However, Apex Tactical Specialties has announced the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, which is compatible with these Glock models. This alternative trigger option can cater to those looking for enhanced trigger performance for the Glock 43X and Glock 48 models and is available in red and black.