I recently installed the new Ghost, Inc. Evo Elite trigger connector in my GLOCK 17 I was so impressed, that I immediately emailed Robert and urged him to review it. And then he immediately delegated the job to me. So here I am. I’ve never written a review before, but I guess we all have to lose our virginity some time. Unlike losing my virginity, installing the new Evo Elite trigger connector in your GLOCK will take longer than one minute. But I’ll get back to that . . .
Evo stands for evolution. The photo above shows the stock GLOCK, Ghost Rocket and Ghost Evo Elite connectors from left to right. The big news is that the Evo Elite has been completely redesigned to eliminate that not-so-slight lurch, glitch or bump (your choice) that you feel as the draw bar and connector meet just before the firing pin is released. This gives the trigger a constant pull weight across the entire stroke of the trigger, and it does this without reducing the trigger pull weight. Hence the name Evo, as in the evolution of, well, perfection.
In this photo, you can see how the draw bar engages the Evo Elite connector (bottom) differently than the GLOCK stock connector when the trigger is pulled back. I’m no engineer, but if I use my imagination, I can see how the bump is eliminated. If you want the full physics lecture, call Ghost and ask. Quite a bit of research went into this little piece of steel and they will happily explain it to you.
This connector also has an over-travel stop (a.k.a., trigger control tab) to give the trigger a nice crisp break. After installing the entire trigger kit, with the 6.0 lb. firing pin spring, 6.0 lb. trigger spring and the reduced power safety plunger spring, the pull weight was 5.25 lbs. from the center of the trigger. Right where it should be. If you prefer, a 4.0 lb. firing pin spring for competition shooting is included in the kit.
Why is this good news? Have you ever fired a GLOCK and thought, “thank God Gaston made the trigger pull extra-heavy just as the firing pin was about to release.” No? No you haven’t. Every GLOCK shooter wants a better trigger, but no matter how many times we ask Santa, he just doesn’t seem to deliver.
But Ghost has. Like many GLOCK shooters, I have made every conceivable modification to my trigger assemblies to eliminate this bump, and spent many hours learning to adapt to it. But now the bump is gone. And don’t say, “why didn’t you just buy a different gun?”, or I will turn this car around right now and no one gets any ice cream.
How did it perform at the range? Its hard to evaluate how a trigger feels, but the main improvement is that the Evo Elite gives you a true surprise break. Without the bump, I found myself unable to anticipate my shots and I was better able to get into a rhythm. So out of 100 rounds of Winchester white box ammo (115 grains) at 15 yards, I didn’t have a single flyer outside a 6-inch circle.
But I still wasn’t convinced, so I installed another Evo Elite with the same springs in my G21 (.45 ACP). That gun has had the old Ghost Rocket connector in it for over 10,000 rounds. Many rounds of WWB ammo (230 grain) later, I was sold. The Evo Elite just made me shoot smoother and faster.
Speaking of faster, not only did Ghost eliminate the bump, but they also improved the trigger reset. It’s much more distinct and crisp. You will definitely hear and feel it, which is a good thing because a more positive reset point lets you fire faster. If you shoot GLOCKs in competition, you’re gonna want this. So to sum up: no bump, clean break, better reset. Who doesn’t want that?
A note about installation: If you’ve done a lot of work on your GLOCKs, then fitting the trigger control tab, which requires a lot of grinding and polishing, is a piece of cake, maybe an hour of your time. If you aren’t comfortable grinding down parts of your trigger, I would encourage you to take it to a gunsmith. If you’re undecided, not to worry. Ghost has detailed installation instructions with clear pictures on their website. If you get in a jam, just call them. They’re always happy to preach to the (soon-to-be) converted.
The Final Word
Okay, so I’m in love, but will it really last? Yes, I really think that this is a game changer for GLOCK shooters. For experienced shooters, you know you want it. You want the trigger to break like Seabiscuit in the back stretch—quick and without warning. This is the best modification I’ve ever made to a GLOCK and, unlike losing my virginity, it was good for both of us.
Alas, no love is perfect. After installation, you will find that it’s noticeably harder to remove the slide. I called Ghost and they assured me that it has no effect on the function or reliability of the gun. They also assured me that it will get easier as the connector breaks in. If you’re in a rush, there is a simple way to fix this, but I suggest that you call Ghost and ask, as it needs to be done carefully to avoid changing the temper of the steel alloy. Maybe I’m still in the honeymoon phase, but for less than $50 and an hour of your time, can you really go wrong?
Price: $36.95 (connector alone), $44.95 (complete trigger kit)
Ratings (out of five stars):
Overall * * * *1/2
Bottom line: this new connector makes me shoot better, and results don’t lie. I suggest you buy the kit because without the springs. The trigger weight will be heavier. Smooth, but heavier. I deducted half a point because a new product shouldn’t make field stripping your gun harder.