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The Springfield Hellcat micro-compact has a good out-of-the-box trigger for a striker-fired pistol. Apex Tactical, however, is in the business of giving gun owners options for improving or replacing their standard bangswitch with upgrades that can transform the shooting experience from OK to exceptional.

They’ve just announced their new Action Enhancement Trigger for the Hellcat, which consists of a trigger shoe, sear spring and striker spring. My Hellcat now sports the upgraded Apex trigger (more on that later).

In the mean time, here’s Apex’s press release:

Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the introduction and upcoming release of its new Action Enhancement Trigger for the hugely popular Hellcat pistol from Springfield Armory. Starting at just $79.95, the package includes an Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, Apex Sear Spring and Apex Striker Spring, which, when installed, significantly improves the feel of the trigger pull while reducing trigger travel and pull weight to that appropriate for a duty or carry pistol.

Apex‘s engineering and design team developed the Action Enhancement Trigger as a direct drop-in replacement of the factory polymer trigger and springs of the Hellcat. The new trigger will be available in Black, Red, Thin Blue Line, and Black anodized Freedom Edition versions. Pre-ordering will begin soon.

Retailers and wholesale distributors that have not yet ordered and wish to stock the new trigger can contact Apex at [email protected] or (623) 322-0200 for pricing and quantity availability.

Features and Specifications:
– Reduces trigger pull weight to 5.0 to 5.5 lbs, after break-in period
– Smooths uptake and reset
– Reduces overall trigger travel and reset distance
– Crisp trigger break
– Direct drop-in replacement for factory polymer trigger
– Maintains factory safety values
– Easy to install
– Apex Part #: 115-112 (Black)
– Apex Part #: 115-152 (Red)
– Apex Part #: 115-B112 (Thin Blue Line)
– Apex Part #: 115-F112 (Freedom Edition Black)
– Apex Part #: 115-B112-F (Freedom Edition TBL)
– MSRP: $79.95 to $89.95

Apex Tactical Specialties, visit, like Apex Tactical on Facebook or follow @ApexTactical on Instagram or Twitter. Instructional videos on the installation of Apex parts are available on Apex‘s YouTubeFull30 and GunStreamer channels.

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    • anything cheaper than 200 dollar must be pieces of chinkshit
      wake up american trumptards
      stop buying chinese knockoff
      buy american made expensive stuff
      dont let them rip you off
      vote our greatest President trump
      make american even more greater


      • I’ll pick and choose what I buy. A lot of products are simple metal and there is no justification for charging north of $160 for a pair of scope rings. Likewise $400 for a bipod.

        Staring at you Badger ordinance and Atlas

      • And now we run into a conundrum, We can buy American products and make Our Country stronger. Or we can buy Chinas products to forestall an inevitable War.

        • Or we could get rid of burdensome industry-killing regulations that make it unprofitable to make products here. The same people that are all in on stifling regulations and better pay here in this country will invest in companies that make products in other countries that pollute the environment and treat their underpaid workers like crap.

      • What kind of drugs are you on? Whatever it is, you need to stop. They’re making you into some kind of retard.

  1. If you want an exceptional trigger get a 1911. Everything else is just meh. If the trigger isn’t good enough for you out of the box for a carry gun it’s not the right gun for you.

      • Your honor, the defendant is one of those right wing gun extremists who carries a gun and went looking for an opportunity to shoot someone, namely my client. Exhibit A, the weapon in question. Not that the defendant went out of their way to purchase an upgrade to make the trigger “more responsive”, so as to allow for more accurate rapid-fire “clipazine dumps”. Not the racially problematic design etched into the trigger – a “thin blue line’ which stands for persecution of minorities and generally poor hygiene. Note the American flag – a known symbol of the American nazis! I ask, your honor – why would a person who claims to use guns for “self protection” spend money to make their gun MORE deadly, MORE accurate, and then decorate it with vigilante imagery.

        Of course it MIGHT not go down that way, but it DEFINITELY won’t if you can somehow abstain from putting that Punisher backplate on your Glock. Doing something to actually change the firing mechanism? Especially the trigger? Any prosecutor with Bloomberg’s hand up their idea-hole is going to pounce on that. Why hand hand them the rope yourself?

        • If the prosecutor said that, all your defending attorney would need to say is “stop being stupid.”

        • If a thin blue line and an american flag are an issue in court then you are in a kangaroo court in a 3rd world communist country and the outcome is likely pre determined. Shoot your way out and take to the hills.

          Back in reality in the US, NOTE the following from their own specs;
          – Maintains factory safety values

          Ayoob himself suggests this very thing for after market improvements to avoid imperial entanglements.

        • If it’s a good shoot the trigger won’t matter and if it’s a bad shoot the trigger won’t matter.

        • Haha, whilst I use the term whilst with fair regularity, yes it needs a bit more working out on this side of the pond. Perhaps then it can become a strong strapping lad of a WHILST that will garner the respect of all the words.

          In other news, Springfield. How about no?

      • More stupidly from Harry.

        The first comment was obviously sarcasm.

        As for the second comment goes, ever hear someone give the advice that should try out various firearms before selecting a carry gun? It’s standard advice you know One the reasons you do that is to find a trigger you like. If you are proficient with firearms you should be able pick up any gun and shoot it well unmodified. I have shot one perfect score on a qualification. It was with a Browning Hi Power with an unmodified trigger. It is a really crappy trigger.

        • Afterthought on trigger upgrades that will further upset Harry.

          Every golfer knows that new driver, wedge or putter is going to take many strokes off your score except it never does because it’s you and not the clubs. My experience with firearms is the same. A “better” trigger isn’t going to make you better because it’s you and not the gun. Sights are a little different because some sights may make it easier for you to get good sight picture. However, if you just practice you probably will figure out where to point the pistol to consistantly hit where you want.

        • tdiivna,

          1. STOP LYING
          “More stupidly from Harry.” How can it be MORE when this is the first post I have ever made.

          2. I have been reading this site for a while and you, on the other hand, have posted lots of bad advice.

          If someone likes every feature of a pistol, expect the trigger, (when its know a better on is available) he should not buy it???

          3. A quality trigger DOES make it easier to shoot better. Only an idiot would think otherwise.

          You really should stop posting your stupidity.

    • Well, there is a reason the things are still in production more than 100 years later, in more or less the original form … and it isn’t due to the magazine capacity, that’s for sure.

      • jwt made me aware that they are the most issued side arm ever, at all. i’m sure it’s because they are rugged and reliable.
        that frame mounted safety that goes up irks me. pretty much why i don’t own one. or more to the point, one of those groovy smiths. i think the little dao’s are the way to go there.

        • When you push a safety down to disengage, your grip automatically tightens. When you push a safety up to disengage your grip automatically loosens.

        • Since you have the safety on till you need it (for years most likely), it’s much more intuitive to push it down to take the weapon off safe and fire the gun.

      • They are still around because anyone can manufacturer them and they are a recognize commodity.
        That being said, I have a 1911, and love shooting it, use it for competition, sometimes carry it or have it one the nightstand. Everyone of my other handguns is a just a better as self defense weapon, include a cheep polymer EAA witness. The grip safety and no option for not using the thumb safety (I prefer double to single so I don’t need to use one) are just a liability in my opinion. I have failed to activate both during a drill at least once.
        And if you want a good out of the box trigger CZs are always an option, or if you use to shooting double, Kahr in another choice.

        • How are they better? . It takes two shots of 9mm to equal one shot from a .45 , dont believe me, 115+115 = 230 so there

  2. “The Springfield Hellcat micro-compact has a good out-of-the-box trigger for a striker-fired pistol.”

    My brother in laws new Hellcat has a crappy trigger out of the box. I have never felt one like it. It sort of hangs or sticks or through the take up, until the wall. Then the break from the wall is pretty good. I will be forwarding him this article.

  3. They should make one for the Dodge Charger Hellcat, I would buy it, if I had the Dodge. But I have a Focus lol

  4. I was delighted with the results when I installed the Powder River Precision trigger kit, striker safety kit, extended mag release, and stainless pin set in my Springfield XD-S.
    PRP offers a kit for the Springfield Hellcat too.

    Apex Tactical’s Hellcat kit provides a lovely designer shoe, plus a sear spring and a striker spring.
    PRP’s Hellcat kit provides a sear, disconnector, striker safety, sear spring, disconnector spring, and striker safety spring. Alas you’re stuck with the stock shoe.

    PRP’s costs more, but they address more of the problem than just the rates of two springs.

  5. Massivetwoshits has a boat anchor trigger requirement. If it wasn’t for Apex, no striker-fired gun in MA would be shootable.

  6. Massivetwoshits, that’s funny. ,. Good triggers bad triggers, you guys just never learned the close your eyes and yank technique.

  7. Fired three magazines (S&B 124 gr FMJ) through a friend’s Hellcat. I found the slide serrations shallow and not very grippy. The trigger guard was not undercut enough for my knobby hands and a case of “Glock Knuckle” appeared during the second mag. I thought the stock trigger was “Meh”.

    The good news is that my friend likes his Hellcat and shoots it fairly well…it’s just not a comfortable firearm for me to shoot…YMMV.

    In other news, I picked up two boxes of Federal AE 9mm 124 FMJ on Saturday at my LGS for $12.49 each. The owner was only allowing two boxes per customer…really pissed off the out-of-State tourons (mostly Washington / Oregon) who wanted to buy all that he had. He “86’d” one obnoxious “visitor” while I was standing there….Life is Good in Montana!


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