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SHOT Show 2022 introduced me to the Meta Tactical’s Apex conversion kits. I’m a fan of the out-there and the unique, so these kits most certainly appealed to me. Meta Tactical was kind enough to send me an Apex kit to test and review.

Let’s get this out of the way first: the Meta Tactical Apex is not a gun, but a conversion kit. These gun kits takes your GLOCK firearm and converts it to a bullpup carbine with a 16-inch barrel. It does so very easily and quickly.

These American-made Meta Tactical kits are available for GLOCKs, as well as the PSA Dagger series and Polymer 80 non-GLOCKs. They also produce the kit for the Smith & Wesson M&P series. There are plans to extend the Apex to cover guns from Canik, SIG, and Springfield as well. Mine is for GLOCK firearms, and generations three through five are supported by the Apex kit. Numerous color options are available, including black, gray, OD Green, tan, and a special 2nd Amendment model.

The Big Why

A big question you might be asking is, why? Well, that’s up to you. I like bullpups, and PCCs, so this was a no-brainer for me. I’m partial to the odd and offbeat as well, and this struck all of those chords. After using the kit, I can also tell you it works and works surprisingly well. I’ve used chassis kits from MechTech, Roni, KPOS, and more, and this is by far my favorite.

The optional front grip allows for another 33-round magazine. (Travis Pike for TTAG)

That was my original reason. However, with all the troubles regarding braces at the moment, the Apex is also a solid choice for a short gun in the 9mm caliber. The barrel might be 16 inches, but the gun itself is uber-short.

Installing your GLOCK In The Apex

During the entire installation process, make sure you use a completely clear and unloaded firearm. Before your gun walks through the Stargate portal that is the Apex chassis, you have to install the 16-inch barrel.

Installation is far from complicated. (Travis Pike for TTAG)

The barrel is included with the kit and features a 1/2×28 threaded portion for attaching muzzle devices. The included device is a flash suppressor. One of the downsides to the Apex is the fact you can’t use all manner of muzzle devices. The short recoil principle is sensitive to weight, so some devices used on PCCs can’t be used on the Apex…including, unfortunately, suppressors.

Just slap it in! (Travis Pike for TTAG)

After the barrel is installed, you press a small button on the bottom of the chassis. This allows you to lever the rear end upward. From here, you press out a captured ‘firing’ pin and slide the GLOCK in place. You then slide the ‘firing’ pin over the trigger. This pin is pressed by the trigger linkage and depresses the trigger of your GLOCK pistol. You then close the hinged rear portion and you’re good to go.

The ‘firing’ pin links to your trigger and then to the GLOCK’s trigger. (Travis Pike for TTAG)

Dissecting the Meta Tactical Apex Kit

The Meta Tactical Apex kit is filled with modern features. Across the top is one long Picatinny optics rail with tons of space for goodies. Red dots are the usual, but 12 o’clock lights will fit without issue.

The charging handle stays put when firing (Travis Pike for TTAG)

The gun is outfitted with a non-reciprocating, ambidextrous charging handle. The handguard features M-LOK slots along the sides and at the bottom of the handguard. There is an optional foregrip that also acts as a spare magazine holder that attaches directly to the M-LOK rails.

The stock offers plenty of positions to adjust LOP. (Travis Pike for TTAG)

The magazine release on a GLOCK isn’t ambidextrous, but it’s reversible. The magazine release on the Apex is set up to work with either a right- or left-mounted magazine release. The stock has six different positions, and when it’s completely collapsed, it’s really too short for most users, and it covers the slide lock.

At the Range

Bullpup triggers typically are famous for being not great. In fact, some reach all the way to the awful end of the spectrum. I own the Scorpion bullpup, and it has an awful trigger. I was pleasantly surprised by the Apex’s trigger. It’s a bit longer and a little mushy, but not terrible. It’s not crisp, exactly, but not bad enough to degrade accuracy, but not good enough to help either. That seems to be about the best you can get in a bullpup trigger.

Its space force ready (Travis Pike for TTAG)

In the accuracy department, the Apex proved to be pretty dang tight. Better than I expected, in fact. It produced nice ragged holes at 25 yards when rested. Out to fifty yards, I fired an offhand group of four rounds that all landed in about a three-and-some-change-inch group. I was surprised by the accuracy, and I might take it to the next PCC match I shoot.

Four 2.5 second snap shots at 50 yards (Travis Pike for TTAG)

One thing I noted was that after removing the GLOCK from the Apex, turning it back into a GLOCK and then turning it back into a rifle there was zero shift. I think that’s somewhat expected after removing a barrel and stock from a carbine platform. The zero shift put my rounds about an inch low.

Recoil is incredibly light. Lower than any standard blowback carbine and on par with something like the CMMG radial delayed system.

What About Reliability?

That’s the big question. Does the gun run and run right? Mine had almost a perfect score. No issues with various ammunition types. One day I loaded in a 33-round magazine, and the first round failed to fully eject. It was a round of Winchester White Box and the first round in the magazine. I ran the charging handle, cleared the jam, and Bingo was his name-o. That was the only issue in the hundreds of rounds I fired over the last couple of months.

Bullpup Ergonomics

The ergonomics of the Apex are mostly fine. The charging handle is great. The adjustable length of pull is grand, and the platform is thin and light. It weighs less than five pounds.

Where things get shifted is the GLOCK controls. I have two complaints and one gripe. My gripe is something that’s not really important, but I don’t like it and want to cry about it. The complaint is what I feel is a valid criticism.

The slide lock is a little tricky to use. (Travis Pike for TTAG)

The gripe is the magazine release. It works and isn’t complicated. Bullpup reloads are a bit slow as is. The problem is that there isn’t any tactile feedback. This is a gripe because I have the visual and tactile feeling of the mag dropping.

From the stargate to the swamps of Florida the Apex is ready for it (Travis Pike for TTAG)

My first complaint is that reloading with retention is a little tricky. With a flush-fitting magazine, it’s downright hard. With a 33-rounder, you have to have pretty big hands to grab the magazine release and magazine at the same time.

Another complaint is the slide lock. It’s deep set and not fast to use. Reloads will be best utilized with the charging handles. Part of the stock’s bar obscures it on some settings as well. It really becomes a control for administrative reloads.

The Apex of GLOCK Chassis Kits

Gripes aside, this is the best GLOCK-style carbine kit I’ve ever used. It’s simple and modern and gives you a very short and lightweight platform. I can’t think of another PCC that’s this short, takes GLOCK mags, weighs less than five pounds, and isn’t a direct blowback system. I’m impressed with the Meta Tactical Apex kit.

Specifications: Meta Tactical Apex Chassis for GLOCK Pistols

Weight – 4.85 pounds
Length – 23.3 to 27.5 inches
Calibers – 9mm, .357 SIG, 40 S&W, 10mm, 45 ACP
MSRP – $499.99

Ratings (out of five stars):

Accuracy * * * *
It’s a PCC, so the range is really tapped out at about 50 yards for practical use. You can reach out to 100 yards, but you are dealing with a lot of drop. Within 50 yards, it’s perfectly suitable in the accuracy department and rivals dedicated PCCs like the SUB-2000.

Ergonomics * * * ½
It’s mostly good, especially in the length and weight department. The main problem is the magazine release and slide lock. Converting a pistol to a rifle isn’t easy, and Meta Tactical certainly did a good job within its constraints.

Reliability * * * *
One malfunction in what is easily over five hundred rounds now isn’t bad. Why it occurred is unknown, and I haven’t replicated it yet. I’d use this platform for home defense, and I might take it to compete.

Overall * * * *
The Apex kit isn’t cheap, but neither is any 16-inch barrel. Ultimately it is a well-made product from a small American company that’s outside the box. It’s not perfect, but I’m not sure how you turn a GLOCK into a rifle and achieve Perfection.

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  1. If GLOCK would get off their rear end and make a PCC it would be like printing money! I like this Bullpup concept but they need to knock a couple hundred off the price.

    • Maybe, but the traditional Glock action isn’t going to accommodate suppressors readily and I and I think most PCC buyers aren’t impressed with straightblowback actions anymore.

      I think the concept for this bullpup kit would be better executed with a system similar to the Beretta M9, the new RIA 5.0 or S&W Tempo system. The Beretta PX4 or Grand Power rotating barrel systems would work too.

      But Glock pistols are ubiquitous and cheap, so I understand why they designed the chassis around it.

  2. “One thing I noted was that after removing the GLOCK from the Apex, turning it back into a GLOCK and then turning it back into a rifle there was zero shift. I think that’s somewhat expected after removing a barrel and stock from a carbine platform. The zero shift put my rounds about an inch low.”

    You have your own special dictionary that defines ‘zero’ a way the rest of the world dosn’t know about?

    In one sentence you say there was “zero shift” (“One thing I noted was that after removing the GLOCK from the Apex, turning it back into a GLOCK and then turning it back into a rifle there was zero shift.”). Then in the last sentence in your paragraph you call a shift of “about an inch low” “zero shift” when a shift of “about an inch low” is not “zero shift” and is a shift of “about an inch low” so shift was not “zero” and had a magnitude of “about an inch low”.

    Are there two different “zero shift” standards you are using based on some definition the rest of the world doesn’t know about?

  3. First time I saw 357 sig and 10 mm available in a glock carbine conversion. Will need to check this out as legal options expand over time.

        • Yeah, I could go for that. I’ll have to watch for more reviews, looks intriguing. I wonder if they’ll have additional barrels available that can be purchased separately, without the chassis…

        • I mean done with the right parts/barrels 45acp and super should be possible with the change of a slide if it is going off of a glock 20/40

        • And now that I think about it for a minute 9×25 Dillon should be possible if they are already doing 357 sig unless there is some wild pressure issue……..not at all thinking about a 65 grain copper sold behind a longer barrel optimized powder for a reload.

  4. i guess its fine
    just as long as one:
    1 has an extra 500 laying around
    2 is ok with having almost 1500 wrapped up in a firearm thats really only good out to about 50 yards
    3 likes things that present more problems than they solve and
    4 is ok with something that looks at least as
    stupid as anything hipoint has ever made

  5. LOL, the pistol grip makes it illegal in AWB states like New Jersey!
    Because a pistol with a pistol grip = GOOD, but a rifle with a pistol grip = EVIL, SCARY.
    Ridiculous laws here.

  6. No one asked the most important question:

    Did you shoot the pistol with the 16 inch barrel installed without the rest of the kit?

    If I got something like this that’s the very first thing I would do.

  7. I’ll probably buy one in 10mm sooner or later. I’ve always wanted a Glock 20 anyway.

    But of course the trigger will never be better than the trigger on the pistol, which will be a Glock 20 Gen 4 trigger unless I upgrade that too. So not right now.

  8. The ‘firing pin’ as you called it is visible/exposed at both ends. Is it possible discharge the gun by pushing that back without using the forward trigger?

    If so, should that be a concern? How about for somebody not super familiar with the gun it who mistakes that for another control?

    • I’m glad you had the same observation and concern about the trigger linkage “firing pin”.
      It does not appear that the linkage maintains the Glock trigger safety to the forward trigger.
      It that true? Does it defeat the Glock trigger safety? There is nothing in the instruction manual on Meta Tactical’s website that discusses any safety features / concerns with the linkage pin.
      Another observation is that the magazine release is in very close proximity to this linkage pin.
      As you mentioned, it could be mistaken for a another control / safety.

      Can anyone address this concern? Is it possible to cause a discharge by moving the linkage “firing pin”?

  9. “I was pleasantly surprised by the Apex’s trigger. It’s a bit longer and a little mushy, but not terrible. It’s not crisp, exactly, but not bad enough to degrade accuracy, but not good enough to help either. That seems to be about the best you can get in a bullpup trigger.”
    oh … so it kept the typical glock trigger ?

  10. Not to criticize something I don’t own, and have not tried, but I’ve always been skeptical of reviews of items that the reviewer did not pay for. Would the company be inclined to “give” the reviewer more products if it was rated as “do not buy” ? I can think of only one publication that buys stuff as calls it as they see it


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