Glocks are some of the most popular handguns in the world, and for good reason: they’re dependable, durable, and versatile, yet also affordable.
But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect, no matter what the company’s slogan says. Glocks do have a few shortcomings, one of which is the trigger.
Fortunately, triggers are pretty quick and easy to switch out and a good upgrade isn’t too costly. There are also plenty of excellent options out there that you can choose from, the best of which I’ve listed here.
We have used all of these best glock triggers and I can say without a doubt that each will serve you well.
With that, let’s get down to business. But before we talk about the triggers themselves…
Why Switch Triggers?
There’s nothing particularly awful about the standard Glock trigger, per se… There’s just not anything particularly spectacular about it either.
The action is often described as “spongy” or “gritty” and over-travel is common. Some people don’t like the ergonomics of the trigger shoe and trigger safety. Some shooters say that the trigger, which should have a standard pull weight of 5.5 pounds, often feels heavier or lighter.
It’s not all bad though: when the pull weight actually feels like 5.5 pounds, it’s not too heavy. The trigger pull is short and the reset time is excellent.
The standard Glock trigger is function, but it’s also relatively basic and there’s obviously room for improvement, which is where aftermarket options come in.
Third party triggers allow you to improve what’s already good and fix the bad. With an aftermarket trigger, you can adjust the trigger weight, reduce slack and pre-travel time, make the action smoother, and reduce reset time.
Competition shooters in particular will prefer a more finely tuned trigger since without a good trigger, other match grade upgrades don’t make much difference. But a better trigger can also be an advantage in tactical situations when speed and accuracy under pressure are of the utmost importance.
Granted, improving the trigger on its own won’t make a huge difference in accuracy, but triggers are a relatively affordable upgrade, they can make shooting much more comfortable, and it’s generally pretty easy to switch them out.
So why not make the switch if you can?
Let’s talk about some of your options with the following best Glock triggers.
ZEV Technologies Fulcrum Adjustable Ultimate Trigger Kit
I can’t recommend the ZEV Technologies Fulcrum Adjustable Ultimate Trigger Kit highly enough, and I’m not the only one: it’s widely considered one of the best Glock triggers on the market today.
The complete kit replaces the entire trigger assembly. It includes an upgraded trigger and lightened springs for lighter pull, a lightened striker to avoid light primer strikes that can occur when you only switch out the springs, as well as an upgraded trigger bar, connector, and safety plunger.
The trigger shoe is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum for improved durability, nicer trigger feel, and smoother action compared to the polymer stock Glock trigger. It’s also wider and more ergonomic than the stock trigger, and is anodized to prevent corrosion.
The trigger bar and disconnector are stainless steel and mirror polished to improve sensitivity and consistency.
Once you’ve made the switch, you’ll notice a crisp break, improved trigger reset, and reduced friction.
The trigger assembly features adjustable pre-travel and over-travel so you can tune the trigger exactly how you like it. Two hex head screws are used for easy adjustment.
However, ZEV doesn’t recommend this trigger for service and defensive use because it’s so sensitive. It’s ideal for competition though.
The trigger offers the same degree of safety as the standard trigger and works with Glock’s three passive safeties.
All of this comes at a price though. This trigger is highly effective, but it’s also costlier than competitors. And, because it’s a complete replacement, it’s more complicated to install than a lot of other triggers.
If you’re on a budget or don’t want to go through a more complicated installation, you can also buy a kit that includes just the trigger and bar, but it obviously won’t provide you all the advantages of the complete kit.
Finally, the kit comes in a few different versions for different frame sizes and generations, so make sure you’re getting the right one for your particular model. Unfortunately, it’s not currently available for Gen5 Glocks.
Overwatch Precision TAC Trigger Kit
The Overwatch Precision TAC Drop-In Trigger Kit is a somewhat more budget friendly and easy to install complete trigger assembly replacement.
The kit includes a trigger mechanism and ejector housing, a trigger spring, an NP3 plated Overwatch Precision Minus connector, and an Overwatch Precision TAC Trigger on an NP3 plated OEM trigger bar.
You can also buy just the TAC trigger with an NP3 plated OEM trigger bar if you prefer to keep the rest of the factory trigger system or have other parts you wish to use.
NP3 plating is corrosion resistant and reduces friction for smooth operation.
The trigger alone doesn’t modify the trigger pull weight, but the kit allows a reduction of a half pound to three quarters of a pound. Depending on frame tolerances, pre-travel is reduced by up to 20% which is a solid improvement, but still leaves pre-travel a little long.
The Overwatch Precision TAC Trigger is flat faced for a better trigger press and has an indexing hook for consistent finger placement.
It’s also compatible with existing Glock safety features. However, some shooters report that the trigger safety may not engage if you press the trigger relatively high up on the shoe, so check your shooting style to see where you place your trigger finger.
Because of this, I wouldn’t rely on the TAC Trigger for a defense, duty, or competition weapon, but it’s fine if your Glock doesn’t see any more action than rec time at the range.
The trigger shoe and safety tab are machined from 7075-T6 aluminum alloy (which is actually smoother than the 6061 aluminum that the ZEV trigger is machined from) and are Type III hard coat anodized. They attach to the trigger bar with 316 stainless steel coil spring pins. The safety tab is wider than the stock tab, which many shooters find much more comfortable.
They also just look sharp. You can mix and match a black, gray, military green, or flat dark earth shoe with a black, blue, gold, or red safety tab.
The Overwatch Precision TAC Trigger comes in versions for all Glock models and deserves a spot on this best glock triggers list.
Agency Arms Drop-In Flat Faced Trigger
Another option at that same price point and level of quality is the Agency Arms Drop-In Flat Faced Trigger.
Agency Arms designed this trigger to keep all of the best aspects of the Glock factory trigger and improve the rest which is why it landed a spot on our best glock triggers list.
In addition to the trigger shoe, the trigger comes with an OEM trigger bar, polished for smoother pull, and an OEM minus connector, set to 3.5 pounds. You can mix and match this parts with other trigger upgrades for a more custom result.
This trigger has a crisper, smoother feel than standard trigger and features a very fast reset. The smooth, flat face gives you more control over the trigger and pull. The ergonomic design and curved bottom edge of the trigger reduce slipping or misplaced fingers. The trigger safety tab reduces very smoothly with virtually no friction.
The shoe and safety tab are made from anodized aluminum for dependability and durability. The shoe comes in your choice of a black or gray finish, both of which have a black safety tab.
This trigger is great for all purposes, including hunting, competition, duty, and defense.
The Agency Arms Drop-In Flat Faced Trigger comes in several versions for a variety of different Glocks, so make sure you get the right one for you. It even has versions compatible with the Glock 42 and 43, which can be difficult to find triggers for due to their narrow frames.
The Apex Action Enhancement Trigger is another excellent drop-in trigger.
You can buy just the trigger, the trigger with a factory Gen 3 or Gen 5 trigger bar, or in either of two kits. One kit contains the trigger and trigger bar plus an Apex Performance Connecter while the other includes all three, plus an Apex Ultimate Safety Plunger for Glock.
This trigger offers a lot of all around improvements to the trigger, though not to the degree or with the precision of either of the triggers we’ve already discussed. The more parts you get, the more of a difference the trigger makes.
It’s still a very high quality trigger, though, especially for the money, so if you’re on a limited budget and are looking to get the most out of each dollar, this may be one of the best glock triggers for you.
While a lot of trigger manufacturers don’t bother improving on Glock’s already good reset, Apex shortened it even further. They also gave the Action Enhancement Trigger a cleaner break, smoother uptake, and reduced pre-travel and over-travel.
With either of the kits, you can also reduce trigger pull weight by about a pound.
Since less movement and pressure are required for each shot, you’re less likely to move off target when you pull the trigger, so it can help improve the accuracy and consistency of your shots.
However, like the ZEV trigger, this one may be too sensitive for defense or duty use, but it’s definitely competition grade and is compatible with the same safety features as the standard Glock trigger.
The Action Enhancement Trigger is a flat-faced trigger with an indexing hook to help with trigger placement. The shoe is machined from 7075-T6 aluminum, giving it excellent durability.
It also just looks sharp and is available in red, blue, gray, purple, and black.
Triggers that come with a Gen 3 trigger bar are compatible with Gen 3 and Gen 4 iterations of the G17, G17L, G19, G22, G23, G24, G26, G27, G31, G32, G33, G34, G35, G37, G38, and G39.
Triggers that come with a Gen 5 trigger bar are compatible with Gen 5 iterations of the G17, G19, G19x, G26, G34, and G45.
Apex recommends against using the trigger with Gen 4 bars, though, so unfortunately you won’t be able to skip the bar if that’s what you were hoping to use.
The Apex safety plunger and connector are each sold individually, though, so this is a great system for mixing and matching with other parts, whether you already own them or are eyeballing a part from another brand.
Lone Wolf Distributors Ultimate Adjustable Trigger
Lone Wolf makes some incredible Glock upgrades and this trigger is no exception. It’s also incredibly budget friendly and a great entry for our best glock triggers list.
It won’t make as much of a difference as the trigger kits described above since it only swaps out the trigger shoe (though you can buy just the shoe or a set including both the shoe and an OEM trigger bar) while leaving the rest of the stock parts.
It’s still a solid improvement, however, and the price is low enough that you could combine it with other upgraded trigger parts for a more complete overhaul.
It has a similar shape to the standard trigger for a similar feeling trigger press and overall familiarity, but it’s made from 6061 aluminum for smoother action, superior durability, and greater comfort. It also has adjustable pre-travel and over-travel and a very crisp break.
The Ultimate Adjustable Trigger is very easy to install, so it’s a great option for people who are new to upgrading firearms. It’s a solid trigger for sport shooting, defense, duty, and hunting.
It’s not yet available for Gen 5 models, but is compatible with prior generations. The trigger comes in silver, black, red, blue, purple, military green, and pink finishes.
Tools for Switching Triggers
You’re not done once you pick out your trigger.
Switching out your Glock’s trigger is usually pretty easy, especially since you’ll have the trigger manufacturer’s instructions to follow, but you still need the right tool.
The Glock Disassembly Takedown Tool is the only tool you need to field strip any model Glock and only costs about $6.
It will allow you to remove the right pins so you can pull out and replace the trigger assembly.
That’s really all you need, but if you want to make things easier or plan on doing more upgrades on your Glock, you may also want to grab the ERGO MAST System Modular Armorer’s Stand. It holds your gun upright while you work on it, making the whole process way easier.
I like the MAST System in particular because it’s modular: you can use the same stand for small frame Glocks, large frame Glocks, 1911s, and the Sig Sauer P320, just buy the block to hold it for about $20.
That pretty much wraps it up on Glock triggers, but remember that if you can’t shoot your Glock worth a darn with the stock trigger, an upgraded trigger isn’t going to fix that. Sure, trigger upgrades can help with consistency, accuracy, and speed, but they’re not a substitute for practice.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of your Glock, upgrade away. These triggers are all great options, but they’re not the only ones out there. Let me know about your favorites and tell me what you think about the ones I’ve listed here on our forum..