M & P .45 acp modification: Apex Tactical DCAEK.
Wasn't quite sure where to post this so started this new thread.
The weapon I am talking about here is my S&W M&P .45 acp black finish 5" barrel.
I posted on another forum some aspects of this weapon that I wasn't happy with: stiff and scratchy trigger, long pull (I'm spoiled to the 1911). Another member suggested Apex Tactical's DCAEK (Duty/Carry Action Enhancement Kit).
So, I found their website and ordered the kit. $89.95 plus shipping came to $103 and change. The first thing you notice is the tiny size of the several objects in the three bags. "I paid a hundred bucks for this stuff???"
The kit has three components. First, a fully machined sear with replacement spring; I installed this and my trigger pull went from 10.5 to 4.5.
Second: A new trigger return spring. I installed it and trigger pull levelled out at 5.5.
Third: The "Ultimate Striker Block" kit, a spring and new plunger for your striker block, located under the rear sight. I installed this, and now my M&P is about as close to my M1911 as it can be. Trigger pull is smoother, lighter, shorter, as is reset. Worth every penny of those 103 bucks.
Now...the installation videos. Be prepared. These are NOT professional grade instructional videos. It's just a guy from Apex recording himself as he talks you through the installations. And they are not step by step "walk throughs." You'd better know how to field strip your M&P and you should know something about the mechanics of the gun from the trigger to the sear. If you can acquire a rudimentary knowledge of these parts, the videos will be easy to follow and allow you to install all three components in a couple of hours. (That included a few cold drinks, snacks, and bathroom breaks.)
That said, Apex has developed a great product, and I do not mean to short Randy Lee on his knowledge of the M&P in these videos. If you have a problem Apex has a help line you can call (at least that's what their site says.)
Bottom Line: I am very happy with the results of this kit. It was, on the whole, easy to install. It performs as promised, which is to say I LOVE this gun. I'm now ready to sell the remainder of what's in the closet: the HK USP .45, the HK P2000, the XD .45, and yes, even the Springfield Armory MilSpec 1911.
because I don't think I'll ever shoot anything other than the M&P!!!!!