Review: Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger for Springfield Hellcat

By Richard Johnson
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Review: Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger for Springfield Hellcat

June 19th, 2023

6 minute read

As a proud owner of the Springfield Hellcat, I’ve found it to be an excellent choice for concealed carry. However, like many of you, I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my firearm’s performance and make my shooting experience even better. That’s when I stumbled upon the Apex Tactical Specialties Action Enhancement Trigger — an accessory that promises not only to enhance the overall feel and function of your Hellcat, but also maintain the pistol’s safety features.

apex tactical action enhancement trigger for springfield hellact
The Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger for Springfield Armory’s Hellcat pistol offers an interesting enhancement for this very popular CCW 9mm.

Naturally, I was intrigued and wanted to give this optional part a try. In this review, I’ll cover why you might want to check out the Apex Trigger for the Springfield Armory Hellcat. I’ll also give you the high points on installing the trigger system for yourself.

Why Replace?

Up front, let me state that I like the Hellcat. Prior to the introduction of the Pro models, I carried the Hellcat almost exclusively since its introduction. I now carry the Hellcat Pro most of the time and continue to carry the original Hellcat when I need something even more compact.

apex tactical action enhancement trigger for the hellcat
The Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger kit comes with everything you need to swap out the factory trigger on the Hellcat.

While my original Hellcat had a great trigger on it, I was intrigued by the Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger. I’ll admit it, I love to tinker with my guns. Also, it offered a number of intriguing features, including:

  • All parts you need (trigger, sear spring, striker spring)
  • A reduced trigger pull weight that remained in the 5- to 5.5-lb. range, good for self-defense
  • Notable smoothness in pull and a quick reset
  • A clean break
  • Conformity to Springfield Armory-designed safety parameters

According to the company, the trigger system passed a rigorous drop-testing protocol to ensure that there were no safety issues introduced. High-speed cameras were used by Apex to analyze the data, and all showed the same thing: the new trigger system was drop safe.

apex tactical trigger upgrade kit parts
The Apex Tactical trigger kit is relatively simple. However, you should take your time when installing them to ensure nothing is lost, damaged or overlooked.

One of the keys for me is that the Apex trigger maintains the safe operation of the pistol and keeps it within accepted defensive pull weight measurements. Assuming it did that, the smoothness and fast reset were appealing enough to me to install the Apex upgrade.

Installation Process

Before getting started, I urge caution in the installation process. Although the installation is relatively easy, it does require close attention to detail. If you have any doubts about your abilities — or patience — I recommend seeking the help of a professional gunsmith to handle the installation. The cost of their expertise is far less than the consequences of a damaged gun.

detailed strip of the springfield hellcat
The Springfield Armory Hellcat has relatively few parts. However, several are small and easy to lose. Use a tray or mat to keep them organized so reassembly goes smoothly.

To begin, gather all necessary tools including pin punches, gunsmithing hammers and masking tape. I typically use blue painter’s tape as it leaves no residue on the gun and the blue color is clearly identifiable. 

Apex Tactical Specialties provides an excellent video tutorial shown below to help you through the installation process step by step.

I will not recreate the individual steps in Apex’s installation video. Instead, I offer a few tips I discovered that might make the Apex trigger installation a little easier:

  • I found working in a well-lit area to be very helpful. I have a large self-healing cutting mat I use for handgun projects. This allows me to sit at my desk with plenty of room for my tools and to spread out the Apex kit parts. 
  • When removing pins or disassembling components of your Hellcat pistol, be cautious not to lose any small pieces (like the sear spring) that may come loose during this process. My mat has a grid pattern which allows me to keep parts organized. Some gunsmithing-specific mats have built-in organizational trays to help you from losing a spring or pin.
  • A light application of grease on the trigger bar worked very well for me, while keeping the gun within factory safety parameters. 

Testing on the Range

After successfully installing the Action Enhancement Trigger from Apex Tactical Specialties in my Springfield Hellcat OSP 9mm, I was immediately impressed with the results. I practiced dry-firing the handgun to get a feel for the new trigger pull and was eager to see how my firearm performed on the range.

testing the apex trigger in the hellcat at the shooting range
After installation, the author confirmed the operation with dry firing, measured the pull weight and then headed to the shooting range to put rounds downrange.

After any gun modification, you should hit the range and test the firearm to ensure everything works properly. This is especially true for anything that modifies the firing system. So, I loaded up with a bunch of factory 9mm ammo and headed to the local indoor range where I do quite a bit of shooting.

I started with slow-fire drills at close range. My goal here was simply to ensure the reliability of the new system. I used U.S.-manufactured commercial ammunition and military/foreign ammo with harder primers. Everything functioned just as it should, with the striker spring delivering enough force to ignite even the military primers.

I ran through some rapid-fire timed drills followed by longer-range slow fire. The Apex trigger worked well and felt great, and my groups were tight on the target. It was a real treat to get such a good-feeling trigger on a micro-compact pistol like the Hellcat. 

apex trigger working perfectly in a springfield hellcat
As with anything you change on a firearm, you should spend time with it on the range to ensure it goes “bang” when you want it to.

After my initial range trip, I measured the trigger pull at 5 lbs., 6 oz., putting it in the promised range of 5–5.5 lbs. Since then, I’ve run about 500 more rounds through the gun (both duty and practice loads). The trigger pull lightened by an additional ounce to 5 lbs., 5 oz. For me, this is right in the sweet range for defensive use.

Final Thoughts

The Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger transformed my Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP pistol from a great pistol to one that is even better. For me, the upgraded trigger significantly improves the overall shooting experience while keeping everything drop-safe and with a pull weight reasonable for defensive use. From its smooth take-up and crisp break to its clean reset, the trigger feel is very good and helps me to shoot with greater accuracy. 

apex tactical trigger installed in a hellcat pistol
In the final review, the Apex Tactical trigger kit was easy to install, offered a great feel and kept the gun 100% reliable.

As aftermarket parts go, it may not be the quickest install, but it’s a straightforward process that is as close to “drop-in” as one might hope for on a polymer-framed pistol. Any competent local gunsmith can perform the installation for you, and I suspect many of you reading this can handle the upgrade with little difficulty. Again, consult a gunsmith if you are not up to the task.

I highly recommend giving the Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger a try. It’s easy to install, maintains all safety features of your firearm and enhances your shooting experience — all without any compromise I could find. In my opinion, it’s an investment that pays off in both appealing performance and increased confidence as a shooter.

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Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Having made many odd choices in his youth, Richard was left with two career choices: aerospace engineer or cop. After failing his second year of chemistry, Richard pursued a law enforcement career where understanding covalent bonds was not a requirement for success. Along the way, Richard discovered a passion for writing. Consequently, he hung up his uniform and now publishes where he reviews firearms and other shooting gear to feed his frequently annoyed family.

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