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Old August 2nd, 2016, 04:37 PM   #1
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Is it true that the new M&P's have a better out of the box trigger than they did originally?

I have a Shield, and I am getting ready to buy a 9C. I have been reading a lot of reviews, seems like the biggest complaint is the triggers. However, most of those reviews are years old. Seems like I read once that they are better now.
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Too me I am happy with the triggers in my two shields (40&45).
I am by no means a trigger guru however.



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Is it true that the new M&P's have a better out of the box trigger than they did originally?

I have a Shield, and I am getting ready to buy a 9C. I have been reading a lot of reviews, seems like the biggest complaint is the triggers. However, most of those reviews are years old. Seems like I read once that they are better now.
My 9c is just a month old and the trigger is fine. I will go as far as to say it is very good. Could it be better, sure and if that was what you wanted I could mess with it. It is not a competition gun though. If it were no matter who made it you would probably tweak it to your own satisfaction.

Great gun out of the box, you can't go wrong. For a carry gun and self defense it checks all the boxes for me. Dependability, comfort, concealment and capacity, its all there.

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I picked up and dry fired a couple M&P Pros in 9 and a mid 45 several months ago. At that time, the guns I handled did not have great triggers. Were they better than the old stock ones, maybe.

I have APEX kits in all my M&P's, so my trigger perception may be skewed.

Even the stock triggers smooth up after use, dry fire or live fire.
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I believe the M&P's got a new trigger sometime in 2013. If the gun you are looking at purchasing is in the later part of 2013 up till now, it should have the newer trigger. The newer trigger has a more tactical reset. Not sure if it is the exact same as the shield though. I have a newer M&P9c and I did not change the factory trigger. For concealed carry it is fine. Not the best trigger but not the worst either (and definitely better than the older M&P triggers).
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 08:14 AM   #6
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My 9C had one of the grittiest triggers I'd ever felt (out of the box). I didn't even waste time polishing anything. Upon inspection I decided it wasn't worth the break in time to later decide it still needed a good trigger, so upgraded right away to an APEX competition kit and am very happy now with the trigger.
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 05:32 PM   #7
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S&W put an upgraded sear in the Shield when it came out in 2012. Some time in 2013 as Zredwire said, they began to put the Shield sear into all the M&P's in the line. So, to answer your question OP, the triggers are better now. Hope this helps!
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 06:17 PM   #8
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...and for clarification my FDE model 9C was purchased only this year...GRITTY

I know I was spoiled by the trigger jobs I did on my Glocks, and also by my M&P Pro but I was sadly dissapointed when I had to upgrade a new 9C
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...and for clarification my FDE model 9C was purchased only this year...GRITTY

I know I was spoiled by the trigger jobs I did on my Glocks, and also by my M&P Pro but I was sadly dissapointed when I had to upgrade a new 9C
One of the more well known reviewers on youtube said he has a number of M&P's.

His only knock was the triggers were not consistent from one gun to the next. While interesting this is not a deal breaker, they are really nice guns and as I said in my other post check all the boxes for ccw. Changing out the trigger with an Apex is no big deal if one is not happy.

Heck, I bought a new truck and in the first week changed the factory tires, it drove like sh!t on the highway. Almost everything you buy can be like that in one way or another. I try to be objective and see the overall picture.
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Trigger is fine but could use improvement.

Apex trigger or polish the trigger parts, this is where the gritty feel comes from, that I'm guessing why they aren't consistent from one gun to the next.
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My Sept 2015 Shield 9 trigger was great box stock, and has gotten even better after break-in. Being a carry pistol, I would not think of modifying it.
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Old August 4th, 2016, 03:54 PM   #12
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Trigger is fine but could use improvement.

Apex trigger or polish the trigger parts, this is where the gritty feel comes from, that I'm guessing why they aren't consistent from one gun to the next.
This was the guy I was referring to. Good review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHYmhD8Yisw
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My M&P40C is about 3 years old & M&P40 was bought used from a police trade-in & is about 6 years old. There's a fairly big difference in trigger smoothness. I polished the trigger bars on both & noticed considerable difference in reduced trigger grittiness. Both measure 6 1/2, slightly +/- pound pull but averaging right at the advertised 6 1/2.

The FS has about 3000 rounds through it & the compact has about about 1000.

I'm not a trigger snob but there probably isn't a gun that couldn't use trigger improvement. From all I hear APEX makes some great trigger kits. For duty or defensive carry most stock triggers are just fine. For competitive shooting I'd go for the most improvement that I can get.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 10:05 AM   #14
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MY 9C is about a year old , it has the "H" frame so I'm guessing it has all of the newer parts etc.
In Mass S&W "new" guns has 10 pound trigger pulls, so It's really difficult to judge one new.
I have a shield 9 as well and that trigger was horrible out of the box. My gunsmith did both of
them and now they have good triggers, the shield is very good , nice loud audible reset, the 9C now
has a very short take up and I 5 pound pull, but the reset although much shorter now is still
not the nice loud "click" you get with the shield.
I have an Springfield XDM 3.8 .45 that I bought FTF in a private sale and I have to say the trigger on that
destroys any S&W M&P trigger I've ever pulled. Those are not "Massified" I'd like to try a 9C from
outside of Mass and see if the triggers are any better.
I'd also like to try the XDM in a 9.
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Old August 31st, 2016, 06:43 PM   #15
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I have a newer Shield and to me, after having an Apex in my full size M&P the trigger in the Shield felt like doo doo.
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