AEK Trigger - Aluminum or wait for Polymer?

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Old February 5th, 2013, 04:04 AM   #1
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AEK Trigger - Aluminum or wait for Polymer?

I'm looking to put the DCAEK kit and the AEK trigger into my M&P9. I hear Apex is coming out with a new Polymer trigger. Cost is not an issue to me. Which is better, Aluminum or Polymer?
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It's more of a french fry vs onion ring thing, rather than a "which is better". Only a select few have used the polymer model, so it's not likely you'll get much first hand experience there, but I can't find anything wrong with the aluminium trigger that came in my APEX FSS Trigger kit.

Speaking of which, why not just go all the way and install their best kit, since they'll cost about the same? The FSS Kit makes for a better trigger, much less takeup and overtravel than the AEK trigger.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 07:50 AM   #3
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It's more of a french fry vs onion ring thing, rather than a "which is better". Only a select few have used the polymer model, so it's not likely you'll get much first hand experience there, but I can't find anything wrong with the aluminium trigger that came in my APEX FSS Trigger kit.

Speaking of which, why not just go all the way and install their best kit, since they'll cost about the same? The FSS Kit makes for a better trigger, much less takeup and overtravel than the AEK trigger.
Is this what you purchased/installed on your gun?

https://apextactical.com/store/produ...php?pid54.html
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Old February 5th, 2013, 04:48 PM   #4
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I'm looking to put the DCAEK kit and the AEK trigger into my M&P9. I hear Apex is coming out with a new Polymer trigger. Cost is not an issue to me. Which is better, Aluminum or Polymer?
I have experience with the aluminum

I have 2 installed ,,they work great ..I was not willing to wait
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Umm so which one would be good for an occasional carry gun?
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Umm so which one would be good for an occasional carry gun?
Since the polymer model is not even available yet, you don't need to make that decision. I have a couple M&P full size frames with the Aluminium FSS triggers installed. Quite a few with the DCAEK, and a couple really sweet APEX enhanced Shields (one with some FSS Trigger parts in it).
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Since the polymer model is not even available yet, you don't need to make that decision. I have a couple M&P full size frames with the Aluminium FSS triggers installed. Quite a few with the DCAEK, and a couple really sweet APEX enhanced Shields (one with some FSS Trigger parts in it).
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I meant between the FSST and the AEK.
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Is this what you purchased/installed on your gun?

https://apextactical.com/store/produ...php?pid54.html
I took that photograph, so the FSS trigger kit in that picture is the one that's in my main carry frame.
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AEK Trigger - Aluminum or wait for Polymer?

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I'm looking to put the DCAEK kit and the AEK trigger into my M&P9. I hear Apex is coming out with a new Polymer trigger. Cost is not an issue to me. Which is better, Aluminum or Polymer?
I have both the dcaek and the aek trigger in my mp40 fs and mp40c and the dcaek in my shield and for me head mods made a great gun an excellent gun.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 12:49 AM   #11
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I just installed the aluminum AEK trigger on my full size 9mm with the DCAEK. I really really like the feeling of the trigger. It's still got some take up, but nothing compared to the stock trigger. I'm happy I also put a thumb safety on this gun with the relatively short trigger. Unless someone can tell me a qualitative reason, I don't see any reason to wait for the polymer trigger, and I'd tend to think the aluminum one would be better in everything, except perhaps, cost.

The AEK is probably going to go on my compact as well, along with a thumb safety (common manual of arms is pretty important to me, as is having an extra level of safety with a short, relatively light, trigger).
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 01:48 PM   #12
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I just installed the aluminum AEK trigger on my full size 9mm with the DCAEK. I really really like the feeling of the trigger. It's still got some take up, but nothing compared to the stock trigger. I'm happy I also put a thumb safety on this gun with the relatively short trigger. Unless someone can tell me a qualitative reason, I don't see any reason to wait for the polymer trigger, and I'd tend to think the aluminum one would be better in everything, except perhaps, cost.

The AEK is probably going to go on my compact as well, along with a thumb safety (common manual of arms is pretty important to me, as is having an extra level of safety with a short, relatively light, trigger).
Just to be clear, will I notice an improvement by adding the AEK to a FS9 that already has the DCAEK + RAM installed?
I never had a gritty trigger but the DCAEK + RAM absolutely improved the trigger break by virtually eliminating front sight disruption and shortened the reset.
I'm just trying to determine the benefit to swapping the actual trigger to the AEK.
Thanks~
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Just to be clear, will I notice an improvement by adding the AEK to a FS9 that already has the DCAEK + RAM installed?
I never had a gritty trigger but the DCAEK + RAM absolutely improved the trigger break by virtually eliminating front sight disruption and shortened the reset.
I'm just trying to determine the benefit to swapping the actual trigger to the AEK.
Thanks~
While I can't say anything about the RAM (I've never handled an M&P with the RAM installed), I can directly compare two brand new M&P9's with DCAEK's installed; one with the AEK and the other without.

With the AEK, the takeup is shortened by quite a bit, and reset seems to be just a little bit longer, but more positive.

Without the AEK, the takeup is a bit longer, but reset seems to be just a little bit shorter.

Subjectively, I like the feel of the AEK better than stock. It feels more solid, and I like that the trigger safety is a pivoting lever inside the trigger, rather than a trigger that articulates on a hinge in the middle. I admit, it's very subjective, but I like the feel of a solid trigger that is not hinged in the middle. I just picked up another AEK trigger to install on one of my three that don't have it yet. I feel this is an upgrade I'll be making to all of them as I'm able to.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 05:14 PM   #14
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Excellent info. Thanks very much.
At the very least, I'd also feel better about a solid trigger. If I reduce some take-up and/or gain some reset then that'll be great.
I'm gonna go ahead and order one.
Thanks again.
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Yeah man I just installed the aluminum trigger and it is the whip!!! Took all but a very slight amount of the extra travel away, the grittiness is all but gone and there is zero side to side sloppiness that was present with the stock trigger... Solid product that you will love, I also installed the DCAEK at the same time......
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