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Old June 4th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #1
 
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i installed the apex j-frame upgrade in my s&w 637-2 today and am quite pleased with the results. trigger pull is easily lowered by 3 pounds, and it took all of 15 minutes to install. i was a little wary at first, as i never worked on a revolver before, but since the apex DCAEK and RAM were such easy upgrades, and the uTube videos are so helpful, i took the plunge.



starting out, with a few hand tools.



grip and side panel removal.



hammer and slide removed, ready for upgrades. i'll add that if i were to do another j-frame upgrade, i'd invest in the smith & wesson rebound slide spring tool (brownells has them for about $20.00). that was the only troublesome part of the disassembly process. working that slide loose with just a flatblade took several attempts, and i began to become concerned that i was going to break, scratch, or bend something. but persistence paid off, and it finally came loose.



new parts in, and reassembly in process.



side panel back on, and function test successful.



back together again. can't wait to try it out at the range.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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Looks nice. I didn't know they had wheelgun parts.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 04:36 PM   #3
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i installed the apex j-frame upgrade in my s&w 637-2 today and am quite pleased with the results. trigger pull is easily lowered by 3 pounds, and it took all of 15 minutes to install. i was a little wary at first, as i never worked on a revolver before, but since the apex DCAEK and RAM were such easy upgrades, and the uTube videos are so helpful, i took the plunge..


Very cool! Thanks for the update and the blow by blow. I'm thinking about putting one of these in my 642. Doesn't sound overly complicated and may be just the deal for my BUG.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 11:26 AM   #4
 
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just got back from the range. the apex kit is a definite improvement.
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Old June 13th, 2011, 04:43 AM   #5
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I have watched the Apex video and it looked fairly easy provide you have the right tools. What do you think your trigger weight is now with the change? Do you have experience with gunsmithing, or in your opinion can anyone do this job without issue. Did you run into issues the video or instructions did not cover? I am curious, also I need to cure this 12 pound trigger...





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Old June 14th, 2011, 10:39 AM   #6
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I hope to pick-up one of these kits next month for my 642. I've seen Flork's videos on installation and it does seem pretty straightforward.
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Old July 30th, 2011, 12:49 PM   #7
 
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I put the Apex kit in my 442 and it made a big difference. I have no way to measure the trigger pull but it is definitely lighter. I am not a gunsmith but I have detail stripped my Sigs, Glocks and XDs and found the install to be easy. I had never taken a revolver apart so a few days before I received the kit I watched Flork's video and it was very helpful.



I have a rebound slide tool but found the slot end of the tool was too large to fit in to the end of the rebound slide spring so I ended up using a small screwdriver. The rebound slide spring in the kit is lighter than the factory spring so compressing the spring to install it was not difficult.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 09:11 AM   #8
 
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I have watched the Apex video and it looked fairly easy provide you have the right tools. What do you think your trigger weight is now with the change? Do you have experience with gunsmithing, or in your opinion can anyone do this job without issue. Did you run into issues the video or instructions did not cover? I am curious, also I need to cure this 12 pound trigger...





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i was able to perform the upgrade without any special tools - just the ones you see in the pictures. though as i said, if i did it again, i'd get one of those rebound slide spring tools. i'd guess the kit reduced the trigger pull by a few pounds. it was a significant and noticeable difference, which improved accuracy, but wasn't so drastic that i felt uncomfortable carrying it afterwards.



as far as my experience is concerned, i've always cleaned my own guns, but before i did the m&p9c apex upgrades, i'd never done any gun smithing work - if you can either of those mods "gun smithing". i've always been pretty handy - my dad was a mechanical engineer, and for some reason, i always had an interest, and he enjoyed accommodating that. i used to help him maintain the family cars. not very lady like, but i've always been a tom boy. i found the kit installation fairly easy overall, but i do have a pretty strong background with hand tools. i can imagine that for someone who doesn't, they may run into some issues.



the videos were extremely thorough. they covered the entire process completely. since i'm not nearly as comfortable with the innards of a revolver, compared to a semi-auto, i did have to go back to watch a few sections of the video during the process, but there were no surprises.



as far as i'm concerned, my previous 12 pound trigger issue is now cured.
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I just put one of these kits in my 442....... Super easy install.

While I had it apart, i honed the bottom and side flats of the rebound slide.

I tried it with just the kit, and then after honing and the honing DEFINANTLY made the trigger pull smoother.



This is a great kit!



Gonna get one for my wifes gun
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i just upgraded my model 60. another striking improvement.



by the way, i was told that the brownell's rebound slide spring tool would not fit the "j" frames, so i opted for the one available at midway as a magnetic tip, shown below. worked great, and about 1/4 the price.



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