We love our Glocks here at SGPT. Their ease of use, modularity, proven dependability, and lightweight to capacity ratio lends itself to liking them – whether you’re an avid shooter or first time pistol buyer. They are simple to maintain, and have a decent stock trigger. Pictured left are a stock trigger system removed, a GOT (Glock Operator tool) and a Glock 19 Gen 4 with a Kineti-tech trigger system installed.
If you want to augment that Glock trigger, you have some options. From a competitive standpoint, there are many options, but if you’re carrying a weapon for self defense, a super light trigger like an Apex might not be the best bet. Kineti-tech saw this, and came out with an outstanding flat-face trigger known as a CCW option. For compact and subcompact weapons – like a Glock 26 and Glock 19, it’s a great option to give you a crisp trigger with minimal travel and a stellar reset.
I installed and tested the trigger on my Glock 19, and absolutely love it. The flat face trigger reminds of a 1911 trigger, insofar that a 1911 you pull straight back when most triggers, including the stock Glock have a curve. I find that this straight pull allows me to keep my front sight on target, and mitigates my need to mentally remind myself “pull straight back” or “only move your trigger finger.” This makes dry fire drills aiming at a small target seem easy when they used to be mentally taxing.
Now to the specs: The Kineti-tech trigger has roughly 2mm less travel than a stock Glock trigger. The pull also feels much lighter, around 3lbs and change – similar to when you put a ghost trigger bar into a stock Glock. However, unlike adding that ghost bar – the pull is straight back. There is a moderate amount of trigger travel before you hit the wall, and less than a millimeter of takeup before the trigger fires. It’s still less travel than a stock setup.
Then this is where things get very nice – the reset. Once the trigger is depressed and a round fired – there is roughly a 1.5-2mm reset. Once the trigger resets there is virtually no creep before a round fires. You can ride the trigger and barely move to hit a good reset. This is outstanding for CCW, as you can keep your sights on target with the flat face, and minimize the things that impede your accuracy – like not pulling straight back, too much or too little finger, dipping your sight post in anticipation, etc.
Even without being warmed up, I noted much better accuracy and groupings with quick double taps from concealment. As you can see in the target pictured left, my groups are tight, especially for quick double taps, and again, I wasn’t even warmed up. This, in fact, was my first time firing this trigger, the groups have closed up since. This was with 10 rounds of Aguila 9mm +P, and as you can see, there are only 7 holes. I managed to put rounds in the same hole at 7 yards, coming from concealment to presentation and firing two rounds quick at center mass – simulating a CCW situation. Obviously, the trigger performs well in it’s intended role of being a CCW trigger. However, I will be using this setup in IDPA matches where I compete concealment style, not competition style.
Overall, it’s a fine trigger that is very easy to install. All you need is a punch or GOT, a hammer, and a few minutes to swap out your entire fire control group. If you’ve never removed the trigger pins from your Glock, especially if you have a few thousand rounds through it, you might need to give it a good cleaning and a solid whack with a punch to get the pins unseated. All in though, around $100 for a whole new fire control group that is good to go.
Update December 2017: I’ve used this trigger plenty in this pistol, from matches to concealed carry, and I really dig it. It’s a little mushy compared to my Overwatch Precision – meaning the break isn’t as crisp, but still crisp. It, however, is nowhere near as crisp as the Shadow Systems trigger in their COPS pistol. However, it’s a full drop in, with a new flat face trigger, transfer bar, connector, and fire control group. Overall, love it, it’s easy to install and is great for an IDPA application. It’s not like a race trigger, but a solid, flat face trigger that can be loaded out for CCW or competitive applications.
Pros, what we like: Easy to install upgrade from a stock trigger that lends itself to quick and accurate shots. Minimal creep and a crisp break, with a fantastic reset. The flat face trigger also keeps my front sight where I need it. You also have several trigger shoe options and they will even polish the internals for you!
Cons, what we don’t like: Nada, all Glocks should come with this trigger… You hear that Glock Inc?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Castiglione lives in Atlanta, and is an avid outdoorsman and competitive shooter.
Where-abouts include getting after it in his garage gym, practicing martial arts, hitting the trails, or running CrossFit and Strongman competitions for his non-profit, Barbells for Bullies, which holds fundraiser fitness competitions dedicated to aiding Bully breed rescues, dog rescues, or other non-profits with similar missions.