A friend sent me a direct link to the VOGEL trigger page on glocktriggers.com. Polished OEM parts, a 3.5-lb. connector, three different weights of firing pin springs, and more — and it's still legal for the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) division in IDPA competition. I figured a carry gun that doesn't go outside the "stock service" division of a well-established defensive pistol organization could blunt a prosecutor's claim that I'm a trigger-happy gun nut in the God-forbid event that I have to use the thing to defend myself and end up in court. Then I saw the words: "FOR COMPETITION USE ONLY."
I went up to the main page, and it turns out that glocktriggers.com has three categories of triggers: Carry, Competition and Tactical. So I looked through the Carry section and found the SKIMMER. First, I went and found where it said "For Carry Use." Then I read about the trigger.
The most attractive feature for me is the reduced pre-travel. The grip on my G19 Gen 4 without one of the backstraps on it is a good fit, but I tend to push my hand up high enough that I get a little slide bite.
When I install the medium backstrap with the beavertail, I no longer get grooves in my hand, but it's enough of a reach to the trigger that sometimes my finger slides a little on the trigger as I press it to the rear. So having a trigger that's easier to reach is appealing. And all the other features are nice too.
I did do a little research to make sure I'd be able to compete with it in some venue or other, and this trigger is legal for the Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) division in IDPA. So I ordered the thing.
It comes in a little tube with a couple of bags of parts. YouTube is my friend, and it was easy to find videos of people installing Glock triggers, even this exact trigger. I looked a little harder and found a good one.
Seeing as a Glock is pretty much a LEGO set for grownups, the installation was pretty straightforward. The only difficult bit was the two half-cups that go on the firing pin spring, and that's only because the parts are so small that they would get lost in my fingertips.
Once done, I noticed the difference immediately. The trigger's a little lighter, a lot smoother, very crisp and — best of all — easier to reach. My trigger finger doesn't slide on this trigger at all. In fact, it feels like it's glued in place.
The description on the website claims that it performs like a stock 1911 trigger. Note the word "stock." I actually got to fire this and a stock 1911 on the same day. The SKIMMER was a touch smoother — it is highly polished, after all — and it broke with about the same pressure (according to my calibrated trigger finger). But it is still a trigger that pivots, and a 1911 trigger still travels straight back. But all in all, I'd say they lived up to their claim. Remember the word "stock."
This trigger isn't cheap. To me, it was money well spent, and it was a project that even I could accomplish, which is saying something.