The Apex Armorer’s Block is an awesome tool for those of us who work on polymer body pistols like the Glock family and the Smith and Wesson M&P on a regular basis, but if you’re using it without the Apex Armorer's Tray and Pin Punch, you’re missing out.
At first blush, Apex Armorer’s tray might seem a little gimmicky, I mean why not just drop the block on a mat or in a shallow box and get on with it? Well, guys, if you’ve ever heard the deafening ping of a pin hitting the workroom floor somewhere out of sight, you might want to reconsider. Even worse, if you do the box trick and catch the corner of it with a sleeve, the neighbors are probably going to hear what you have to say, and chances are they won’t be impressed when their youngest decides to add it to his vocabulary.
The Apex Armorer's Tray is designed to be the perfect mate to the Apex Armorer’s Block. They marry up perfectly and the tray is there to catch pins as they drop free of your pistol frame as you press them out with the Apex Pin Punch. Once in the tray, they don’t just roll around randomly waiting for a chance to escape. On the contrary, Apex has included a ring magnet to keep those small metallic parts safe in the tray where they belong.
As if that wasn’t enough to sell most of us, Apex added value to the Armorer’s Tray by creating a muzzle rest in the center of the tray so you can have a little extra insurance while working on back plates. You won’t mar the muzzle or your work surface when you rest it in the tray instead of trying to balance on the bench. The Apex Tray also includes raised features to capture tools like the included pin punch and Allen wrench. Apex really does bring more to the table with the addition of their Armorer’s Tray. Try it out, give yourself an edge.