During the military MHS (Modular Handgun System) competition to replace the U.S. Armed Forces service pistol. Beretta came out with its own striker fire pistol – the Beretta APX.
This pistol has been around since 2015, initially was only available to the military and law enforcement. By now you may have seen it at gun shows and is available to the public.
This Beretta APX is a full size service pistol with a 4.24 inch barrel. Competing for that coveted MHS service pistol is no joke. With all the modification that went into the design its no wonder the APX performed so well.
Before we get into the specs lets go over some features that makes this APX standout among other striker fire pistol. The stainless steel chassis design means that you can get different frame colors and sizes as well as different slides and barrels to create subcompact, compact, and full-sized versions of the pistol just by moving around the fire-control group, without any additional paperwork, 4473 forms, or transfers.
Currently, the APX is offered in 9mm and .40 S&W, the magazine capacity holds 17 rounds in 9mm and 15 rounds in .40 S&W.
–As a striker pistol, it fires in “double-action” only with a trigger safety, just like the Glock. Totally uncommon for Berettas.
–The gun weighs at 28.24 ouces unloaded – compared to other pistols in its class, the APX is evenly balanced and comfortable to handle.
–The full length slide serrations makes the slide manipulation easy under any conditions.
–The slide stop mag release button is ambidextrous which accommodates the right or left handed user.
–The polymer frame is available in black, OD Green, Wolf Grey and Flat Dark Earth.
–The APX’s trigger breaks at 6 pounds with a very short reset.
–Dual-coil recoil spring is a captured design, so it may look a little bazaar. So far most shooters haven’t run into issues after a thousand rounds. Beretta states the coil springs were design to last 20 thousand plus rounds before it needs replacement. First Impressions
This Beretta APX does stands out visually, similar to another lookalike Glock. Nobody will be mistaking that prominent boxy slide serrations and the entire pistol’s body of rounded curves and edges make the gun feel futuristic.
While its true how a gun feels has little or nothing to do with how it actually shoots, many that have shot the APX agree it feels good.
The sights were easy to pick up under rapid fire, which is a plus. These are three dots, big dot at the front with the two rear smaller dots.
As stated earlier the trigger break is about 6 pounds. The actual crisp break and an easy short reset is really great to know if you’re a Glock user. Some have said that the recoil is a little more than the Glock17.
The Down Side
The modular design on the APX is cool and exciting if you’re constantly looking to swap out frames and so forth. The concept is similar to the AR, where you can switch out your upppers. With that said, its not super simple to make the swap on the APX. You do have to follow Beretta instructions of sequences to do this. (You’ve been Warned)
Here’s a quick verbal description on the swap out:
Pistol needs to be field stripped.
Remove the takedown lever.
Simultaneously pry a small spring out of the way, push a pin through the frame and then depress the striker-deactivation button.
Once this has been done, the FCG (Fire Control Group) lifts out of the frame and is ready to be swapped into another. Once you’ve done this more than 5 times you’ll get it, but at first the steps will slow you down a bit.
Here’s the video on this.
Should you Get an APX?
Should you get a Beretta APX? The shooting results on this has been superb according to all shooters. If you’re ok with a little work in swapping out the slides and you don’t care that it looks like another futuristic Glock box. Why not add another to your collection.
Some photos are from Beretta, Guns&Ammo and GunsAmerica
The Beretta APX pistol is making its debut, and it’s sure to make inroads with military and police users around the globe. Yes, it is another striker fire type of pistol that Glock spearheaded into the market.
Here’s a sneak preview at the Beretta APX pistol, a modular polymer design that is making the competition stand up and notice. The commonalities that everyone needed in a pistol were:
Reliability and Durability
Designed by a gun maker who intimately understands the needs of elite military and police tactical units, the Beretta APX pistol has gone through over a million rounds of live fire testing – rigorous trials by military and police firearms experts who know their business has influenced the design and proven the concept.
This striker fire operated pistol will be available in a range of popular calibers and is specifically built to reduce felt-recoil and improved sight tracking will ensure experienced shooters get accurate rounds on target quickly; especially when a high volume of fire is needed.
April is coming fast, so keep your eyes out for this new gun from Beretta, and newest exciting edition to the polymer gun lineup.
Due out on Apr 15, 2017
Hi I’m Chappy with EAG Tactical. I’m here today to talk about the Beretta APX Pistol. Beretta designed a striker-fired pistol because of a need in the market. As you probably already know, the world over, professional users are switching or have switched to striker-fired pistols. The double-action, single-action platform for semiautomatic pistols is not dead by any stretch of the imagination, however the striker-fired pistol has taken over the professional user market. It’s not as important to be the first to market as it is to be the best on the market, and that was beretta’s philosophy when they began the development of this pistol. The APX striker-fired pistol project began as it should have, with extensive research into wat exactly end-users need. This research occured before any chips were cut, before any drawings were done, itentifying the features and performance that the gun had to have to fulfill a wide variety of missions.
The missions identified were the Armed Citizen CCW, the uniformed police officer, the tactical police officer, and the military. Knowing who the end users would be allowed Beretta to do directed, focused research on what users in each of those communities needed. This allowed the team to bring this research back, and then find areas of commonality. These commonalities boiled down to four things:
Reliability and durability, ergonomics, the trigger, and modularity.
In order to optimize the pistol, Beretta devised a dual-track testing protocol. The first track of testing is in the Labratory. It’s a very traditional gun-industry way to test a product, however as we all know as end users, what occurs in a lab is very isolated, and it doesn’t involve the input of actual end users at every stage of the development. So the second track was a way to test the product in the field. They did this through round robin sessions around the country with all levels of end users at every phase of the project. What this allowed for is no problems got buried. Hundreds of thousands of rounds got expended testing each variation of the gun. End users used the striker-fired pistol for a variety of reasons, all of them valid. First and foremost is consistency of trigger press. Having the same pressure and distance of travel, both for the trigger press and the trigger reset, allows professional users to train new people much quicker, it also allows for a much more rapid first-shot engagement, and follow-on shot engagements.
Striker-fired pistols also allow us to generally shoot a little bit faster. And while accuracy is paramount in a gunfight, accuracy is not everything. A balance between speed and accuracy is required. For five-hundred years, the company’s manufacturing capabilities have been fused with the understanding that people’s lives depend on the product. Not only was the end user involved deeply in every step of the development process, Beretta was able to bring to bear their worldwide technological capability in manufacturing. This unique combination of design and manufacturing capabilities is so important, because a robust, reliable, and accurate pistol is a lifeline for Beretta’s end users.