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Beretta Unveils APX Full-Size Striker-Fired Pistol

Beretta's first full-sized striker fired pistol

Beretta’s APX, a new striker-fired full-size pistol in 9x19mm, 9x21mm IMI and .40 Smith & Wesson calibers, debuted at the 2015 International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) expo in Abu Dhabi Feb. 22.

“IDEX is one of the first venues where defense contractors present their wares to worldwide military customers and Beretta felt this was the ideal environment to present the international offering of its APX pistol,” said Carlo Ferlito, general manager of Beretta and Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) vice president.

Beretta intends to market a variant for the commercial market later this year. The new Beretta APX has an ergonomically-molded reinforced polymer frame fitted with a built-in MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail, interchangeable backstraps and grip panels, and a modified Browning locking system. The APX is 7.56 inches long overall with a 4.25-inch barrel.

Beretta's first full-sized striker fired pistol
Introduced for the international military markets, a civilian version is expected out later this year, according to Beretta. Photo courtesy of Beretta.

The trigger can be considered a light double action, with a 6-pound break, 0.2 inch of travel, and a 0.12-inch reset. The rear portion of the striker slightly protrudes from a round slot on the back of the slide as a loaded-chamber indicator.

The slide is machined from stainless steel and has a nitride coating that reduces glare, scratches, and corrosion. Other features include wide front and rear slide serrations, three-dot sights dovetailed into the slide, and no manual safety save for a GLOCK-style trigger safety.

Ferlito said, “Beretta waited to enter the striker-fired market until we had a pistol we knew would meet the needs of the operator. The APX has been more than three years in development. We tested it extensively with professional end users and incorporated that feedback at every opportunity. The result is a pistol platform that delivers superior performance in durability, reliability, accuracy and ergonomics.”

A reversible magazine-release catch (bottom arrow) and a factory ambidextrous slide stop/hold open release lever (top arrow) help make the pistol suitable for left- or right-handed shooters. Photo courtesy of Beretta
A reversible magazine-release catch (bottom arrow) and a factory ambidextrous slide stop/hold open release lever (top arrow) help make the pistol suitable for left- or right-handed shooters. Photo courtesy of Beretta

A slot on the frame allows the use of a tool to decock it before it can be fieldstripped by operating a lever found on the left side of the frame.

An optional manual safety system will be available upon request, consisting of a frame-mounted two-position switch. A reversible magazine-release catch and a factory ambidextrous slide stop/hold open release lever help make the pistol suitable for left- or right-handed shooters.

Supplied black double-stack metal magazines have polymer bottom pads and offer 17-round capacities in 9x19mm NATO and 15-round capacities in 9x19mm IMI (9 Italian) and .40 Smith & Wesson.

What do you think about Beretta’s striker-fired pistol? When it’s available in the U.S., will you buy one? Tell us why or why not in the comment section.

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Comments (41)

  1. This is my 5th Beretta I own…I am very pleased with the range time so far. I’ve put 500 rounds plus down range without any misfires. I’m planning on changing the sights to the Trijicon HD Nights sights with Orange outline front sight. I have these on two other of my Brerettas. Other than than that, the APX is one of two of my EDCs…my other is the Beretta PX4 Storm Inox .40 S&W

  2. Any idea when it will be available in USA? Without manual safety, of course.
    Want a 9mm in black…

  3. To be honest, I think Beretta is a little late to the party. If I want to buy a revolutionary polymer handgun other than a glock, I will buy another steyr S-A1-9. Pretty much zero muzzle flip, trapezoidal sights, low bore axis, my 100lb wife can rock that gun all day accurately. It’s designed so well that recoil is straight back and the slide is machined tight and half the height of a glock or any other slide. Absolutely beautiful piece of art. Go check one out if you haven’t yet.

  4. I think it looks like what the offspring between a Glock & ole Mick Jagger might look like. It might work ok.. but looks awkward & butt ugly. Seems all the handgun companies want to copy Glock, but they never quiet get the job done as well.

  5. About two years ago I was joking with a friend and said, “I wonder what a Glock would look like if Beretta had designed it”? Well, here it is in the APX. Buy one? Sure! I own two Glocks; but, I’m a lover of Beretta design.

  6. I like having both safeties. My FNS9 has a external safety and a trigger interlock. I have limited use of my hands and I have to use both hands to get the external safety off. Same with cambering a round. No kids in my house so i feel secure leaving it cocked beside my bed. I have a strong grip I just can’t move thumb up enough to disengage the safety.

  7. Interesting? Yes. Buy one? Probably not. It’s not that it’s not tempting but they’re late to market with SIGNIFICANT competition; H&K VP9, Sig P320, Walther PPQ (all really hard to tell apart), CZ P-07/09 all joining the long established Glock 19, S&W M&P line, Springfileld XD or XDM line One would be hard pressed to see anything “game changing” or strongly persuasive in what is, in essence, a “me,too” gun.

  8. I like the looks and the action , I never liked to fumble with a manual safety. I have a 9mm Glock and a 40 Sig. Love them , the wife has a .380 Beretta and likes it as well.

  9. If this is Beretta’s attempt to recover from the decline of the M9 and the rejection of the M9A3 by the Army, then they missed the target by not offering a .45ACP version.

  10. I pretty much have it all in the way of handguns, but I have to say I enjoy the new offering that keep coming out, new ideas are a good thing, and I look forward to them all, yes my SA 1911 TRP is a tack shooter but a lot of my guns are, the Walther PPQ in the m1 or m2 model are the finest in trigger pull, IMHO, AND BEING A LEFTY I APPRECIATE , their design , the fit and feel is over the top, accuracy and reliability has been fantastic, so again keep the new models coming, and if you like the old models buy them before they disappear…

  11. I own every pistol and rifle Beretta makes, some duplicated. I love, yes love my Wilson modified 92FS. I hope they sell it in all 3 versions in the US as I like the added power of 9×21.

  12. I didn’t see a MSRP but being a Beretta, I can imagine it will cost 2X as much as a Glock. And why spend that kind of money when you can buy the “Real-Thing” for probably half the price?
    Sorry but…GLOCKS ROCK!!

  13. it won’t happen just trying to put your gun in your holster. like the video of a off duty police officer in the elevator shooting himself in the gut.

    or the woman shot dead by her 2 or 3 year old playing n her purse.

  14. This looks like a decent pistol. I am a big Glock fan and a big .40 cal fan. It is just a much better round than the 9mm. As far as the safety issue, learn the weapon BEFORE you carry it. So what if it doesn’t have a manual safety…several other pistols don’t.

    1. It is big deal. police are well trained on firearm safety and still shot themselves.

      just inserting your firearm in to a holster can set these types of firearms off.any little thing that gets snagged on the trigger will set them off.
      this is a huge design flaw in these types of weapons.

      With a external manual safety, these types of accidents don’t happen when you use the safety. I also look for other states like California to ban weapons with out external safeties for such reasons.

    2. I am going to be a little more polite than you were. I am a retired LEO and LE pistol instructor. Guess how many CONFIRMED accidental discharges have occurred with Glocks “snagging” on something? How many? ZERO! I carry a pistol for a living. Let me say that again; I carry a pistol EACH AND EVERY DAY for a living. I carry a Glock. I have carried revolvers, 1911’s, HK USP’s and others and NO AD from any of them! In other words, I KNOW what i am talking about. Glocks have been sold since 1986 and are carried by 65-70% of the cops in the US to include the FBI. The most popular line of pistols next to the Glocks, for officers that have to buy their own weapons is the Springfield XD series…very similar trigger. It’s clear that you don’t like Glocks or anything similar to Glocks and that’s fine. But what’s not fine is for you to trash a design simply because YOU don’t like it. TRAINING, TRAINING, TRAINING!

    3. “These types of accidents don’t happen when you use the safety.”

      So your argument in favor of a manual safety on pistols is that negligent discharges won’t happen if the pistol is handled correctly. Quite unsurprisingly, the same is also true of pistols without a manual safety.

    4. Adam, kudos for using the proper term of negligent discharge. I have dealt with so-called “gun people” arguing with me that pistols like Glocks and Springfields trash and worse. Pistols of this type are used by most police departments with excellent records; but like any serious piece of equipment, proper training is a must. The old style double action autos like the 39/59/3900/5900 series Smiths and others were ok. The Glocks and M&P’s are better in every way. I am surprised that the Sigs weren’t brought up…they have no safety either.

    5. You are so wrong! If you are holstering your weapon with your finger off of the trigger as it should be, there is nothing to set the weapon off. Unless of course the owner has made modifications to the weapon that defeat the built in safety features of the weapon. Of course then it is natural selection at work when the owner shoots their self accidentally. I have a Beretta Nano that has a “safe action” style trigger as the only safety mechanism on the weapon. However, the trigger pull is so heavy that it takes concentration at the range to fire decent groups. The trigger pull is heavier than the force needed to unholster the weapon from an IWB holster. Police officers that shoot themselves accidentally do so from complacency not from a lack of training or a physical safety on a weapon.

    6. You know Kevinhunt, you’re right, facts are facts so lets look at some:

      FACT:
      Glocks are carried by approximately 70% of all police departments and that number is not getting smaller. You assertion that departments are dropping Glocks for SIG’s and Berettas is a total falsehood. The only pistol that has giving any challenge to the Glock is the Smith and Wesson M&P; a pistol VERY SIMILAR to the Glock.

      FACT:
      There is not ONE SINGLE DOCUMENTED CASE of a Glock firing when being holstered. Not one…NOT ONE!!! YouTube videos are NOT EVIDENCE! But, yet you are using this as evidence. Not a single department carrying Glocks have reported a single case of a Glock firing when holstered. Get FACTS before posting!

      FACT:
      California is one of the most anti-gun states in the US but yet you have mentioned them several times. What California bans or doesn’t ban is irrelevant to the safety of the Glock pistol. By the way, I just contacted the training division of the LAPD and guess what they are NOW issuing to new police officers? Glock model 22’s and model 17’s. The Beretta 92FB’s have been retired.

      FACT:
      You mentioned SIG’s. Unless it’s a SIG 1911, NO SIG has a manual safety, Your ignorance of firearms is crystal clear.

      You have argued several times about how dangerous Glocks and pistols of similar design are but yet you have offered NO evidence other than California law and YouTube videos; neither of which is evidence. Your ignorance of firearms is GLARING! You offer NO explanation as to your qualifications to make such accusations. In the course of my career I have carried 1911’s, HK USP’s, S&W M65’s and Glocks. In the holster currently on my belt resides a Glock G22 Gen 4 .40 with a G27 as back up. I will pay you $1000 cash if you can get either one to fire when being holstered.

    7. I worked at a large LEO firing range for several years with 1,000’s of officers firing millions of rounds collectively and never saw any problems with the Glocks.. no accidental discharges. And about the only thing the armorers ever had to do to the Glocks was change factory iron sights out with night sights and / or change a heavy California trigger out for a standard 5.5 trigger.

    8. And I’ve carried a Glock 19, 23 or 26 / 27 every day on & off duty for close to 20 yrs and never had a problem.

  15. Beretta makes fine weapons. I have no question as to the quality of this gun. But I just don’t see the need for gun makers to continuously bring out new guns all the time. I understand that polymer guns are cheaper to make. But there are many gun makers that discontinue perfectly good weapons just because they have come out with a “new & improved” model. In actuality, often these new guns are not really any better than the model they replace. The 1911 design is as popular as ever. What model will Beretta discontinue if this new model comes on line? S&W has gone completely to striker fired pistols and dropped the old 39/59 series models. There was nothing wrong with the older guns except they weren’t “cool” compared to the plastic fantastic models from other makers. I just got rid of a very nice Taurus 840c in favor of a S&W 909 and a S&W 5906.Admittedly partly because I’m just over 40cal, but also because of it being Polymer. It was a great gun, but I had to go with my heart. My next purchase will probably a S&W 4516 if I can find one. I may even sell my 1911…LOL…OK, not really. No more striker fired guns for me.

  16. I lost interest in Beretta when I had to put up with the 92F in the military. This new pistol looks like a clone or copy of other striker fired pistols that have been released recently. No, I won’t be buying one.

  17. Guess I’m spoiled by having shot Glocks for so long. Whenever I hear some gun company announce that it has a new gun with ‘Glock-styled’ or ‘Glock-like’ features ….in my mind I hear the following, “Since Glock holds the patents on the best design[s], we copied it as close as we legally could!”

    I use to own several Berettas.. but got rid of them because they were to darn much trouble to break down & keep clean. With all the raised areas & grooves.. there are way too many places for dirt / lint & debris to collect.

    I can unload, decock & field strip my Glocks for cleaning in under 30 seconds without any tools. If you can show me that this new Beretta can be done the same.. I’m willing to give it another look. Otherwise it is just a dust collecting Glock wannabe as far as I’m concerned. Why buy a copy if you can afford the original? Especially if you can get a ‘original’ at Blue label discount prices.

    [Now, the above said…. I might have to eat my words if Beretta offers a big discount off of retail pricing like Glock does with its Blue label discounts.]

  18. I have the utmost respect and the highest confidence in Beretta’s hardware based on my personal experience. If the commercial version of the APX doesn’t sacrifice any of the features, I’d definitely get the 9mm variant.

  19. Beretta is an excellent gun maker. I’m excited for this gun to hit the market. Will it cost more than lots of other guns? probably, but an EoTech site costs more than some CTD cheapie sight.

    When I was in Iraq, my employer issued Colt M4s and Kimber .45s. Trust me, we appreciated the quality and reliability of the big boys.

    You get what you pay for.

  20. i think i wait for the taurus model , i dodn’t think theirs will need a tool to feild strip it and it will be more afordable

    1. No offense, but actually, this looks like an amazing gun.

      I have a Taurus 24/7 9mm sub, and despite its small size it is one of the most accurate guns I have shot. But having said that, my Desert Eagles require take-down tools and they are awesome machines.

      My wife love her 92, and they are great guns. I pity anyone who got on the wrong end of hers. We’re both looking forward to this gun.

  21. i think i wait for the taurus model , i dodn’t thonk theirs will need a tool to feild strip it and it will be more afordable

  22. If this is the way Beretta is headed, it is now time to put them on the NO BUY list. i don’t care who makes it, a trigger safety ( unsafely) has too many people shooting them self’s. i refuse to support any company who is making unsafe firearms. DAMN IT! i loved my Beretta’s. OH well, there goes the second amendment! soon all states will require handguns to have external safeties after all these people and babies shooting them self’s or others by accident.
    GOOD BYE BERETTA.

    1. People with small minds. i own a Springfield XDM9 which yes it has a trigger safety, it ALSO has the grip safety. which prevents a lot of accidental discharges.

      if you open your mind and eyes, go to youtube and look for all these videos that shows all these people shooting them selfs or floors, walls and roofs. there is even one in a school by a police officer.
      there are thousands of accidental discharges. call it what you want, deny it if you want, the fact is fact. this is why many police are changing to sigs, berettas, and other firearms.

      this is one reason california has banned all firearms with out external safeties.

      many holsters unless hard plastic can and has discharged glocks for one and others while holstering them. look up waco there are highly trained police officers shooting them selves in the leg while climbing up a ladder and drawing their handgun.

      you can not prove me wrong, the facts are the facts!

    2. First: There is NO such thing as an ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE. PERIOD!
      When YOU press the trigger, the weapon had BETTER DISCHARGE.
      I have not seen, nor heard of, nor have any knowledge of a weapon discharging of it’s own volition.
      There is no accidental discharge, ONLY unintended discharges…that is on YOU!!

      “you can not prove me wrong, the facts are the facts!”

  23. Would I buy one? Well, that depends on price and how the civilian version would differ from the model already introduced.
    And, why is a tool needed to decock/ fieldstrip it?

    1. It says it “allows” the use of a tool to decock before field stripping. I doubt the tool is actually required to take the gun apart. its just for those who would rather decock the gun with a tool rather than pull the trigger like a glock or m&p before sliding the slide off the frame.

  24. I really like that they made it so suitable for right-handed and left-handed shooters. As a southpaw, it can be rather frustrating dealing with guns obviously intended for right-handed people. And let’s face it, lefty firearms are rather rare and expensive. I don’t really mind paying extra for a gun that is easier and safer for me to operate, but would rather just have ambidextrous features, and not have to spend more(like my Taurus 1911 with the ambidextrous safety). I am definitely going to check this pistol out when it hits the civilian market…it very well may be my next purchase. All I need to figure out is which caliber; I suspect I will prefer the .40 over the 9mm, but only time will tell.

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