Beretta Introduces Its First Striker-Fired Service Pistol: The APX

Beretta has introduced its first striker-fired pistol, the APX. From the press release (emphasis mine):

The introduction of the APX model completes the company’s full size pistol portfolio and positions Beretta as the world’s premier small arms manufacturer. Beretta has manufactured semi-automatic pistols since 1915 and is now one of the very few manufacturers to offer full size polymer and metallic framed handguns in both hammer and striker fired operating systems.

Beretta elected to debut its new APX striker fired pistol at the upcoming IDEX Show (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) in Abu Dhabi because it is one of the most important shows for the international defense sector. “With the show opening February 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,” stated Carlo Ferlito, General Manager of Beretta and Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) Vice President.

Designed specifically for military and law enforcement operators, the APX has been put through extensive testing and evaluation at the professional end user level.

Carlo Ferlito explained that Beretta places paramount importance on performance and wanted to ensure they built a product to meet the operator’s specific needs. “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.”

Beretta intends to submit a variant of the APX shown at IDEX to the upcoming US Army Modular Handgun System. “Of course we will continue to develop the APX to take into consideration the final specifications of the MHS as they become known,” stated Gabriele De Plano, Vice President of Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) USA Marketing and Operations.

The APX striker fired pistol has been developed to match military and law enforcement needs but is not just for these customers, Beretta intends to market a variant for the commercial market later this year. This addition to Beretta’s pistol line will further cement the company’s position as one of the world’s leading small arms manufacturers.

It’s no surprise at all that Beretta has created a new design for the MHS program. Having the 92 series, the rotary-barrel hammer-fired PX4, and the striker-fired APX, Beretta is ensured at least a chance at winning MHS and securing the standard US pistol design for the second time in a row.


The APX is a highly conventional Glock-like striker-fired pistol.



Pierangelo Tendas has written more on the APX:

This is what the company disclosed so far about its new semi-automatic pistol: following the market trends and demand for a certain type of features in a semi-automatic pistol, the new Beretta APX comes built around an ergonomically-molded reinforced polymer frame fitted with a built-in MIL-STD-1913 “Picatinny” rail for tactical accessories. As standard nowadays, the Beretta APX is issued with interchangable backstraps, which also include grip panels, in order to better fit several hand sizes and thus remain viable to shooters of all genders, ages, sizes, and build.

Unlike the Beretta 92 series − which, like the predecessor Beretta 951, was based on a Walther-type tilting barrel − and unlike the more recent Beretta Px4Storm series − which was built around a rotating barrel − the new Beretta APX comes with a much simpler modified Browning locking system; it can only be disassembled when it is disarmed, and that’s why a slot on the frame allows the use of a tool to decock it before it can be field-stripped by operating a lever found on the left side of the frame itself, right over the trigger guard.

The trigger can be considered a light double action, with a 2,8kg/6.17lbs break, a 6mm/0.2″ travel and a 3mm/0.12″ reset; the Beretta APX is a striker-fired design, and the rear portion of the striker itself will slightly protrude from a round slot on the back of the slide providing a visual and tactile confirmation of its status.

The slide of the Beretta APX semi-automatic pistol is machined out of stainless steel, and is nitride-coated upon construction to make it glare-proof, scratch-proof and corrosion-resistant; wide front and rear slide serrations allow easier manual cocking and chamber checks.

The three-dot front and rear sights are dovetailed on the slide, and sport a unique and patented adjustment system.

The baseline Beretta APX semi-automatic pistol will come with no manual safety whatsoever, featuring a “Glock-style” trigger safety and a redundant drop/striker safety system instead. Optionally a manual safety system will be available upon request, consisting in a frame-mounted two-positions switch.

The Beretta APX semi-automatic pistol has been conceived to be just as much left-hand-friendly as it can be; as such, it comes with a reversible magazine release catch and a factory ambidextrous slide stop/hold open release lever.

The Beretta APX will feed through black double-stack metal magazines with a polymer bottom pad, offering a 17-rounds capacity in 9x19mm caliber (a.k.a. 9mm “Luger”, 9mm “Parabellum”. 9mm NATO), and a 15-rounds capacity in 9x19mm IMI (a.k.a. “9 Italian”) and .40 Smith & Wesson.

The overall lenght of the Beretta APX is in the standard bracket for this kind of pistol: 192mm/7.56″ long overall, 108mm/4.¼” barrel. The handgun has however been designed to be as streamlined as it could possibly be, in order to constitute a viable and comfortable alternative for 24/7 concealed and open carry.

I highly recommend our readers head on over to All4Shooters and read Tendas’ whole article.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Doc_Way

    I think the Nano was the first striker fired Beretta.

    • No, the Nano is an internal hammer fired.

    • Andrew Hobby

      Actually I think it might be the .22 Neos they put out a few years ago.

      For which I am STILL waiting for the carbine kit… which is now discontinued.

      “Beretta: We’ll design Modular Systems. And then discontinue them.”

  • James Cornett

    Translation is rough, but are they saying there’s a special tool needed for takedown like the Walther CCP? If so, I don’t see this pistol going very far in the trial.

    • 3XLwolfshirt

      The translation definitely sucks, but the Italian says it has a tool to lock the gun, like S&W. The tool isn’t needed for take down, at least not the way I read it.

    • Camilo Emiliano Rosas Echeverr

      Reading only this limited piece, it says that you need a special tool to disarm the striker if it’s armed before disassembly. It sounds kinda weird.

      • James Cornett

        That makes sense now. Kinda like how the M&P allows you to remove the backstrap and use the pin as a tool to to flip the yellow striker disarm lever.

        • Camilo Emiliano Rosas Echeverr

          It explicitly says that it is for field stripping (smontaggio da campagna) so your assumption that the tool is some part of the gun seems reasonable.

      • JLR84

        It’s just so they can say that you can disassemble the gun without pulling the trigger, like on the Glock.

        Even though I bet that’s what most M&P owners do anyways, it’s been years since I’ve taken that stupid tool out of the grip of mine. I know how to clear a gun.

    • What I wrote is that there is a special tool issued to disarm the striker without having to pull the trigger if the need be before disassembling the gun. It was made because many frown upon the idea of pulling the trigger before taking it down (like you have to do with a Glock, so to speak).

  • DonDrapersAcidTrip

    Is there some rule that these things all have to be completely hideous? Are only hammer fired guns allowed to be decent looking?

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts precisely. I can’t imagine why aesthetics always have to be sacrificed so thoroughly to achieve good ergonomics, reliability, durability etc. in modern service pistols. There’s just no good reason for it.

      What a freakin’ eyesore.

      • James Cornett

        I think the VP9 is the exception. It can be done.

        • Giolli Joker

          I guess you meant P7. 🙂

      • Gunhead

        I think part of it is Beretta- look at the ARX-160. It’s like they’re making up for designing so many beautiful guns by putting out some real atrocities.

    • MPWS

      For beautiful you have Coonan; this is ‘techno’.
      But I agree to a point – too much styling for not so much benefit.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      The design on this is particularly rough. But so was imo the ARX diaper looking magwell thing. Beretta just doesn’t seem to have great designers right now.

      The Walther PPQ is probably still the best looking striker fired gun I’ve seen. Despite my other gripes with that gun.

      • JLR84

        The frame looks fine to me for the most part, maybe minus that squared off trigger guard. The main part that bothers me aesthetically are those slide serrations.

        The cut out in the grip that’s filled by part of the magazine base-plate seems a little weird. The only reason for it I can figure is to give a place to grip the mag to pull it free from the magwell, hopefully that doesn’t mean that the mag doesn’t freely fall when ejected.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          That cut out and base you are describing are tactical mag bases…

          They aren’t there to rip out with your hand under normal conditions. They are there for malfunction clearing when you need to forcibly rip the mag from the gun to properly clear. It’s also useful to do the same with your belt when doing them one handed.

          None of it had to do with dropping free 🙂

    • WFDT

      I posted much the same question before scrolling down here. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so.

    • billyoblivion

      This is not a family heirloom. It’s not designed to be.

      This is a working gun, one intended to sit in a holster, or in the armory, it’s designed to be carried and shot.

      Looks? Pfff. How does it compare to the Glock in terms of reliability and TCO. I’d carry a gun that looked like Roseanne Barrs sphincter if it was more reliable and easier to maintain than a Glock. As long as it wasn’t *actually* Roseanne Barrs sphincter. That would be unpleasant.

      I’d prefer a top slide wide enough to mount a RDS on, and any pistol coming out now ought to have that built in (and done properly, glock you goofballs), but I’ll settle on massive reliability.

      It would also be sweeter than a synthetic sweetener if it took “regular” Beretta 92 mags.

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        “This is not a family heirloom. It’s not designed to be.”

        “therefore it must look like a brick somebody chewed on for a while. that’s the the rule.”

        okay thanks

    • OKNewshawk

      No, there are good-looking striker fired guns. Case in point–FNH USA’s FNS.

  • strongarm

    With clues looking outside like, plastic frame window at left for Serial Nr. printed on the steel subframe, and decocker bolt at right in front of frame retaining pin, APX is an enlarged construction of Nano with necessary additions like slide stop, cocking indicator and take down latch with an outside wing for service type pistols. It should have same near to DA pull trigger action without double strike ability and same rocker type sear leaving striker connect with a sideward push of decocker bolt which needing an auxilary aparatus like a ball point pen.

    APX is not the Beretta’s first service pistol. The initial product of Model 1914 was also of that type. There were 6.35 mm Model 418 and .22″ Neon of striker firing kinds of Beretta but, not being in service class.

    Apart with the slide serrations, pistol resembles nearly to every brand of plastic frame striker firers from Glock to SIG and mostly CZ100. But if the inside follows Nano fashion, ıt has its own style.

    Decocking is a usual side effect for take down process of striker firers since the sear happens a preventation for striker way out through the frame rails when the gun is cocked. But this is for only strikers cocking against to the recoil springs like all current models excepting Russian GSh 18. Simply dry firing the gun to a safe direction is simplest way to achieve that need but companies are forcing themselves to design costy and absurd constructions for carrying out that task. APX is also one of the member of this concept with a risky sidewardly working decocker bolt having the ability to disarm the pistol with a strong sideward punch or drop.

    • strongarm

      Correction; APX is not the Beretta’s first striker firing service pistol.(Beginning at the second Paragraph).

      • Yes, the APX actually IS Beretta’s first striker-fired service pistol.

        The U22 “Neos” was not a service pistol, and as far as it concerns the 6,36mm/.25 Model 418 and the 9mm Glisenti Model “Brevetto 1915” (the one you call “1914”), they were either privately purchased by officers or emergency-procured during World War 1 because of a shortage of the otherwise standard service pistols, but in no way they were type-classified to be, and as a matter of fact the “Brevetto 1915” went out of production immediately at the end of World War 1, achieved no exports and was entirely replaced within the ranks of the Italian forces just a few years later.

        • Andrew Hobby

          Obviously you’ve never owned a Neos. They’re a service pistol alright…

          You’ll be servicing the damn thing all the time 😉

          • You can thank Accokeek workmanship for that (yup, it’s an US-made product). :p

            Seriously, though? No, never owned an U-22 “Neos”, and given you’re not the first who told me that, I’m glad I never did.

  • Anonymoose

    >winning the MHS
    That’s rich.

    btw, I hope Italian pounds are heavier than American pounds, or that’s a frighteningly light trigger pull.

    • Eric S

      The other measurements are Metric, I bet he meant kg. If you assume it’s kg that puts the trigger pull just a bit over 6 lbs. Pretty standard.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I was told from a guy that has used it it’s very much like a 1911 trigger. I heard this as a compliment, but with no saftey, I think it’s a terrible idea to mimick the 1911 on a striker fired gun. I like a little bit of take-up/staging and a 5-7lb pull. ESP for a carry/service gun!

    • I don’t know why the automatic translation states 2.8 pounds, I originally wrote 2.8 kilograms.

  • Ethan

    Some other views..

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Bore axis and some abgles look good. Not sure about the roll pins on the sights. Those slide serations look exceptionally uninspired and cheap.

      • Ethan

        I like the bore axis, and the ergo’s – it looks like it could be a smooth shooting gun. I’m just not so sure about those slide serrations… seems very functional, but I am kind of getting hung up on how it looks.

        I wonder what the MSRP will be..

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Heh, in order for it to have a chance in hell, it’s going to need an MSRP of $450.

          • Jerry Gunderson

            In order for any reader of TFB to declare the gun anything other than overpriced, it better come with an MSRP of a Hi-Point. 🙂

          • JumpIf NotZero


            It’ll also have to have some non-intimidating features. A manual saftey and a hammer might put some people at ease. And definitely nothing at all to imply it would be used to non-range activities, those are scary and only for “operators”.

      • Dan

        Hello HK VP9, is that you?

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Uh? You mean the VP9 that has a much higher bore axis? The VP9 that doesn’t have roll pins in the sights? Or the cheap looking uniform slide serrations?

          Other than the two guns are striker fired, if you are looking at this and seeing VP9, I don’t know what to tell you.

          • Martin Frank

            Not roll pins, hex scres to adjust.

          • AngelT84

            my vp9 looks a bit idfferent…

      • noguncontrol

        roll pins? maybe those are screws, like those on the nano, which are user removable, thanks to the screws.

      • Yallan

        Slide serrations are legit, notice they are set more widely apart than average, this enables you to rack the slide on a shoe or wall edge if you only have the use of one hand. Very nice.

      • Martin Frank

        They are not roll pins they are hex screws to adjust the sight left or right. Look at the top down view. There are 5 notches on rear and three on front. Get as close to center with whatever combo of notches required.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Yea saw that. That’s better but not by a massive amount. I like adjustable, but front AND rear adjustable for windage is odd to me.

  • MPWS

    Oh man, this is a capper. Me like!
    On less enthusiastic side – I do not like to see rotary action gone; now they will be all alike.

  • john huscio

    It might turn out to be the most reliable striker fired pistol ever, but aesthetically its a disaster……….like someone tried splicing genetic material from a glock and a cz 100 but then aborted it halfway to term…..

  • J.T.

    In the last year, we have seen striker fired guns from Sig, HK, and now Beretta. Now where the hell is my striker fired CZ? They tried and failed with the CZ100 but that was like 15 years ago. Time for them to give it another go? A striker fired P-07 would be an awesome little gun.

    • Dracon1201

      NO. CZ is perfect the way it is. I’ll take my hammers on those any day.

    • Anonymous

      How may soulless Glock imitations do we need? Part of the appeal of the P-07 and P-09 is that they *aren’t* striker-fired. I like that in addition to being one of the few companies still making CRF bolt guns – and one of the fewer not using MIM all throughout their product line – they still haven’t hopped onto this particular bandwagon.

  • duho7761

    Wonder what magazines it will use?

    If it will accept standard 92 mags, I’m in!

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It does not. You MAY be able to change the base plates around to work, but I’m 90% certain the mag has changed at least in the location it latches. So MAYBE you could make it all work, but I’m skeptical.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I think Beretta has a secret. This gun seems to have a modular fire control assembly aka the SIG P250/P320 and Beretta Nano of course.

    That window there in the frame, I’ll bet lunch that that serial is not attached to the frame so you can swap out sizes of frames. Modify them, whatever.

    This is a cool feature and at least gives two guns that actually embody the idea of the “modular handgun system”.

    But coming down to it, I really don’t see this being selected over GD/S&W M&P or Glock, or SIG P320 even… But I’m always interested in more options.

  • Don Ward

    Boo! Boo I say!

  • teee

    …..I can’t believe i say this…this gun made beretta 9000s look good. but it might share the same fate.

  • Zach

    Is anyone suddenly reminded of the disappeared Strike One (Стриж)? What ever happened to that?

    • Scott P

      They are slowly but surely being imported into the U.S. as we speak and the Strike One is an Italian handgun not Russian.

      • FourString

        *It’s Russian designed and owned. The Russians decided to manufacture it in Italy to dodge around the anti-Russia embargo.

        • Not really. It was co designed between a italian and russian designer. years before the sanctions.

  • Jeff Adcox

    Wow! I never thought there would be a gun that would make the Glock look like a modern sleek design! At least they didn’t put a huge ambidextrous safety, that digs into your hip on this one.

  • Will

    Yet another Glock wanna be pistol hits the market.
    It’s gotta be tough trying to play catch up especially after the M9 debacle.
    Just my opinion and we all know what THATS worth!

  • Lance

    I think Beretta has more than one chance at winning MHS if the brass doesn’t canceled it. The M-9A3 may be going back and fourth buts a cheaper upgrade than any new pistol would be. They also have the PX-4 and thi. So they have a larger chance at success than other companies.

  • Alucard

    Do we really need yet another striker fired handgun?
    I mean seriously whats wrong with just having Da/Sa?

    • billyoblivion

      Because it’s a PITA to train through.

  • WFDT

    Is ugliness a requirement in striker-fired pistols?

  • Plumbiphilious

    Can we just stop with more Glock competitors? They’re the giant gorilla of the striker pistol market and it’s far too late to dislodge them (talking DECADES). The aftermarket for them is like an ocean.

    Just give me a goddamn thin, lightweight, accurate hammer-fired pistol that looks good.
    I don’t want a not-Glock if Glocks are already on the market (and I don’t even LIKE Glocks).

    It’s like all these newcomer striker-fired pistols without a gimmick (e.g. p320 with easy swappable frame sizes) aren’t adding to the market (because they can’t fulfill any roles Glocks and M&Ps and the other companies ALREADY in the market aren’t already doing), but just choosing to cannibalize their own products in favor of fighting a losing battle for Glock.

    It just feels like…so much waste for not much ado.

    • JLR84

      Problem is that hardly anyone wants non-striker pistols these days, aside from 1911 aficionados. The DA/SA design is heading towards the graveyard, deservedly so in my opinion. Beretta needs a striker fired pistol to remain at all relevant in the civilian pistol market. This move is long overdue.

    • OKNewshawk

      No, we can’t. Choice is good. Glocks feel like a bar of soap to me, but (for example) a FNH FNS feels like it was custom designed for my hand.

  • johnny larue

    Kind of looks like a bulked up S&W SA9VE.

  • Will P.

    I’m hoping they didn’t do the same stupid thing with this one they did with the PX4, making the 92 series mags not fit! I have a 92FS and my mom bought a PX4 compact. I looked at the mag from hers and was over joyed because they looked the same so then I could swap between them at the range and w/e because I have quite a few 92 mags. But after trying to insert them neither models worked with the other :/

  • DonDrapersAcidTrip

    Am I missing something what is with everybody going “ugh a new striker fired gun” and then going on about wanting a new hammer fired gun? Like we don’t need a new striker fired gun but we somehow needed a new hammer fired gun? What is the thinking there? And how come every striker fired gun gets called a glock clone, but every hammer fired gun is unique and special? I mean I think this thing looks god awful but I don’t get the thinking on these identical posts on every article about anything glock or “glock imitation” related. At least nobody used the word plastic derisively as a dead give away that they’re 70 years old.

    • noguncontrol

      there arent that many hammer fired DAO guns out there. not as many as striker fired guns that is. i prefer DAO hammer fired over DA/SA or SA hammer fired.

  • I like it. But it had best be on par with the VP9 and PPQ in terms of trigger quality.

  • greasyjohn

    I was excited to buy one, but they only said operator twice. Better luck next time, amateurs.

  • Leo

    Beretta made HK VP9 clone, why not to make something looking like Beretta?

  • Don Ward

    Beretta making a striker fired handgun is like finding out your first love is feeding her meth addiction by stripping at that topless joint down the road from Fort Lewis.

  • noguncontrol

    huh? the first? i thought the nano was the first striker fired beretta?

  • Adam

    Not its first striker fired. The nano has that beat by a few years. Looks silly. I am a beretta fan. But wow.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Considering the omission from the official statement I assume the APX, like the PX4 Storm, will NOT accept 92FS/M9 magazines.

  • Leo

    looks exactly as vp9 or ppq, why copy?

  • cmblake6

    Oh look, a Glocretta. Cute!

  • kingghidorah

    Hey Beretta, you forgot to put the safety on the slide!

  • JoshJ

    They helped design a Russian handgun that looks sorta like this one, right?

  • Bryan

    Not really sure what all the griping is about with the design, its is purposefull and yet industrially actractive.
    The “cheap looking” slide serations actually serve a purpose, they give enough area between them for the full length and will allow far easier racking either by hand or when used on a boot, belt, wall/table edge in an emergency. They actually cost more than the tranditional minimalistic cuts as more mill time is needed to finish this off. The only possible down side I see is that they may be rough on some holsters.
    The trigger, when safety bar is in, is very vertical and flat faced and should give very nice precision/feel, just like some of the high end AR triggers.
    The sights look like they may not need a special “pusher” tool to swap them out. Nice.
    I am eager to to try this. I am a big Beretta fan and they rarely have a poor performing weapon.

  • Alex K.

    And Beretta is making the same mistake HK and Walther did with their offerings, VP9 and PPQ respectively: No compact version, let alone a subcompact version at lauch, not even announced yet. SIG at least got it right with the P320 although it’s really just a variant of the P250 which has been around for 7 years. At least Beretta, better late than never, has realized that striker-fired polymer pistols are self-defense standard now, whether it’s for military, police or civilian use. As for the people here complaining about the looks: No comment other than just keeping your chrome-finished, single stack 2.5 lbs heavy 1911 with an average 5% failure rate.