BREAKING: Beretta APX Striker-Fired Pistol Reaches The Civilian Market… In Argentina!

Image source: berettaforum.net, user "mithrils"

Image source: berettaforum.net, user "mithrils"

Almost two years ago, Beretta announced a new striker-fired, polymer framed handgun, which they called the APX. Now, the APX has finally hit gun stores… In Argentina. User mithrils of The Beretta Forum uploaded photos and a short range review of his new pistol, showing the on-the-market Beretta APX off to the other members. A section of his review is replicated below:

Long story short im very impressed, but let me be more specific:

-Fit and finish: Excelent, the fit was very good for a military/service pistol, better than most anyways. The finish is like a tennifer, seems very durable and the polymer is fiber-glass reinforced.

-Sights: Very good 3 dot sights, metal, bright and big. With a dovetail on the rear and front for an easy replacement.

-Ergonomics: Excellent, we got the M grip panel as default and we didnt get the other (Small and Large) backstraps for some reason unknown to me. It just feels like a glove and Im a Medium size hand.

-Recoil management: Very good, I want to upload a video on this but its a very soft shooting gun, the bore axis is low (not as low as a Glock maybe) and the good grip helps a lot with this, the weight is little more than your normal Glock 17.

-Trigger: Good/Very Good. The only weak point I see in this gun is that the reset is a little mushy and doesnt push your finger as strong as one might like. The trigger pull is around 5-5,5 lbs maybe a little more I dont have a trigger gauge but in my experience is an excellent trigger pull with minimal like (1 or 2)mm pre-travel and a VERY good reset distance. Very large surface on the trigger, for me its a positive thing tho.

-Magazines: Since its a new pistol i dont know the price on magazines but as the pistol develops we will see more, the pistol comes with 2 and are very high quality, they look like Mec-Gar magazines.

-Accuracy: Excellent, as you can see in the pictures the accuracy is just great and im just your average shooter. Stomach shots were at 10m very fast, and some double taps. 12 meters to the chest trying to group the best I could (this were the first shots) as you can see they are on top of each other. Head shots were at 10 and 20 meters aproximately, a little high but thats okay for me. Shot with 124gr Magtech full metal jacket with no malfunctions right out of the box without lube or anything so you can see its reliable. (I may upload a video on youtube later so you can see im not lying about this haha)

-Controls: Excellent, they are simple and fully ambi-dextreous, im left handed so this was a BIG selling point for me.

The APX was most likely designed to compete in the US Army’s Modular Handgun System program, to which it was submitted. In the MHS competition, the APX is expected to be evaluated opposite entrants from SIG, S&W (partnered with General Dynamics Land Systems), Glock, and FN. It sports a distinctively textured slide, interchangeable grip elements, large sights, and – based on the MHS model showed off this past February – possibly a variant with ambidextrous manual safety levers.

Interestingly, mithrils noted that the APX handgun was offered at a lower price than competing Glock 17 handguns in his area. While this might not be true everywhere, the possibility of Beretta’s striker-fired offering being more cost competitive than some others on the market certainly sounds promising. However, at this point Beretta is one of the last big name entrants to enter the striker fired service pistol market, following H&K, FN, S&W, Walther, and of course Glock.



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 can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Those serrations or whatever they are supposed to be make the gun very ugly.

    As a matter of fact, that entire gun is a real eyesore. But if it’s good it’s good.

    • Flounder

      They are just taking notes from glock. And since they can’t be “boxy” they went with ugly.

    • Anomanom

      Yeah, i have to agree, that slide is fugly. And it’s odd, since Beretta usually makes nice looking guns, especially the PX4.

    • Mmmtacos

      The slide “serrations” grew on me… I thought it was ugly at first but I rather like it. I wonder what it feels like to rack more than anything.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        Leave it out in the sun till it feels like a woman.

        idk

        • LarryNC

          No piece of polymer and steel will ever feel like a woman. Of course, the piece of polymer and steel will never act moody or angry; will never ask you to love its parents and siblings; it will never ask “do these grips make my butt look big? Etcetera. And being a Beretta, it will likely never let you down or be late to an event.

          • A bearded being from beyond ti

            He was talking about melons.

          • LarryNC

            Um, okay.

      • Giolli Joker

        It racks easily.
        No particularly odd feedback from gripping the slide.
        When I first saw the photos I hated it… handling it (IDEX2015) I started liking it.
        As far as a show gun can tell, the trigger seemed pretty good as well.

      • Billy Jack

        Massaging a nice rack>

      • Brett A. Wheeler

        When the Ferrari Testa Rossa debuted in 1985 with those long side vents, everyone talked about how ugly they were at first. Next thing you know, all the high end cars had some variation of them. Personally, I like the the looks of the APX.

    • Brick

      The billboard on the slide is the most bothersome to me.

    • I dunno, essentially making the entire slide a serration means that you get the benefit of being easily racked from both the front and back of the slide, but without looking lopsided as with most pistols serrated front and rear.

    • Baggy270

      Yup I agree…someone made a gun even more ugly than Glock!

  • Dickie

    I thought so at first too. But it grew on me and now i will buy one when available here. Even better if they make a compact version

  • It doesn’t hurt that Beretta recently licensed production of two undisclosed models to the Argentinian firm Fabricaciones Militares (FM). It was announced just a week or so ago.

  • John

    Oh well. Argentina needs new guns way more than the U.S. I think. Glad to see it’s a good product.

  • LazyReader

    Those Glock style finger grips I was raising an eyebrow……then I saw those side serrations they look like those plastic containers used to buy strawberries

  • noob

    so there is the Px4, the Cx4/Mx4, the Rx4.

    now there is the ARX160/ARX100 and the APX.

    Does that mean we should expect a ACX/AMX for completeness?

  • Just say’n

    Usually Italian design is pretty eye-catching (cars, motorbikes, clothes, etc.) This is “Meh”. Might be a good call to release a new product first in a smaller market rather than hit the shelves in the U.S. right off the bat. Argentine bloggers probably aren’t as ruthless as U.S. ones, and if there are issues they can be ironed out before the U.S. release. Remington should’ve done that with the R51.

  • Hoplopfheil

    Ugtastic. Reminds me of the Ruger American, which is also hideous.

    • Still not as ugly as (almost) every SIG.

      • Dakota Raduenz

        That’s only fair to say if you actually accept DA/SA hammer guns as a possibility.

        Love my P226.

        • I’m an artist, so I’m just going purely on aesthetics here. SIGs to me look like Russian trucks; I can tell just by looking at them that I’d need a shaped charge to break them, but they’re just horrid looking, like an internal part on a sewage treatment impeller. That $#!+’s reliable as sunrise, but it’s ugly, in a way that the Bauhausian functionality of a Glock never could be.

          The P320 is decent, though. Very futuristic.

          • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

            Wow…the P320 is a restruck P250 in striker instead of DA only. Even the grip frames, barrels and magazines swap. Oh, wait, I might be wrong about the grip frame. Let me go look….yes, I’m wrong.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I’m ready to actually get my hands on it. The grip tang looks very similar to the PPQ which won’t add a the comfort of the grip.

  • Billy Jack

    Call it the BBQ N2

  • Anonymoose

    Can’t wait til the .40 version comes out (it almost certainly won’t).

    • Micheal Unrau

      People still shoot .40?

      • Nicholas C

        Competitive shooters do.

      • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

        Let me go look..(Looks in mirrror) yep, I think I’m a “people”. I have a number of 40’s. Glock, SIG, KelTec…

  • Kjk

    I was wondering wth ever happened to this gun. I guess it didn’t disappear

  • tony

    another reinvented polymer “wheel”

  • JasonWorthing

    Italians always gotta “hyper-style” somethin’.

    Well. .so long as it is reliable, accurate, easy to maintain, and fair priced, I wish it well.

  • Sounds like a “New Pepsi” strategy; back in the ’80s, Pepsico had sense enough to release their version of New Coke only in the Japanese market, which was sizeable but nowhere near as huge as the US market. That way, when it inevitably tanked because it tasted like gangrene in a can, they didn’t suffer the same public relations apocalypse that Coca-Cola Co. did.

    • Zachary marrs

      This is what i was thinking. If it tanks, it will tank in a small market.

  • That. Is. Hideous.

  • Fred

    Excellent. Exporting high quality US goods and know how from right here in Tennessee. It’s fine day indeed.

  • Louis Bethel

    What is “breaking news” about a Beretta launched two years ago and now being introduced in Argentina?
    Since the botched Pico, are they trying to outdo themselves with a larger pistol?

  • Christopher89

    Your move now CZ-USA Sig and Beretta have come out with their striker fired polymer framed gun now its your turn.

  • William Taylor

    There is already a Cz P-07 on the marketplace. Wonder why Beretta felt the need to make another one? Cz has a hammer, Beretta a striker – no big deal, I’ll take a Cz any day.

  • SteveK

    Hmmm, doesn’t look like the usual, sleek Beretta. Don’t go clunky on us, Beretta. You’re the king of COOL!

  • L Cavendish

    I’ve been waiting to buy one since they were announced…hopefully the price will be good here in the USA.

  • twr

    Argentina! WTF! They can’t even own handguns, can they? I know people are not excited for this gun I like Beretta and have been waiting for this thing for a while now…

  • cisco kid

    No manual safety equals a gun too dangerous to carry or handle.
    Not enough serrations on slide or sharp enough (a cheapening move)
    Plasticky sights, too delicate for heavy every day use.
    No verified accuracy test or pictures, leads me to believe its the typical 3 inch or more plasticky accuracy that you would expect from a plasticky pistol.
    No verified trigger pull. I find it hard to believe the author does not have a trigger gauge. The pull must be pretty bad.
    If it is a pre-loaded striker system that equals an unreliable ignition system. Doubt my word? I took 3 Glocks and one Walther P99 and tried setting off an empty case with a high seated primer. All four guns failed 3 times in a row on the same primer after 3 repeated hits.
    No mention if the Gun has unreliable junk MIM Cast parts. I hope it does not.

  • Rocketman

    I really like my Argentina Bersa BP9CC. 3 and a half pounds trigger pull with a short reset and decent sights. Only the fact that it has an 8 round magazine makes it unsuited to be a modern military pistol.

  • Eric B.

    Isn’t it amazing how many “GLOCK clones” there are on the market these days? I have a Ruger LC9s that is also a polymer frame/striker-fired design with the GLOCK trigger blade style safety. D’ya think Gaston Glock was on to something?

  • Kalash

    That is truly one of the ugliest handguns I’ve ever seen. Kudos Beretta. Apparently you farmed out design work to a bunch of retards.

  • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

    A Glock by any other name…

  • tenmillimeter

    Looks like the love child of a Glock and a Highpoint. Ugly baby is ugly.

  • MrApple

    So it’s Beretta’s Glock? I’ll just stick with Glock’s Glock.