The APX represents a relatively new addition to the striker-fired, semi-automatic pistol market by renowned gunmaker Beretta of Italy. The gun was introduced in 2016 and encompasses a family of related semi-automatic sidearms including the "Compact" and "Centurion" models. Aggressive, stout styling is at the heart of the APX form which is seen as a reliable, comfortable and well-balanced weapon to manage.
The gun was originally developed with a focus in competing in the United States Army's XM17 "Modular Handgun System" program - which was won by Sig-Sauer and their P320 (detailed elsewhere on this site) - as the service sought to replace its aging stock of Beretta M9s.
The APX is offered in two primary chamberings: 9mm and .40 S&W. Both are striker-fired products of 190mm overall length featuring 108mm barrel assemblies depending on model. The family of guns can utilize magazine counts of 10-, 15-, 17- or 21-rounds depending on frame type and chambering.
Its design arrangement is typical of the type with a heavily serrated slide component for easy gripping. The slide covers the length of the barrel, as well as the firing action, and has an iron sight (three-dot type) fitted fore and aft. The ejection port is set to the right side of the frame. The trigger unit is set at the midway point of the gun and features a solid, oversized trigger ring and easy-to-reach controls such as the reversible magazine release and ambidextrous slide stop. Magazines (with purposely-designed oversized plates for easier management) are inserted into the grip base in the usual way and the grip itself is ergonomically designed for a firm hold (backstraps are interchangeable). A short section of Picatinny rail is featured under the muzzle for the installation of aimers, flashlights and the like. The take-down lever is seen along the left side of the frame. The lower portion of the frame is modular for changing out to suit operator tastes and requirements. Internally, the gun sports a strike "de-activator" and there is a tilting-barrel, locked breach, short-recoil action at play based largely on the Browning approach. When the firing chamber is loaded, a physical indicator is seen at the rear of the frame to aid the shooter. A drop-safety feature is incorporated into the design to keep the weapon from firing if accidentally dropped.
The APX family currently (2018) includes the base full-sized APX model, the APX "Compact", the APX "Centurion", the APX RDO, the APX "Combat", the APX FDE and the APX FDE "Special Package".
The Compact is, of course, a shortened, dimensionally smaller sub-compact offering of overall lighter weight for better carry/conceal qualities and comes in the typical 9mm and .40 S&W chamberings. Magazine counts differ as 13+1 in the 9mm model and 10+1 in the .40 S&W. The Centurion is another concealed-carry model (compact) of slightly larger size and slightly greater weight. The magazine counts increase to 15+1 and 13+1 in 9mm and .40 S&W chamberings, respectively. The APX RDO integrates a Red Dot Optic (RDO) system over the receiver for precision fire at range and carries the strong traits inherent in the APX line as a whole. The APX Combat has this same RDO support but brings along a threaded barrel for suppressor installation. The APX FDE is a purpose-designed sidearm for military and law enforcement offered in full-size dimensions. The APX FDE Special Package is a further extension of this model.
This article was written based on available data and information at the time of publication.
Manufacturing Beretta - Italy
United States (Law Enforcement / Security / Civilian)
- Close Quarters Battle (CQB) / Personal Security
APX - Base Series Designation; base production model; offered in 9mm and .40 S&W chamberings.
APX Compact - Sub-compact model for concealed carry.
APX Centurion - Compact model for concealed carry.
APX RDO - Red Dot Optic support over the receiver.
APX Combat - RDO support and threaded barrel for suppressor fitting.
APX FDE - Military / law enforcement model.
APX FDE Special Package - Further extension of the FDE model.
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