The new Beretta APX multi caliber semiautomatic pistol has finally arrived!
Rumors had been spreading ever since the company launched the sub-compact BU-9 Nano semi-automatic concealed carry pistol worldwide, a couple of years ago: Beretta's next service and defensive pistol system would not have been based on one of the Company's tried and true concepts, but on something that they had never went for before.
The new Beretta APX pistol has been presented at the 2015 edition of the IDEX, the International Defense Exhibition and Conference that takes place every two years in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates): Beretta showcased the final version of its long-awaited new semi-automatic pistol system conceived for sports shooting, personal protection, home defense, and service/issue purposes for law enforcement, military and private security personnel.
The new Beretta pistol is dubbed Beretta 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 Px4 Storm 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.
No further information has been released so far concerning global commercial availability and pricing of the Beretta APX semi-automatic pistol − although several European Countries will have to wait at least until 2016 for it.
What's for sure, with the APX, Beretta appears to be even more determined to compete on the modern handguns market for civilian and professional applications alike, particularly with a design that seemed to be a sole prerogative of some of its most direct competitors up until very recently.
Sure thing is, the simplified construction with the modified Browning locking system has the potential to make the Beretta APX readily available in huge quantities, in very short amounts of time, and at a reasonable price.