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BERETTA'S APX
Today, 16 generations of family ownership later, the
gunmaker's catalog features everything from highly
embellished sporting shotguns to rimfire pistols. In the
beginning, though, Beretta was in the business of making
military arms-and in 491 years the company has never
abandoned that aspect of its identity. The manufacturer's
first semi-automatic pistol design-the Modello 1915,
chambered for the erstwhile 9 mm Glisenti cartridge-was
adopted by the Italian military for use during World War I,
and Beretta's handguns have achieved great martial success
since that time. Many other examples exist, but this is best
evidenced by the 1985 selection of the Model 92 SB-F to
replace the venerable Colt Model 1911 as the standard-issue
sidearm of the U.S. Army (and countless other militaries
and law enforcement agencies across the globe).
So in 2015, when the Army announced the XM17 Modular
Handgun System (MHS) program to select a pistol to succeed
the Model 92 (renamed the U.S. M9 upon adoption) and
requested submittals for the associated trials, it came as
absolutely no surprise that Beretta was among the companies to throw their hats into the ring for the contract. The
firm even released the M9A3 (an upgraded, more modular
variant of its contract gun) shortly thereafter in an attempt
to derail the XM17 process entirely, an effort that was
quickly rejected by military brass. Beretta's entrant into the
MHS competition, the APX (for Adaptable Pistol X-with "X"
standing for multi-caliber) represents a marked departure
for Beretta, as it is both the manufacturer's first full-size,
striker-fired pistol and its first full-size handgun to utilize a
removable stainless steel chassis that serves as the firearm's
serialized component. And with the Army's announcement in
January that SIG Sauer's P320 had ultimately been chosen to
replace the M9, Beretta is now turning its attention toward
the law enforcement and commercial home-defense markets.
According to the manufacturer, while initial development of the APX predates the XM17 competition, the
handgun was nonetheless conceived from the outset to be
a duty pistol for professional users. As such, the company

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The APX benefits from the simplicity of a modular chassis for
its fire-control group (inset).

made the wise decision from the start to involve its target
audience in the gun's development. At numerous points
along the APX's four-year design process, Beretta sought
input from several hundred military operators and SWAT
personnel regarding the qualities they needed and wanted
most from a sidearm upon which their lives would potentially depend. Feedback from these consultants emphasized
reliability, durability, ergonomics, modularity, ease of use
and an optimized duty trigger. Armed with that information, Beretta's engineers set themselves to the task of
delivering the ultimate gunfighter's pistol. The end result
is a semi-automatic that Tactical Product Manager John
Tamborino called "the most tested Beretta pistol yet"-
quite a statement given the firm's august pedigree.
The Italian-made APX was a blank-sheet gun for Beretta,
borrowing no components or inspirations from any of the
manufacturer's extant handgun lines. A polymer-frame
semi-automatic utilizing a locked-breech operating system,
the barrel and slide of the APX are locked together at
the moment of discharge. As both components are forced
rearward under recoil, the barrel cam acts on the barrel
disconnector, forcing the barrel to disengage from the slide.
The slide then continues rearward as the barrel's chamber
is tilted downward out of the way, and the empty case is
extracted and ejected. A captive recoil spring then forces
the slide forward again, stripping a fresh round from the
magazine and chambering it prior to returning to battery.
Measuring 7.55" long and 5.6" tall with a 4.25" barrel,
and tipping the scales at 27.8 ozs. with an empty steel,
double-stack, detachable-box magazine, four SKUs of the
APX will be available at launch. Two are full-capacity
models, one chambered in 9 mm Luger and one in .40 S&W,
shipping with 17- and 15-round magazines, respectively.
The other two are state-compliant models, chambered
for the same cartridges, but instead including neutered
10-round magazines for those areas that necessitate them.
Two APXs were used during the course of this evaluation,
both of which were full-capacity 9 mms.
Prior to the APX, Beretta had favored the combination of a hammer-operated ignition system paired with
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