American Rifleman - August 2017 - 67
IMPORTER: BERETTA USA (DEPT. AR), 17601 BERETTA DRIVE, ACCOKEEK, MD 20607;
(800) 237-3882; BERETTA.COM
BERETTA USA CORP. ACKK. MD
RIFLING: SIX-GROOVE, 1:10"
6-LB., 5-OZ. PULL
WEIGHT: 27.8 OZS.
MANUAL, HARD CASE, GUN
LOCK, MAGAZINE LOADER,
D'ARMI PIETRO BERETTA
CHAMBERING: 9 MM LUGER
SLIDE: BLACK NITRIDEFRAME: GLASS-FILLED
SHOOTING RESULTS (25 YDS.)
A double-action-only trigger with a passive
blade-type safety breaks at around 6 lbs. of
pressure (top). The gun's sights are dovetailed
to the slide and feature a three-white-dot pattern wherein the front dot, although slightly
larger, appears the same size as the rear dots
(middle, above). Also, the rear sight's front
face can be placed against the edge of a hard
surface and used to rack the slide if necessary.
9 MM LUGER
VEL. @ 3'
AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD
GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS, FIRED OVER A CALDWELL G2 CHRONOGRAPH
AT 3 FT. ACCURACY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS AT 25 YDS. FROM A SANDBAG REST.
TEMPERATURE: 64º F. HUMIDITY: 52%. ABBREVIATIONS: HTP (HIGH TERMINAL PERFORMANCE),
JHP (JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).
a double-action/single-action trigger for its full-size,
center-fire handgun designs (with either a manual safety
or a decocker), as seen in its Model 92, 96 and Px4 series
guns. However, as the popularity of that combination has
waned in recent years in favor of striker-fired guns, Beretta
made the decision to follow the prevailing trend. The APX's
trigger is double-action-only, wherein the trigger pull first
completes the cocking of the striker before releasing it to
impact the chambered round's primer.
Citing its own research and the insights gleaned from
the project's consulting operators, Beretta tuned the APX's
trigger to break at approximately 6 lbs. of pressure-light
enough to allow accurate fire to be brought to bear on the
target, but heavy enough to forestall inadvertent discharge
while in an adrenalized state. The trigger was designed with
an intentionally wide and flat face in order to promote a
straight, rearward trigger pull on the part of the user. While
there is no manual safety present on the new Beretta, the
gun does feature a striker block safety and a blade-in-trigger
safety to help prevent accidental discharge of the pistol.
Befitting of a fighting gun, the APX does not make use of a
magazine disconnect safety, and will thus still be able to fire
without a magazine fully seated within its well.
The APX utilizes a serialized, removable steel chassis
very similar in function to the modules used by SIG's P250
and P320 lines. On the Beretta, this structure houses the
gun's firing mechanism, trigger, ejector, bilateral slide
releases and the full-length rails upon which the slide
travels. The modular nature of the chassis allows it to
be removed (although not a particularly simple process)
for maintenance or to be installed within alternate grip
frame housings in case of damage to the frame or even
simply for the sake of customization-and Beretta offers
aftermarket housings in Olive Drab Green, Flat Dark Earth
and Wolf Grey for just this purpose. The initial APX series
may only field the two full-size pistols, but given the
capability of the chassis to be used interchangeably with
either a 9 mm Luger or .40 S&W slide/barrel assembly, the