Beretta brought their first full-sized, striker-fired pistol to the NRA’s Annual Meetings, 2017, and I was able to get my hands on it for the first time. The first thing you notice on the Beretta APX are the serrations cut into a majority of the slide. I can say that, at first, I wasn’t the biggest fan.
The gentleman I spoke to at the Beretta booth said that the photographer almost did “too well” taking pictures of the slide serrations, because they’re very prominent.
Before I got the pistol in my hand, I did not like them. At all.
I can say, however, after getting my hands on the pistol at their booth at the NRAAM, I see why they’re there, and why they went with such an aggressive serration pattern: Because they work.
They don’t just work, however. It didn’t really matter where I gripped the slide to pull it back, or how loose my grip was … Each time, without fail, the slide went back nice and easy.
I even went back a few different times in disbelief at how much I liked something I had presumed to hate, just to see if I still liked it. In the gun world, when some people poke fun at the boxiness and looks of polymer pistols, always remember that function trumps aesthetics every time.
When you get the pistol, it comes with different sized back straps that can be interchanged according to your hand size and comfort level. I tried out the medium and large size while at the NRAAM, and can say that both of them helped to fit the gun in my hand like it was meant to be there.
While I have not brought a Beretta APX to the gun range yet, I can say that from the time I had with it at the show, I was able to eject a magazine without having to adjust the grip on my hand–a huge positive for me–because most guns don’t let me keep that positive, combat grip on my pistol.
As a side note, many people assume that because I have larger than normal hands, that I should be able to reach all of the controls, very easily. I can say, however, that hands that are too big, are nearly as bad as those that are too small, when it comes to the design on some guns.
My hands are huge, so I have to adjust my grip on most pistols, when it’s time to eject a magazine. While I haven’t had that much time with the Beretta APX, I assume that it’s partially because of the teardrop shape of the release itself. On pistols with a round, or circular release, I have a hard time reaching. I’ll learn more when I actually get to shoot one.
Current setup on the mag release is for right handed shooters, but it does look from first glance to have the ability to swap over for lefties.
Finally, again while I’ve not fired it yet, another thing that stands out in my mind about the APX, was a great trigger and seemingly short reset which will be confirmed when I get my hands on one.
MSRP for both 9mm and .40 S&W is set at $575, and come with Cali-compliant magazines, and 15 or 17 rounders, depending on your chosen caliber.
I’m glad I was able to stop by their booth and get my hands on this new pistol. I’m going to do everything I possibly can to get my hands on one at the range and bring you a proper evaluation. What do you think about those slide serrations? Have you had the chance to get your hands on the Beretta APX yet? Let me know in the comments.