One of the fastest-growing and most popular striker-fired handguns on the market is Beretta’s APX series pistols.
Beretta introduced the full-sized APX in 2017, equipped with a polymer frame and a host of competitive features putting it on par with other duty guns. The APX line, as a rule, features a passive trigger safety, Picatinny rail, three-dot sights, reversible mag release, and interchangeable backstraps, but what stands out most is the slide serrations spaced finger-width apart that run the entirety of the slide and the fully flat trigger. Most models are available in either 9mm or .40 S&W chamberings.
Since introduction, the company has expanded the line with their Carry, Target, RDO, Combat and Compact/Centurion models. The platform has gone on to score major police contracts.
As introduced, the full-sized APX has a 4.25-inch barrel as well as aggressive full-length slide serrations making slide manipulations easy under any conditions. To accommodate right or left-handed use, the APX magazine release button can be easily reversed and the slide stop is ambidextrous. The APX trigger breaks at 6- pounds and has a clear tactile and audible very short reset. It uses a 17-round magazine and is 5.6-inches high.
The smallest of the family is the single-stack APX Carry, which debuted in April 2019. It ships with two magazines– one extended 8-round and one 6-round with a pinky extension — plus one flush baseplate. Due to its size, it lacks an accessory rail, but its overall length is just 5.63-inches. Weight is 20-ounces, unloaded.
The Centurion-length APX RDO sports a 3.7-inch barrel and the same optic-capability as the APX Target. When the red dot is not mounted, the sleek APX profile can be maintained with an included blank plate to provide a smooth surface on the slide top. MSRP is $725 (although available for almost half that amount from select retailers) and it ships with two 15-round magazines. The very similar APX Combat features both the RDO cut as well as a threaded barrel, making it suppressor ready right out of the box.
The APX Centurion Combat is essentially the Centurion APX RDO with a factory standard 1/2×28 TPI threaded barrel.