Beretta took the wraps off its first striker fired pistol, the Beretta APX, at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The new pistol is a timely response to the U.S. Army’s on again off again rejection of the the company’s ECP for the Beretta M9; upgrading the M9 to the M9A3.

The APX will be chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W with a magazine capacity of 17 rounds and 15 rounds respectively. Beretta designers followed SIG Arms’ lead with the SIG P320 and the APX will use a serialized stainless steel frame enclosed in a polymer body to keep weight at a minimum. Controls are fully ambidextrous.

The APX also has some very nice ergonomic features that include a finger rest and a wide and flat trigger guard that should help with operator grip and not get in the way of rail mounted accessories. Trigger pull is reported to be slightly over 6 lbs. but having a very short trigger reset of 3mm.

Beretta plans to have fully certified its APX pistol by the end of Q2 2015. It’ll be interesting to see how it fares against its competitors.

Call me an incurable romantic, but I’ve had hands-on the M9A3 and I would be willing to wager dollars to donuts that we haven’t seen the last of the M9A3. In ALL respects the M9A3 is a combat system. We’ll just have to see how this entire MHS initiative shakes out!

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