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Beretta APX A1 Beretta APX A1 Full Size Beretta APX grip Beretta APX left
Beretta APX A1 Beretta APX A1 Full Size Beretta APX grip Beretta APX left
  • Affordable
  • Good ergonomics
  • Reliable
  • No co-witness
  • Heavier trigger pull weight ~6lbs
Editor’s Note:

The Beretta APX A1 was created by taking feedback from various professional and recreational shooters and applying it to their already successful APX platform. Improved ergonomics, aggressive slide serrations, and an upgraded trigger provide a better hand feel and shooting experience than its predecessor. The low bore axis helps reduce muzzle flip and recoil, improving accuracy. Additionally, it features a blacked-out rear sight and tritium front sight combo and is also optics-ready out of the box. Ambidextrous capable controls and interchangeable backstraps round out the feature set and ensure that the APX A1 is a fit for any hand.

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Beretta APX A1 Specs

Semi-Auto / Single Action
Barrel Length
3.3in / 4.3in
Magazine Capacity
10rd / 15rd / 17rd / 8rd
9mm Luger
Black / Grey
Overall Length
5.6in / 5.8in
29 oz
Trigger Pull
Fixed, low-profile

Beretta APX A1 Features

17+1 capacity
4.25-inch barrel
Black serrated rear sight and tritium front sight
Optics-ready slide
3 interchangeable backstraps
Aquatech Shield coating
Low bore axis
Ambidextrous controls

By The Numbers - Beretta APX A1

The trigger on the A1 is good, and the defined wall contributed greatly to the overall accuracy.
Over the course of our test, which consisted of approximately 500 rounds of 115 grain and 147 grain in three different brands, the A1 fed, fired, and ejected without failure.
This is a relatively new pistol, so the number of custom options is limited, though you can mount up a number of optics on the slide or accessories on the rail.
The base grip is very well done, and control placement was solid, with everything well within reach. The reversible mag release makes this a true ambidextrous capable pistol.

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final verdict

“The APX A1 Full Size pistol has good ergonomics, slide serrations, grip texture, is optics ready, accurate, and reliable, with good capacity is noteworthy. Selling that handgun at a low price is downright tantalizing.” – Sean Curtis

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