Beretta APX Out of the Box and into the Match Review!

After a great weekend down in Fort Worth at Defender Outdoors Shooting Center, shooting legend Patrick E. Kelley has released a new gun review. In his video review series, Patrick takes a brand new gun—never shot, consumer grade, no after-market upgrades—gives it a quick clean and oil, then takes it to the range to compete in a shooting competition. These Out of the Box and into the Match Reviews are unique, because you see everything from Pat’s missed shots to firearm malfunctions, and everything in between.

Today, Patrick is trying out the new Beretta APX. The APX is Beretta’s first striker-fired semi-auto handgun. It was mostly designed for the U.S. military’s XM17 Modular Handgun System contract, but lost out to Sig Sauer’s P320. (Patrick is has also reviewed the Sig P320). Having lost the military contract, Beretta has now released the firearm to the general consumer market, and Patrick got one to try out! Want to see how it does or learn more about it? Then watch this quick video:

Patrick seemed to be able to run the gun pretty well out of the box, but had a little trouble adjusting to the sights making the gun shoot a little low. Some of the issues could also be attributed to Pat using Federal Syntech 9mm ammo; the polymer-coated bullets aren’t match grade so they aren’t the most accurate loads to shoot, but they are hard to beat when it comes to keeping your gun clean and eliminating splash back from shooting steel targets. When Patrick goes back for accuracy testing, you can see a pretty major difference in group size between all the different loads. Surprisingly, the tightest group was with Armscor 124gr 9mm ammo. All in all, the APX shot pretty well.

But, Patrick pointed out that Beretta’s APX was…not exciting. The gun was decent: easy to use, acceptably accurate, pretty light with recoil. But it didn’t do anything that every other polymer-framed, striker-fired 9mm does. Is that a bad thing? No. But will the APX be able to penetrate the very crowded market with a gun that doesn’t improved greatly on all the other offerings? Time will tell.

Video courtesy of Patrick Kelley. Give him a like or follow to help him keep making these videos. Firearm courtesy of Beretta. Ammunition courtesy of Federal Premium. Patrick shoots Savage Rifles with Burris Optics, uses MGM Targets, and is sponsored by us, Defender Outdoors. Got a question for Pat? Leave a comment on his video or on here and he’ll get back to you as soon as he can!

Do you think the Beretta APX can break into the striker-fired market? Let us know what you think and leave a comment!

4 Comments On This Article

  1. I always enjoy watching Patrick Kelley’s video. He does an excellent job in showing what a gun will and will not do. Also, for what it is worth, I also think he is an excellent shot.

  2. Really interested in something other than a Glock. I rented an APX at the range and fired a 50 round box of 9mm with it. I like it better than my Ruger. I am wonder how it compares to the Walther PPQ M2, though.

  3. He says in the video that there are no aftermarket triggers for the APX, but Apex Tactical Specialties has one coming soon. I tried it at the NRA Convention and it felt great.

  4. Patrick Kelley

    Thank you Russ!

    Mr. Pyle, the PPQ M2 trigger is one of the best ever on a striker gun and the APX is well below it for feel. Both are accurate and well built. I do prefer the APX ergos, but that has more to do with my hand size.

    John! Thank you for the info. I was not aware of that. Apex’s addition could really make the APX shine!

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