June 17, 2019
By Brad Fitzpatrick
Beretta may be the world’s oldest gunmaker, but the Italian company has managed to remain at the forefront of modern firearms development. Their newest firearm from Beretta, the APX Carry, is a single-stack 9mm striker-fired subcompact pistol that’s loaded with user-friendly features and is ideally suited for personal protection.
The full-sized Beretta APX, which debuted two years ago, underwent a four-year development process that included more than a million test rounds and input from 500 full-time end users. The resulting pistol was a major success, and many of the same features that make the APX a great gun have found their way into the APX Carry. Like the full-sized APX, the APX Carry come with a reinforced technopolymer serialized frame, steel slide, and the Beretta’s signature trapezoidal slide cuts that run virtually the whole length of the slide and offer improved purchase when cycling. The Subcompact APX Carry’s single-stack design make it more concealable than other members of the APX family, though. Both the APX Compact’s slide and the frame measure a mere .9-inches wide, and the minimized controls make this a comfortable daily carry pistol. The APX Carry ships with two steel magazines—a 6-round magazine with an easy-to-conceal flat baseplate or a pinky extension plate for those with larger hands, and an 8-round extended magazine. With a length of just 5.63 inches, a height of 4.17 inches and weighing in at a mere 20 ounces, the APX Carry is perfectly suited for concealment.
Light, subcompact 9mms can be a handful to fire, but the APX Carry offers a number of features that make recoil manageable. It comes with an optimized grip angle which promotes a high hand hold and a low bore axis, features that reduce muzzle flip and improve speed on follow-up shots. The grip texturing that helps keep the gun planted when firing, and the smooth, 6.5-pound DAO trigger promotes straight rearward pulls and reduces sight distortion for better accuracy. The trigger features a short, tactile reset.
The APX Carry’s 3.07-inch barrel features 1:10, 6-groove right-handed rifling, and both the barrel and frame have a durable black nitride finish that will stand up well to the abuses of daily carry. The black, serrated rear sight is dovetailed into the slide and the front white dot sight is highly visible even in low light. A low-profile design prevents the sights from hanging-up while drawing the gun, and they’re easy to remove if you’d like to change them (Beretta currently offers tritium night sights as well as Big Dot XS sights for the APX Carry on their website).
Controls on the APX Carry are simple and well thought out: the slide stop is serrated and fits neatly against the frame for comfortable, snag-free carry yet the slide stop is easy to reach and manipulate. The magazine release is tucked behind the trigger and it is reversible to accommodate left-handed shooters.
Shooters will appreciate many of the seemingly minor upgrades that make the APX Carry a standout in the subcompact market. It’s available in four different frame colors—black, OD green, wolf grey, and FD--and the outsized slide serrations offer a positive grip and complete control while cycling the pistol. The included steel magazines come with wide, notched bases that allow for easy extraction, and there’s ample room in the flat-front trigger guard to accommodate gloved fingers.
Beretta takes safety seriously, and the APX Carry comes with a number of innovative safety features. There’s an integral trigger safety as well as an automatic striker block safety. Additionally, the APX Carry comes with a striker deactivation button that allows the shooter to deactivate the striker without pulling the trigger prior to disassembly.
With so many high-quality features you’d expect the APX Carry to be pricy, but it carries an MSRP of just $450, making it a great value. Beretta also offers a full line of accessories for the APX Carry including additional magazine and baseplates, additional serialized frames, sights, and more than a half-dozen different holsters for every application to accommodate both left and right-handed shooters.
With its versatile subcompact design, a long list of user-friendly features, and affordable price point the APX Carry is poised to make waves in the defensive handgun market. To learn more about it or to find a dealer in your area visit www.beretta.com.
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