Beretta's Proposed Army Pistol Could Be Coming To The US Civilian Market

Photo by Beretta.

Two years ago, the first murmuring about a new pistol from Beretta began. In February 2015, Beretta unveiled its new pistol at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi. The polymer-framed, striker-fired APX is a departure from Beretta's long and venerable line of metal-framed, hammer-fired pistols, which culminated with the 92F that the U.S. military adopted in 1985 as the M9.

While Beretta already markets the Px4 Storm, a hammer-fired, polymer-framed pistol, in the United States, the APX represents its entry into the striker-fired, full-size duty pistol market. What prompted Beretta to finally make this move? The answer is the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System competition. The APX is a chassis-based design with a focus on modular features such as interchangeable grips and ambidextrous controls — all features requested by the Army's Modular Handgun System competition.

We have already seen several other Modular Handgun System firearms enter the civilian market, including the Smith & Wesson M&P; 2.0, the Ruger American, and Remington's RP9. The SIG Sauer P320 has been available commercially since 2014. Now Beretta, one of the seemingly more successful competitors, appears set to follow them into the U.S. handgun market.

Until the end of 2016, the Beretta remained one of the favorites to win the Army's new contract and in all likelihood made it to the last three. But when the SIG Sauer P320 was selected by the Army in January 2017, speculation that the APX would soon be brought to the U.S. civilian market mounted. On Feb. 10, a 40-second promo video of the APX appeared on Beretta's YouTube channel and its Italian website was updated to include images, stats and details of the pistol.

While the U.S. Beretta website has not yet been updated to include the APX, the new information and video give us a tantalizing look at what may be marketed in here in the near future. In Europe, the pistol will be offered with a variety of frame colors, including black, wolf gray, olive drab, and flat dark earth. Like the SIG P320, the APX has a serial-marked trigger module, which is what is legally considered the firearm. This allows the frame of the pistol to be swapped out at will. The most obvious physical characteristic of the APX is its low-bore axis, meaning the user's grip is close to the line of the barrel, minimizing perceived recoil. This is a feature that is becoming increasingly popular with handguns like the Steyr M9A1, Arsenal Strike One, and the new Hudson H9 recently coming to market.

The APX owes many of its features directly to the specifications of the Army's Modular Handgun System competition. These include a trigger-blade safety and the option of a manual frame-mounted safety catch, as well as the pistol's ability to be disassembled without having to pull the trigger. And, of course, the pistol's modular characteristics such as its ability to chamber a number of calibers including the ubiquitous 9x19mm, as well as 9x21mm IMI and .40 S&W.; The pistol also feeds from a double stack 15-round magazine. It is worth noting that the 9x21mm IMI round mentioned on Beretta's Italian site is unlikely to be offered in the United States as it is a round used in European countries, including Italy, which prohibits the chambering of civilian weapons in military calibers such as 9x19mm.

The Military Keeps Picking Sig Sauer When It Needs It Most »

With its low-bore axis and styling the APX is a good looking gun, made by a trusted manufacturer with one of the finest reputations in the firearms industry. No word yet on a retail price but when it arrives on the US market it will be interesting to see how much attention it receives and how well it sells in a marketplace already brimming with polymer pistols from Glock, SIG, Smith & Wesson and a dozen other firms.  

Kade Kurita (U.S. Army photo(

Kade Kurita, the 20-year-old West Point cadet who had been missing since Friday evening, was found dead on Tuesday night, the U.S. Military Academy announced early Wednesday morning.

"We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita's family and friends," Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, superintendent of West Point, said in the release.

Read More Show Less

VISTA —An Iraq war veteran who said he killed a stranger in Oceanside at the behest of a secret agency that controlled his brain was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The sentence for Mikhail Schmidt comes less than a month after a Superior Court jury in North County found Schmidt guilty of first-degree murder of Jacob Bravo, a stranger that Schmidt spotted, followed and stabbed to death on March 8, 2017.

Read More Show Less

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Strongsville woman convicted of fleecing an ailing Korean War veteran out of much of his life savings was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison.

Latasha Wisniewski, 38, feigned a sexual interest in Charles Bauer in late 2017 by taking the 88-year-old widower to a plastic surgeon's office and asking him to pay for breast implants. She then withdrew more than $140,000 from Bauer's accounts over the following months, according to court records.

Read More Show Less

Mark Mitchell is stepping down as the acting assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict, a position he has held since late June, a defense official confirmed on Tuesday.

No information was immediately available about why Mitchell decided to resign. His last day will be Nov. 1 and he will be replaced by Thomas Alexander, who is currently leading the Defense Department's counternarcotics efforts, the defense official told Task & Purpose.

Read More Show Less
Photo: West Point

The U.S. Military Academy identified a cadet who has been missing since Friday evening as 20-year-old Kade Kurita.

A search began for Kurita after he failed to report for a scheduled military skills competition around 5:30pm on Friday. West Point officials said in the Tuesday press release that he is believed to still be nearby.

Read More Show Less