The Beretta APX Compact and APX Centurion are Beretta’s Glock 26 and Glock 19, respectively. That’s what they were designed to do. Compete with the king of the polymer pistol’s mid-size and concealed carry offerings.
Competing with Glock on any front is definitely a tall order. But it appears the Italian-firearms maker has done an admirable job. No, I didn’t get a chance to shoot ’em yet, so it’s impossible to make a definitive judgment. After feeling them out at the Beretta booth at NRAAM 2018, though, I walked away quite intrigued.
The biggest selling point to me is the modularity of these-striker fired pistols. Users can swap out the backstraps to find the size that’s right for them: Small, Medium or Large. Combine those with the guns’ front and rear slide serrations, what you have is a nicely textured and contoured pistol that handles well.
Like their older brother, the original APX, both models are available in 9mm and .40 S&W. Capacity for the Compact is 13+1 (9MM) or 10+1 (.40S&W) with a flush fit magazine. Capacity for the Centurion is 15+1 (9MM) or 13+1 (.40S&W), again, that’s with a flush fit magazine. Full-size APX mags fit either pistol and the APX Compact will also take Centurion mags. In case you need extended capacity.
Features include a 6-pound trigger with tactile and audible reset, a low bore axis, ambi slide catch and reversible mag release. Color options for the grip frame are available in Flat Dark Earth, Wolf Grey, Black and Olive Drab.
MSRP for the Compact and the Centurion is $575. Though I’ve seen them listed on GunsAmerica in the neighborhood of $525.
If you’re in the market for a new pistol, don’t write off the APX series. Make sure you give them a look. For more information visit Beretta.com.