Beretta unveiled the new APX, a striker-fired service pistol developed for military and law enforcement users, as well as the commercial market.
Right now details are thin — most details come from the All4Shooters.com coverage of an international arms show — but what is known is that the gun was launched for the international defense market, so when a U.S. version becomes available specifications will be slightly different.
The APX is somewhat of a first for the company. Beretta is famously known for their military sidearm, the M9 series, a traditional alloy-framed, double-action semi-automatic pistol based on the Beretta 92. The APX is a completely different type of service pistol with the striker-fired trigger and polymer frame.
Beretta is keen to make the APX the U.S. miltary’s next sidearm. (Photo: Beretta)
But in another sense, the APX is the successor to the 92 — Beretta intends to compete with it in the military’s Modular Handgun System.
“Of course we will continue to develop the APX to take into consideration the final specifications of the MHS as they become known,” said Gabriele De Plano, Beretta Defense’s vice president of marketing.
The MHS program is led by the U.S. Army and Air Force. The goal of the MHS is to seek out a replacement for the M9 pistols in service with the majority of the military. The M9 started to replace M1911 pistols in 1985 and is starting to show its age. The guns are at the end of their service life and many argue the design is just as dated.