Recently Buds Gun Shop made the pre-order available for the new Beretta APX. My understanding is the APX has been in development for some time and has been more available in the European market over the past year or so before coming to our shores. It’s really another flavor of the day pistol, bearing the same features that we’ve seen for the past 20+ years: polymer frame, striker fired, 17 round magazine, Browning tilting barrel design, etc.
But the one thing that stands out to me? It’s ugly as sin.
It’s almost like they tried to make it look like some sort of Aliens prop pistol reject. I guess the huge slide “serrations” are maybe what are really getting me, but being mated to what looks like a Steyr frame’s aborted brother certainly isn’t helping. I recently sent a picture to a friend of mine, who remarked that everything Beretta has put out since the Nano has been aesthetically horrendous, which I’m inclined to agree with. The ARX? Kind of cool, but let’s be honest: it does look like a fish. At least they still make beautiful and functional shotguns.
I’ll be honest, I don’t own an APX, and don’t really have any plan to. I’m sure it’s a fine pistol but… I just don’t think I could be seen toting one of these when I usually carry a Government Model 1911. Maybe the beauty is in its operation, but I guess that’s for another day.
More info on the APX can be found here: