First Look: Beretta APX A1 Tactical

First Look: Beretta APX A1 Tactical

Beretta recently announced the APX A1 Tactical full-size pistol, an upgraded variant of the existing polymer-framed 9mm handgun.

It wasn’t that long ago when Beretta released the standard version of the APX A1 FS pistol, but the company has recently announced a new, more advanced variant called the APX A1 Tactical. At its heart, it’s still the same full-size polymer-framed 9mm striker-fired handgun, but it has a few more tricks up its sleeve.


Beretta says that it was developed in collaboration with special forces units, and the APX A1 Tactical has everything you would expect in a modern tactical pistol. That includes a 1/2×28 threaded barrel, black suppressor-height sights and an extended beavertail. The sights also enable co-witnessing when a red dot is installed on its optics-ready slide and it comes standard with three extended 21-round magazines, has an enhanced trigger and the polymer frame is now OD green.


Some carryover features from the original APX A1 FS include its three-slot Picatinny rail for accessories, its high trigger undercut and the grip’s interchangeable backstraps. Beretta doesn’t specify the details of the APX A1 Tactical’s optics-ready slide, but presuming it’s the same as the original FS model, it’s milled to accept one of Beretta’s optic plates. These plates should allow the mounting of any optic compatible with a Leupold, C-More, Aimpoint, Burris/Docter or Trijicon footprint. The magazine catch is still reversible as well.


Nicola Lorenzi, Pistol Product Manager at Beretta, said this about the new handgun:

At the 2023 NRA Show, Beretta introduces the APX A1 Tactical, featuring the ½-28 threaded barrel, black full serrated sound suppressor sights, three 21-round mags, and OD green frame with a black backstrap. Developed for an Italian SF unit, the APX A1 Tactical represents the flagship model of the APX family…

The Beretta APX A1 Tactical is available now and has an MSRP of $549.

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