Beretta APX A1 FS: a Full-Sized Version of the APX A1 Carry

Beretta is well known for designing and manufacturing high-quality firearms. That’s really not a surprise considering the Italian gun maker was founded in 1526, which means Beretta has almost 500 years of experience backing it and all that expertise was used in the creation of the APX A1 FS pistol. Whether you’re in the market for a home defense pistol or a range gun, the Beretta APX A1 FS was designed to get the job done reliably and accurately.

Beretta APX A1 FS
The Beretta APX A1 FS is a full-sized pistol made to perform to exacting standards whatever application it’s used for. (Photo credit: Beretta)

According to the manufacturer, the pistol is the “ultimate convergence of form, function, and fortitude” and a fantastic choice for a wide range of uses. Beretta went on to release some details about their latest pistol:

The APX A1 takes the proven ergonomics and reliability of the APX family to the next level with integrated features derived from feedback from military, law enforcement, and tactical shooters. It aims for the highest levels in performance, safety, and quality to operate for any shooter in the field. Beretta passed every stringent test of the US Army MHS program with its APX pistol candidate and is used by professionals on the ground in more than 20 countries.

Beretta APX A1 FS
The Beretta APX A1 FS is the ideal blend of form and function. (Photo credit: Beretta)

This pistol is the full-sized version of the company’s popular APX A1 Carry gun. It has an overall length of 7.5 inches, a height of 5.6 inches, and width of 1.3 inches. Empty, the gun weighs 29 ounces. These specifications mean that although it’s considered a full-sized gun it remains streamlined enough for carry use with the right holster and gun belt. The APX A1 FS is a striker-fired gun chambered in 9x19mm and has a capacity of 10, 15, or 17 rounds depending on the configuration. In addition, it’s an optics-ready pistol, a great feature for shooters interested in mounting a red dot to their guns.

Beretta APX A1 FS
The Beretta APX A1 FS has aggressive, angled slide serrations at the front and back of the slide. (Photo credit: Beretta)

Beretta’s Pistol Product Manager, Nicola Lorenzi, made the following statement regarding the APX A1 FS:

Building on Beretta’s knowledge and history of performance, the APX A1 offers the most competitive feature set available today on the market. The APX A1 takes the proven ergonomics and reliability of the APX family to the next level with integrated features derived from feedback from military, law enforcement, and tactical shooters. It aims for the highest levels in performance, safety, and quality to operate for any shooter in the field.

Beretta APX A1 FS field stripped
This is a modular pistol with three interchangeable, integral backstraps for customization to fit the shooter’s hand. (Photo credit: Beretta)

Beretta APX A1 FS Features

  • Best-In-Class Trigger
  • Serrated Combat Trigger Guard
  • Tritium Front Sight w/ White Outline
  • Red Dot Optic-Ready Slide
  • Aggressive Slide Serrations
  • Extended Beaver Tail
  • Ambidextrous Slide Release
  • Reversible Mag Release (left or right)
  • Straight Grip Profile
  • Multiple Backstrap Sizes Included in the Box

MSRP for all three available capacities of the Beretta APX A1 FS is $529.00.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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