Gun Report

Beretta APX Compact JAXC921 9mm Luger

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The APX is the least expensive handgun tested. Yet it is a service-grade pistol with excellent reliability and good combat-shooting ability. The magazines were difficult to load, and the slide was difficult to rack. In addition, the takedown button was difficult to engage.

Beretta APX Compact JAXC921 9mm Luger

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Weight Unloaded
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Trigger Span Double

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The APX Compact field strip is simple enough. The takedown lever was difficult to work initially. The silver button toward the rear of the receiver is the striker release.
The most significant cosmetic feature of the APX is the serrated slide. Fitted with a TruGlo combat light, the Beretta makes a formidable defender.
We had to use a magazine loader to top off the magazine.
While it isn’t thin, the pistol isn’t as fat as some. Two grip inserts offer adjustment to fit the hand.
This is a strong recoil spring, demanding care in racking the slide.

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