Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol
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Last summer, Beretta updated their APX line of striker-fired handguns. The new Beretta APX A1 Full Size features better slide serrations, enhanced grip texturing, an improved trigger, a better recoil spring and more.

To fully appreciate all of the changes Beretta made, read our review of the APX A1 Full Size here. That will also save me much typing as this new tactical version of the APX A1 Full Size is mostly just the original gun, only tactical-ized.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

Again, Beretta took an already good, if underrated gun in the APX and updated it to make it an excellent, very competitive handgun. Now the Italian gun maker has added the tactical features a lot of people want in a great, all-around pistol platform.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

First, they’ve added a ½”-28 threaded barrel . . .

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

…that makes adding your favorite can a snap.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

Because who wouldn’t rather shoot suppressed?

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

And the combination of a can with a good light makes the APX A1 Tactical a damn-near ideal home defense gun.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

If you’re going to be shooting with a can, you need suppressor-height sights.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

Unlike the APX A1 Full Size, the Tactical model’s suppressor-height front sight doesn’t have a tritium insert. It’s just a serrated black blade. Operators who operate with night vision prefer the absence of tritium, but if that’s not you, it works well in most situations. Or you may want to put a dab of paint in it. YMMV.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

The texturing on the APX A1 Tactical is exactly the same as on the APX A1.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

The frame is OD green with contrasting black grip backstrap panels and a black slide. Look for more colors to become available if green isn’t your thing.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

The APX A1 Tactical comes with three…count em, three 21-round extended magazines.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

Standard 17-round APX magazines will work too, of course.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

Like the APC A1 Full Size, the the A1 Tactical Full Size is optic-ready. But like the original, that means the Tactical is ready to take whatever Beretta plate you need to mount the reflex sight of your choice. The slide isn’t cut for a default mount style. You’ll have to buy the plate you need for your sight. They’re not expensive (about $29 each here), but be aware that the pistol isn’t truly red-dot ready out of the box.

Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size 9mm pistol

One more noteworthy feature of the Beretta APX A1 Tactical Full Size is its price. MSRP is $549. That’s only $29 more than the price of the standard APX A1 Full Size. Buying the Tactical over the base Full Size gets you a threaded barrel, suppressor-height sights (less the tritium) and three 21-round magazines (new mags are $36 each). That makes this a very well equipped pistol at a very attractive price.

Specifications: Beretta APX A1 Full Size Tactical Pistol

Action: Striker-fired
Barrel length: (in) 4.8
Caliber: 9mm
Grip Width: 1.06″
Capacity 21+1
Overall height 5.8 in (without mag. base pad)
Overall length 8.2 in
Overall width 1.3 in
Sight Radius: 6.3 in
Weight unloaded: 29.6
MSRP: $549

Rating (out of five stars):

Overall * * * * ½
Beretta’s added exactly what you’d expect to the APX A1 Full Size to make this a well-equipped tactical pistol. Getting suppressor-height sights, three 21-round magazines, and a threaded barrel for only $20 dollars more is impressive. Some might want to swap out the front blade for a night sight and, as popular as pistol red dot sights have become, you’re probably going to want the additional plate for the RDO of your choice. But $549 for a pistol this capable and well-equipped makes it an extremely competitive option for those in the market for a 9mm tactical pistol.

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  1. I think Beretta messed up by not offering different sizes and calibers like their old APX line. It looks like this was designed to accept a manual safety like the old APX, but I haven’t seen any mention of it.

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  2. It must be a really reliable gun, and strong for its utilitarian possibilities. That would hopefully be its selling point.

    Because it’s absolutely ugly and looks like it’s made from recycled park bench plastic. I wouldn’t take this if it were offered to me for free.

    There has been a plethora of ugly guns flooding the market lately. There are some handsome ones, sure, for which I’m grateful, but boy-howdy we’re seeing some weak attempts at releasing models that will stand the test of time and be remembered a generation from now.

    • Now Haz, point taken but never look a gift horse in the mouth. I’ve had a mistrust of FDE colored firearms, because the color always brings to mind caramel, and my brain associates them with candy. I expect it to be sticky whenever I touch one. I likely will never buy one, but if given one I would take it. I would sell it and use the cash to buy something more appropriate, but I would take it.

    • “it’s absolutely ugly and looks like it’s made from recycled park bench plastic”

      I’m a Beretta collector largely because they’re such pretty guns, and I’m sad to have to agree with you here. It’s hideous where it isn’t just plain boring; the general profile is nice but Walther already did it better.

  3. i think i kinda like
    the slide serrations
    on the original apx better
    made the pistol stand out more from the crowd
    this pistol looks pretty similar to a lot of other pistols out there

  4. I like the integrated sorta beaver tail, long slide rails, ample ejection port and the conventional striker trigger without some different middle hinge, etc. Nonetheless it would be a hands on purchase.

  5. Wellll, it certainly looks cool. And the price, not too bad…. I do own a few Berettas and they have never failed me.

  6. Always wanted a gun made out of melted green army men…

    What doesn’t suck is 3 21rnd mags.

  7. Nope, doesn’t have facial recognition, finger print lock or blue tooth. You’d think at least they could have put a blue tooth in it.

  8. My APX A1 is hands down the best polymer/striker-fired standard size 9mm handgun I’ve experienced- and it’s BY FAR the most ergonomic/natural pointing handgun of this type I have EVER held in my hands… which is why I bought it.

    Mine’s just plain black, and I think it looks good…

  9. I like it, especially for the price. Wonder if it’s manufactured at the Gallatin, TN plant down the road.

  10. Just buy pistols from the Stoeger STR-9 line instead. They come in a variety of sizes, and larger mags can be used in smaller pistols. The RDO-ready versions include four adapter plates, no need to order them separately. Replacements are only $5 each vs $29 for APX plates. And if you’re worried about quality … well, Stoeger is part of the Beretta umbrella.

  11. This site used to be so much better with lots of articles like this one. The old format was much better

  12. I can get one for about $365 after rebate and credit card discount for first purchase at SW

  13. I have the Carry version and the texturing on the front and rear of the grip and mag are my only real negatives. I really hate the way it feels and since the gun was so cheap, I’m going to be sanding those nubs down a little. The shape of the grip itself is fine, but I wish that gum makers would put grooves in the grips instead of spikes, pyramids, and other sharp shapes to pacify the “Grip fanatics” who seem to be afraid that they will be unable to hold their 9mm pistol with sweaty hands. It’s ridiculous.

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