Beretta APX A1 Carry - Do you have one? Do you like it?

Recently picked up the Beretta APX A1 Carry.

I like it. It’s a solid firearm by one of the oldest brands. So I’m running this through with practice ammo. Running into a stovepipe problem at the range from time to time. At first I believe the stovepiping was due to the factory oil sort of gun king things up. After a thorough cleaning of the weapon, I took it back over to the range and while I had around 8 out of a hundred or so rounds the first time, I still had a few.
A different time I was unexpectedly at the range and bought some Federal ammo in 9mm Luger and did not have one.
So it was the ammo. It was herters, not to disparage the brand. Just saying. The federal worked no problem.
Anyway, this is my every day carry pistol so I really don’t want it to misfire under duress. That would suck.

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If it was a new gun or new recoil spring sometimes the spring has to get worked in. Sometimes a firmer grip will stop the stove pipes.

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I’m not familiar at all with the Beretta pistols or Herters ammo. Not sure if that pistol has a break in period or not? Maybe the other ammo was the problem or maybe you shot it enough to smooth things out and now your good to go?

I like to have 100 to 200 rounds of good quality practice ammo without a hiccup followed by 100 rounds of whatever self defense ammo I am going to carry before I completely trust a new pistol. More if the pistol is newer and doesn’t have a solid reputation for reliability yet.

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Been fighting with the grip a little because it is kind of small. Adjusting though. It seems to run this other ammo pretty good so far.

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This is just my opinion…I wouldn’t trust that gun. My Glocks run on Herters just fine, right out of the box. So do my other pistols. If they wouldn’t, I’d sell them as I’m not trusting them for defense.

Also, just my opinion…with how good and popular and proven Glock, S&W M&P, H&P VP9, and some others are, I don’t personally see a desire to buy a small market cap pistol with (relative to the big boys) little out there in the way of being proven. Do any police departments issue APX pistols?

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Same here, never had an issue.

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@Josh47 , it’s hard to tell what might be the reason for your problems. User error? Ammo ? Who knows.

If you like this firearm, just continue testing different ammo. Do not think that APX A1 is not reliable firearm… because it is not true. We actually had this pistol available to civilians because it didn’t make as M9 replacement for Military.
I had a pleasure to shoot original model (not A1) and was positively surprised. Very ergonomic design fit my hand perfectly. Zero issues experienced. I actually found the old slide serrations better for me…

As far as I know APX has been successfully used by Polish LEOs and Polish Prison Officers since 2020.
Police in Italy and France is using this model as well. I think Brasil and some US agencies also use it.

I would suggest to take the pistol down, give it a good cleaning with brass brush (to be sure there is nothing sitting in small corners and niches - like extractor claw) and then proper lubrication.

I’m guessing you will find the pistol to be a great shooter and eventually pair it with proper ammo that will reliably work for you.

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A 2023-11-20 23-25-45

I have just found that my neigbours have been using it for last 3 years… :wink:

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I used to shop at your Menards when I lived in Elmhurst :grinning:

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It definitely seems to be getting better. I’m still under 500 rounds through this. I do like it. Just new to working out these things.
Thanks for the guidance. It’s appreciated.

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I do like the full size APX too. And yes, the grip on this gun looks great and like it will indeed fit nicely in the hand.

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I purchased an apx a1 Carry Right about the same time as you did. I’ve only run the CCI Blazer Brass through it at the range. I’ve yet to have any issues with it at all.

One complaint atm is finding any extra mags in stock anywhere. Having only the 8rd and 6rd magazines makes a range session tedious. Just added a crimson trace 1550 RDO and loving that addition!

The other complaint I have is finding a holster to use with the a1 carry. Have you had any luck? If so, what are you using?

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@Tom_the_Jakolantern Welcome to our community, we are glad to have you with us. :slightly_smiling_face:
P.S. Merry Christmas and Happy New year. :christmas_tree:

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How do you like it?
I showed this pistol to my youngest niece who is looking for a new pistol.
Have you looked at there holsters?

The only place I have seen the magazines in stock are on EBay, OEM.

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I am really liking it everything about it so far. I will say to let her feel the trigger on her finger. In my opinion mine had rough sides to it. I am also a hobby blacksmith so I had some 1500 grit sandpaper handy to smooth the edges some without losing any of the trigger mass. As a sub compact with only 8 and 6 round magazines available it is a self defense option that if you empty the magazine within the 3-5 yd range it will stop the threat.

Thanks for the link to the CYA holsters. I had not seen these at all. Currently carrying off body in a sling bag and it is not ideal for my liking.

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@Karacal thanks for this suggestion! Just ordered one and should be here to me on Friday.

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Thanks again for the recommendation for the CYA holster. Fits like a glove!

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