First Look: Beretta APX A1 Carry Handgun

posted on October 12, 2021
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Beretta is launching a brand-new pistol, the APX A1 Carry, which is the newest evolution of the popular APX Carry series of guns. The APX A1 Carry has the reliability and quality the APX family has become known for, with a shorter and lighter trigger pull, red-dot optic ready slide, and improved modularity.

“Beretta USA is excited to be bringing the latest variant of the APX family to market. We are embracing the Red Dot Optic revolution and excited to be bringing an exciting and innovative offering to the concealed carry market that further eases training and use under stress for defensive purposes,” Jeff Hobson, VP of Marketing and Sales, said.

Beretta designed the APX A1 Carry based on years of extensive training and real-world use. The result is a handgun that is built for everyday carry and well-suited for personal defense.

The APX A1 Carry has a shorter and lighter trigger pull than previous models, with a clean break with quick reset that aids consistent shot placement and ease of use. The red-dot ready slide is designed to receive a variety of optics plates, including Burris, C-more, Shield RMS-C, and Holosun K Series. Beretta will provide one plate free of charge through the warranty registration process online for purchasers of the APX A1 Carry.

The pistol also features a low bore axis that produces less felt recoil along with a natural point of aim and faster follow-up shot acquisition. With aggressive slide serrations, a textured grip frame, and a flat trigger guard, this new pistol enables the user to ensure and maintain a firm, secure, and instinctive grip in all situations.

With its single-stack, sub-compact and thin grip design, the APX A1 Carry is easily concealed, no matter the clothes you wear or whether you carry in an inside or outside the waistband holster.

The pistol is available in either Standard Black, Flat Dark Earth, Wolf Grey, and OD Green frame colors, and can be customized for added concealment with either an extended 8-round magazine, a 6-round magazine with pinky extension, or 6-round magazine with flush baseplate.

The Beretta APX A1 Carry has an MSRP of $449, and more information on this gun as well as other products from Beretta can be found at


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