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Beretta APX Centurion Review by Alien Gear Holsters

Many others have noted in their Beretta APX Centurion review that it’s a remarkable pistol, comfortable, accurate and reliable. It definitely is. Not only that, but it has some wickedly good features that merit you looking at this pistol.

The longer backstrap than other compacts gives you a high, tight shooting grip with absolute ease, with a low bore axis for some incredibly comfortable shooting. Ergonomically, it’s excellent, right up there with the Walther PPQ, CZ P10C and the VP9. Absolutely outstanding.

The stipling is excellent, rough enough to ensure a solid grip but not so rough that it feels like you’re holding a rasp.

The trigger is excellent. While not quite as crisp as the bang switches of the PPQ or VP9, it’s darn close. Reset is short, tactile and audible so riding the reset is made ridiculously easy. Another smart feature of the trigger is an overtravel limiter, so you get consistent short resets. Among the striker pistols, it’s definitely one of the better go-pedals.

The dimensions of the APX Centurion are just about perfect. It’s a bit on the big side, but not SO big that you can’t deal with it.

It is a little heavier than some other compact pistols. When handling or shooting the gun, you don’t notice that as much; it’s very well-balanced and many have praised it for being very pleasant to shoot. The relatively low bore axis and outstanding ergonomics definitely help in that regard!

If there were any complaints I had, it would be the following:

It would be better with night sights or fiber optics. If there’s something I wish more gun companies didn’t do, it would be white dots. While I understand that it’s a business and so on, a fiber optic set is NOT that expensive to make or install. But c’est la vie.

Takedown is a bit complicated. You have to deactivate the striker, then depress the takedown button on the right side of the frame, and THEN the takedown lever will rotate down. It’s a little convoluted and depressing that takedown button is a real chore. I had to resort to covering the end of a desk with cloth and pressing it that way. Granted, I imagine that softens with time, but it wasn’t easy.

Inside the slide, the mechanism is simple but hardy, and machining lines were clean. I’d have trouble imagining this pistol wouldn’t run for years and years.

Would I buy one? Heck yeah. This is just my opinion, but the APX Centurion is in the broad strokes one of the better pistols of its type on the market today, and more’s the pity that the APX series has yet to have the cachet of other pistols of its type.

Source: Alien Gear Holsters

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