Is the Beretta APX any good?

I’m always interested in the search terms that pop up around guns. For example, a related term for Beretta APX is “Is the Beretta APX any good?” Well let me answer that one for you: yes. In fact, the Beretta APX might be the best deal you can get on a new 9mm carry gun right now.

If I’m answering the question of “is the Beretta APX any good” we have to start with the price point. For many reasons, the APX series of guns is priced very well. I looked on Grabagun, and they’re in stock for around $350 for a standard model. Some upgraded models like the RDO or Combat are a bit more expensive, but if all you want for self defense is “pistol, 9mm” then you can get an APX for less than 4 bills. That’s…really good. In fact that’s so good it means no one should ever buy a gun from a second tier brand again. Why would you buy a Canik (at the disco) or an XD when you can get an actual good gun for the same price? It makes no sense.

Beretta APX RDO

Actually, when you start to examine this whole thing, the price point of the APX really starts to make other guns look unattractive. We’re in the golden age of striker fired 9mm pistols right now. You could buy an APX, a Sig P320, a Glock 19/17/45, HK VP9, M&P 2.0, or a Walther PPQ, and they’re all going to be good to go. The big difference between all those guns is the APX is 100-150 bucks cheaper at retail, but at the end they all do the exact same thing: carry 15-17 rounds, accept red dots, and are boringly reliable. As of right now, I’ve got 4,220 rounds through three different APX pistols, and they keep chugging along.

So if you’re asking “is the Beretta APX any good” the answer is yes. It’s reliable, it’s accurate, and it’s extremely affordable. The only knock is that there isn’t a huge aftermarket for it, but JM Custom Kydex makes holsters for it, and Beretta actually has a pretty good selection of parts. So yeah dude, it’s pretty good. Good enough to finish in the top 10 at Nationals with one!

IDPA cancels 2020 National Championship

In a news update post on their Instagram and website, the International Defensive Pistol Association has announced the cancellation of the 2020 National Championship Match, which was scheduled for September 23-26th, 2020. The match was planned to take place in Colorado, however due to ongoing concerns stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak, IDPA has decided to cancel the match.

The major reasons cited for the cancellation are the economic effects on the shooters and the match sponsors. The match can’t be held without sponsors, whose donations pay for the bulk of the expenses involved in putting a national championship on. In her message, Executive Director Joyce Wilson also cited the economic impact to shooters – with many people, including IDPA members, out of work it may be quite an economic hardship to travel to the match just to compete. This is also true for match staff, who are all unpaid volunteers.

IDPA said that there will be a Nationals match in September 2021, and that they will extend the eligibility requirements for this match to allow the maximum number of shooters to participate. By canceling and announcing the new date so far in advance, IDPA appears to be attempting to avoid causing a major disruption to their membership’s lives. While it may seem premature to some, the concerns about putting on a poor quality match thanks to second and third order effects from COVID-19 are legitimate. By canceling far in advance, shooters won’t have booked plane tickets, travel, and serious competitors can re-arrange their training schedules accordingly.

You can read the full text of the release here.

New merchandise for Gun Nuts!

As part of bringing the blog back to life I also have launched some new merchandise! We’ve got shirts and stickers for your amusement. The merch page is named Garbage Apparel, and we’ve got cool designs.

run your gun not your mouth

For example, the most popular seller is the sticker above: it’s five bucks and looks great on an ammo can or laptop. You can also get it on a shirt, but honestly I like the sticker best for this. I also have a new design featuring dinosaurs, and of course my classic Firefly themed design that references a very Cunning hat.

The newest addition is a great truth from shooting: If you shoot fast you look cool. No question about that, so get the shirt that proclaims the truth!

chicks dig guys that shoot fast

Ruger GP100 10mm Match Champion Review

Here we go, it’s time for me to do a Ruger GP100 10mm Match Champion review. I’ve actually had this gun for a while, and I’ve shot it a bunch more since the video in the header. Spoiler alert: I like it. Also spoiler alert: I’ve modified it. Not a lot, but some. Should you buy one? Yes.

It’s sort of difficult for me to be impartial when I’m doing a review like this. The GP100 10mm Match Champion review is tough, because everyone knows I like the GP100. I used a regular GP100 in IDPA, then switched to the first generation of Match Champion guns with fixed sights, then when they dropped the adjustable sight models I bought one of those in .357. Of course I like this gun.

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Performance Based Shooting

What is performance based shooting? Quite simply, it’s the idea that the act of shooting a gun doesn’t change, regardless of your circumstances. To be specific, the mechanical act of shooting is the same regardless of why you’re shooting, and because of that our approach to the act of shooting should be based on performance and metrics, not feelings.

To explore this concept, I interviewed Matthew Little, aka Greybeard Actual. Matt is a former Green Beret, recently retired from Chicago PD at a SWAT officer, and is also a high level competition shooter and brand ambassador for STI. He is one of few people in the industry who can address the idea of performance based shooting from all the relevant angles that matter. Obviously, I want you to listen to the whole interview, but I’ll pull out some of the good bits for this post.
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Most Unexpected Drop Of 2019… The Ruger-57

 

What in the wide world of sports is going on at Ruger? They have been steadily dropping new models in advance of the 2020 Show Season coming up in January, but nothing has really been earth shattering. A sweet new 8 shot 9mm revolver that might, albeit probably not make S&W wake up a bit? Cool. How about an LCP in 22 LR for practice and cuteness factor? Ok, whatever. Then, out of nowhere comes the Ruger-57 to take a big ol dump in FN’s messkit.

Alright, so first off… What is it? Well, it’s basically an FNH Five-SeveN, made by Ruger. It’s not quite as blocky, and the controls look a little more user-friendly overall, but you can definitely see the outward resemblance, and I’d bet the inner workings are fairly similar as well. Like the FN, it holds 20 rounds of 5.7x28MM ammo. The other specs are pretty similar as well, with the Ruger being very slightly larger in the barrel and overall length department (boring spec sheet is at the end of the article).

 

But Dat Price Tho

The single biggest difference, as expected, between the Ruger 57 and the FN Five-SeveN is the price. Based on what we know at the point, the Ruger 57 is going to have a street price of about $575-600, as opposed to the $1100 generally seen for the FN.

 

Feeding The Beast

Of course, one of the ongoing problems that has plagued the FN Five-SeveN, and is sure to impede the Ruger 57 somewhat is availability, and price of 5.7 ammo. Well, we’ve also heard rumors that at minimum Hornady and CCI/Speer are both set to release more offerings in the cartridge in the coming weeks. Hopefully, we’ll also see a steadier supply of the Federal American Eagle FMJ load, since CCI/Speer and Federal both fall under the Vista Outdoor umbrella.

 

Top 5 Places To Buy Cheap 9mm Ammo

Let’s talk about something everybody needs, cheap 9mm ammo. Why focus on 9mm ammo in particular? Basically, it’s 2019, and if you aren’t shooting 9mm as a primary pistol cartridge, you need to re-evaluate your life choices. It’s now an undisptued fact that modern 9mm ammo can give ballistic performance on par with 40 S&W, 45 Auto, and pretty much every other handgun cartridge. 9mm ammo can easily be 30-40% cheaper than 45 ammo, especially when you’re buying in bulk, and all of this before you add in the fact that 9mm is easier to shoot, gives you more capacity, is lighter to carry, but I digress. Anyway, here are the Top 5 places in our opinion to make your next order for 9mm ammo.

 

#1: Short Round Supply Co.

Our #1 pick for 9mm ammo is actually a relative newcomer to the online retail space. Though the store itself is new, Short Round Supply Co. is run by World Champion Steel Challenge Shooty Boi B.J. Norris, who is no stranger to Gun Nuts readers or the shooting industry as a whole. Their prices are pretty damn good to begin with, but where they really shine is shipping. Not only do they charge a pretty fair flat rate for any size order (ammo is stupid heavy) Short Round Supply has a “SuperSonic Shipping Guarantee”, so if your order takes more than 2 business days to ship, it’s free. Yep, your order up to $500 could be free if they screw up, so I’d imagine they have a pretty high degree of confidence.  They also claim that most orders only have a 2 day transit time, though I’m sure that mostly depends on where you are since ammo has to go by ground shipping.

 

#2: Palmetto State Armory

It’s hard to have a list of places to buy stuff and not include Palmetto State Armory. PSA is a perennial favorite for people looking for low-cost AR parts, but they turn out some great freakin deals on other stuff, like bulk 9mm ammo. That being said, they aren’t known for super fast shipping, so make sure to order in advance.

 

#3: Lucky Gunner

If you’ve bought ammo online, you’ve probably heard of Luck Gunner. They’re doing a lot of things right, with an easy to navigate website, and solid selection of the main offerings you’ll need. They also offer an awesome knowledge base have done EXTENSIVE ballistic testing on most every defensive ammo offering on the market. They ship fast, but do charge closer to actual rates, so if you’re ordering a lot of bulk 9mm ammo, it can add up.

#4: Midway USA

Midway USA often isn’t the very cheapest option to buy 9mm ammo, but you can buy with peace of mind that you’re buying from a super-well established business with a great reputation. They have a huge selection of 9mm ammo to order online, and were one of the first to push the envelope on shipping speeds in our industry. I’ve placed an order the morning of Cyber Monday, potentially the most backed-up someone will ever be on the shipping side, and still had my order ship within a few hours. So, even if you end up paying a couple more bucks per thousand for 9mm ammo, you’ll know it’s on the way quick.

 

#5: Your Local Big Box

Have a Cabelas, Bass Pro Shop, Academy Sports, or any number of big box stores around? Take a look for bulk 9mm ammo there. Especially during holiday sales, they can sling some incredible deals, and most offer an in-store pick-up option, so if you’re in a hurry to hit the range with your 9mm, you can get ammo in a hurry.

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