By Tom McHale
Tom McHale reviews and range tests the newest optics ready Beretta APX RDO Pistol.
The slide doesn’t have cocking serrations on the front or the back. Instead, it takes an entirely different approach, presumably for both cosmetic reasons and to work equally well when the user is wearing gloves or is in adverse weather conditions. There are seven vertical “wedges” spaced long the length of the slide. These protrusions, about a finger-width apart, provide the necessary grip to operate the slide from any position – front, middle, or rear. It looks cool, but I find it functional too. There is no overtly rough or sharp texture to tear up hands or clothing if you carry concealed.
The controls on the Beretta APX RDO Pistol are ambidextrous. Slide lock levers are on both sides. The magazine release button is oversized and placed on the left side of the frame, but you can flip it to the opposite side for left-handed operation.