The largest country in Latin America has made a deal with one of the oldest names in the firearms world to equip their police with a modern new handgun. 

Media outlets in Italy and elsewhere reported earlier this month that the Forca Nacional de Seguranca Publica  the Brazilian national police  and other law enforcement agencies from several Brazilian states have signed an agreement to adopt the Beretta APX series pistol. The 57 million euro ($70 million) contract allows for as many as 159,000 9mm pistols to be delivered over an 18-month period. 

The Brazilian military and police forces for years have used domestically produced copies of the Beretta Model 92, and the company's ties to the country go back to the late 1940s. 

"We produced pistols there until the 1970s when we decided to sell plants and licenses to Taurus and move to the United States to found Beretta USA," said Franco Gussalli Beretta, president of the company. 

According to Beretta, the APX models for Brazil will be made in Italy. The Brazilian contract is not the first agency to adopt the gun, as police in France, Italy, Poland, and the U.S. have selected the pistol in recent years. 

The Beretta APX is a workhorse and is available in several models, although it is unclear which variant will be used by Brazilian police. 

Beretta introduced the full-sized APX in 2017. it is equipped with a polymer frame and a host of competitive features putting it on par with other duty guns. The APX line, as a rule, features a passive trigger safety, Picatinny rail, three-dot sights, reversible mag release, and interchangeable backstraps. But what stands out the most is the slide serrations that are spaced finger-width apart and run the entirety of the slide. Most models are available in either 9mm or .40 S&W chamberings.

The Beretta APX series include the gray-framed APX Target, (center), as well as APX Centurion-length RDO and Combat models (top right), Compact/Centurion FDE models (bottom) and the APX Carry slimline (top left). They come in a variety of colors and most are offered in both 9mm and .40 S&W (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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