The Px4 Sub-Compact Pistol is being marketed by Beretta as "the most advanced sub-compact sidearm of it kind". The gun carries a lot in common with the service pistol variant of the same name with most of the modular components being kept in tact on the SC version of the pistol.
When you see how small this gun is compared to the standard 15-round Beretta 92FS, you'd never guess that this gun comes with a full 13 round magazine capactiy, but it's true. This only applies to the 9mm version of the pistol as the .40 S&W version only carries 10.
Not only does the Px4 Storm carry a lot of ammo, but it doesn't skimp on other features either. This sub-compact pistol comes standard with an ambidextrous safety and Beretta didn't forget that the magazine release needs to work for lefties too, so they made sure the mag release was reversable. Even the slide release can be switched to a left-handed shooting mode so that left-handed shooters are on equal terms with everyone else when they buy one of these guns.
This gun is still hammer-fired and features the smooth pulling Single Action/Double Action that Beretta is known for. As with the 92FS, the Px4 Storm sub-compact pistol's safety system breaks the firing pin in half so that the gun cannot be fired unless the safety is disenganged.
The gun has a bit of a "space age" look to it. This works both for and against the pistol as some shooters fee that any gun that has been "rounded out" will have accompanying functional flaws that will have been picked up in the process. For those most part, this fear is not realized in this sub-compact which, if you read the reviews below, has received wide acclaim by most who have actually used one. Fans of the gun even include some celebrities including Jessica Biel who called the gun her "sexy Beretta".
Reviews of the 9mm Beretta Px4 sub-compact pistol can be found below. Newer reviews are at the bottom of the page. Please write a review of your own if you have used this gun in the past so other shooters can make the best decision on whether or not to invest in this pistol.
BERETTA STROM PX4 SUB COMPACT 9MM. FIRED 1 13rd MAGAZINE, NOTICE THE TAKE DOWN LEVER LOOSE. TOOK THE SLIDE OFF THE FRAME, NOTICED A BROKEN PIECE OF WIRE. [THE SPRING THAT KEEPS THE TAKE DOWN LEVER IN PLACE BROKE] WARRANTY INSTRUCTIONS, CONTACT MIDWEST GUN WORKS, UPS PICKED THE GUN 10/09/2012 AND SENT GUN TO MGW. GUN NOT REPAIRABLE [ TAKE DOWN SPRING MOLDED INTO FRAME] 10/19/2012. SENT GUN TO BERETTA, CALLED BERETTA NO BODY KNOWS A THING. NOV. 23,2012. VERY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. WHERE IS MY NEW 600.00 BERETTA SUB COMPACT 9MM THAT I SHOT ONCE. WHO DO I SUE? 1-3 YEAR WARRANTY ON PISTOL. BUYER BEWARE. GARY.
Fired over 7000 rounds from July '09. Two duds!!! (Remington green and white box). Hard to conceal in summer time. Not a custom shop tolerances, but works every time. I guess that is what counts. Saving up for subcompact.
The PX4 Storm SC is a really nice pistol...both in looks and performance. When you pull it apart, it's clear it was built to handle abuse like it's full size counterparts. I'm in the process of converting mine to a "G" decocker only and giving the hammer and sear a good polish to make the trigger as smooth as possible. The factory trigger on the SC is already as nice or nicer than my full size PX4, but these pistols just sing at the range with a good trigger job. I gave it four stars in the concealability rating because...well, let's face it...it's fat, but that's an advantage in my book because of the grip feel and the ability to use full size mags if wanted, but some guys prefer a skinny pistol that conceals a little better.
This weapon is the ultimate CC weapon platform (so far). The ergonomics are perfect with the aggressive checkered grip and the fact you can choose between 3 backstrap sizes to customize grip to your hand size. It sports 13+1 capacity; unheard of in its class of pistol. It doenst have the pantented rotating barrel mechanism but that makes it simpler and in my opinion, better. Interchangable mag release button, interchangable sights, interchangable magazines and a Picatinny rail means many, many customization options. This weapon is fully MODULAR. I love it. Safety decocker is fine and all but not necessary in a weapon--but a nice feature nonetheless. Performance is the most important part. I own a full size PX4 as well and the SC version has comparable performance. It is very reliable and smooth shooting. Tight grouping at 25 feet. Even effective at double that range. Use an Armalaser SR2 Laser for decreased target acquisition time. No significant visible profile during CC. I use Blackhawk Inside the Pants Nylon holster Size 7. For Range or wilderness shooting I use Blackhawk Ambidextrous Holster with retention strap Size 6. Hope this helps.
I purchased a PX4 Storm Subcompact about 1 month ago. The reasons for my purchase were: 1. The gun looks bad ass! 2. It got really good reviews. 3. I've always wanted to own a Beretta 4. (and probably most important) with a young family I loved the fact that the gun had so many safety features like the decocker/safety. Today I noticed the decocker is sticking in the "fire" position. After a little research online it seems I'm not the only one. Also there is a piece of the black coating that has flaked off near the rear site. This coating is supposed to be very durable and should not have flaked off, especially for a new gun that has only had 500 rounds through it. I'll be calling Beretta tomorrow and posting here how they resolve the issue. I'm hoping for them to send me return shipping and take care of it completely. I'll repost the results here.
I purchased the PX4 Sub-compact a little over a year ago. Performance is great!! I had a problem at first shooting it but the problem was all mine, not the guns!! It looks mean as a snake and shoots straight as an arrow. The action is very smooth and as it says above the single/double on the first shot is good and smooth. A bit of a long pull but it is something that gets easier with repetition. Durability is great - I have put about 800 rounds through it and there has not been 1 problem with the weapon. Although, I do have a small gripe, the black powder coat on the slide has come off just a bit. I'm looking at what it takes to black it back out. I carry it every day and the concealability is good. I can hide it well in the front waist band of my pants but after carrying it for a while it gets a bit heavy. Overall its a great weapon that can send a ton of lead down range in a very short period of time. The snap on the bottom of the magazine works awesome and make for a great shooting gun.
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