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Shooting the 9mm Beretta PX4 Storm

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Stephen A. Camp, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. Stephen A. Camp

    Stephen A. Camp Deceased

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    Hello. For roughly 4 decades now, my autoloader of choice has been a single-action such as the Browning Hi Power or 1911. In the '80's I coughed up the then high tariff for a CZ-75 since it appeared interesting, had gained the blessing of Col. Cooper and allowed for Condition One Carry (cocked-and-locked) if desired.

    During roughly this same time-frame, I became a police firearm instructor, which necessitated my being very familiar and competent with other than single-action autoloaders or double-action revolvers.

    So, I began rigorously working to improve my skills with SIG-Sauers' P220 and P226 DA/SA pistols as they were very well-represented within the law enforcement community as well as Glock's line of handguns. I found that at least with some of the DA/SA automatics, the transition from DA to SA just was not the "monster" described by some scribes, which prompted me to try other than single-action automatics; with the money spent over the years, I'm not sure if that was a blessing or a curse...

    The most recent of this seemingly never-ending line of pistols to shoot is the 9mm PX Storm from Beretta. Mine is the "Type F", IE: conventional DA/SA with the slide-mounted thumb safety. The pistol is locked breech, but uses a rotating barrel system to accomplish this. It seems to work well at least in my initial range session. The gun functioned flawlessly with the 435 rounds fired.

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    Here is a picture of it next to the very common Glock 17. Hopefully, this gives folks at least an approximate idea of its size.

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    I tried this pistol with a six different loads. From left to right:
    DAG 124-gr. FMJ, Winchester Ranger 127-gr. +P+, handload using Speer 124-gr. Gold Dot, a discontinued Corbon +P load using the Hornady 124-gr. XTP, Speer 147-gr. Gold Dot, and Remington 147-gr. Golden Saber. These all fed smoothly and flawlessly.


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    I fired no further than 15 yards in the initial range session. It was windy and the 25-yard pistol range was occupied. I fired this group while seated and with wrists braced on sandbags. I was trying to gauge the pistol's inherent mechanical accuracy...and was very pleasantly surprised.

    In short, I found the pistol to be extremely comfortable, 100% reliable...at least so far, and surprisingly accurate.

    If interested in a considerably more detailed review, look here:

    http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/shooting_the_beretta_px4_storm_9.htm


    Best.
     
  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr CLM

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    Outstanding review Mr. Camp! Thanks for posting that! :supergrin:
     

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    Very true , great post.
     
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    great review! your one of the few writers that test primer strikes
     
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    Thanks for the great review.
     
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    Congrats Stephen, I like the reviews on your site. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Stephen A. Camp

    Stephen A. Camp Deceased

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    Hello and thanks for the kind words. Glad that the information was of interest.

    Best.
     
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    My local range has one from Beretta, it is a 'free' rental. When I inquired about it, I was told that the Rep came in, 'loaned' them the gun and told them to let folks shoot it until it breaks. So far, it hasn't broke.

    I haven't shot it yet, but I planned to next trip out.
     
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    I have both, and the Beretta stands way above the Glock and the XD. Better accuracy, smoother action, less recoil, and (Oh,my,god) looks so so sexy.
     
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    Wow! I've never heard of such a "free" rental. Where is this?
     
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    Atlas transmogrifier

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    Friend of mine purchased one a few months ago.
    He likes it very much.
     
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    Coal Creek Armory in Knoxville Tennessee. They are a local Shop/Range/Manufacturer.

    The gig is you pay for the $10 lane rental and buy the ammo from them and the gun is 'free.' They charge a $15 fee to rent a gun. So if you go in empty handed it is $25 to try the guns out.

    Like I said, I haven't shot it yet. I normally bring my own ammo, since they charge twice the price for a box of 50 than Wal-Mart for target rounds.

    I am normally in there twice a month.
     
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    Damn! I wanted it in a sub-compact but was told the backorders would cause me a 3-4 month wait. So I bought a G26. Recently I got to shoot a subcompact and thought it was magnificent. What can I say? I'm jealous. :dunno:
     
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    Niccce, I love the look of the Beretta Storms!
     
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    Congrats!

    I have the Storm in 40S&W and its an outstanding shooter.
     
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    Can anyone tell how the PX4 storm compares to the HK P30?
     
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    Very well.

    I don't own a P30, but have shot one before.

    I still prefer the HK, but the Beretta is great for the price.
     
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    Why do you prefer the HK? I have never shot either and am in the market.
     
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    I was interested in one until I held it. Ergos are less than stellar.
     
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    Berto woo woo

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    Does the slide mounted safety bug you at all, Stephen?
    That's the only possible drawback keeping me at bay on the PX4.