The Beretta Px4 Storm hasn’t taken the 9mm handgun world by “storm” since it was introduced about a decade ago.
Maybe it was the firing issues early on. Maybe it was the fact that the police and military didn’t adopt the gun.
Whatever the reason, it’s finally time to take another look at the Px4 Storm and realize that this semi-automatic handgun is, hands down, the best Beretta on the market.
Need convincing? Let’s start out with size. Okay, maybe you prefer a larger pistol, but size doesn’t always equal quality.
Need more convincing? Check out this review of the Px4 Storm.
There are even compact and sub-compact models to make carrying even more convenient. And you can get magazines in 14-, 17-, and 20 round capacities.
When the Px4 loads those rounds, it doesn’t use a tilt-barrel design, like most pistols on the market today. It uses a rotating barrel locking system.
The cam operation uses lugs on the barrel and a peg on the locking block that fits into a channeled groove fitted on the barrel.
The rotating barrel makes it a very accurate pistol. How accurate? Using three dot, metal sights, at 15 yards, groupings have been reported between about 2 to 3.5 inches, depending on the rounds used. All shots struck the center mass of the target and were fired at one second intervals.
That brings us to the recoil system. The pistol has a lower bore-axis and channels recoil energy into the rotation of the barrel. Decreases muzzle flip, and the perceived recoil is a lot less.
This allows for faster and more accurate follow-up shots. Some shooters have even said firing this pistol is “pleasant.”
Besides being pleasant in the recoil department, the Px4 Storm is also pleasant no matter which hand you use.
The ambidextrous manual safety lever/decocker is positioned on both sides of the slide. In addition, the magazine release can be switched for left-handed users.
These reasons add up to a reliable, uniquely designed gun that may have received a bad rap in the start of its life. But now, hopefully more shooters are able to see the light.