Beretta PX4 Storm Review

The Beretta Storm is a philosophy of defense weapons based on ergonomics, at least that is one main feature Beretta stresses about the Storm set of weapons. There are three Storm pistols, the PX4 full size, Storm compact pistol, and the Storm subcompact. The pistols are each available in 9mm, SW.40 Cal, and .45 ACP. Then there is a cool looking polymer rifle. Beretta Storm CX4 Carbine which is also available in 9mm, SW .40, and .45 ACP. To finish out the group is the Beretta TX4 Storm polymer semi-automatic 12 GA shotgun. All these weapons are intended for home defense, self defense, military, and law enforcement applications.

Beretta PX4 Storm Review

Beretta PX4 Storm Review

The PX4 comes in two types designated as the:

  • Type F – Single action/Double action with ambidextrous safety that also is a decocking lever.
  • Type C – Constant action is a double action only with a shorter and lighter trigger pull. No external safety or decocking lever.
  • Type D: Double-action-only. Spurless hammer. No decocker. No safety.
  • Type G: Single and double-action. Decocker. No manual safety.

I purchased the PX4 type F configuration several months ago but because of weather here in Wisconsin I just got to shoot it this last weekend. When I first looked at the pistol it was the trigger that encouraged me to buy it. The trigger is smooth, I liked it and I bought the gun. After I got the gun home I was having second thoughts. I like a pistol that is on target when I pull it up to fire. I wasn’t getting that feel with the Storm. My sight picture was always off to the side. With some effort, I changed the back strap for a larger grip size. The Beretta Storm comes with two extra back straps. That is part of the Storms selling strategy, the ergonomics, how the gun feels in your hand. I wasn’t seeing any improvement. Thoughts went through my mind about trading it on a Beretta 92FS that I had been looking at. But I had already changed the back strap and sent in the registration to Beretta so I just hung on to it.

Now that I shot the pistol at 15 yards I couldn’t be happier with it. The best word that comes to mind after shooting the Beretta PX4 Storm is smooth, easy to shoot, and accurate. I like this pistol a lot, although I would prefer a little larger grip. Take a look at this target shot at 15 yards. Notice the group of 6 rounds inside the red two inch circle not to mention the two additional rounds in the black. The Beretta PX4 is very accurate.

Beretta PX4 Storm Target

Target Shot at 15 Yards NOTE 6 Rounds in 2 inch Group

It is a full size 9mm with a unique rotating barrel that is supposed to reduce recoil. I guess it does that because the PX4 is just plain fun and comfortable to shoot. Feels good, low recoil, and the bullets go where the sights put them.

Magazines – It comes with two 17 round magazines so you know it is a full size 9mm pistol. Magazines are reasonably priced too, I priced Beretta factory 17 round magazines at MidwayUSA  for $37.99 and 20 round magazines for $41.99. I’m on the waiting list for two of the 20 round magazines.

The frame is polymer and is supposed to be ergonomic. I still don’t like the grip feel as much as my CZ-75B, or CZ 2075 Rami 9mm. The grip feels skinny front to back to me. But the bottom line is that I don’t dislike the gun either and I am very accurate shooting it so I will definitely keep it and also recommend it as a home defense weapon and as a duty pistol or service pistol. I read that some police departments have adopted it as a duty gun.

The slide release is indeed a slide release. Not like some other pistols that have a slide stop. The Storm slide release is ergonomic in that it is easy to control with the thumb and easily releases the slide to slam home. I like that feature.

The safety/decocker lever leaves something to be desired. It works fine but I have trouble flipping it up or down with my thumb. The edges of the safety lever are sharp! It is actually a little painful for me to operate it with the thumb. Perhaps it will smooth out and be easier to operate after some use. But the sharp edges are not good. They did such an excellent job on the slide release lever, why not use some of that “ergonomics” on the safety/decocker lever?

Beretta PX4 Storm 3 Dot Sight Picture

Beretta PX4 Storm 3 Dot Sight Picture

Sights –  The sights are a fixed 3 dot system. I liked the bright white dots on the front and rear sights. They made it easy for me to acquire the target and provided great accuracy.

Price – on the gun I bought from Scheels was $499.99. I know, you might as well just say it was $500 and forget about the penny. Beretta PX4 prices at other dealers, Buds Gun Shop has them for $465.00 and that includes shipping. The Beretta PX4 Storm for sale on Gunbroker.com for $499.00 but that does not include shipping.

Beretta PX4 Storm Field Stripped

Beretta PX4 Storm Field Stripped

Field Stripping is as easy as a Glock. As a matter of fact, the PX4 has the very same type of slide removal release that Glock owners will instantly recognize. Remove the magazine, check that the pistol is unloaded, operate the slide removal release and the slide can be easily removed from the frame. Disassemble the slide by removing the recoil spring assembly, remove the barrel and the pistol is ready for cleaning.

Beretta PX4 Storm with Slide Removed

Beretta PX4 Storm with Slide Removed

This model Beretta is used by the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Royal Malaysian Police, used in Portugal by the Republican National Guard, and Public Security Police, used by the South African Police Service, and used by the Maryland State Police, New Jersey Police Department, Providence, Rhode Island Police Department, and the Rochester, NY police department.

Beretta PX4 Storm right view

Beretta PX4 Storm right view

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  • Ignatius Ferreira Jul 23, 2014, 12:49 am

    I purchased my PX4 STORM 9mm on 18 July 2014. Paid 11 500 Rand (South African Currency). Love the Feel & the Looks. Can wait to Shoot it. Waiting for my Licence – Will probably take 2 or 3 months 🙁 However I read Reviews, Comments & the Pro’s & Con’s of the PX4 Storm 9mm & I must say, although I haven’t Fired the PX4 yet, What I read makes me confident knowing that I paid a lot of money but for a Gun which People speak Highly of which makes me Proud to be the Owner of my PX4 🙂 Will keep in touch. Appreciate all the FeedBack about the PX4 Storm 9mm – Thanks Guys

  • Jim A Jun 16, 2014, 9:01 pm

    I finally decided between the Beretta 92Fs A1 n the Px4 Storm in 9mm.
    I chose the Beretta PX4 June 7,2014 and I have never had a better handgun- and I’ve had some of the all time classics. The Storm has the engineering, look and feel of precision design n manufacturing. The disassembly n reassembly for cleaning is so easy. I can disassemble this Beretta in two seconds without even rushing! It shoots like a champ, feels like an extension of my hand and is accurate as any $1000+ pistol. In short the Storm is masterpiece of design, ergonomics n engineering.

  • Chuck Burns May 25, 2014, 8:33 pm

    I got rid of a 1911 to buy my Beretta Storm in 45 ACP. It is one sweet shooter.

  • John Martin May 25, 2014, 5:54 pm

    ust shot my Beretta PX4 Storm today. I had shot one before but it was a police trade in and well used.

    Mine is a Full size Beretta PX4 Storm, in .45 ACP. I put a 100 rounds through it today. Not one jam, misfire, or problem. It shot a tad low so I had to drop the rear of the gun a little, then It was dead on. Given the twist of the barrel, vs. tilt and drop of the barrel, there was less deviation from the target. Plus, the recoil was that of a 9 mm.

    Anyway, this is one of the best handguns I ever owned. Plus it was so easy to clean. This hand gun should be in every house, in the hands of each police dept and in every branch of the service.

    Everything was perfect on this gun: Recoil, handgrip, accuracy, and high capacity, and the price.

  • Chuck Burns Jan 18, 2014, 7:45 pm

    That sounds like a major malfunction. That pistol should go back to Beretta immediately. I don’t fully understand all of your comment the part about the Springfield 45. Do you mean you purchased a striker fired pistol?

  • Bob Daymon Jan 18, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Please be careful on decocking. My new storm discharged on flipping the safety on.
    Disfunction verified. Firing pin struck primer at severe angle. Your life is not worth the chance . Got a springfield 45 short with striker plate.

  • cebur19 Sep 2, 2013, 9:42 pm

    thanks for the info. I updated my PX4 review

  • Brad Sep 2, 2013, 11:55 am

    The PX4 is also available as a Type G, which I own and LOVE. It is a DA/SA with an ambidextrous decocker that does NOT have a locking safety. At first, it felt a little strange not having an actual safety setting, only the decocker. But, with a little practice and conscientious safety practice, I find that the Type G allows me faster shooting, while also allowing completely-safe carrying of one-in-the-tube.