Beretta Px4 Storm Reviews

Discussion in 'Pistols' started by pogieeh, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. darbo

    darbo New Member

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    I have the 9mm Compact and love it. I have to admit this is my first pistol but I think I got a great gun in the process! I've had it for about 4 months and put about 2500 rounds through it so far with absolutely zero problems. I have used 4 or 5 different brands of FMJ and 2 different styles of Hornady JHP. Tear down and cleaning are easy. The gun has a great feel it. Someday I hope I can afford to add the .45 SD to my collection.
     
  2. PT80

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    This review concerns the compact version, the one that still uses the rotating barrel system. Even though the last thing I would want to think about when in a gun battle is style, this gun has that and it fits in my hands well. This gun is also very accurate and precise out of the box. The only issue I had with this gun is that I did not oil the gun up before its first run, so the thing stove-piped every other shot. The guys dropped in a little oil but that did not work. I took it back to the tool shed and gave it a good clean up and oiling and it functioned perfectly after that... this does not give me much confidence about its ability to preform dirty, but the lesson learned is to clean your guns even when new. Can anyone tell me if Beretta has improved from the rare comments I hear about the service life of their guns? As rarely as I use one I imagine it will never be a problem for me but I was curious.
     

  3. Rerun201

    Rerun201 Well-Known Member

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    @tjseveryday



    I carry the 9mm full size Storm everyday day. Just went to the police range yesterday and qualified with it carrying in a kydex IWB holster. It is a large size pistol, but not too big to conceal. Carrying large pistols concealed is best accomplished by using an IWB holster. Just my opinion-your results may vary. I'm 5-10 and 230 lbs and have no problem concealing it under a light, un-tucked shirt or jacket.



    The decocker/safety is something that I had to adjust to as well. In the past I used a sweeping motion of the thumb to disengage such levers-down for 1911s, up for others. This motion does not seem to work well for me with the Storm. I catch the slide stop lever with my thumb probably 50% of the time doing it this way-not what you want to be pushing on when you're trying to get the piece into firing mode. However, if you are sweeping the thumb like I used to, all is not lost. I adjusted my thumb motion to be more of a thrust forward as opposed to the upward sweep. Draw with your thumb pulled back and after you clear the holster, thrust the thumb forward and you'll hit the decocker/safety cleanly every time.
     
  4. MightyFoFaad

    MightyFoFaad Well-Known Member

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    or ... you could just leave the safety off. :)
     
  5. markej4801

    markej4801 Well-Known Member

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    Finally a break in the weather!!! It's now only getting up to the 90's here in TX, so I can once again think about an IWB with shorts or long pants. YAY! I am known to carry one of 3 different guns, but far and away my favorite is my PX4 Storm type F in 9mm. I have never thought it too big to carry (for crying out loud, there are MANY who carry full size 1911's) and I LOVE that it has enough ammo included to most likely be the winner should a full fire-fight ensue (unless of course the shtf). In closer fitting gear, I carry a Kahr PM9 (with crimson trace to overcome that short site picture--love the smooth double action it uses) and in the intense heat I use a Beretta Bobcat, usually for my morning constitutional. When feeling the need, even in the heat, I have been known to use a manly-man bag to house the Storm and even an extra mag full of my favorite JHP. Ladies and gentlemen, there just may be a better gun out there, but I haven't found it yet.



    Yes, you should ALWAYS clean a new gun before using it. That packing grease is just not conducive to a properly functioning gun. I am not a complete noob, but am not an old hand at this (carrying for one and a half, shooting for only 3 years), but everything I read tells me clean your gun whenever you use it and clean it BEFORE using a new one. I have stuck to this and found it to be useful for every weapon I have purchased.



    My Storm (and for that matter, my other Beretta weapons) have functioned as advertised and the only times they have given me pause is when I have not handled them appropriately. User error does not make a bad weapon. I'm not sure of the actual count, but am very sure I'm approching 5000 rounds on this gun and have found it to be completely reliable. YMMV.



    One other note mentioned below is the question of safety use. mightyfofaad and I both are strong proponents of carrying a hot gun, that is safety off, a cartridge in the chamber with a double action trigger available for my BRAIN to act as safety. I use the Safety to de-cock the gun and then leave it safe long enough to place it in my IWB, then drop off the safety. The gun will not fire if you don't pull the trigger. Follow the foremost rules of gun safety and you will be just fine. There are models of this gun available that do not have the safety (model C) that have a very comfortable DAO that is less than the F model's double action.
     
  6. Rerun201

    Rerun201 Well-Known Member

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    @mightyfofaad



    Now where's the fun in that?
     
  7. MightyFoFaad

    MightyFoFaad Well-Known Member

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    Well I'm old & my memory ain't what it used to be, and, I rotate 3 different guns for carry.



    If the shit ever hits the fan and I need to use that firearm quickly ... I don't want to have to slow down to think, or look, to see if the safety is on, and, which way do I have to flick it to off ... up or down?



    The only way any gun I carry can go off, is if you pull the trigger. Now I'll admit, I ain't the brightest bulb in the store ... but I don't accidentally pull no trigger! :)
     
  8. Odiwankenobi

    Odiwankenobi New Member

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    Im interested in adding a .45 cal. to my collection, but I see no reviews here. Any that have this Pistol and would like to post reviews either for or against, I would be very appreciative. We all hate to spend $700 for a P.O.S.

    I need reviews to persuade me to purchase a Pistol.

    Thanx Guys !!
     
  9. ROGUE1202

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    oDI, i have the 45 ACP, no malfunctions of any kind.

    Shoots fine just like the 9 and the recoil isnt really bad at all.

    You will see a lot of people with them on you tube.

    Some complaints there but none at all on the 45 acp I believe.

    45 is a low pressure cartridge anyway - mine is a good shooter.
     
  10. ROGUE1202

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    oDI, i have the 45 ACP, no malfunctions of any kind.

    Shoots fine just like the 9 and the recoil isnt really bad at all.

    You will see a lot of people with them on you tube.

    Some complaints there but none at all on the 45 acp I believe.

    45 is a low pressure cartridge anyway - mine is a good shooter.
     
  11. Gloc9mm

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    Kenobi, IMHO, I always have to recommend the Colt 1911 when someone asks about a 45.

    I have owned/carried one for more yrs than I care to remember, and have had no problems with it whatsoever. But I'm not one who really keeps up with things much until I feel the need to buy a new Gun. There might be something newer that's just as good?? I can't say better!

    It's probably the most popular 45/Pistol ever made and has been proven with time, and reliability is what I'm and most others are most concerened with when it comes to any weapon.

    Good Luck!
     
  12. Gloc9mm

    Gloc9mm Well-Known Member

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    *Kenobi, IMHO, I always have to recommend the Colt 1911 when someone asks about a 45.

    I have owned/carried one for more yrs than I care to remember, and have had no problems with it whatsoever. But I'm not one who really keeps up with things much until I feel the need to buy a new Gun, other than the comments made here. There might be something newer that's just as good?? But I don't personally feel there is any better!

    It's probably the most popular 45/Pistol ever made and has been proven with time.

    You can find a million comments/Bullet Ratings about just about every weapon made to your left under the "Pistols" section. But you do need to go thru each Brand that's made in a 45, or I think you can also pull it up as well under each individule Cal. (45, 9mm etc) to make it easier. I just don't want to go look and lose this entire post.

    (I can't type!)lol

    Good Luck!
     
  13. markej4801

    markej4801 Well-Known Member

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    Gloc9mm, do you own a PX4 Storm in .45cal? Have you personally compared it to a 1911? That would be something that could add a lot of weight to your recommendation, but without that comparison, I think the whole "I love me some 1911" really doesn't shed much light. The 1911 is indeed a formidable handgun, one which nears perfection. That being said, there are new generations to consider, guns with lots to offer that are not built on that older (WELL respected) platform. Worth looking into, IMHO.
     
  14. Gloc9mm

    Gloc9mm Well-Known Member

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    No I do not own one, but have used one and personally I felt although it was ok, I didn't love it or I would have bought one! I was answering a request for info on 45's from another member below. He received my "opinion", which I will stand by!

    We all may have an opinion as do you, but that makes neither of us incorrect. That's why they are called opinions, and I know in what I had stated, many here also share the same "Opinion"!

    *See ("IMHO"....). I also stated ""There might be something newer that's just as good?? But I don't personally feel there is any better"" and again I will stand by that as well!

    (I don't play this "My Gun is better than your's" kid crap!)
     
  15. Mr.OneShot

    Mr.OneShot New Member

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    This is my first handgun purchase. I bought my storm (.40cal) at a gun show about 3 weeks ago. The guns design is very ergonomic, and it feels as if it was "made" just for my hand! Weight distribution is well balance, and shooting this machine is fun (although very loud at night lol). I decided to buy this gun from all of the positive reviews from this website. I' am now in the market for a good holster.
     
  16. Mr.OneShot

    Mr.OneShot New Member

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    On the subjects of holsters for this handgun, the above link doesn't work. Does anyone know of a good type and brand of holster that works well with the storm? Thanks in advance.
     
  17. tigwelder56

    tigwelder56 Well-Known Member

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    Good morning Sir! If I were you I'd take a good look at High Noon Holsters. This a quality holster design from a pretty sharp outfit! Let me know what you think!! http://www.highnoonholsters.com/index.html
     
  18. Rerun201

    Rerun201 Well-Known Member

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    @Mr.OneShot



    You've touched on one of my favorite topics.



    It's all in what your needs are-field use, concealed carry, range, what have you. Most people here are interested in concealed carry so I'm going to address that area.



    My personal preference for a CC holster is inside the waistband or IWB. IWB carry takes some getting used to, but when you adapt to it, it is easy to conceal a pistol with a waist length or longer jacket or just a shirt tail hanging out. The draw motion is smooth and easy.



    My personal best CC IWB holster is the Texas Heritage from Tucker.



    http://tuckergunleather.com/teheiwb.html



    It is comfortable as it is made of leather and does not have a reinforced mouth. Some think a reinforced mouth is a necessity so that one can re-holster quickly. My thinking is the primary consideration is to be able to draw and put the pistol into action quickly. You can take your time when re-holstering once you have brought the situation back to where it needs to be.



    However, if you feel you must have a holster with an open mouth, look at Garrett Industries Silent Thunder.



    http://garrettindustries.mybigcommerce.com/products/Silent-Thunder-IWB.html



    Garrett uses a proprietary process to bond a leather lining to the interior surface of a kydex holster body. This has two big pluses-it protects your finish a bit better and it really makes the holster quiet.



    I've been carrying concealed on a daily basis for over 3 decades. I have used a variety of holsters over these years-various manufacturers, various styles from IWB, hip, shoulder, ankle, and butt/belly pack. For me, IWB is the best method of concealed carry. These holsters are ones I personally own and use. Both companies are great to deal with. And both of these holsters give you the option to carry in "tuckable" fashion, with your shirt tucked in your waistband over the holster to conceal the firearm. Not an option I use, especially with the PX4 due to its size, but it is an option. And, seeing as you're in SC, an option you might want to consider as your heat and humidity are a bit higher than here in Michigan.
     
  19. Mr.OneShot

    Mr.OneShot New Member

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    Thanks to tigwelder56 and Rerun201 for the very informative posts. I' am leaning more towards the IWB holsters bc of the excellent concealability. I have to do more research on the two sites you two provided me. Decisions decisions lol. Thanks again!
     
  20. tigwelder56

    tigwelder56 Well-Known Member

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    Hello again Mr. Oneshot, after reviewing this thread again and seeing the comments/recommendations from Rerun, I wanted to provide you with two additional holster manufacturers. I should've provided them earlier but it's better late than never! Especially with these two companies.



    The Crossbreed holster is a very inovative one and they provide several options in IWB, OWB and alternative position holsters. I don't own one yet, but I'm currently looking for a new IWB myself. I do have friends that do use them and swear by the Super Tuck model of IWB's. Comfort is absolutely excellent with it and that's real important because it does take some getting use to carrying IWB. The second company is a local one for me. I met the owner at a gun show here and he took my new Bersa Thunder UC and selected what he thought would be the perfect IWB for it. I never looked back! What is truly remarkable about this holster is the fabric it's made with. It's some kind of super adhesive material that holds the gun firmly in place without the need for belt clips. It isn't literally sticky stuff that clings to you or your clothing, it just seems like it!! I frequently use it to carry my Bersa and love it. They have reinforced mouth models as well. I selected the reinforced model because it does simplify reholstering alot. When I climb in and out of my vehicle, I will often put the gun in a car holster instead of having it dig into my back. You'll see what I mean once you start to carry. Take a look at these two links. I'm sure you'll find them interesting and certainly should complicate your decision!! Sorry about that, lol!



    http://crossbreedholsters.com/

    http://www.remoraholsters.com/