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Beretta PX4 Storm

Semi-automatic pistol

Beretta PX4

It seems that Italian Beretta PX4 Storm was developed to compete with the Glock 17

 
 
Caliber 9x19 mm Parabellum
Weight (empty) 780 - 800 g
Length 193 mm
Barrel length 102 mm
Muzzle velocity 360 m/s
Magazine capacity 17 rounds
Sighting range 50 m
Range of effective fire 50 m

 

   The Beretta PX4 Storm is a further development of the Beretta 8000 Cougar. It is the latest addition to Beretta's line of semi-automatic pistols. It seems that this pistol was designed to compete with the popular Glock 17. This handgun is mainly aimed at law enforcement forces and commercial customers. Its production commenced in 2004. Currently the Beretta PX4 Storm is used by law enforcement forces of at least 11 countries. It is also in service with Venezuelan National Guard.

   The PX4 Storm is chambered in 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. Also it is chambered in other most popular calibers. There are versions chambered in .40 S&W, .45 ACP and 9x21 mm IMI ammunition.

   This Italian pistol is made of most modern high-strength polymer materials. The slide is made of steel. It is a recoil-operated weapon, that fires from the locked breech. Locking system with rotating barrel is similar to that of the Beretta 8000 Cougar. The barrel rotates on recoil and unlocks from the slide. Such design reduces muzzle jump.

   It is claimed that the Beretta PX4 is a durable and very reliable weapon. Developers report that this pistol fired well over 150 000 rounds without any part breakages.

   The trigger mechanism is similar to that of the Beretta 92 (M9). There are four basic models with various trigger systems. The Type C has a so called "constant action" trigger. It is a sort of double-action only system with less trigger pull weight. The Type D has a double-action only trigger without manual safety. The Type F has conventional double-action trigger with manual safety and decocker. The Type G had conventional double-action trigger with decocker, but lacks manual safety. The Type D and Type F models safety or decocker levers are ambidextrous and located on both sides of the slide. All models have an automatic firing pin block.

   The PX4 Storm is fed from a double-stack magazine, that holds 17 rounds. It is in line with capacity of the Glock 17. Beretta produces extended capacity magazine baseplates. Once it is used, capacity is increased to 20 rounds.

   This pistol has simple 3-dot iron sights. Effective range of fire is 50 meters with 9x19 mm ammunition and 25 meters with .40 S&W and .45 ACP ammunition.

   This pistol has sleek lines. Designers paid a lot of attention to its ergonomics. Grip of the PX4 has a removable backstrap. Backstraps of various shapes and sizes are available. Each pistol comes with three different backstraps. These can be tailored to suit the shooter.

   There is an accessory rail under the barrel. It is used to mount laser pointer or tactical flashlight.

 

Variants

 

   Beretta PX4 Storm Compact. It has a shorter slide and grip. Magazine holds 15 rounds in 9x19 mm or 12 rounds in .40 S&W. The compact model also accepts full-size magazines;

   Beretta PX4 Storm Subcompact. It is an even more compact model. It is available chambered in 9x19 mm and .40&W only. This pistol uses a tilt-barrel system.

 

Video of the Beretta PX4 Storm pistol


 
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