Country of origin
9x19 mm Parabellum
780 - 800 g
Range of effective fire
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Storm is fed from a double-stack magazine, that holds 17 rounds. It
is in line with capacity of the
Beretta produces extended capacity magazine baseplates. Once it is used, capacity is increased to 20 rounds.
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
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.
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;
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