Beretta PX4 Storm

By Dave Spaulding - Last updated: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - Save & Share - 8 Comments

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Summary: Dave Spaulding’s review and rating of Beretta’s PX4 Storm pistols, Beretta’s MSRP and photos, user ratings and user comments. Plus info and photos for the new Inox model. (Click here to see all Spaulding’s pistol reviews.)

Editor’s Review

Like the Beretta 90-Two, the Beretta PX4 Storm has three different trigger modes (double-action/single-action with safety-decock lever, double-action/single-action with decock-only lever, and double-action only) and an adjustable grip that uses three interchangeable backstraps that make the grip large or small. I tested the double-action-only model, which was very sleek with no sharp edges or corners to snag during the draw or on clothing when carried concealed.

Beretta PX4 StormOne of the more unique features of the Px4 is the rotating barrel that keeps the bore in alignment with the target at all times. Instead of dropping out of the way like many barrel designs, the Px4 Storm barrel rotates as the slide moves to the rear, which unlocks the action. This design reduces friction between the barrel and slide, increasing the smoothness of the firing operation. This also helps keep the bore axis low over the shooting hand, which gives the Px4 better pointing capability as well as helps get the gun back on target more quickly for faster follow-up shots.

The polymer frame helps keep the Storm’s weight to 27 oz. The front and back straps offer the same fish-scale checkering as the 90-Two. The grip is considerably trimmer than the 90-Two, and when you install the small back strap, a shooter with the smallest of hands can use the gun. The magazine release button is totally reversible, making this gun totally ambidextrous, with the exception of the slide-stop lever.

The dust cover of the polymer frame has a rail built in so that you can easily mount white lights and laser sights on the gun. The rounded trigger guard, forward-cocking serrations and tapered sights give the pistol a very sleek appearance. The sights are of the standard three-dot variety, but are coated with Luminova photo-sensitive material that gives the dots a glowing capability five times as bright as tritium for about 30 minutes after exposure to any light source. The dots remain usable in low light for hours, and only need another brief exposure to regenerate.

The slide is treated with Beretta’s Bruniton non-reflective black coating.

Update: Beretta has released an Inox model, which features a slide bead-blasted into a smooth, satin stainless finish. The Inox is available in 9mm and .40 SW.

On The Range

The Inox model.

The double-action-only trigger of the Px4 Storm is very smooth with an easy-to-use first-trigger weight of 8 lbs. Subsequent trigger pulls require a full release of the trigger to reset, which I found to be a bit disconcerting when trying to shoot fast. On several occasions, I short-stroked the trigger, failing to reset the sear, which does not deactivate the gun but does require another release of the trigger to pick up the hammer-sear engagement. This would slow your rate of fire, and could be a problem in a close-quarter confrontation where fast, accurate shots are needed to end the fight. This is not an indictment of the gun, but merely an observation, and it’s a concern you can solve with proper training.

The Px4 Storm proved both accurate and reliable. Like the 90-Two, the Px4 went through 300 rounds of .40 SW hollow points without a hiccup. It was also capable of holding all rounds inside a 3″-circle at 15 yards when fired from an unsupported, hand-held stance.

If the Px4 possessed a shorter trigger reset, I would carry it as my personal sidearm—I liked it that much.

Dave SpauldingDave Spaulding is a 28-year law-enforcement veteran, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. He’s worked in all facets of law enforcement—corrections, communications, patrol, evidence collection, investigations, undercover operations, training and SWAT. He currently operates Handgun Combatives, a handgun-combat training program, and he’s authored more than 800 articles for various firearm and law enforcement periodicals. In 2010 Spaulding received the Law Officer Trainer of the Year award, and he’s also the author of the best-selling books Defensive Living and Handgun Combatives.

The Specs

Caliber Capacity OAL BBL Height Width Weight
.9mm 17+1, 10+1 7.6″ 4″ 5.5″ 1.4″ 27.7 oz., unloaded
.40 SW 14+1, 10+1 7.6″ 4″ 5.5″ 1.4″ 27.7 oz., unloaded
.45 ACP 9+1, 10+1 7.6″ 4″ 5.5″ 1.4″ 28.2 oz., unloaded


MSRP: $550 (9mm, black)
MSRP: $640 (9mm, Inox)
MSRP: $550 (.40 SW, black)
MSRP: $640 (.40 SW, Inox)
MSRP: $650 (.45 ACP)

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To read Spaulding’s review of the PX4 Storm Compact, click here.
To read Mike Boyle’s review of the PX4 Storm Sub-Compact, click here.

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8 Responses to “Beretta PX4 Storm”

Comment from Norm
Time June 25, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I have a Beretta Px4 Storm type C, 40cal. It is a good shooting gun, the trigger took a little getting used to. I do enjoy shooting this gun now and do so offten.

Comment from Richard
Time February 19, 2012 at 1:27 am

Thanks to the rotating barrel the Px4 has better kick than most of the hand guns, at least for me.

Comment from JAMES
Time March 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Any way of shortening that reset travel-it’s the only thing I dislike about this gun?

Comment from David
Time March 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

After 11 hrs. classroom instruction, the 20 or so people in our CPL class last weekend all had their prize pistols out on their table waiting and buying ammo before we assembled to go into the practice range. A lot of nice comments about the good looking Sigs, Rugers, Taurus’s, and especially Glocks. When I finally opened the case with my full size PX4 Storm Inox .40 it immediately became the center of everyone’s attention. They all pretty much came over to comment/admire, including one of the veteran Firing Line instructors. I’ve found that it shoots as good as it looks. I know its a matter of personal opinion but if you’re on the line about a PX4, I thought I would share my thoughts. It has a great blend of looks and performance.

Comment from Allen LaDuca
Time May 21, 2013 at 1:21 am

I have the px4, DA/SA and the long triger pull is only when the hammer is seated to the firing pin, once the gun is fired the trigger need only be releases a 1/4″ not the full length of travel, that is one of the reasons I like it so well, because after the first round the gun goes to SA.
I love this gun, and all my freindsz that have fired it have raved aout how accurate is was, as well as the ease of reaquiring target after your shot is fired making for better groupings. I like it so well I want a compact model !

Duke II in Texas

Comment from Mike White
Time December 17, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Great gun, I’ve retired my LC9 for concealed carry. Everything I’ve fed it (almost 500 rds.) has worked but my favorite is Hornady Critical Defense. Love the pistol, trigger is tricky but not overly so and it is very accurate at 25 yards.

Comment from James Bumsted
Time December 18, 2013 at 7:19 am

Agree this is an awesome gun. Had a problem w stiffness of the mag release when reversed, but newvlube helped. SA trigger pull is just too heavy, but everything else is spot on. (Would like a fatter grip option) Have even fired it w/out earplugs to test-no pain. Use Critical Duty for carry ammo in Plus P, but shoots anything for target practice.

Comment from James Bumsted
Time December 18, 2013 at 7:25 am

I agree wholeheartedly w the excessive length of the reset being a problem, hopefully they’ll come up w a fix, though I’ve never missed a shot due to that. Should mention mine is a nine, and even w Plus P has minimal kick.

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