Beretta PX4 Subcompact for CCW?


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Macchina
July 25, 2008, 09:12 AM
Looking at getting a CCW pistol soon, and the PX4 has peeked my interest. I already have a .40, so it would be nice to have a small carry weapon in the same caliber as my HD gun. Looks like a quality carry piece, small size and it has a stainless barrel to boot. If you have one, how does carry/shoot? Please post experiences, pictures, etc.

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Navy87Guy
July 25, 2008, 09:36 AM
The PX4 SC just hit the streets about two weeks ago (after months of delay). It's currently only available in 9mm -- no estimate on when the .40 S&W version will be out. Given the pain it took to get the 9mm, I wouldn't expect to see it before late next year.

I have yet to read an extensive range report from anyone who bought one. I have a full size PX4 in 9mm and it's the smoothest shooting gun I own. That's due in large part to the rotating barrel lock-up system. For the SC, Beretta had to go to a traditional tilt lock-up, so it will definitely change the handling characteristics. The real question is: by how much?

Personally, I'm waiting for some first-hand comparisons by people who have shot other compacts and SC's (like G26). I currently CCW an M&P 9 Compact and it's a very nice gun. The recoil is much better than the Walther P99C I used to own. If Beretta has managed to make the PX4 SC as manageable as the M&P, then they may have a winner. I think the jury is still out.

Jim

Macchina
July 25, 2008, 11:10 AM
I wouldn't be able to get it until next year anyway. It looks about the right size (very small) for me, so I'm trying to see how it shoots.

jlangton
July 25, 2008, 12:52 PM
According to Beretta-the 9mm PX4 subcompact will be available at the end of August. They're shipping to Law-enforcement contracts right now. 40 cal versions will start shipping to Law-enforcement contacts at the end of September. At least that's their story-I've called 3-4 times,and it's that same story every time.
JL

kwelz
July 25, 2008, 01:21 PM
It is a really fugly gun. But from what I have seen it functions well. No reason not to use it as a CC piece.

Macchina
July 25, 2008, 02:14 PM
I think it looks great! I could do without the tactical rail (as with all compact handguns with a rail). It looks different than your average gun, I think in a good way.

Navy87Guy
July 25, 2008, 02:40 PM
According to Beretta-the 9mm PX4 subcompact will be available at the end of August. They're shipping to Law-enforcement contracts right now. 40 cal versions will start shipping to Law-enforcement contacts at the end of September. At least that's their story-I've called 3-4 times,and it's that same story every time.
JL

They are available for general sale - just not in very great numbers. Several members over on the Beretta Forum have gotten them - but I haven't seen any range reports yet.

Beretta does not have a production facility for .40 S&W yet. Unfortunately Beretta's customer service hasn't distinguished themselves when it comes to accurate information concerning the PX4 SC. There's plenty of info over on the Beretta Forum from members who are directly connected with Beretta Corporate, including at least one Beretta exec who is a contributing member. if you're waiting for a .40 version this year, you'll be disappointed.

Jim

NG VI
July 25, 2008, 02:47 PM
I am starting to love the subcompact and little service pistols, they are such a neat idea and most of them have quite good execution. Service caliber, service function, and service sights. They are a great carry bridge between the true compacts and the mouse guns, for times when you can conceal and want more gun than a pocket .32 or .380, but can't quite hack a USP Compact or Glock 19.

I'd say go for it, Beretta is a reputable manufacturer and the Storm pistols look good to me.

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