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    Beretta PX4 Storm Compact

    I have been looking a lot lately on purchasing a px4 storm compact. I kinda wanna know the pros and cons of the gun. If it is a good gun for beginner and is it easily concealed. It looks like this gun came out sometime this year not really sure. Just started getting into this handgun stuff. Wanna know if this is a good gun to start with?

    Any knowledge would help. Thanks

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    First, I suggest you contact the area gun ranges and clubs to see if they offer the NRA Basic Pistol Course. Ask them how much time they spend on the range firing a handgun (there is no NRA requirement for the minimum time allow - at our club they shoot hundreds of rounds on the range during the course). Also be aware there can be a wide price range for the NRA courses, as the price is up to each individual club or instructor.

    Second, I would start with a quality .22 Long Rifle handgun. Being that you are new to handguns, you will need to practice a lot on using the proper form for it to become natural. You will eventually save the cost of the .22LR due to the price difference of the ammo. Even if reloading a centerfire, it is cheaper to fire a .22LR using bulk ammo. I still fire my .22LR's more than my centerfires. My .22LR's like Federal's copper plated value pack (550 rounds for about $20 to $25). A .22LR can be very picky, so you will need to find the brand/type of ammo that works best in your firearm. Generally, a copper plated, lead bullet works better than a lead bullet in a .22LR. A Ruger 22/45 (has the same angle grip as most 1911 models), Ruger Mark III, and Browning Buck Mark are three good quality .22LR semi-autos. The Ruger models can be difficult for some people to disassemble and reassemble for cleaning. I suggest NOT dry-firing any rimfire firearm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odonnell131 View Post
    I have been looking a lot lately on purchasing a px4 storm compact. I kinda wanna know the pros and cons of the gun. If it is a good gun for beginner and is it easily concealed. It looks like this gun came out sometime this year not really sure. Just started getting into this handgun stuff. Wanna know if this is a good gun to start with?

    Any knowledge would help. Thanks
    I just bought the 9mm version of this and haven't had a chance to fire it yet :-( But as for the concealability I would have to say it really depends on your body mass type. Have to take into account that since it is a double stack magazine (9mm = 13+1 rounds) it is a bit on the thick side. Myself being 6'1" 260lbs I have no problems concealing it with a IWB holster @ 4 o'clock.

    I do however have to agree with the above poster ... being new to firearms take the classes (many states won't give you a CCW without one one anyways) and consider buying a lower cost of ownership gun to practice with before hand. This gun is a bit on the expensive side for concealed carry.

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    I'm in the same position as the OP. I've fallen in love with the PX4 Storm Compact in 9mm. I know it's not the best gun for any single thing. However, I want a gun for a little home defense, a little range shooting, and a little CCW. I'm 6'5" 225, if that makes any difference.

    This will be my first handgun, but my brother has a 92FS that I've put about 100 rounds through. I've also been shooting guns between a .22 and a 12-gauge the majority of my life (30-06, 410, 20GA, 12GA, several 22's, a .204 ruger, a .45 glock, a 9mm pistol, a .40 pistol, a .357 pistol, etc). Why is this gun not recommended for new gun owners?

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    The Beretta PX4 Storm family of guns are great guns.

    I own both the full size & the sub compact.

    Here's my sub compact



    Both are accurate and dependable.

    I had the safety de-cocker problem with mine.

    Sent it to Beretta and it was back in 3 weeks good as new.

    No problems since.


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    I held one today, and I'm in love. Guess what I'm getting for XMas??

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    Px4sc

    Quote Originally Posted by Odonnell131 View Post
    I have been looking a lot lately on purchasing a px4 storm compact. I kinda wanna know the pros and cons of the gun. If it is a good gun for beginner and is it easily concealed. It looks like this gun came out sometime this year not really sure. Just started getting into this handgun stuff. Wanna know if this is a good gun to start with?

    Any knowledge would help. Thanks
    OP has not responded to any feedback yet so I'm guessing he is still undecided. I like my Beretta because it is a pleasure to look at and to hold. It is kinda fat compared to other choices, but to each his own. I prefer my Glock 19 due to several factors, some of which are purely personal preferences, but mostly because I find my sight picture much quicker (second shots are on target quicker). Beretta=Form, Glock=Function-IMHO
    My suggestion is to find a gun range where you can use a PX4 SC range gun to shoot before you decide to buy one. Also go to the other forums out there and read up on others' experiences.

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    i still have not seen this gun... has it been released ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mslater View Post
    i still have not seen this gun... has it been released ?
    The PX4 Sub-Compact (PX4SC) has been released in 9mm. The .40cal version should be released sometime in November 2010.

    The PX4 Compact has not been released yet.

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    What is the latest on the compact... specifically the .40?

    I really want one of these but I want a compact. I don't like the stubby look of the SC nor do I get the point of getting one when the barrel doesn't rotate. Isn't that what the "storm" is all about in the nomenclature?

    Anyone have any pics of the Compact? Other "leaked" information?

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    The PX4 Compact in .40 cal will not be released until 2011.

    PX4 Compact Information

    Because Lives Depend On It.

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    Looks VERY tasty.

    Where did you hear it was 2011? I'm not doubting you... just sad and that link says it is "supposed" to be out in 2010

    I got time to wait but that doesn't make me anxious.

    Any idea of when in 2011?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProxyBoy View Post

    Where did you hear it was 2011? I'm not doubting you... just sad and that link says it is "supposed" to be out in 2010
    According to Beretta website in the FAQ section - PX4 .40 Compact TBA - 2011

    2010 New Products

    Rumor is the PX4 Compact in 9mm will be shipped this week.

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    Thanks!

    I just don't get why it takes so long... I mean how much retooling is really needed to crank out a different caliber? Everything on the outside is pretty much identical and I imagine a lot of the insides are the same. What besides the barrel needs to be changed? Feed/extractor mechanisms?

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    maybe their waiting for the 2 free mag promo to expire first....seems like alot of guys are waiting for them, may really cut into the profits

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    True, true... that is a SWEET promo... Springfield has one going too... hard to not jump on a deal at that point.

    Though they did just release the compact 9

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    The new Compact in 9mm is out, I just bought one off an auction site and should have it in a few days. I own both the full size and sub compact versions but think the new Compact size will be the best one yet.

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    Congrats.

    Post a picture when you get it.

    I'd like to see it.


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    Come on .40!!!

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    I received my new Compact this afternoon and I'm really impressed with it. I own both fullsize and subcompact examples and this new Compact is the most comfortable, it just feels perfect in hand. I'd post some photos for you guys if I could, but it's not easy on this forum. I can tell you the pistol is around the same size as a Glock 19 or a S&W M&Pc. The fit and finish is extremely well done and the double action very smooth, the single action is light and crisp with no creep. The weather here is very cold but I'm going to try to get to the range to wring my Christmas present out.
    Range report to follow.

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