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    Question Wife's anniversary present no workie. PX4 reliability issue?

    Got the wife a PX4 compact 9 mm for our wedding anniversary. She is super excited to have her first semi auto. Took her to the range today, 2nd round jammed###$*#*#&&#&7#7


    Shot 30 rounds of ammo (PMC 115 gr fmj) and 3-4 times per mag, ammo failed to feed. Often a stovepipe, but mostly didn't come up from the magazine. Fired round would eject, but the round from the mag wouldn't feed all the way. Point being, the bullet end of the round would not make it up into the throat of the barrel. It would often be pointing up, perhaps at 45+ degree angle, but not going into the chamber. At times, we would have that along with a stove pipe from the spent round.


    I took gun home, cleaned it, double checked manual on assembly, got 100 rounds of Federal 115 gr fmj from Walmart and went back to range just now. I shot 60 rounds with no jamming. Wife still had sporadic jamming (2-3 jams per 40 rounds). I am thinking she was limpwristing likely. Still trying to decide what to do, if anything. Send to Beretta? Change springs? Keep shooting and improve on wife's technique? Reason I wonder, should a gun be that sensitive to limp wristing? I was able to create a jammed case by holding EXTREMELY lightly. Makes me wonder if she had these few jams for this or another reason.


    After we used the 100 rounds of Federal ammo, tried to shoot the last 70 or so rounds of PMC. Got the same consistent jammings I spoke of above. Does this gun hate this ammo or what? Felt like all was well with Federal, then the gun is jamming left and right. All I can find online suggest this is very unusual for the PX4. Did we get a lemon perhaps. Just not sure what course to take. Will clean gun now and run out and buy some more ammo and shoot first thing in the morning. Hate for such a sentimental gift to not work perfectly. Any suggestion here would be appreciated. I have shot guns for 20 years and own a dozen assorted semi automatics. Never dealt with anything like this before.




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    Do a test and buy some *Speer Gold dot & Hornady Ammo.This is all I will put in any of my pistols. Old saying,What you buy is what you get.

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    Plan to and heading to Walmart now to get some ammo for the morning.


    However, I (we) shot 200 rounds today and had about 15 FTF, stovepipes, etc..


    This is ridiculous for a gun touted as being so reliable. Got to be something more than ammo preference. Right?


    Will keep trying to figure it out, but gut says I need a different recoil spring. But can't find one, not sure where to buy it or what to get. The one in the gun is too strong is my instinct.


    I see Beretta recalled this spring/rod a few months back, but when entering my wife's guns serial number, Beretta says we are "OK". Far from it.



    Steve in Texas makes stainless guide rods, but uses stock spring. No good.



    Any suggestions for where to buy springs and for that matter, what strength? I don't know what is in the gun now.



    Thanks for any comment. This gun has ruined our day. Hoping tomorrow will be better.





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    Here is a link on the beretta forum about special frictions spots on the px4 to be aware of. I followed this advice and used Tetra White gun grease and Ballistol Oil. Just an idea.

    New PX4 9mm Full Size - questions - Beretta Forum

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    Thanks man. I greatly appreciate the input. I have moved the slide with purpose back and forth and can't feel any areas of concern. I will certainly read over the link though in case I am overlooking something. It seems to me the ammo shot today was too light for the recoil spring supplied in the gun. Time will tell. Just got 100 rounds of 147 grain Winchester hollow points and will shoot in morning. If this feeds 100% reliably, I am good to go perhaps. Fingers crossed. Otherwise, looks like I am going to be hunting for a lighter recoil spring which seems very hard to find online.



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    You said you cleaned it. Did you also clean the magazines? Did you number the magazines to see if it's just one giving trouble? If all this proves okay get permission to send it back. I had a PX4 and it was very reliable.

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    I did suspect one magazine initially as we had only taken one to the range. As it turns out, both mags seemed to work the same. The ammo used initially, PMC 115 gr, wouldn't work in either mag, nor at either of the two times we went to the range today. The Federal 115 gr was much better, 60 rounds for me with no issues and only a few times FTE and FTF for the wife. Thoughts are that the recoil spring is too strong for lighter ammo. Got two boxes of 147 grain Winchester and will try it in the morning. Also, got the slide locked open and will leave it this way overnight in hopes of training the spring a bit. If the hotter ammo works 100% of the time, all is well. If not, guess I am going to be looking for a weaker recoil spring although I can't seem to find one online anywhere and not sure what strength is in the gun now. If that doesn't work, guess I am going to send it back to Beretta and wait 4-5 weeks.



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    I would call Beretta Technical Support and get their take on your issues. This won't be the first gun that has UMC ammo issues. Cz's don't shoot UMC that well, either. I would also clean the magazines and wipe the inside spring with a rag with good gun lubricant...one that will last. I would wipe the mag plunger as well with oily tissue. The mags should move smoothly and freely. (Don't oil the mag....just a very light coating)

    Also try putting a loaded mag in the gun, then racking the slide to load a round. Then pull the mag out and top off the mag with another round. Reload the magazine and see if it works reliably. I would try the UMC to get your worse case.

    Lastly, make sure you don't leave any oil on the ramp when you clean the gun. The carbon/dust from a bullet will stick to the oil and create a film that can cause FTF's.

    But I would take Beretta's technical support advice....they know these guns the best.

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    Thanks for the input man. I appreciate your willingness to help out. I am heading to the range in a few minutes and will see how the 100 rounds of 147 grain Winchester hollow points perform. If my instinct is correct, this ammo will be powerful enough to move the slide against the overly strong recoil spring. Assuming so, this will correct the feeding issues we saw yesterday. However, with 15+ FTF in 200 rounds yesterday, perhaps I am oversimplifying things. If any problems continue, I will call BUSA and see what course of action they suggest. Guess I should call them anyway now that I think about it. I (she) shouldn't have to shoot hot loads 100% of the time to overcome a design flaw in their gun.



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    If it's for self defense you need to have 100% confidence in the pistol and right now you don't. Call Beretta, their pistols usually aren't this fussy. I've never had any issues with their products be it pistols or shotguns.

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    Does it jamb when you shoot it too? Or just when your wife shoots it?

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    This is a very good question. you say it doesn't jam when you shoot it but still does when she shoots. Federal works fine, and PMC jams. It appears to me your wife is limp wristing and you should buy Federal ammo. The gun sounds fine to me. Before you call Beretta be sure your wife has a good grip, and proper trigger technique. I would bet if I fired the gun it would not jam. It has been my experiance that many of what are percieved as gun problems, are in fact operator inexperiance. Some brands of guns do not work with some brands of ammo. they all are made a bit different and as was said before CZ's do not like ammo loaded to the longer OAL. It could be the same with Beretta, I am not sure. If I were you I would be sure all is well in your wifes technque. I would bet because you can run it flawlessly the gun is not a lemon.

    I saw someone suggest you oil your mag inners and the spring and the follower. Please do not do this. a light coat of oil on your mag is too much oil on your mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recoilguy View Post
    ...I saw someone suggest you oil your mag inners and the spring and the follower. Please do not do this. a light coat of oil on your mag is too much oil on your mag.

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    Just make sure that it is perfectly clean. Dirt (especially sand) wrecks havoc with magazines.

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    I apologize if it appeared I was advocating to not clean your mag, i was not. It is my experiance and my advice that when you do, do it with out oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recoilguy View Post
    I apologize if it appeared I was advocating to not clean your mag, i was not. It is my experiance and my advice that when you do, do it with out oil.

    RCG
    I was agreeing with you and adding to the point. Oil will attract dirt and especially sand. You can apply a light coat of oil as long as wipe it very, very clean afterwards. The small amount that is left (just enough to show finger prints) will provide rust protection and not gum up the works.

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    Limp wristing is a consideration for sure and I am working on the wife's technique. However, my buddy, my wife, and I all had the gun jam numerous times using PMC. I got the 60 rounds of Federal running smooth, but the wife had 2-3 jams in 40 or so rounds. That is the limp wristing part perhaps. However, I tried to recreate what she could be doing and it didn't take a very "limp" wrist to make the gun jam with Federal. Point being, she is holding the gun with a death grip to make it not jam. I let up my grip pressure just slightly from my normal grip pressure and sure as heck, fail to feed on the next round. While there is some technique in question for the wife, this gun is extremely ammo sensitive. For comparison, my wife has shot 10+ semi autos I own and never had a gun jam. Her technique while not flawless yet, is no worse now than in the past. Likely the opposite.

    My search online has revealed a consistent problem with this particular gun. Several 6-8 page threads on the Beretta forum with tons of guys having the same exact issue as me. Some have sent the gun to BUSA and still having problems. Overly strong recoil spring, Beretta recalled it about 7 months ago. Many (most) guys/gals that got the new spring reported the gun's feeding issues with lighter ammo went away. However, I have the "new" spring, yet I am having the exact same issues that prompted the recall. Folks are shooing 400-600 rounds of 9 mm Nato, higher power offerings, to break this gun (spring) in. Folks are leaving the slide locked open for days at a time to train the spring. Seems people are doing everything but throwing chicken bones in a bloody bowl when they buy this gun.

    Wouldn't it be easier for Beretta to just use a lighter recoil spring? I am sure they have their reasons, but it eludes me at the present. The more I learn the more baffled I am that such a common known issue continues. Beretta did the right thing and made the recall and mailed everyone new springs and polished guide rods. That customer service is allowing me to hold on to hope that I will get faith restored in this gun. After 72 hours of owning this Beretta, it has gave me more issues than the assorted dozen semi autos I own from other manufacturers have over the last 25 years. Time for the tides to change one way or the other.


    Ammo sensitive gun with overly strong spring??


    Use LIGHTER SPRING BERETTA

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    I said in the other identical thread you posted.......it is probably your wife. It is very easy to say this gun is a lemon, but if you shoot it fine and she does not, it makes me say Hmmmmmmm.

    Get Federal ammo too if it works better.

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    Below is the identical reply I put over there


    FYI, I posted in the two sub-forums for a very good reason. As you said yourself above, is it a gun issue specific to the Beretta or something else?




    Limp wristing is a consideration for sure and I am working on the wife's technique. However, my buddy, my wife, and I all had the gun jam numerous times using PMC. I got the 60 rounds of Federal running smooth, but the wife had 2-3 jams in 40 or so rounds. That is the limp wristing part perhaps. However, I tried to recreate what she could be doing and it didn't take a very "limp" wrist to make the gun jam with Federal. Point being, she is holding the gun with a death grip to make it not jam. I let up my grip pressure just slightly from my normal grip pressure and sure as heck, fail to feed on the next round. While there is some technique in question for the wife, this gun is extremely ammo sensitive. For comparison, my wife has shot 10+ semi autos I own and never had a gun jam. Her technique while not flawless yet, is no worse now than in the past. Likely the opposite.

    My search online has revealed a consistent problem with this particular gun. Several 6-8 page threads on the Beretta forum with tons of guys having the same exact issue as me. Some have sent the gun to BUSA and still having problems. Overly strong recoil spring, Beretta recalled it about 7 months ago. Many (most) guys/gals that got the new spring reported the gun's feeding issues with lighter ammo went away. However, I have the "new" spring, yet I am having the exact same issues that prompted the recall. Folks are shooing 400-600 rounds of 9 mm Nato, higher power offerings, to break this gun (spring) in. Folks are leaving the slide locked open for days at a time to train the spring. Seems people are doing everything but throwing chicken bones in a bloody bowl when they buy this gun.

    Wouldn't it be easier for Beretta to just use a lighter recoil spring? I am sure they have their reasons, but it eludes me at the present. The more I learn the more baffled I am that such a common known issue continues. Beretta did the right thing and made the recall and mailed everyone new springs and polished guide rods. That customer service is allowing me to hold on to hope that I will get faith restored in this gun. After 72 hours of owning this Beretta, it has gave me more issues than the assorted dozen semi autos I own from other manufacturers have over the last 25 years. Time for the tides to change one way or the other.


    Ammo sensitive gun with overly strong spring??


    Use LIGHTER SPRING BERETTA


    (or at least sell me one)




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    Oh, and for what it is worth, I am not one of those know it all smart asses. All your contributions to this thread are truly appreciated. I found this forum searching for info, but won't disappear after my gun starts working. Just didn't know you guys existed till the other day. I am well aware that many "gun problems" are user error. My buddy and I are avid shooters, he shoots IDPA every weekend, both former correction officers, etc.. The wife is not 5' 100 lbs and barely holding the gun. Although I can see how such a mental image could arise when reading my post. We shoot guns often and love it. I have never had a reliability issue like this and it has me baffled. That is why I am here begging for help. It is not my intention to bad mouth a gun generally regarded as super reliable by 99% of accounts I have found before and after it's purchase. Just can't understand why we are having so many issues with this gun. Thanks for your patience and any further comment. I would really appreciate some outside opinions if anyone has any firm thoughts. Limpwristing, ammo, magazines, gun cleanliness, etc.. are all factored in of course, but something is wrong with this gun. Heading to range now with 100 rounds of 147 grain hp. Fingers crossed.



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