Direct Chamber Loading issue on Beretta PX4 Storm .40 S&W

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      Direct Chamber Loading issue on Beretta PX4 Storm .40 S&W

      Hey folks,

      My name is Scott from VA and this is sort of my intro post as well as a question about an issue I am having. I purchased a brand new Beretta PX4 .40 today, and the gun operates normally except when I try to load a single round into the chamber with no clip inserted. When I load the round and release the slide, the slide stops about 1/4" short of being fully seated, and I cannot seem to figure out why. I had a .45 PX4 in the past and I cannot remember if it behaved this way or not, so I figured someone on here might be able to provide some insight. The pistol chambers a round correctly if I insert the mag with the slide back and then release it, or if I insert the mag and then cycle the slide back and forth once, its just when the mag isnt inserted that it does not load properly, so I don't think it is an ammo issue.

      Thanks for the help

      Scott

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      Most semi autos are not made to be loaded this way. Put one round in mag and load from mag. Trying to load like you are may damage the extractor.

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      right you are sir...i just cant figure out why they have instructions for it in the manual....doesnt make any sense to me but at least now i know.

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      The PX4's have a very healthy spring and extractor, more so when brand new, and yes, this is not recommended as it may damage and/or wear out the extractor prematurely. Try sling-shoting the slide to give it as much force as possible for the extractor to ride over the rim casing, but why you would want to do this i don't know, but for maybe being confident in an emergency situation where you may have a damaged or lost magazine, no backups, and need to load in a round one at a time. My manual likewise says you can directly load a round in the chamber, but i choose not to monkey around doing that as it sounds like a good way to get yourself an accidental discharge if you're not careful as well as a damaged extractor. If i had to do it in an emergency, rest assured I'd sling shot that baby home as opposed to the slide release, but as your spring and extractor wear a little there should be no problems doing it either way.
      Last edited by denner; 01-27-2012 at 09:44 PM.

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