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Beretta Px4 Storm Compact Review: Perfect Storm?

We take a look at the Beretta Px4 Storm Compact Carry to see if this concealed carry handgun is worth sticking in your holster.

    Beretta is a company that has been around for a couple of years. As a matter of fact, in 3 years, they will celebrate their 500th year in the firearms business — a true milestone for the oldest firearms manufacturer in the world.

    Beretta PX4 Storm

    The company has enjoyed great popularity and success over the years with guns like the Beretta M9, which served as the U.S. military sidearm for many years.

    They have always been a bit different in their designs, and I have always liked their styling; their guns impart a “Buck Rogers” look and feel to me.

    While they don’t actually make crazy ray guns from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Beretta does lean toward weirder design choices.

    The Px4 Storm series is one of those interesting designs. From its rounded rear frame to the very different lock-up it uses, it’s a gun that captures attention.

    I finally got this one in recently, and what a neat gun it was to review!

    Table of Contents


    PX4 Compact Carry Review at a Glance


    • Reliability
    • Durability
    • Recoil Control
    • Accuracy


    • Grip lacks texture
    • Price

    The Bottom Line

    The Beretta Px4 Storm is a DA/SA pistol that uses a rotating barrel instead of the Browning tilting action. This operating system helps alleviate recoil, making it a particularly soft shooter.

    The Compact Carry model was designed in collaboration with Ernest Langdon and features stealth levers, night sights, an improved trigger, and comes with three 15-round magazines.

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    Specs & Features


    • Width: 1.4”
    • Length: 6.8”
    • Barrel Length: 3.2”
    • Height: 5”
    • Weight: 27.3 oz.
    • Capacity: 15 + 1
    • Trigger Pull Weight: DA: 6 lbs., 10 oz; SA: 3 lbs, 3 oz. (measured with a Lyman digital gauge)


    • Grey Cerakote slide
    • AmeriGlo high vis night sights
    • Picatinny accessory rail
    • Reversible magazine release with small, medium, and large buttons included
    • Low-profile “stealth” decocker and slide-release levers
    • Rotating barrel
    • Talon grips included

    Source: Beretta

    Px4: A Bit of Background

    The Px4 Storm debuted in 2004 with the primary intent of replacing the aging Beretta Cougar. It is now available in three different calibers and nine different configurations.

    It’s in use by at least 15 countries in their military or police agencies.

    Beretta PX4 Storm
    The lug setup makes the rotating barrel look different than other firearms.

    Its barrel only moves fore-and-aft as opposed to both that and up-and-down like on most standard pistols.

    Due to this, the Storm tends to recoil straight back into the hand rather than flip up. However, due to its shorter length, the sub-compact variant does not utilize the rotating barrel.

    Beretta PX4 Storm
    Rotating barrels have diagonal channels in the locking lug to facilitate the rotating motion.

    Note: This gun is a “G” model, which uses a slide-mounted decocker only. If you are looking for one with a combination safety/decocker, look at the type “F” models.

    Who Is It For?

    The Compact Carry Storm has features that make carrying it for self-defense a bit easier and more effective — the sights, the Talon grip wrap, and the trigger work all scream “concealed carry.”

    Beretta PX4 Storm
    The Px4 storm is a bit chunkier by today’s standards, but it is deceptively comfortable in the hand despite its appearance.

    Other folks who would probably benefit from owning this gun would be law enforcement and security personnel. Beretta’s reliability and durability are legendary, and the Px4 has been stress-tested to 150,000 rounds without failure.

    Another possible use for this gun is home defense. With 15-round mags and a slot under the barrel for a light, you’re good to go.

    Beretta PX4 Storm
    In addition to the rotating barrel, the Px4 storm features a rather odd recoil spring assembly.

    Lastly, this gun might fit well for those who lack grip strength. I was impressed with just how easy the slide was to rack. It wasn’t quite in the Ruger or S&W “EZ” category, but for a mainstream gun, it was pretty darn easy.

    Fit & Feel

    I have average-size hands, so average-size grips work for me. Users with larger hands should be well served by the included backstraps.

    Beretta PX4 Storm
    Although it is increasingly common these days, the included backstraps are still a nice touch.

    One review claimed that the front sight was too wide, but rectangular sights provided a great sight picture for me.

    At arm’s length, I get just about half the width of that sight in open space on either side. This gave me plenty of “wiggle room” to hold an accurate sight picture.

    The stock grip texture is rather smooth and lacking in some areas. However, the Compact Carry offers a non-permanent solution in the form of Talon grips that allow users to add a more aggressive grip texture to the firearm.

    Beretta PX4 Storm
    The blacked-out rear sight is complemented by a bright AmeriGlo front night sight. Also visible is the low-profile decocker lever.

    One of the drawbacks that some shooters see in this and similar guns is its width. Being almost an inch and a half wide means a good holster is called for.

    To help alleviate this somewhat, the compact carry model features “stealth levers,” which help reduce the slide width over standard Px4 models.

    How Does It Shoot?

    I shot a few targets from my backyard bench using the Ransom Multi-Cal Steady Rest.

    Beretta PX4 Storm
    A keen eye can spot a lanyard loop at the bottom of the grip. Don’t like lanyard loops? This one can fold flush!

    Due to a general lack of ammo, I was relegated to using 115-grain Fiocchi Training Dynamics and Federal.

    I set the targets at around 15 yards.

    As always, I shot to the right. I wasn’t trying to “prove” that the Storm was a tack driver. Rather, I mostly wanted to experience what other reviewers and owners have commented on — the lack of felt recoil.

    Beretta PX4 Storm
    The Fiocchi grouping is on the left, and the Federal is on the right.

    After my experience with the gun, add my name to that “reduced recoil” believer list.

    This thing doesn’t kick like most other 9mm pistols I’ve shot. The rotating barrel seems to really dampen the recoil to a noticeable degree.

    Beretta PX4 Storm
    Ernest Langdon is well known for his trigger jobs on Beretta products such as the 92/M9 series, the Px4, and even the 1301.

    One thing I wasn’t ready for was the custom trigger. I had one shot go off early as I was settling the sights in. That 3-pound-ish trigger had a little take-up, as most DA/SA triggers do, but there was zero creep or overtravel.

    This would be a great gun to check different 9mm loads for accuracy. Put it on a solid rest, aim, and let em fly. You won’t be able to blame bad groups for this trigger!

    What Sets it Apart?

    What sets this pistol apart from traditional Browning swing-link actions is, obviously, its rotating barrel. That single feature puts this gun in a whole different category.

    Beretta PX4 Storm
    Seeing the operating system during field stripping shows how different this gun is.

    Recoil is lessened, the front sight is a rectangular night sight, and no trigger pull is needed to take the gun down. The trigger is more than excellent, and the gun even has a lanyard loop! What’s not to like, eh?

    If you are going to compare the Storm to other 9mm pistols, you really need to compare pears to pears (I like pears more than apples). This means looking at other guns that use a rotating-barrel action.

    Grand Power is the only other manufacturer that makes hammer-fired rotating barrel pistols. (Photo: iCollector)

    That really cuts the number of other guns down.

    The only other current rotating barrel pistols are offerings from Grand Power, the new Smith & Wesson M&P 5.7, and the mythical (and likely non-existent) Glock 46.

    By the Numbers

    Reliability: 5/5

    I experienced no failures of any kind.

    Ergonomics: 5/5

    It fits my hand perfectly and handled well. The included Talon grips make up for the lack of stock grip texture.

    Accuracy: 5/5

    Groupings were more than sufficient for the gun’s intended purpose.

    Customization: 5/5

    Beretta’s website has dozens of aftermarket parts, grip, mags, etc.

    Value: 4.5/5

    The gun is really special but costs almost $900.

    Overall: 4.5/5

    9mm Ammo in Stock

    Cost Per Round
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    Upgrades for the CC Storm

    Like most other CCW pistols, the Beretta Px4 has some upgrades like holsters, grips, and spare mags. Though not as robust as the Glock aftermarket, there’s enough there to get you up and running.

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    Final Verdict

    The Px4 Storm Compact Carry is one heckuva pistol. Sure, it’s not cheap, but the quality is definitely there.

    Keep in mind that the Compact Carry model features some upgrades that raise its price over other Storms.

    Beretta PX4 Storm

    The rotating barrel does reduce recoil, which may be a huge draw for some. Overall, If you want a distinctive 9mm, unlike any other on your block, give the Px4 Storm CC a hard look. I think you’ll like what you’ll see!

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    What are your thoughts on the Px4 Storm Compact Carry? Let us know in the comments below. Love weird guns? Be sure to check out our article on the 10 Most Underrated Handguns!

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    • Commenter Avatar

      The PX4 is in jeopardy, so if you like it, contact Beretta. I bought a full size 9mm last year and was so happy with it, I wanted a Compact for carry. Unfortunately, I cannot find a 9mm Compact anywhere, so I reached out to Beretta... this is worrisome.

      Dear Mr. xxxx,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. Beretta decided not to make any of the PX4 pistols this year. Thus, the reason they are so hard to find. We do not know at this time, if Beretta will pick up production of the PX4 family next year. Our distribution center has no more inventory of the PX4's and we do not have any list of which distributors/dealers might have inventory left.

      If you have anything else, please feel free to contact us.



      September 6, 2023 9:22 am
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      First, I have no interest in getting into caliber debates but my preferred carry caliber is .40 SW. I wasn't able to find the PX4 Compact Carry version in .40 SW so I bought the PX4 Compact instead. I actually like having the option of having a safety/decocker instead of decocker only since I can choose to use it either way. I did change the safety/decocker levers out for the 92 style, though. The stock levers on the PX4 Compact are like little blades when racking the slide. I also put Trijicon tritium sights on it. It is a very soft shooting .40 and has very little muzzle rise. The compact came with two 12-round magazines and I picked up a couple of the full size 15-round PX4 magazines since they work with it too.

      April 21, 2023 5:08 pm
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      KT from FL

      One of my favorite carry guns. It seems to go right back to the aim point after firing (thanks to the rotating barrel?). Very comfortable to shoot & carry. Got mine several years ago after buying a Cougar in .40. My wife & I shot a PX4 the following week & ended up buying one for almost half of what’s quoted in the article from Academy.

      March 29, 2023 5:49 am
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        Nobody from the Internet

        The CC has (separate prices from Beretta in parentheses):
        - Ameriglo hackathorn-style orange/tritium front, black rear sights ($110)
        - 'Stealth' levers vs. the standard wing style (other options include 92-style and 'carry' which are between 'stealth' and default) and the G conversion ($45)
        - Beretta's competition trigger group ($105)
        - A third magazine in the box ($40)
        - Talon grips for PX4 compact medium/large backstrap ($25)

        Of course buying the regular one allows you to choose which if any of those to do sooner or later or never. And yes, the rotating barrel turns some of the energy into torque rather than upwards or backwards force.

        Lastly the review might have mentioned the insane durability Langdon and others have wrung out of all the PX4 variants.

        April 2, 2023 9:56 pm
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      Awesome review

      March 29, 2023 12:39 am
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      Discount Dave

      Check to see if the $75 rebate is still available on all Px4 models - it's why I took the risk with the .40S&W version full size - shoots super smooth like a P226. After that I ended up getting this exact Compact Carry (LTT) in 9mm. Very underrated when compared to my other favorites (CZ P-01 and SP-01 tactical)

      March 28, 2023 11:54 pm
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      Great gun. Nice configuration and balance, one of my favorite to shoot. Be aware the model describe, the Langdon version, is one of several models. If interested in this version, check the model number. Trivia: Tom Cruise uses this gun in the film Collateral, when two toughs cross his path.

      March 28, 2023 10:27 pm
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