UPDATE: January 20, 2017 – PX4 Storm Compact Carry is shipping! Check out our new post on the PX4 Storm Compact Carry from SHOT Show 2017.
Beretta has been in the news a lot lately, especially with the U.S. Military’s RFP for a new Modular Handgun System (MHS) in full swing. However, Beretta has been working on the other side of business and has released the new PX4 Storm Compact Carry at SHOT Show this year. This pistol is specifically aimed at concealed carry.
The new Beretta Storm PX4 Compact Carry is an enhanced version of the original PX4, with features that Beretta fans will likely find very appealing over the original offering. The new Beretta PX4 is like a completely worked over handgun, and it stands apart from the original.
New Beretta PX4 Compact Carry
When I arrived at the Beretta booth at SHOT Show I made contact with Ernest Langdon, an expert shooter, who walked me through all of the improvements he helped spearhead on the PX4 Storm Compact Carry. Since the PX4 was aimed at concealed carry, Langdon had Beretta switch the slide lock lever and manual de-cocker for low profile alternatives. The new controls sit nearly flush with the pistol’s frame, but are still easily manipulated by the shooter.
The new PX4 Compact Carry slide is slimmer and more low-profile as well. In addition, Beretta has added a Cerakote gray finish bringing a new and popular look to the PX4, while adding excellent corrosion resistance.
One of the complaints with the original PX4 Storm was the grip (which is still rather bulky). Many shooters complained the PX4 Compact polymer grip was too slick, and did not provide enough grip traction for confident shooting. I’ve handled the PX4 on several occasions, and it’s true that the sides are fairly slick. There is some texture at the bottom of the grip on both front and back sides, but even this is pretty mild. The sides themselves have no texture for gripping.
To fix this problem, Langdon didn’t have Beretta reinvent the pistol, just simply partner with Talon Grips. The Talon Grips are easy to apply and provide superior gripping power. Though much more tactile, the Talon Grips are comfortable too.
To improve the sights, Langdon had Beretta switch to an Ameriglo orange front sight. This is a really good idea. Not only are the Ameriglo sights very bright, but the color contrast allows for faster target acquisition with the front sight.
Finally, Langdon knows how important a smooth action is for quality shooting. With his guidance, Beretta went inside the new PX4 Compact Carry and plated the critical trigger group and internal parts making the action much smoother. The springs were also coated to improve performance.
The new Beretta PX4 Compact Carry is only being offered in 9mm currently, and will ship with (3) 15-round magazines.
Beretta PX4 Storm Compact Carry Upgrades
- PX4 Specific Talon Grips
- Low Profile Slide Lock Lever and Manual Safety De-Cocker
- Trigger Group and Internal Parts Plated for Smoother Action
- Improved Coated Springs
- Thinner Cerokote Gray Slide
- Ameriglo Orange Front Sight
- (3) Sizes of Magazine Release Button – Easily Changed
- Ships with (3) 15-round Magazines.
Beretta PX4 Compact Carry Specifications
- Action: DA/SA
- Calibers: 9mm (Only at this time)
- Material: Steel slide, Polymer frame
- Overall Height: 5 inches
- Overall Length: 6.8 inches (9mm)
- Overall Width: 1.42 inches
- Sight radius: 5.2 inches
- Weight: 27.2 ounces (9mm)
- MSRP: TBA (Originally $650.00).
Special Thanks to Rob Binney for assisting me at SHOT Show this year. Without his help I would not have been able to gather as much information as I did.