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Old 04-09-2010, 10:20 AM   #1
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Hello. For roughly 4 decades now, my autoloader of choice has been a single-action such as the Browning Hi Power or 1911. In the '80's I coughed up the then high tariff for a CZ-75 since it appeared interesting, had gained the blessing of Col. Cooper and allowed for Condition One Carry (cocked-and-locked) if desired.



During roughly this same time-frame, I became a police firearm instructor, which necessitated my being very familiar and competent with other than single-action autoloaders or double-action revolvers.



So, I began rigorously working to improve my skills with SIG-Sauers' P220 and P226 DA/SA pistols as they were very well-represented within the law enforcement community as well as Glock's line of handguns. I found that at least with some of the DA/SA automatics, the transition from DA to SA just was not the "monster" described by some scribes, which prompted me to try other than single-action automatics; with the money spent over the years, I'm not sure if that was a blessing or a curse...



The most recent of this seemingly never-ending line of pistols to shoot is the 9mm PX Storm from Beretta. Mine is the "Type F", IE: conventional DA/SA with the slide-mounted thumb safety. The pistol is locked breech, but uses a rotating barrel system to accomplish this. It seems to work well at least in my initial range session. The gun functioned flawlessly with the 435 rounds fired.





Here is a picture of it next to the very common Glock 17. Hopefully, this gives folks at least an approximate idea of its size.





I tried this pistol with a six different loads. From left to right:

DAG 124-gr. FMJ, Winchester Ranger 127-gr. +P+, handload using Speer 124-gr. Gold Dot, a discontinued Corbon +P load using the Hornady 124-gr. XTP, Speer 147-gr. Gold Dot, and Remington 147-gr. Golden Saber. These all fed smoothly and flawlessly.






I fired no further than 15 yards in the initial range session. It was windy and the 25-yard pistol range was occupied. I fired this group while seated and with wrists braced on sandbags. I was trying to gauge the pistol's inherent mechanical accuracy...and was very pleasantly surprised.



In short, I found the pistol to be extremely comfortable, 100% reliable...at least so far, and surprisingly accurate.



If interested in a considerably more detailed review, look here:



http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/s...x4_storm_9.htm





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Old 04-09-2010, 07:46 PM   #2
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You ever find you're interested in a gun that you've never been interested in before? Well, guess what, Steve?



Well-written, as always - I much appreciate this info from such a trustworthy source. Drat it, though - I don't need another gun! And here I am considering one!
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:37 PM   #3
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Hello, Erich. I have had initially good results with the pistol and from what I'm hearing from others, most are experiencing the same. It will never replace my Hi Powers, S&W revolvers, etc, but it appears to be a design capable of better-than-expected mechanical accuracy and is reliable as well. I'll just have to shoot it a bit more to be sure.



Subjective to the max, I do find the thing very easy to shoot in slow-fire but have not yet "turned it loose" on a "paper aggressor" to see how well it handles at speed. I do note that felt recoil is not much so I see little reason to expect unsatisfactory performance in more "practical" defensive drills.



I sort of like to see if I can get a feel for how accurate a pistol is under the best of circumstances before using it in exercises where "coarse-but-quick" is the name of the game. I want it to be able to do both and want to know that if a shot misses, it is because I missed.



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Old 04-09-2010, 09:51 PM   #4
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I have always wondered about the trigger reach on these guns. I like the 92fs, but my short index finger just can't get "on top" of the trigger. Is there a perceptible difference between the two guns when considering the distance from the backstrap to the trigger?



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Old 04-09-2010, 11:54 PM   #5
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At the very least it goes to the upper end of my "trade for if The Deal shows up" list.



I'm not surprised at the reliability. Most all centerfire Berettas I've tried are like that.



Shooting one-hole groups at 15yds does, somewhat.



What is the DAG ammo you're using?



Excellent and thorough report as usual.







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Old 04-10-2010, 06:25 AM   #6
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Hello, whw: Yes, this seems considerably shorter and for me the reach with the trigger-finger is less than with the 92B or CZ75 in DA.



pff: The DAG is supposedly manufactured by Dynamit Nobel. I have not chronographed it but it seems "normal" and appears very nicely manufactured. It has grouped well for me out of several 9mm pistols. I bought it at www.ammunitiontogo.com, though they appear out of it at present.



Take a look here under the "D's":



http://cartridgecollectors.org/headstampcodes.htm



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Old 04-10-2010, 07:50 AM   #7
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It looks to me like the grip angle of the Storm would be better for me than the Glock. I like the 92FS and have often carried a Brigadier both at work and CCW. My experience with Berettas is uniformly good.



One thing that I've been interested in knowing for some time is whether the standard 92 magazines will fit the Storm, or if one would have to build up a separate collection of magazines. This could be a big consideration for some of us if contemplating a purchase.



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Old 04-10-2010, 08:54 AM   #8
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Hello LelandRay: I don't have a Beretta 92 but did try a Taurus PT92 magazine. It wouldn't lock into place, which is not really a surprise, but did "wiggle" a bit more than the PX4 magazine. I held the magazine in place and pulled the slide back and it locked open as it should. The gun did cycle a round or two by hand. It appears that it might work using Beretta magazines, but I can't say for sure w/o trying one.



Beretta magazines are manufactured by an Italian company called MDS, I am told. MDS-labeled magazines reportedly work fine and for the PX4 can be had at lower prices than those marked, "Beretta". I found them at www.cdnninvestments.com, if interested.



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Old 04-10-2010, 11:56 AM   #9
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Thank you for the interesting and informative report on the Px4 pistol. My understanding is that some Canadian LE agency recently adopted it.



I really like my Cx4 9mm carbine, that is for sure. I just wish that the Px4 and M9/92 used the same magazines. I have been hoping to luck into a Type D 9mm Beretta 92 DAO like those the Tacoma PD used to use a good long time ago but have never found one. Personally, I like the trigger to always be the same: DA or SA but not a mix of the two.



Food for thought, certainly. Again, thanks.
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:22 PM   #10
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Hello. I shot the pistol again today at a friend's place in the country where he has built his own range. It was windy and we only fired from about 20 yards or so. The pistol fired another flawless 200 rounds of 9mm 124-gr FMJ ammunition. Groups were not nearly as tight as when seated and with wrists braced, and I just wasn't shooting as well today. Since I already had determined (at least to my satisfaction) that the pistol has more than adequate mechanical accuracy, shots were fired standing with a two-hand hold. Groups were generally in the 3 to 4" range and to point-of-aim. My buddy shot it and got a little tighter groups than I did.



I had purposely not cleaned or lubed the gun's interior since I first shot it and it has reliably handled over 600 shots. Could it make a thousand? Maybe; it still runs "slick as a gut" but I don't particularly care. I normally clean my pistols (traditional steel and walnut or "combat tupperware") after each range session.



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