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Gun Reviews By Women – Beretta PX4 Storm Compact – Amanda

Beretta PX4 Storm Compact Gun Review

By Amanda


Beretta PX4 Storm Compact Specifications

Model: PX4 Storm Compact

Caliber: 9mm

Barrel Length: 3.27 inches

Ammunition Capacity: 15

Price: $543.00


Beretta PX4 Storm Compact Usage & Features

Primary Use:

Home Protection

Are you right handed or left handed?


What features does this gun have that appealed to you?

The PX4 Storm Compact comes with 3 different rear grips.  It isn’t too heavy, shoots amazingly accurate, even at 25 yards.  The Beretta PX4 Storm Compact feels balanced in my hands, comfortable to hold, and the trigger is amazing!  I could shoot this gun all day long at the range.  I love the slide release.

Tell us about shooting this gun:

The Beretta PX4 Storm Compact is easy to keep on target.  The trigger is smooth and very nice.  It is comfortable to shoot and aim.  I LOVE shooting this gun.  Even though I bought this gun for home defense, it is also my go-to gun for the range.

How does it fit your hand, how do you like the sights, how difficult is it to rack the slide, how would you describe the trigger pull, and how would you describe the recoil?

The factory sights are okay, but they would be difficult to see in low light situations.  I haven’t yet found a need to buy new sights.  I have bad carpal tunnel in my hands, but I find the slide easy to rack.  It does require a grip and a little muscle to rack the slide; however, from the several dozen pistols I test fired before deciding on this one, it is one of the easier ones to rack in my option.  The size of the gun helps absorb a lot of the recoil.  I did rent several guns before deciding on this one.

How reliable is it?

The PX4 Storm Compact is extremely reliable!  I have never had a jam to date (I have owned it for a year and have gone to the range at least 25 times with this gun).

Any problems with any type of ammunition?


What do you dislike about shooting this gun, if anything?

A little to big for me to conceal and carry.

Was it easy to take down and clean?

The PX4 Storm Compact is extremely easy to dissemble.  However, I do find putting the barrel and spring back together to sometimes be a bit of a challenge, but with practice, I have gotten a lot better — and I do it by myself.

Would you recommend this gun?


For someone considering this gun, what would you tell them?

The gun is comfortable, reliable, and the best I have ever shot.  The grip is big enough for my hands to feel comfortable holding.  I dislike when I cannot rest my pinkie finger on the grip.  The Beretta PX4 Storm Compact has plenty of room on the grip for my pinkie.

Anything else you would like to share about the gun?

I highly recommend this gun for novice and expert shooters.  It is easy to operate and a great gun all around.


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7 thoughts on “Gun Reviews By Women – Beretta PX4 Storm Compact – Amanda

  1. Jim says:

    I have the Beretta PX4 Storm Subcompact. This is the perfect gun for me. My favorite feature is the decocker/safety, which goes with the hammer-fired single action / double action. I have a kydex holster made for my gun, so I am confident in carrying it with the safety off – nothing is going to move the trigger as long as it is securely in the holster. I put the safety on, holster it, and turn the safety off. I can either cock the gun or leave it uncocked while in the holster – I prefer uncocked, because it is safer that way. Double action trigger is not that hard, but it is a bit harder and longer, which reminds me that I am about to shoot the gun. Once I have heard the “BOOM” of the first shot, I am fully focused and more careful for that 2nd easy (single action) shot.

    The Subcompact is just a bit too big for pocket carry, so I am looking for some pants with bigger pockets. Right now I carry it inside the waistband with my shirttail out; but I won’t be able to do that in cold weather.

    I have thought about getting a smaller gun; but this gun shoots so well in my hand that I have decided rather to make this one work rather than get something else.

    1. Jim says:

      Update: I went to Sams and bought some jeans with big front pockets – Members Mark Relaxed Fit, durable heavy weight denim. My Px4 Storm Subcompact, in the pocket holster, now goes down 2″ below the top of the pocket! My wife says that she can’t tell what is in my pocket. Best of all, she likes the pants! (The pants were only $13 per pair.)

      I have found that although I am right handed, I need to carry my gun in the left pocket, not the right. It gets in the way of too many things when I carry it in the right pocket, such as my seat belt buckle and my guitar. Also, I’m accustomed to carrying my keys in my right pocket; putting my keys in the left pocket is too radical of a change for me. I’ll just need to practice drawing the gun, so that I am not hindered by carrying it in the left pocket. Also, I always put the safety on when pocket carrying my gun; I’ll have to practice turning off the safety as I draw the gun.

      I know that this is a women’s site; I hope that my information will be helpful to you.

    2. Jim says:

      P.S.: You can sometimes find the PX4 Storm Subcompact at Cabela’s. That, plus a pair of the Member’s Mark jeans I mentioned above, might be a great Christmas gift for your husband!

  2. K.P. says:

    My husband owns the PX4 Compact and I own the subcompact. I LOVE both of these guns. The compact is more accurate for me due to the slightly longer barrel and rotating barrel. Both have been very reliable every time. Both were bought new from a store and we have had no issues with performance, quality, function or other. Would highly recommend. I am glad to see someone review this gun.

  3. Lisa says:

    First impression says it all. Bought a new PX4 subcompact took it out to test it out and before I finished the first magazine my front sight fell off. Called Beretta support, they said send it to them (at my cost) wait 12 weeks to get it back. Poor workmanship, poor customer service. Not even a sorry.

  4. Richard Oribe says:

    Slide racking with the compact carry? Just as easy?

    1. Matt says:

      Compact and compact carry have the same slide and recoil spring. The slide has a lot of surface area to comfortably grip. If anything, the stealth decocking levers on the carry make the racking more comfortable. Having said that, the stealth levers do make it somewhat more difficult to decock the hammer with your thumb. My daughter can’t do it, and uses her Support hand to decock the compact carry.

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