By necessity, most gun reviews offer a quick look at features and cursory reports on a couple of hundred rounds of shooting over one or two range trips. That’s the nature of the beast when a gun is new on the market, and people want to know about it – quickly. While it’s a necessary thing, you have to admit that’s a little bit like turning the Daytona 500 into the Daytona 3 ½ to figure out who won a little quicker.
The Beretta PX4 Storm is not a new pistol – it’s been on the market for several years. That and its unusual design features are exactly the reason we’re taking a close look at it now. We’ll talk about the variants in the PX4 Storm family later, but the sample gun shown here is the full-size model, chambered in .40 S&W. As a high-pressure round compared to 9mm and .45 ACP, .40 S&W heaps more abuse on a pistol, especially over time. That’s one of the reasons we thought it would be interesting to review and old “new” gun.
Tour of the Storm
Like the Beretta 92 and M9 standard models, the PX4 Storm is a classic double-action, single-action pistol. That means for the first shot, the trigger press both cocks the hammer and releases it (two actions), thereby firing the shot. The recoil sequence from the initial shot cocks the hammer while reloading a new fresh cartridge from the magazine, so subsequent shots are single-action. Using my Timney triggers scale, I measured the initial double-action trigger press at 8 ½ pounds on average. The single-action press weight measures 4 ½ pounds.
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