1st Range Day With New PX4
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July 7th, 2006 06:09 PM
1st Range Day With New PX4
What a great day for shooing! Clear skys, no wind, steady 85 degrees; If only the weather was always this nice!!!! The day started with a couple hiccups: 1) Batteries dead in the digital (sorry...no pics), 2) Girlfriend giving me the "need to spend quality time lecture". Sorry GF, my buddy is home from the Marines for the week and we're off to the shooting range!!!
A little background on the PX4 9mm....I got a good deal on a like new one for $400. When I went to pick it up, it was in the case next to a newly for sale used Sig 229 in .40 DAK with night sights for $599. I seriously considered leaving the Beretta behind as I have been on the lookout for a .357Sig friendly gun. I weighed out the pros and cons....The Sig didn't have a rail, was $200 more, had no external hammer, and I had already spent a lot of time researching the heck out of the PX4. Plus I would need to purchse the .357 Barrel. I paid my balance on the PX4 and got out of there QUICK so I couldn't change my mind. There will be a Sig in my future...just not on this partiular day.
The look of the PX4 took a little getting used to. It is slightly futuristic in appearance. The lines, however, are very clean and attractive. Fit and finish is very tight. I love the weight and feel of the PX4 in my hand. It is too big for ME to carry concealed....but when I hold it, I feel like I'm holding a lot of gun. I like that. It has its place as my new House Gun. The polymer frame is much larger than that of the Glock or XD. Ergonomics are perfect....simply put it points where you want it to. I am not a huge fan of the supernova light activated sights ...IMO Beretta should have stepped up here and put on a nice set of tritium sights. I would have been happy to pay $50-75 more for the gun and have them on there.
I headed to the range with a friend (a Marine) and 500rds of Remington UMC 115gr FMJ (don't roast me here on ammo selection....good blasting ammo for the range and I paid $5.85 a box). The two 17rd mags loaded relatively easily with a little extra effort put into the 16th and 17th rounds. I shot at 15yrds on an army L target. The first two mags left there mark with the 9-10 rings shot to shreads with one central large hole. There was one outlier in the 6 ring. I was shocked at the accuracy right out of the box. Even though the sights are pretty much useless in the dark, they perform well as standard sights. There were no failures to feed/fire during the 500 rd test.
The D/A trigger pull is smooth and you can easily feel when it will break. S/A was very light and enjoyable to shoot. The ergonomics of the PX4 and the rotating barrel do a terriffic job absorbing recoil. The gun did not feel snappy at the muzzle, nor at the grip. It is strange to describe, but I think accurate to say that you can almost feel the entire gun "sponging" up the energy. The muzzle is instantly back on target for followup shots. I did not get to practice double taps, to my disappointment, as this range has a no rapid fire rule and the range officer is a freak about rules.
Long story short I am THRILLED with my purchase and happy to add a unique gun to my collection . It's a keeper. And before I forget....My Marine buddy and I were both shooting my PX4. I outshot him by far....this was surprising to me as his service sidearm on base is a Beretta 92....he wasn't happy.
Last edited by WJP9; July 7th, 2006 at 06:51 PM.
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July 7th, 2006 06:09 PM
July 7th, 2006 06:23 PM
Great result Bill - remember when you mentioned you'd got it.
True enough it does look a tad ''odd'' compared to some, but then so too does my CX4 Storm Carbine - but things change when in the hand I reckon and if it feels good and shoots good - it is good
Thx for the report and glad you had a great time with your buddy - range days are usually some of the best memories.
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July 7th, 2006 07:25 PM
Be careful, when you get that SIG the Beretta may never see the light of day again!
Originally Posted by WJP9
Sounds like you had a good day. My Beretta is a Neos .22, when I don't have the Browning Medalist out the Neos is my favorite .22.
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July 7th, 2006 07:49 PM
When I mouth off in those threads about new guns malfunctioning and needing repair during their "break in" period, this is what I'm talking about when I say a pistol should work fine right out of the box! I presently own Ruger, Glock and Beretta and they all took right off with no hiccups.
I've got a Beretta 92G-SD (with Langdon Tactical Technology, aka Ernest Langdon, competition trigger job), and love the quality of this pistol. I've not shot a Px4, and am afraid to, since I'd likely buy it on the spot...those Berettas are dangerous that way...heh.
Great report; enjoy the Beretta, and get that "quality time" taken care of right away!
July 7th, 2006 11:54 PM
Thanks for the informative range report - I'm gonna have to definitely check out the PX4!
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July 8th, 2006 08:52 AM
I was interested in your report on the Beretta PX4, since I have never owned a Beretta, although I have owned about 50 handguns of various makes. I shot a Beretta 92 once, renting it at the range, and have handled quite a few at gun shops and gun shows. I recently handled the new PX4 at a gun shop, and was impressed with the ergonomics and look of the gun. It seemed very well made and the rotating barrel design is quite interesting.
I guess I never bought a Beretta 92 or the similar 96 because they always looked a little odd to me, with the cut away slide exposing the top of the barrel. I realize that this is just aesthetics, but I tend to favor a closed slide from a "looks" standpoint. I looked hard at the newer "Cougar" model Beretta produced, and liked the feel of the grip and the rotating barrel, but never took the plunge. And the polymer framed 9000 model Beretta produced was just ugly, and excessively wide through the back of the slide, reminding me of one of those pickup trucks with four wheels on the back axle instead of two. So I am still lacking in Berettas although I concede that they are a long-established and successful firearms company.
Maybe the PX4 will be the one?
July 10th, 2006 01:47 AM
Woohoo, seems like the Px4 is getting more and more popular. Glad to see you enjoy the handgun.
July 10th, 2006 02:01 AM
I seem to be hearing alot of folks talking about buying the Px4... Must be doing something good out there...
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July 10th, 2006 10:44 AM
Like to try one out.....
as well as the carbine....
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July 10th, 2006 04:05 PM
Indeed they are, and the PX4 more so than most.
Originally Posted by JimmyC
Resistance is futile.
July 10th, 2006 07:34 PM
....back when I was a rookie FLEO, I really wanted to trade in my SIG P228 9mm as an on-duty carry weapon for my personally owned Beretta 92F Compact 9mm....it felt better in my hand, I shot it better and I appreciated the inclusion of a manual safety. That said, my issue P228 was a very nice gun...having a short trigger and night sights were a big plus too.
Originally Posted by rstickle
Those Px4's are nice! I will likely get a Type C 9mm and any Px4 (and Compact Px4) in .45 ACP.
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July 11th, 2006 12:40 AM
Garg...don't get your hopes too high, remember my carry piece is a Glock and I've now got the itch for a 1911!
July 11th, 2006 02:39 AM
Why a 1911? Out of practice clearing jams?
Originally Posted by JimmyC
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