Beretta PX4 (G - decocker only) 40S&W Range Report
I got to the range this morning and shot my PX4 for the first time. It is chambered in 40S&W and it is the G model.
F - decocker / safety
G - Decocker only
D - DAO I think only available to LEO
C - Constant action I think only available to LEO (supposedly to be like LEM or DAK trigger, but that is secondhand).
It has the rotating barrel which is supposed to reduce felt recoil. it has an ambi decocker located on both sides of the slide. The mag release can be changed to be either LHS or RHS. Speaking of the mag release, different size "buttons" can be installed on the gun. I think the small size is the one that comes on the gun. Getting others would include ordering as accessory. The slide release is only found on LHS. The 40 has a capacity of 14 + 1. DA is reported at 1" travel and approx. 9lbs, SA is reported at 1/4" travel and approx. 4 lbs.
A slim profile kit can be bought and installed on the gun. It reduces width by having a slimmer slide release and slimmer ambi decocker. I have not purchased that. Will wait to see how carry comfort turns out before thinking about purchasing that.
The civilian sales are supposed to come w/ 3 interchangeable backstraps and 2 mags. The LEO sales are supposed to come w/ 3 mags and the medium backstrap. I bought at CDNN ($420) and it came w/ the medium backstrap and 2 mags. I called a beretta number and had them send me, at no charge, the two other backstraps.
The PX4 comes with superluminova sights, aka the poor persons night sights. If you shine a light on them, they glow for a period of time. The good, they glow. The bad, the glow does not last that long. The badder, after my first range session, the superluminova on the front sight became dislodged. Thankfully, there was standard white paint behind the superluminova paint. I am a little irked at this and will be calling Beretta USA on Monday.
Night sites are supposed to be available real soon now from trijicon. Holsters are not abundant due to newer gun model. Comp-tac coming out w/ holster later this month. Some leather makers can make for this gun. I have an IWB leather holster on order. Will be ordering the comp-tac and Trijicons as soon as they come out.
Slightly heavier than my H&K P2000 LEM in 40 (my main holster carry). Slightly larger than the P2000. Mostly in the barrel length. Not overly so for the rest of the dimensions.
Front and backstrap has "fish scales" for better grip. I will be putting the bicycle innertube or skateboarding tape on it. Have bicycle inner tube on the P2000.
Field stripping is very easy. The only small gotcha is to make sure the barrel is positioned correctly (rotated) when re-assembling.
I like simple manual of arms, no manual safety, external hammer (for my safety in re-holstering) and constant trigger pull first to last. It is based on the fact that I am not fond of the DA/SA trigger pull and some atrocious DA first pulls I have experienced (S&W, Ruger, etc. ...) Plus, I want my wife to be able to grab any gun in the house and work it. But something called out to me for the Baretta.
I put about 300 rounds WWB 165 FMJ, 50 Rounds 180 grain Winchester JHP and 12 rounds cor-bon JHP 165 grain (keeping the other 28 for home defense). I shot side to side w/ my P2000 for comparison. No failures of any kind.
The DA pull is nowhere near atrocious as my experience has been. After shooting 30 or so DA rounds, I feel I had a good handle on the DA trigger pull. Not mastery, but definitely comfortable with it and confident in it for carry. The SA follow ups were quick. I liked that.
The gun points nice for me. My thumb does not accidently engage the mag release, which is good. I can reach the decocker pretty easy w/ my shooting hand. I do not use the slide release, I use the "slingshot" method.
I was shooting one shot PX4, then one shot P2000. Trying to compare the recoil. It felt like they both were the same. I then looked, and to my suprise, I was shooting the 180 grain out of the PX4 and 165 grain out of the P2000. I then put 165 WWB in both and I was suprised at how "harsh" the P2000 recoil felt compared to the PX4. The PX4 definitely won hands down wrt to felt recoil and re-acquisition of target.
I then did this comparison w/ a double tap drill. I was able to double tap the PX4 quicker, but due to my inexperience w/ the DA/SA trigger, I had more fliers on the first shot. I was not as quick on the P2000 on second shot, but I was consistent in hitting the pie plates.
Overall impressions, I liked it and will be using it for holster carry (in addition to my P2000). I am happy that I have not experienced any shooting malfunctions. I am disappointed in the superluminova front sight malfunction. I will carry it once I get my holster and night sight (or at least the front sight fixed).
I am even thinking about trying to get a C model and put a small backstrap on it for my wife's bedstand gun. Heck, if the C model has as nice a trigger as the LEM and second strike capability, I might get one for myself.
Anyone who likes traditional DA/SA guns would be happy with this gun. The price is nice at CDNN and it looks to be high quality. If you've made it through my verbose description, here's some pics to go along w/ the report.