New Beretta PX4 Subcompact. (pics)
Just wanted to share some pics and a short range review of the latest acquisition.
I picked it up Friday at West Coast Armory. I know the owner and had asked him to see about getting one for me. About a month went by with no word, so I decided to drop by the shop. Lo and behold, there is one sitting in the display case, which decided to follow me home. He thought I wanted the .40 version, which isn't supposed to start shipping until August.
First impression is this thing is built like a little brick. The only way I can justify calling it a sub-compact is by comparing it to the size of my 92FS. I don't see being able to carry it in a pocket, like the LCP. The first thing I did when I got it home was try the different sized back-straps. I ended up leaving the large sized one on, as it seems to fit my hand the best. It is the "F" model which means it has a decocker/safety and double/single action. I plan on converting it to a "G" model (decocker only). Note the chunkiness:
At the range, it ate up the 150 rounds of reloads and the 50 Magtechs with no faillures of any type with the sort of reliability I have come to expect from my 92FS. I did not even clean it or oil it, before firing it. It still had all of the factory lube on it. I plan on trying some hollow points, next trip, but I don't expect there to be any issues with them, either. I inspected some of the brass and it came out clean, with no dents or anything that would indicate pinging on part of the frame or extractor.
The magazines were very tough to load the last 2 rounds in, by hand. I had to use the little thingy to get them in. I plan on leaving both mags fully loaded for a while. This will supposedly make it possible to get the last 2 in, without having to use the thingy.
The double action trigger pull was long, but smooth and not too heavy. The single action caught me by surprise the first shot or two. It was suprisingly light, if towards the far end of the pull.
I was able to group very well at 10 yards, but the groups were a bit higher than I was aiming. At 25 yards, the groups opened up a bit for me, but were right height wise. I think I need to get used to the sight picture some. By this time a whole family of shooters joined my bay, including grandpa, and took the lane next to me and 4 others adjacent. I like to see families getting invloved like this, but was a little distracted as they were moving a lot behind me and really blasting away.
The chunkiness of the gun, makes recoil seem very light and manageable, with follow up shots a breeze. I liked the mag with the pinky extension better, but had no problem with the pinky wanting to slide off of the other mag, w/o the extension.
Overall, I am very impressed with the gun. I will definitely be keeping this one.
Now comes cleaning time and the search for a holster.
Here are a few pics to compare relative sizes with :wave: