Beretta PX4 Storm Recon – C02 Repeater
The Beretta PX4 Storm Recon is a CO2 powered semi-automatic pistol that has the weight and shooting feel of a real pistol. This version comes complete with a Walther “head-up” sighting system, tactical flashlight, removable compensator, and a “two headed” clip that holds 8 of your favorite pellets or bb’s at each end. When you are done with your first 8 shots, simply drop the clip, rotate it 180 degrees, reinsert it in the grip and fire your next 8 shots.
The Beretta PX4 Storm Recon arrives in a retail “blister pack” which requires Ninja-like strength and cunning to open. If you are able to achieve nirvana and open the package without harming yourself or the pistol you will have reached the 7th level of knowledge and harmony with the universe. Ok, seriously, why do they have to ship these things in packaging that is certain to necessitate a trip to the emergency room?
The physical characteristics of the PX4 Storm Recon impressed me right off the bat. Before I even took it out of the packaging I knew it was going to be drastically different from other CO2 pistols that I’ve tested. The first clue was the weight. It is easily twice as heavy as the Crosman C11 that I like so much. Once out of the box, I just fell in love with this pistol. The feel, weight, and firing action, are so realistic that I forgot I was shooting a pellet pistol.
The pistol is made from composite and metal parts. Unlike some other, less expensive, pistols that I’ve tested, all the parts fit and work perfectly. Sitting on the table, someone would be hard pressed to know this was not the real thing, even after they picked it up.
With the pistol and all its accessories out and ready, assembly takes about 10 minutes including a quick look at the user’s manual to learn how to adjust the “heads-up” sight. The pistol comes with a pressure switch for the flashlight, but I prefer to just turn the light on and off when I need it rather than having to squeeze the pressure switch on the handle to activate the light. Either way, the light is fairly bright although the ability to adjust the focus would be really helpful as this particular light has a dark spot in the middle of the beam. At night it looks like a circle on the wall rather than a bright spot of light. With that said, it still works and definitely lights up the intended target.
This is the first time that I’ve had the chance to work with a “heads-up” sight and my first impression was that I found it tough to use. However, once I spent some time behind the trigger I found that I was able to find the dot quickly and sighting became second nature. I like this sight much better than a red dot “tube” as it seemed to be more intuitive for me.
Setting up and shooting the PX4 Storm Recon is very straightforward. You load the CO2 in the handle, load pellets into the “two headed” clip (there is an 8 shot cylinder on each end of the clip), insert the clip, turn on your Walther sight, release the safety and start shooting. Before you start, make sure that you’ve got plenty of CO2, pellets, and things to shoot at. You get about 3 full clips worth of shots before you need to swap out the CO2. While that may be 48 shots, they go much faster than you might think. We went through several tins of pellets during our testing.
Firing the PX4 is a real joy. The first pull of the trigger reminds me a lot of my Ruger P89, heavy and deliberate. The following shots are much easier. In fact there is a “pause” in the pull where you know your next ounce of pressure is going to release the hammer. Having such a distinct trigger pull helps accuracy.
What makes the Beretta PX4 Storm Recon really special is the blowback slide. With every shot, the CO2 discharge pushes the slide back to re-cock the hammer and provide that “real gun” tactile feedback. I had a friend of mine, who happens to be on our local police force, test this and he absolutely loves it. It was his first chance to try out the “heads-up” sight and while it took him some time to get used to it, he came to really like it. He loved the accuracy and the potential of having a quality training tool that he did not have to go to the range to use.
As far as velocity is concerned, the PX4 Storm Recon is slightly better than average. With RWS Hobby pellets the first shot is usually about 400 FPS with the 8th shot around 320 FPS. You will have this drop unless you pause for 5 or 10 seconds between each shot to let the CO2 temperature equalize. But we all know.. when we are holding a semi-auto pistol, we aren’t going to be waiting between shots now are we….? When I saw just how many pellets I was going to be going through, I quickly switched to Crosman Wadcutters. They are inexpensive, relatively accurate, and great for punching perfect little holes in paper targets.
In summary, I can’t find a single thing that I don’t like about this pistol. It feels great, shoots great, and can hit quarters at 25’ all day long. I’ve tested about a dozen different CO2 pistols and this is the 2nd most accurate of the bunch with only the Crosman 2300S shooting better. With the Beretta PX4 Storm Recon you just put the green dot on the target and pull the trigger. Thanks to Beretta for making this great pistol and another special thanks to PyramydAir for sending us one to review. Also, if you’d like the PX4 without all the extra “gear,” click on this link to the Beretta PX4 Storm over at PyramydAir.