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Old 08-31-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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Yesterday, I wandered off to Bass Pro Shop to look for a shoulder recoil pad. This weekend (have a 5-day weekend courtesy of Labor Day) I'll be going to Desert Sportsman's with a coworker and he's bringing out the big guns. Of course all of that apparel is upstairs where the guns are. After finding the pad I wanted, I wandered "down the line" to check ammo availability. I was close to the display cases so I looked in to see what they had in 9mm (my currently owned pistols are .40 cal). I have been thinking about getting a Browning Hi Power but the only one they had was done up in that "digital camouflage" and looked rather stupid. One of the clerks came up and after finding out they didn't have any other models of the Hi Power, we chatted about handguns with some other customers standing around. He pulled out a Baretta PX4 Storm and after handling it for a short while, I bought the silly thing. Dayum. A $40 trip turned into a $600 trip. So now, I've got another weapon that needs to be "broken in" at the range. Sooner or later, I'll take my Walther PPS .40 cal and the Baretta out, once I pick up some 9mm ammo.





I have not seen the "loading assist" before...that thing on the top of the spare mag. Anyone else ever used one? I didn't know they existed.

I was also surprised at how thin the weapon is considering the magazine is a double-stacker. It's also pretty much between my Sig P226 and Walther PPS in weight. I found the decocking feature rather interesting, too. When you press the lever, the firing pin recedes before the hammer comes down. I panicked for a second when, after jacking the slide back, the hammer didn't remain cocked. Then I realized I hadn't pushed the decocking lever back up to "normal" (where it is near the rear sight in the photos)

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Nice looking.
Is this the 9mm the 40 or the 45?

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It's the 9mm.

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Smart choice. I have several pistols in different calibers. With the ammo on the shelves being hit and miss it gives me more options.

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I have not seen the "loading assist" before...that thing on the top of the spare mag. Anyone else ever used one? I didn't know they existed.
Nice snag Flash.

Your "loading assist" is the non-moving parts equivalent to the Israeli Maglula, UPLULA Universal Pistol Magazine Loader.


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I have not seen the "loading assist" before...that thing on the top of the spare mag. Anyone else ever used one? I didn't know they existed.
That looks like the loading gizmo that came with my XD. After you figure it out, it is very helpful, especially on the last few rounds. I thought it was dumb at first, but my thumbs are now quite fond of it.
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Nice snag Flash.

Your "loading assist" is the non-moving parts equivalent to the Israeli Maglula, UPLULA Universal Pistol Magazine Loader.

YouTube - Universal Pistol Magazine Loader

What a thumb saver!
That's DEFINITELY a thumb saver. I'd get one in a heartbeat.

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That looks like the loading gizmo that came with my XD. After you figure it out, it is very helpful, especially on the last few rounds. I thought it was dumb at first, but my thumbs are now quite fond of it.
Before I even go out to shoot the thing, that's the first thing on my agenda...learn how to use that loader.

After that, I really need to get to the range to shoot my Walther and this beastie. That'll be 2 range reports I'll be filing. Hopefully I don't completely bollox things up and shoot holes everywhere but into the center of the B27 targets.
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berettas are one of the most versatile and comfortable handguns I have ever shot. I went to the local gun stare a few years ago and noticed they had an m92 in .40 S&W so i bought it and now im shooting it almost every week.
the decocking lever is a neat tool ive actually never seen one on a handgun before
Never ever seen a Sig?
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Yesterday, I wandered off to Bass Pro Shop to look for a shoulder recoil pad. This weekend (have a 5-day weekend courtesy of Labor Day) I'll be going to Desert Sportsman's with a coworker and he's bringing out the big guns. Of course all of that apparel is upstairs where the guns are. After finding the pad I wanted, I wandered "down the line" to check ammo availability. I was close to the display cases so I looked in to see what they had in 9mm (my currently owned pistols are .40 cal). I have been thinking about getting a Browning Hi Power but the only one they had was done up in that "digital camouflage" and looked rather stupid. One of the clerks came up and after finding out they didn't have any other models of the Hi Power, we chatted about handguns with some other customers standing around. He pulled out a Baretta PX4 Storm and after handling it for a short while, I bought the silly thing. Dayum. A $40 trip turned into a $600 trip. So now, I've got another weapon that needs to be "broken in" at the range. Sooner or later, I'll take my Walther PPS .40 cal and the Baretta out, once I pick up some 9mm ammo.





I have not seen the "loading assist" before...that thing on the top of the spare mag. Anyone else ever used one? I didn't know they existed.

I was also surprised at how thin the weapon is considering the magazine is a double-stacker. It's also pretty much between my Sig P226 and Walther PPS in weight. I found the decocking feature rather interesting, too. When you press the lever, the firing pin recedes before the hammer comes down. I panicked for a second when, after jacking the slide back, the hammer didn't remain cocked. Then I realized I hadn't pushed the decocking lever back up to "normal" (where it is near the rear sight in the photos)
Beretta. It's spelled Beretta.

Enjoy your PX4 Storm, I loved my .40 cal. and wish I still had it. Used it for my CHL range test right out of the box and blew away all the others in the class. Break-in not really needed. Good choice.
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Nice gun! Beretta makes a great weapon.
While I was at Bass pro to waste time on a business trip i handled the PX4, a couple CZ's and a Stoeger 8000 cougar.It's made in Turkey by Stoeger for Beretta. Wanted $419 for it. Warranty work done by Beretta USA.
My LGD had one in 9 for $350. A real fantastic shooter with the same rotating barrel just like your PX4.


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