Beretta Px4 Storm Sub-Compact Pistol

Beretta Px4 Storm Sub-Compact

Released in 2008, the Beretta Px4 Storm sub-compact pistol is a polymer-framed, hammer-fired handgun that has earned a very good reputation in the self-defense and law enforcement communities. Any shooter familiar with the larger pistols in the Px4 Storm line will recognize this pistol’s styling and operation.

Originally, the Px4 Storm could be had with one of four different trigger types, designated by Beretta as F, G, D and C trigger options. Currently, the company trimmed the options down to one: the F. This trigger option is the traditional double-action/single-action (DA/SA) pull with a slide-mounted de-cocker. The de-cocker can also serve as a manual safety and is ambidextrous.

The pistol was designed to be friendly to left-handed shooters. In addition to the ambidextrous safety, the gun has a reversible magazine release button.

Since the day it was introduced, the Px4 sub-compact pistol is available in both 9mm and .40 S&W versions. Although a .pistol chambered in 45 ACP has been rumored, none have ever been announced by Beretta.

Beretta Px4 subcompact

The Px4 comes with three different sized backstraps. A shooter can easily swap them out to find the best sized for his or her hand. Also to help fit the shooter’s hand is a unique magazine baseplate feature that Beretta calls the Snap-Grip. As with many sub-compact pistols, the gun’s grip is relatively short. However, the front portion of the magazine base plate can be snapped down, giving the shooter additional gripping surface. When not shooting, the extension can be snapped back up, providing for a smaller profile for concealed carry.

A short Picatinny rail is molded into the underside of the pistol’s frame. This allows the shooter to add a white light or laser to the Beretta Px4 Storm sub-compact pistol.

Px4 Storm Subcompact

Beretta Px4 SubCompact Pistol Specifications

caliber9mm, .40 S&W
standard magazine capacity13 or 10 rounds
barrel length3"
overall length6.2"
overall height4.8"
weight (unloaded)26.1 ounces
grip width1.4"

Beretta PX4 Storm Subcompact User Manual

Original Beretta USA’s Press Release:

Beretta USA is pleased to announce the introduction of the most advanced Sub-Compact sidearm of its kind ? the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact pistol. Built around Beretta?s latest Px4 Storm modular technology, the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact delivers concealed carry handling with large frame firepower.

Available in two calibers, 9mm with 13 round magazine capacity and .40 S&W with 10 round magazine capacity, the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact will be available in all the traditional configurations (F, G, C, D actions) that have made its Px4 Storm full size counterpart a preferred choice of Law Enforcement agencies and civilians across the United States. This new pistol uses a very reliable locked breech, providing a more compact and lighter weight system. Additionally, the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact utilizes a stainless steel barrel which requires less maintenance and is corrosion resistant, making it perfectly suited for concealment close to active perspiring bodies.

“With the launch of our new Sub-Compact model, the Storm family of polymer pistols and carbines is now the ideal suite of firearm platforms available on the market” said Gabriele DePlano, Vice President of Product Development at Beretta USA. “Whether it is used for concealed or open carry, on or off duty, as a patrol rifle or for home protection, the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact family is poised to offer our operators the ultimate in Beretta’s reliability, durability and accuracy in its smallest package yet.”

Hailed by some as the most accurate Sub-Compact pistol on the market, the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact offers absolute reliability and consistent accuracy in a small package. Featuring a Picatinny rail to fit light and laser accessories, the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact also adapts to different hand sizes easily with interchangeable backstraps that are included with each firearm. The magazine?s patented “Snap-Grip” allows for maximum concealability when the firearm is holstered, while providing a comfortable and secure grip when the pistol is being fired. An ambidextrous manual safety, ideally positioned on both sides of the slide for easy access by all shooters, and a low-profile slide catch complete this small yet powerful package. Additionally, a reversible magazine release button, in small or large size, can be mounted on either side for the convenience of the operator. The Px4 Storm Sub-Compact was designed by Beretta USA and will be manufactured in the United States at Beretta USA?s Accokeek, MD facility.

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16 replies on “Beretta Px4 Storm Sub-Compact Pistol”

They keep saying it’s in production, but have not nailed down a date yet. I wish they would, because it looks to be a fine product, and can’t wait to get my hands on one.

I can’t wait to get my hands on one too! However, I would like to know why something so compact weights so much – 23 oz! A lot to carry for a small gun.

Does anyone know where this firearm can be purchased? I have been after Beretta since June of 2007 about this. They keep putting off the availability date.

Even the 9mm is more powerful than a 380.
Too bad they can’t produce the sub-compact to fill requested orders. I want to buy the 9 for wife and .40 cal for myself.

Hi Nitram,

These are already on the market. Check with your local dealer about ordering one, or bounce over to and see what is available. There were a few on GunBroker when I last checked.


I’ve been on the wait list for two years for the 40 caliber. Beretta tells me that they should be released in September 2010.

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