Beretta Tx4 Storm 12ga Tactical Shotgun

0135

Beretta semi-auto shotguns are prized in the competition world, but don’t have the same presence in the “tactical shotgun” world alongside weapons such as the Remington 870 Police and Benelli’s Tactical series. Beretta is hoping to change that with the Tx4, a 12ga semi-auto with an 18″ hammer forged and chrome lined barrel, iron sights, and a top picatinny rail. Jarno of Beretta explains more in the video.

Beretta Tx4 Storm 12ga Tactical Shotgun
Related

Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


Advertisement

  • SpudGun

    As much as I hate people using the word ‘meh’ on the Intertubes – Meh. I love boomsticks, but this Beretta doesn’t seem to offer anything over the plethora of semi-auto tactical smoothbores already on the market.

    It’s not helped by looking exactly the same as the other offerings from FN, Mossberg, etc.

  • charles222

    Does look kinda like the Mossberg 930 SPX to me.

  • Zach

    As a fan of the “x4 storm” series, this sure seems blah. Beretta’s beautiful sporting shotgun did not translate well to tactical, at least on looks. Where are all the “ultra-modern” curves and such of the cx4 or rx4? Benelli’s aesthetics fit the line better.

  • openminded

    But hey Spud! It’s not same!Its Beretta! It will be bit more expensive and bit less functional than the others… so it will sell well.

  • Tyson Chandler

    SpudGun…my thoughts exactly. Beretta had better be able to be very competitive on price, because this offering doesn’t look like it can compete on features. I was hoping for something that would resemble the CX4 carbine family.

  • Matt G.

    Why do all of these firearms companies, presumably staffed by people capable of advanced reasoning, continue to make shotguns with magazine tubes shorter that the barrels? Do the expect us to use that space for hanging curtains? Extend the damn mag tube and give me more rounds! It seems all the semi autos are the most guilty of this.

  • Tony

    Right now the world and their uncle are waiting with baited breath for the KSG and the Adkal, so unless somebody comes up with a semi-auto tactical downwards ejecting shotgun that works (the 105 cti apparently didn’t) then I don’t see any new weapon making an impact.

  • Komrad

    I just don’t see the advantage of a semi over a pump in 90% of situations. Yeah, they shoot a bit faster but at the cost of:
    1. Higher Price
    2. Decreased Reliability
    3. Increased Complexity
    4. Increased Maintenance
    5. Decreased Flexability (less-lethal and light loads wont cycle, especially in
    3.5″ mag chambered guns)

    Sorry, a semi-auto might be more fun at the range, but I wan’t pay $1000 for something $300 can do just as well, at least in a home defense situation.

    Obviously, there are some situations where a semi is more desirable, but I’ll trust a good old Mossberg or Remington pump over a Benelli (or Beretta) semi-auto any day.

  • Cymond

    many would argue that the Mossberg 930 SPX looks a lot like the FH SLP http://www.fnhusa.com/support/images/dynamic/m/FNM0131mb.png or the Benelli M4 http://www.benelliusa.com/shotguns/benelli_m4.php

    Seriously though, Beretta’s entry means there’s 4 very similar products on the market, at least as far as trimmings. The all have near-identical raised front sights, protected ghost-ring rear sights, and a picatinny rail on the receiver. It’s nearly impossible to compare & contrast them effectively online, and I don’t know of anywhere that keeps them all in stock for an in person comparison. However, competition is a good thing, and this will add to the perceived legitimacy of semi-auto defensive shotguns. Now if I can just choose …

    As far as pump vs semi, there is some advantage to the simple, fast operation of a semi. Just point and squeeze, no thought or complex actions required … unless it jams, then you have a real problem in your hands. I recently shot a double action revolver and a single action revolves side-by-side for the first time. It’s surprising how much slower the single action is in untrained hands. That extra motion increases the coordination needed and adds time. Most self-defense situations are short, intense conflicts. IMHO, the extra speed & agility is worth it.

  • Max

    @ Komrad

    Ever heard of the Benelli M4?

    Over & out.

  • Andy from West Haven

    I’m with Matt G. That thing is begging for a +1 extension.

    The thing is pricey but if I had the money and extensions were at least available if not included, I’d consider one. The Mossberg 930 is a fantastic semi for the money. But as much as I love their pumps (owned/own five shotguns, four were/are Mossbergs), I’d rather have an Italian semi.

    My next pump will be a KSG. Well, that is if it doesn’t follow the trail of the PM30 and RFB.

    I swear Kel Tec shouldn’t even SHOW a new weapon unless a few thousand were already produced.

  • Komrad

    @Max
    I have, and they are very nice shotguns and they are quite reliable. They are also made by Benelli and cost in excess of a thousand dollars. And what can it do that my Mossberg 500 can’t besides shoot slightly faster and softer. If I wanted an adjustable stock, those are out there, same tih ghost ring sights and such.

    As I said before,there are some situations where the increased cost of a semi-auto is worth it, but I don’t see it for most situations.

  • fw226

    Max – The M4 is nice. Really nice. But at a four times the price of my 870, I certainly can’t justify buying it. Plus it doesn’t fit in patrol vehicle shotgun racks.

  • Squidpuppy

    Here’s what I’ve seen from the tactical shotgun classes I’ve taken, for what it’s worth… it took longer for the pump action wielding students (me included), regardless of background, to become adept at working their weapon under stress and with movement.

    After attaining a consistent level of base aptitude, there was no significant difference, other than speed of placement of shot on target; about 2 for 1 in favor of the autos. So, with training; it’s pretty much wash for all intents and purposes.

    But that’s the key: with training. If someone isn’t going to train up, then the simplest thing to work under duress is the way to go. Everyone with pump actions in the classes I’ve taken has at some time failed to chamber, weakly racked the slide, ejected a good shell, pulled the trigger on a dead round – all because of stress. This rarely happened with those using semi-autos.

    And just to be clear, training is _not_ going to the range and shooting up a bunch of targets. It requires an instructor well versed in tactical situations, who can really put you through the paces; a good instructor will humble you, repeatedly.

    I have a Rem 870 Vang Comp and a Benelli M2; they’re both on the ready. I will likely reach for my M2 first though. When it all hits the fan, I expect I’ll be more concerned with reacting appropriately than how much my tools cost.

  • Travis

    @Komrad

    #2 and #5 seem like the same thing to me.

    No problems for me putting 7.5 target loads through my Benelli M2. If you’re having problems cycling, you’re probably not shooting it right. Also not sure what you mean by Increased Complexity & Maintenance, you clean it when you need to, I put 1,000 rounds through the M2 without cleaning it, and it cycled fine. And, if you can put a price on home defense, go for it buddy, and god bless.

    There is no way your pump can bring the punishment my m2 can bring.

  • http://AOL STEVE

    I AM A SHOTGUN SPECAILIST TRAINED ON A REM 870, I HAVE NEVER, REPEAT NEVER HAD A ROUND THAT FAILED TO CHAMBER IN 30 YEARS.

    I SOLD THE BENELLI M2 AFTER SHOOTING IT, IT KICKS LIKE A MULE.

    THE MOSSBERG 930 IS A GOOD GUN. BUT, IF WHAT THEY CLAIM AND IS SHOWN ON THE VIDEO (36% FASTER AND VERY LITTLE RECOIL. THE UTUBE VIDEO CONFIRMS THE SPEED AND LACK OF RECOIL. IT’S FAST!

    THEY WILL HAVE TO:

    1. BUILD A TACTICAL SHOTGUN STOCK FOR LIGHTS ETC. THAT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A QUAIL GUN AND OFFER MORE OPTIONS.
    2. HOPEFULLY REDUCE THE PRICE

    NOW, CAN ANYONE OFFER A COMAPRATIVE VIEW BETWEEN THE STORM AND THE POLICE 11-87?

    • G Banger

      “I SOLD THE BENELLI M2 AFTER SHOOTING IT, IT KICKS LIKE A MULE.”

      Maybe you need to hit the gym. Or have your mom shoot it for you.