The Beretta CX4 Storm: An Underrated Carbine

The Beretta CX4 storm is an affordable, blowback 9mm carbine that really doesn’t get too much attention here in the States, but is hugely popular in Canada due to a loophole that allows 10 round magazines to be used with it. While the marketplace for pistol caliber carbines is a crowded one, the CX4 is a solid offering from Beretta that perhaps deserves a bit more attention than it gets!

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Transcript …

(rifle firing loudly) – [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C.

with TFP TV, and today we’re showcasing a fantastic little blowback 9mm carbine.

That is, of course, the Beretta Cx4 Storm.

This version is chambered in 9mm and takes Beretta 92FS magazines.

They are available in other calibers, such as.40, and.45 as well, and there are some that take Px4 Magazines.

Anyways, I always found these guns to be quite underrated, they’re really nice guns.

I found some the other day for under 700 dollars, which I thought was an absolute steal.

They can accept large capacity magazines, like the one I just showed, or 92FS magazines that generally have a capacity between 15 and 20 rounds.

There’s two sight settings, one for short range and one for long range, not unlike an AR-15.

And the front can be fixed with accessory rails for mounting a flashlight, or anything like that, a laser, I guess, if you wanted to.

They can come right off there if you just want a smooth and nicely contoured front end on your gun.

The safety is a simple cross bolt that is set to fire easily with the index finger, but you do have to use your thumb unless you have an extremely long thumb to put it back on safe.

Of course, there is a picatinny rail that runs the full length of the top of the receiver, which is great.

The charging handle does reciprocate, and you can swap it from the left to right if you prefer it on the right side.

As well as the ejection, you can change the ejection to eject out either side of the gun, making it very friendly to left-handed users.

Well, let’s shoot it a little more first.

(rifle firing shots loudly) So, the reason I originally bought this gun, actually, was to run in two gun competitions.

I was using a Beretta 92FS for competition at the time, so I thought it would be logical to go ahead and grab a little carbine that took 9mm Beretta pistol magazines to run in tandem with that.

It was actually a good combination.

Some guy, once, actually called today Modern Cowboy Setup, likening it to a gun that would take.45 Long Colt in a revolver and in a lever action rifle, which I could see that.

That makes sense.

The gun’s quick and easy to bring up on target, and the sight picture’s nice, really, the trigger is decent, not great, mind you, but decent enough and I’m really not going to complain about it too much.

(rifle firing loudly) (rifle firing loudly) Magazine changes with the Cx4 are quick and easy.

Really, it’s a very comfortable gun.

If you don’t like the length of the pull you can also extend it with a few spacers, which is nice.

Sights can also fold down in a way if we’re running an optic a little bit more conveniently.

Now, for the accuracy part of the test.

I do always keep this little rangefinder in my bag.

I set up 50 yards on this one to shoot a couple five shot groups with 124 grain ammunition.

I will say, one thing I don’t like about this gun, and this is gonna sound silly, it is a big 9mm carbine, but it does thump a little bit harder than you’d think.

Maybe it’s because I just so used to shooting MP5s now.

Whenever I get behind this gun I’m always reminded of how much more straight blowback the 9mm carbine kicks then something that is delayed blowback.

However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a barrel of fun to shoot.

I really do like taking this thing out and shooting it.

It’ll hold about a 2, 2.5 inch group at 50 yards with off the rack 124 grain ammunition and with me shooting, which is a testament to the guns’ accuracy, actually.

This is a great little carbine.

There’s also a military version, it’s select fire, of course, and it has a shorter barrel.

However, interestingly, that gun is actually designed after the civilian semi-automatic version.

That’s something you don’t see very often in the world of small arms design.

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this look at the Beretta Cx4.

Hope to see you next time.

Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • I M Simpleton

    I run 147 gr in mine at about 1050 fps, with a slower powder like HS6. It kicks a little more than 300AAC subs but is still fun to shoot.

  • Malthrak

    I’m a huge fan of the CX4, they really are great fun and insanely reliable in my experience, my only real problem is with the trigger, it’s pretty bad, and the Iron Sights (great for target shooting, awful for dynamic shooting, the aperture is really tiny and getting any water on them will fill the aperture and make them worthless) but I really enjoy shooting mine and the above problems are super minor. Also who doesnt love some Battlestar Galactica nostalgia?

    For anyone looking to get one, Beretta just started bringing them back into the US, they had stopped imports last year to complete military contracts and the guns were going for upwards of $900+ (and even then finding a 9mm was nearly impossible around a few months ago), but now should be able to be found for around $700 and probably back down to 600 or so in a couple months. The .45’s are relatively plentiful but are discontinued due to poor sales from small mag capacities (8 rounds).

    • Kivaari

      The rear aperture does need opening up. I used a cone shaped cutter in a Dremel tool, with just a few seconds work the aperture was opened enough to make it much quicker to use. I only did that to the short range leaf, as the long range can use the “tight” hole for precision. These are great little guns for close range work.

  • thedonn007

    Inwas going to buy one about 10 years ago, but went with a 9mm highpoint carbine instead. I have since sold that as well and now I have a 9mm upper for my AR 15 lower. $700 for one now is not too bad, but I would rather have a CZ EVO 9mm carbine.

    • Malthrak

      I own both the Evo and the Cx4, they’re different animals. The Cx4 feels like a long gun, and has sights designed more for engaging targets at a bit of distance, almost target shooting sights (though they can fold away completely) The Scorpion handles like a bullet hose SMG and really feels like something intended for close quarters engagements like inside a building. The smallest sight aperture on the Evo is larger than the largest sight aperture on the Cx4.

      That said, both are great guns built like tanks that wont disappoint, and are relatively cheap these days.

  • Matt

    FYI, Beretta has 30 round factory 92 mags too on their website.

    • QuadGMoto

      For about twice what you can get similar good Glock mags.

      • Kivaari

        They are a lot less costly elsewhere on the net.

    • imachinegunstuff

      mec gar has 30 rounders for the 92 fs for 19.99

      • Matt

        Link please?

        I’ve never seen anything from MecGar in 92 style mags with greater than 20 round capacity, and I just spent 10 minutes googling without success. Would love to find mags that cheap with 30 round capacity for 92 that are reliable (The promag ones are definitely not). The factory mags are 100% reliable, if a bit stiff.

        • imachinegunstuff

          tfb hates links go to sportsmans guide and search beretta mag. Should be first result. use promo code bradship for free shipping to

  • Renegade

    Why aren’t they more popular?

    Looks and price.

    • David Harmon

      Mainly price…

      • Kjk

        $700 is a little stiff for that. It looks cool and all but I’m thinking msrp should be like $100 cheaper

        • Used they are 550-650. I paid $550 shipped on mine last year off of AR15’s EE.

    • Malthrak

      Under $700, aside from a Keltec or Highpoint, what options are there? Most 9mm AR’s seem to be in the CX4’s price range and up.

      • JLR84

        That doesn’t mean the Cx4 isn’t overpriced, it just means that most pistol-caliber carbines are overpriced. Especially since their primary function is going to be secondary range-toys.

        I really want a 9mm carbine for plinking steel, but I have trouble justifying a price tag that could build me another 5.56mm AR.

        • Malthrak

          I guess at that point the question would be, why, (assuming you already have your .223 itch scratched), if you have a desire for a 9mm plinker, would you invest in another .223 if you already have that base covered by existing rifles in your collection? Why is it relevant what the .223 would cost if you’re not looking for one?

        • markrb

          I have a HiPoint 9mm carbine I paid about $350 outvthe door here in CA for. It shoots great and is very accurate. Don’t listen to the HiPoint haters.

          • Kivaari

            It is very hard to love the hi Points. If they would stop using such crudely fitted partd. Parts as simple as grip panels it would help. Personally I couldn’t bring myself to buy a HP due to the visually crude design (they are ugly) and those poor fitting parts. The magazines are cheap, not inexpensive, but cheap and that is always a turn off. I simply don’t under stand why they made the pistols and carbines so ugly. Just a little more time on the drawing board and they could have looked like higher grade guns. There’s no reason for ugly.

          • markrb

            I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Granted, the old style ones were butt ugly, but the newer ones, I think, look pretty good. And as far as functionality, I’ve never had any problem with either my 9mm carbine nor my 9mm pistol.

      • Maxpwr

        Every guy who has never run a firearms manufacturing business will tell you it’s overpriced. Everybody thinks this is still the 1950s and gas should be 20 cents a gallon.

      • Renegade

        There aren’t a lot of options, which annoys me, but if people really wanted pistol-caliber carbines, there would be more pistol caliber carbines on the market. I wish Ruger/Marlin would bring back the Police/Camp Carbines.

        • Malthrak

          There’s a good number of options out there, and some decent demand, but it’s usually as a second or third long gun, not a first purchase or their “one gun to do most things” gun.

          Off the top of my head, there’s a good number of PCC’s on the market. There’s the High Point and Kel Tec’s, the Beretta CX4, multiple versions of the CZ Scorpion, the Taurus CT9, the Sig MPX, numerous MP5 clones, numerous AR options, Marlin lever actions (I have 38/357 and 44mag marlins), I think Winchester lever actions too, the FN PS90, Kriss Vector, and conversion kits like for the Tavor and the Roni pistol kits.

          There’s lots of options out there, they just dont have the raw sales volume of intermediatr caliber weapons like AK’s and AR’s, their uses are a little more niche.

          That said, yeah if Ruger came out with a $550 semi auto PCC, I’m sure it would be a smash hit, Id buy one.

        • Kivaari

          The Ruger PCs were nicely made carbines. I was surprised when they pulled them from the market. I had two of them, with the second one havong an aperture sight.They need that. What I think hurt the Ruger was the requirement to use factory rings. had it had a M1913 rail on top, and not limited by the factory mounts I think it would still be on th mart. When using an adapter it put the sight higher than needed. BUT, Ruger was always slow to adapt to the market when it came to optics mounting.

    • GaryOlson

      The price of replacing the trigger. The price of cutting off the rear sight wings to use a scope. The price of the collapsible buttstock conversion. Etc…

      • Malthrak

        Do you need a collapsible buttstock on a gun like that? It’s barely 30″ to begin with, and comes with spacers for the stock. Whike I can understand the trigger, why would you go about cutting the sight towers off? Get a cantilever or raised ring mounts. I dont imagine too many people are putting magnified optics with super short eye relief on a 9mm carbine.

        • Kivaari

          I used a 1-4x Leupold in DNZ rings without need to cut anything.

      • Kivaari

        You don’t need to cut the rear sight off. I put a Leupold 1-4x20mm Mark AR scope in DNZ rings on it with no issues at all. Later I put a Vortex Sparc II red dot on it and it gives a true full co-witness. The thing shoots OK, it is not like an AR having a SSA trigger set in it, but it shoot as good as an Uzi carbine or MP5.

      • billyoblivion

        I have a Burris XTS 135 on mine, and it doesn’t co-witness, but I didn’t need to cut off the rear sight wings either.

      • Nagurski

        A collapsible buttstock would almost certainly turn this into an SBR. The NFA doesn’t just talk about barrel length, the rifle needs to be at least 26 inches over all length in a firing configuration. You have less than 4 inches that the stock can be shortened.

        • SlowJoeCrow

          The Papa Sierra conversion uses an AR buffer tube and stock, which keeps it long enough, although they do require you to send a stock and buffer tube along with your cx4 so the finished product stays NFA title I.

          • Kivaari

            BUT, WHY? The stock comes with spacers. Take them out and it fits pretty much anyone, even with armor in place. How many of us need armor and would pick this as the first to go gun.

      • And don’t necessarily buy into the trigger complaints. Is it amazing? No. Does it NEED to be changed? No. I maintain real life situation accuracy with the stock trigger on mine without any issue.

    • Beretta aesthetics, the Battlestar Galactica remake, and not accepting Glock magazines may have something to do with it.

      • Kivaari

        I’d buy another one if it took Glock 17 magazines. The PX4-F is a good pistol, but if you are used to Glocks having the extra control on the slide is distracting. The PX4-C “constant fire” is more Glock-like. The PX4-C is hard to find. That would make a great choice for those people used to Glocks that want a companion carbine.

    • Kivaari

      You should shoot one. They handle quite well, better than most thumb hole stocked rifles. Is $659 too expensive? It is built very well, this isn’t a pot metal Hi-Point.

  • Kelly Jackson

    Let’s be honest, the real reason this gun isn’t more popular is that the tacticool crowd doesn’t buy guns that aren’t in use by the police and military.

    It’s styling is odd, but typical Beretta.

    The gun handles really well though, it points naturally and with a red dot can be a real tack driver. It’s also great for new / female shooters because it’s soft shooting.

    • Marco Antonio Gonzalez

      It is used by the military…
      In Venezuela

      • Kivaari

        Local militia-police type users. It’s a great little gun.

      • Kelly Jackson

        I’m sure they had to sell them for food. Viva La Revolution Comrade

    • ARCNA442

      There’s a good reason not buy guns that aren’t in use with large military or police forces – they can test them at a level an individual never could.

      • Malthrak

        To be fair, the CX4 is an actual use with several militaries and police forces from Italy to India and Venezuela and several US police departments.

        That said, trusting that all these places always do thorough testing isnt a valid assumption. The early M16 is a stellar example, as is the Indian INSAS and British SA80.

    • Roland_1911

      Let’s be honest, the real reason this isn’t more popular is that;
      1. If you are going to carry or use a rifle length platform you should carry a rifle and get the ballistics.

      2. For the average cost of a Cx4 ($700-$900 depending on area) people can get an AR.

      Now don’t get me wrong, the Cx4 has a place and is a great gun. I gave mine to my father because he enjoyed shooting it so much. But the reason this isn’t more popular is not because of the “tacticool crowd”.

  • Maxpwr

    Love my CX4. Mine’s so old it came with 10 round magazines marked CX4 during the First Clinton Assault Weapons Ban. Flawless functioning since then.

  • PK

    It’s not under-rated. It’s over-priced for a straight-blowback 9x19mm carbine, that’s all.

    • Malthrak

      What 9mm blowback carbines are significantly less expensive that arent from HighPoint or KelTec and that take common handgun mags?

      Theyre only really expensive when Beretta periodically stops importing them for months at a time and they get up to ~$900, otherwise theyre about $600-$700 typically, which is less than half what an MP5 clone costs and is less than something like a CZ Scorpion Evo costs in any configuration.

      • David Harmon

        The fact you can often build or buy an AR in 9mm for less is quite an important point.

        • Malthrak

          Can you? I dont think ive seen any for significantly under $700 that I’d trust the quality on, and that could consistently be found at that price. A quick perusal of Gunbroker and Slickguns isnt turning up anything for me. Most seem to be in the same $700-900 range and up (some waaaayyyy up)

          You might be able to build one from parts for a bit less, but not oustandingly less from what I can tell, and not everyone has the tools, patience, desire or confidence to build their own guns, or wants a downscaled AR.

          • garymac66

            Well Ruger ar556s and S&W Sporter IIs are usually less than $700, often less than $600 as are some PSA upper/lower combinations. I would chose one of those over a pistol caliber carbine any day. PCCs aren’t really all that desirable unless they are cheaper than a rifle caliber carbine.

          • Malthrak

            I mean, if you’re only really looking for a single do it all rifle, sure, I’d agree that a rifle like an AR556 woulf be a better option.

            If you’re looking for something cheaper to feed to go slay paper with, something a bit lighter, something that’ll share interoperability with a handgun, something that’ll get around certain characteristics bans in some places, something that can be used at indoor ranges that may not allow rifle calibers or something thats just different or not an AR, then there are reasons to look at the CX4.

          • Kivaari

            Except they don’t take the same magazines as my pistol. A 5.56 carbine is bigger and louder than these little things. It is about the same size as my SBR M4, but I can’t find a pistol, a real pistol, that takes AR magazines. A good AR carbine that takes Glock magazines is a $1000.

          • David Harmon

            Are you saying you trust Beretta quality on this thing? $700 on an AR in 9mm is worth far more than this thing, especially since this thing was going for $900 the last time I looked.

          • Malthrak

            I own AR’s, I’ve built AR’s. I also own a CX4. In terms of quality of parts, build, fit and finish, there’s nothing sub par about the CX4, the thing is built like a tank and I’ve yet to have a single malfunction with mine with about 2200 rounds through it.

            I dont see in what way a 9mm AR is going to be dramatically superior in any way beyond personal user preference.

            The CX4 was going for $900 for a bit because Beretta stopped importing them for almost a year to satisfy military contracts, but they’re coming in again and can be found for $700 (like in Classic Firearms) and sometimes get as cheap as sub $600 when Beretta brings a lot of them in.

          • David Harmon

            Okay, so buy all the CX4’s you want, more power to you. I’ll spend my money on AR’s.

          • Malthrak

            So basically it’s just the classic “it’s not another flavor of AR” reason as opposed to any actual definable performance or functionality issues?

          • Kivaari

            You got it. I didn’t want another AR15, after having had a couple dozen of them. The CX4 caught my eye over a year ago, and I was offered a great deal so I took it for a test run. It was so fun I bought it. Then the free magazine and pouch offer from Beretta enticed me to buy a PX4 pistol to go with it. It is a great pair. Both the guns cost about what a good AR 9mm costs – but I have two guns.

          • Malthrak

            Yeah, I picked up the PX4 wayyy back in like 2005 or so, but was in CA at the time so couldnt get the CX4. After moving I picked up the CX4 and its been a great buy and lots of fun. I can get why it might not be some peoples thing for ergos or looks or caliber or whatever, Im just not seeing where the CX4 is just so objectively inferior to AR equivalents as is being claimed XD

          • Kivaari


        • Kelly Jackson

          I doubt it, the cheapest 9mm upper on Brownells is a Rock River for $529, the other four are in the $750 range.

          The cheapest 9mm lower is a CMMG for $200 and it only accepts Colt mags, good luck finding those.

          The Rock River version that accepts Glock mags is $399.

          Keep in mind you’ll still need all of the fire control parts, buffer & tube, plus grip and stock.

          • imachinegunstuff

            I just built a 9mm AR that takes Colt mags for 560 bucks including two Colt SMG magazines. new production Colt SMG mags are available from PSA for 20 apiece

          • Cymond

            New Frontier Armory sells their Glock-mag feed lower for $170 ($100 blemished) and PSA sells theirs for like $130.

        • Kivaari

          How? They cost more than a 5.56mm done on the cheap. Why do one on the cheap? A GOOD 9mm AR will be $1000.

          • David Harmon

            You say that like this “carbine” is actually a good firearm. For what it is, it’s vastly over-priced. The 9mm AR’s in that price range are far better.

          • Kivaari

            I disagree, regardless of my only paying $335 for my example. I am impressed with the quality and features. I carried an MP5 for a decade and would not feel under-gunned with a semi-auto CX4. It would be idea if it took Glock 17 magazines. Basic magazines carry 17 rounds, I’d pack ’em to 15 just like I did my Glock magazines. Being interchangeable would be nice, but certainly not required. My MP5 wouldn’t swap with my Glock,nor would my M4. Yes, 5.56 has more reach and effect. But in an urban setting, I’d feel OK with a 9mm carbine.
            The CX4 is smaller and handier than the ARs. Its controls are well placed. I like ’em.
            Now, that doesn’t mean I’d take it first, if I had an AR in 5.56mm, should the SHTF. I’d take either an M4 SBR or a 16 carbine. Both with good optics.
            The Beretta X4 is not over-priced unless you hold low standards and think a Hi-Point carbine sets the bar for pistol carbines. The take down is simple. The parts are nicely made, not pot metal.
            Yes, some AR-9mms are great guns. The ones with Glock magazines have great appeal. It fits to have control like your 5.56mm carbines. In the case of a known fight, I’d take the 5.56mm.
            The combination aspect of a CX4 with a M92 or PX4 pistol is a good thing. Not critical to a situation, like packing a 12 ga and a pistol, but not a bad thing. A stack of magazines that work in both isn’t all that expensive since each gun comes with 2 included and spares are available for under $30. Not much different than an
            AR-9mm using Glock magazines.
            Over-priced at $600-700, hardly overpriced.

          • Kivaari

            A $650 Beretta is a great gun compared to a $1000 AR-9mm.

          • David Harmon

            I disagree, and for many reasons, but not just limited to the AR having an excellent and proven track record as a weapon built for war.

          • Kivaari

            I don’t expect a Beretta CX4 to take the place of an AR in 5.56mm where it is combat proven. I know the Colt 9mm SMG and SA carbine is actually harder to shoot than the 5.56mm version. For $650, the CX4 makes a great 9mm carbine. That’s simply a fact. I’d like a GOOD AR 9mm, but I don’t want to pay that price. I did get mine for $335 include a $35 GG&G sling adapter. I’d pay the $650 if I wanted a good 9mm carbine. I’ve had the HK 94 SBRs, Uzi, Mini-Uzi, and was issued an MP5. The CX4 can do the job of those others. AR optics fit perfectly, since the sight hieght is the same as an AR. I use a Vortex Sparc II on mine and it is great. I had used and can use a 1-4x Leupold Mark AR scope without issues. If I want an AR, I’ll go to my safe.

          • Malthrak

            In what way are the 9mm AR15’s “far better”?

            Are they more reliable? Almost certainly not.

            Are they more accurate? Almost certainly not.

            Are they lighter? No, in fact the CX4 is lighter in most cases.

            Are they cheaper? Doesnt appear to be so.

            Are they smaller/more compact? Doesnt appear to be so.


          • David Harmon

            Great you spend your money on them and I will spend mine on what I prefer.

          • Malthrak

            Wasnt really where I was going, you claimed 9mm AR’s were far better, I asked in what ways they were better.

            If you just like AR’s, cool, that’s fine, I like AR’s too, but if we’re talking about metrics of performance and one is going to make the claim that 9mm AR’s are “way better” than the CX4, what is the basis for that claim?

          • David Harmon

            That list is very long, and this conversation is days old now. Move on.

          • Malthrak

            Apparently a couple of days is too much to list any supporting arguments for e-convo’s, but not too long for an evasive response.

            I’ll take that to basically boil down to just “If it’s not an AR then I don’t like it” rather than there being an actually substantive argument for a 9mm AR having any capability or performance advantage there.

          • David Harmon

            I have a life, and am not subject to wasting brain cycles on your endless banter.

          • Malthrak

            Apparently you can if you’re coming back 5 days later (after complaining about a thread beind 2 days old previously) only to toss insults…XD

            And still manage to not provide a single counterargument or any supporting evidence for previous claims.

            If you’ve got time to defensively complain about endless banter, you have time time to provide a counter argument or provide evidence for an assertion…if you have any 😉

    • Kivaari

      It is very well made. The quality is everywhere on the thing. It doesn’t feel like a toy. It points like a serious gun. It needs a better trigger pull and the “SR” aperture needs to be larger. A hand-turned drill fixes that issue.

  • Bub

    With the new provisional USPSA PCC division, I have been considering one of these. Always liked the look and now I have a reason to buy one, although having fun is usually reason enough for me. With these likely to be available in the $600 to $700 range it really makes it hard to drop $1500 to $2000 on a higher end PPC.

  • Ken

    I got one in 45 ACP not long after they started importing them, having handled one at SHOT. It’s a fantastic shooting little gun. I’ve started using it in the pistol caliber carbine competitions at our local USPSA matches and Steel Challenge matches. Yep, the trigger was long, mushy and gritty. That was all fixed by installation of the SierraPappa parts. And, I don’t know about the 9mm, but the recoil isn’t such an issue as the cheek-sting of the massive bolt smacking the buffer at the end of its recoil. Fixed that with a small neoprene pad on the cheekpiece. The 45 is also limited by its magazine capacity of 8 rounds. Again, aftermarket helps there somewhat, although expensively. Those points aside (yeah, yeah, I know, they’re not insignificant. I don’t care) it’s a fun, accurate, and handy carbine.

    • Old Vet

      Wish I had my .45 version back now. I let someone talk me into selling it. I admit I didn’t shoot it too much though.

  • Warning: This gun eats beards.

    • QuadGMoto

      I sense a story that you’re going to tell us. ?

      • Nandor

        It has a styling ridge line along the cheek piece that can snag facial hair. Pretty much on every shot. :

  • Kivaari

    Excellent. Mine takes the PX4 magazines. I bought it in LNIB for $335 (including a GG&G sling mount) and 4 magazines. I liked it so much that I went for the PX4 pistol while Beretta had the sale where two mags and a pouch were to be had for free. It makes an excellent combination. Both shoot quite well. After trying all the rails, 3 with an adapter, I finally stripped all the rails off, and the smooth sides make it even trimmer and nicer to hold. There is a built in light rail that telescopes into the stock. If you want a light/laser set up it puts it right where needed. Otherwise just slide it into the stock. My trigger pull is not good. A similar model at the same store, taking M92 mags, has a trigger pull much superior to my gun. It’s only $659 coming with two 20-round magazines.

  • Cal S.

    It’s a really nice gun, I’ve shot a rental at my local range. It may be underrated, but it sure as heck isn’t under-priced…

  • Badwolf

    I think mainly because of the mags, the popularity of cx4 will be tied to the popularity of 92fs and px4.

  • wayne Reimer

    I bought one very early on in my evolving love of PCC’s. I liked the look of it, and being a Beretta figured it would be reliable, and it was. I did almost swallow my tongue at the cost, though…VERY spendy up here north of the border. I eventually sold it since it was going to cost an arm & a leg to modify it to shoot the way I wanted to.

    I replaced it with a JR carbine in 9mm & frankly never looked back. The JR is just as reliable, cheaper, uses Glock Mags, AR parts, etc. etc. All in all, more bang for my buck, and I got to customize it for what I wanted with a good bit of spare cash to spend on ammo.

  • codfilet

    I just got one of these a few weeks ago. Since I already have a 92F, and a pile of mags, it was a natural for me. I’m not crazy about the looks, but that’s really not so important.

    • billyoblivion

      Dremel && spraypaint.

  • allannon

    Underrated? Everyone seems to basically like them, but they’re just too expensive for most people to spend on “just a range toy”.

    Whether that’s really justified is a different argument, but that’s the perception.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Really? How about they’re fairly ugly and giant for their format? That massive stock makes what could be a tiny gun in the same format (BT TP9 / Steyr SPP) a massive block of pistol caliber.

      I have no issue with the price. It’s that it’s a giant blowback gun I take issue with.

      • Malthrak

        A BT9 is essentially a machine pistol, a $2500 one at that.

        If we’re complaining about price on a $700 carbine, comparing it to a $2500 gun built for a different role is somewhat silly.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          I’m not complaining about price at all. And I paid $1000 for my TP9.

          I have no issue with the price of the CX4. My issue is exactly what I said, that it’s a giant boat paddle for no reason.

          • Malthrak

            The CX4 is supposed to handle like a rifle, to give some normally armed with just a pistol the ability to use the ammo and mags they carry all day and engage targets at greater distances more successfully than they could with their handgun.

            A TP9 is a handgun upscaled just enough to be functional at close quarters in full auto fire, it’s a PDW designed to be carried in the door of a truck or something and unloaded into someones face at very short ranges.

            Very different roles. If you’re not looking for what a CX4 does, then thats fine, but for the role the CX4 is intending to fill, the stock (aside from the swoopy thumbhole thing to make it past 922r import laws) isn’t out of place. I actually really like the stock in the CX4, it is extremely firm and shoulders very nicely for me.

  • redsr

    The cx4 having a polymer hammer is a major turnoff for me. Actually all fcg parts are polymer…
    If I had a px4 or 92f, then maybe I’d consider, but I think the sub2k does most of what the cx4 does but better and cheaper.
    By the time you upgrade the polymer hammer for steel, trigger for metal, thread the barrel, nix the thumbhole stock, etc, you’re pretty much at 9mm AR or CZ Evo pricing, either of which is also a better choice IMO.

    Vs a highpoint, yes — I’d go with the beretta. Otherwise, unless you love it stock form, it’s really not much of a “bargain” in my book…

  • MechanizedSwede

    The storm is kinda like my Alfa Romeo, sexy as hell, but not really better than anything out there.

    • Kivaari

      Hi-Point and Yugo’s come to mind.

  • Will

    Price plus it weighs more than my AR.
    If they ever put a reasonable price on it I’ll get one.

    • Malthrak

      It’s a hair under 5.7lbs, it’s not that heavy of a rifle (lighter than most 9mm AR’s, especially in the CX4s price range) and how many non Keltec/HighPoint PCC’s are out there for $700 or less?

  • Kivaari

    I don’t get the overpriced comments. If they can be had for $650, the cost of a Beretta M92 (new for a base model) and a PX4 pistol sells for $550 (locally) just why is a companion carbine at a similar price so overpriced?
    If you want a $700 AR, buy one. No one says not to buy an AR or use a CX4 as your primary gun when you can own an AR.
    My lowest cost AR build costs over $1400. I built cheaper ones using crude DSA uppers and $45 lowers from Bushmaster with Magpul furniture and they still cost $635. Better than the low end Ruger, but if you like quality get ready to spend $1000.
    Who makes a $650 AR pistol compatible carbine for $650?

    • The_Champ

      Agree with you 100%. But I don’t share your surprise at the comments.
      To internet commenters, everything is overpriced, by a factor of at least two. If it cost half as much, and used Glock mags, then they might consider buying it on sale.

      And also they once did an AR “build” where they ended up with a 4 and a half pound rifle that shot MOA all day, never jammed, and cost $150. 🙂

      • Kivaari

        NO one can build an AR for $150. Just add a cheap on sale BCG at $70, lower receiver at $50, Upper $75, barrel $150, buffer tube $50, stock furniture $75-100. Having found parts that were bought in the past or donated by a manfacutrer doesn’t count. I could build free ARs if manufacurers sent me sample parts. Like the recent articles that appeared in two gun magazines. Free parts doesn’t mean they paid $150.

      • “If it cost half as much, and used Glock mags, then they might consider buying it on sale.”
        Lol, so true.

      • Jeff Nielsen

        See below for proof of your your statement. I have one that accepts 14 rnd mags in .40 cal. Shoots very well and accurate.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    How am I just figuring out now that you’re a hipster… It’s that you don’t dress like one… Although I do kinda wonder if you’ve been seen in a flannel shirt, suspenders and a beanie before…

    Well, this confirms it anyhow.

  • The_Champ

    I don’t know if they are “hugely” popular here in Canada, but they are around. I’ve handled them, but never shot one. Get the bug once in a while to try out a PCC, but then usually just go buy another milsurp rifle instead. And for some fun, low recoil plinking, hard to beat an M1 Carbine.

    My impression is that currently the Just Right carbines are more popular here in Canada, maybe because they are cheaper.

    On a side note, a CX4 was used at the Dawson College shooting in 2006, so it’s a small miracle that it hasn’t been banned in Canada by knee jerk politicians.

    • Marcus D.

      Last I looked, .30 Carbine sells for $.50 a round or more, 9 mm for as low as $.21.

  • YZAS

    It’s a finely made weapon and anyone who owns one, I’m sure enjoys it.

    Having said that… The heart of any PCC is the mags, and it’s hard to beat Glock happy sticks. I think that’s one big reason it’s been less than hugely popular. The safety location puts me off too. To me, a PCC has to fill a niche, and for that heft and bulk, I’d prefer an SBR or even a 16″ AR. For PCC, i choose the Sub2k Gen2 over the Storm because it’s super light and portable, so fits that niche of a handle little PCC. It runs happy sticks, easier to put a forward grip and run a C clamp grip way up front, safety location doesn’t put me off, and it’s quick and easy to clean/maintain. Storm definitely has the better sites, but I use a red dot anyway, so no issues there. Anyway, to each his own. Good vid. thanks.

  • codfilet

    A question: What would be a good sling for this carbine?

  • Cmex

    IMO, it’s just fine in performance but way too expensive. Hi-Point carbines can compete with it perfectly and they cost but a quarter of its MSRP.

  • Peter J. Kolovos

    Affordable? You can buy a Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II and have 5.56 power and capacity for less than this Beretta. I had one in 9 m/m as did several of my club members. We blew two of them up at one match with two different brands of factory ammo. We called Beretta and after some grandstanding, I got the rep to admit there was a problem with these guns. He wound up sending us replacement parts for all 12 guns. This cute little carbine, while accurate, is nothing more than a novelty. It should never be considered a serious tactical firearm. On another note, the only one still in the club and running was the one chambered in .45 ACP.

  • The Brigadier

    Why shoot a little pistol cartridge when for a few bucks more you can get a M1 carbine made with better steel then the originals and shoots a .30 caliber cartridge that is almost twice as powerful as the 9mm? I understand the author’s desire about having a pistol and carbine that shoots the same caliber, but why? Keep your 92 as a backup pistol, but get the M1 Carbine, Its even more fun to shoot and is far superior if you truly have to get in a CQB. By the way, the M1 Carbine has inflicted more casualties on our enemies than any other rifle in the history of America including the M16/M4.