Beretta PX4 Storm Compact Carry Finally Arrives! | SHOT 2017

At the 2017 SHOT Show Beretta finally announced they are shipping their new PX4 Storm Compact Carry. This pistol is specifically aimed at the concealed carry gun owners, and was originally shown at last year’s SHOT Show by firearms instructor and design contributor Ernest Langdon. The Beretta Storm PX4 Compact Carry is an enhanced version of the original PX4 Compact, the mid-size PX4 between the Full size and Sub-Compact.

When Langdon first looked into the PX4 Storm as a concealed carry, off-duty pistol in 2015 he had a lot of questions about several features (previously reported by Nicholas C here). However, when he talked to Beretta representatives they already had developed optional parts for these concerns. The newly released Compact Carry is a culmination of the features Langdon felt would make the PX4 more user-friendly, including internal enhancements to make the action smoother. Beretta fans will likely find the upgrades very appealing over the original design.

New Beretta PX4 Compact Carry

The new Beretta PX4 Compact Carry will maintain the DA/SA action common to the PX4 family. Since the PX4 Compact was aimed at concealed carry uses, Langdon had Beretta switch the slide lock lever and manual de-cocker for low profile Beretta alternatives. The new controls sit nearly flush with the pistol’s frame, but are still easily manipulated by the shooter through serrations on their outer edges.

Slim controls, a Cerakote slide finish, and Talon grips are some of the enhancements.

The new PX4 Compact Carry slide is slimmer and more low-profile as well. In addition, Beretta has added a Cerakote gray finish to the Compact Carry slide. This enhancement not only brings a new and popular look to the PX4 Storm Compact Carry, it also acts as an excellent form of corrosion resistance.

According to Langdon, one of the complaints with the original PX4 Storm was the grip being too slick for confident grip control while shooting. Langdon originally used a rubberized add-on grip, but then added his own stippling on his own PX4 Storm Compact’s grip. The newly released PX4 Storm Compact Carry has tailor-made Talon textured grips to satisfy the need for added traction. Though they have a much more aggressive texture, the Talon Grips are still comfortable.

The Ameriglo front sight really stands out.

Langdon did not favor the original Beretta 3-dot sight configuration on the PX4 Storm Compact, so instead had Beretta switch the Compact Carry sights to an Ameriglo orange front sight and an all black U-notch rear sight. Both sights are dove-tailed for easy maintenance or replacement. The Ameriglo sight is very bright, providing a stark color contrast for fast target acquisition in daylight or darkness. One hesitation of mine; however, is in lower light situations it will be harder for the shooter to verify the front sight is leveled for proper and intended shot placement.

Finally, Langdon knows how important a smooth action is for quality shooting. With his guidance, Beretta went inside the new PX4 Compact Carry to plate and polish the critical trigger group and internal parts for a much smoother action while firing and cycling. The springs were also coated to improve performance.

The plated and polished internal mechanisms provide a smoother action.

The new PX4 Storm Compact Carry had an official “New” label from Beretta on the Show floor, and according to Langdon, they are being shipped to dealers now. It would appear this year the pistol is actually coming to fruition, as it is now officially recognized on Beretta USA’s website. The new PX4 Storm should be extremely popular among Beretta fans, but will likely draw many other concealed carry (CCW) and new shooters as well.

The MSRP for the PX4 Storm Compact Carry, may be one of the only hurdles. Where the original PX4 Storm had a suggested price around $650.00, the new Compact Carry will recommend $899.00. Market prices will obviously bring this price down $100 or so, but there are a lot of other options for concealed carry that cost much less. Will the enhancements be worth the added cost? Time will have to tell.

Beretta PX4 Storm Compact Carry Upgrades

  • Compact but Full Grip for Most Shooters
  • PX4 Specific Talon Grips
  • Low Profile Slide Lock Lever and Manual Safety De-Cocker
  • Trigger Group and Internal Parts Plated for Smoother Action
  • Improved Coated Springs
  • Thinner Cerokote Gray Slide
  • Ameriglo Orange Front Sight
  • (3) Sizes of Magazine Release Button – Easily Changed
  • Ships with (3) 15-round Magazines.

The Cerakote gray finished slide looks good and provides great protection.

Beretta PX4 Compact Carry Specifications

  • Action: DA/SA
  • Calibers: 9mm (Only at this time)
  • Material: Steel slide, Polymer frame
  • Overall Height: 5 inches
  • Overall Length: 6.8 inches (9mm)
  • Overall Width: 1.42 inches
  • Sight radius: 5.2 inches
  • Weight: 27.2 ounces (9mm)
  • MSRP: $899.00.

Overall the upgraded PX4 Storm Compact Carry is very nice.

Aaron is a life-long firearm enthusiast and hunter. He has been a police officer for nearly 19 years, and currently is a Sergeant in Special Operations. He has served on the department’s SWAT Team for 14 years, with 8 years as the Sniper Team Leader. When not fussing over fractions of inches, and gut-less wonders, he can usually be found sipping from a ridiculously large coffee mug. Aaron is also the editor and main writer at


  • Vhyrus

    All that turd polishing and they didn’t switch the safety to a decocker? What the actual f**k beretta?

    • Sebastacat

      According to a video taken at Shot Show at the Beretta booth by Weapons Education, it is a decocker only. You flip the lever down to decock and then it springs back up into fire position. There is no safety.

      • Vhyrus

        See that would have been good info to include in this article.

        • Sorry Vhyrus, I mentioned the decocker but forgot to include the lever is spring-activated to go back into the fire mode, rather than have the dual purpose of a manual safety. That feature, by the way, was intended by Langdon to be more CCW friendly, since the pistol will be ready to fire without manipulating a manual safety lever.

      • Lou

        “You flip the lever down to decock and then it springs back up into fire position. There is no safety.”

        That is known as the “G” model, the traditional double/single is the “F” model which is decock & safety. The other trigger modes are the “D” model which is double action only (full reset revolver type) and the last mode Beretta offers is the “C” which stands for “constant action” which has sort of striker fire feeling except that the reset of the trigger is all the way forward.

        The Px4 series was/is offered in all four modes although the D may have been phased out due to poor sales (besides existing LE contracts) and the C is more for some LE contracts although they have been sold commercially. The 90 series pistols have only been offered in F, D, and G (there was a prototype made in the C mode but not offered).

        • Joe Gamer

          Beretta guys have to memorize a lot of shit…lol

          • Victor

            That’s why we Like them. I resisted putting “Talon” grips on my Storms or I would still own them today. They were a bit squirrely though easily manageable muzzle flip. I know the Talon grips will make a huge difference in accuracy. They are inherently accurate in the right hands but I should have had the grips. Both Sig’s are perfect for me and I haven’t found a better trigger press yet.

  • Suppressed

    I’m gathering from the discussion here that it is a decocker and not a safety, but can somebody please enlighten me as to why some folks are opposed to slide-mounted safeties? Is it an ergonomic issue or is it something like the movement of slide has been known to switch the selector? Or is it something else that I haven’t considered? Thanks in advance for whoever is able to clue me in.

    • Jake Jerome

      As someone with smaller hands, it is mainly and ergonomic issue for me. Also, there have been cases of people unintentionally engaging the safety when racking the slide to clear a malfunction.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      My objection is ergonomic, but its not a total deal breaker for me.

      That being said I have never heard someone say “I really prefer a slide mounted safety to a frame mounted safety.” If you are that person Id love to hear from you.

      • Victor

        I have owned the two F model PX4’s (9 & 40) and currently own the Sig P226 Scorpion and a P320SC. The F model Beretta’s can be converted to the Sig like de-cocker only G versions pretty easily. The Sig 320 has no external safety meaning your booger picker IS the safety. I like the trigger safeties on the Glock or the passive grip safeties on other firearms. I have settled on handguns with a de-cocker for holstering and a DA/SA trigger as a safety.

        • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

          I prefer my striker guns to not have trigger tabs (like the P320 and Kahr). The Glock isnt that bad, but I really dislike the M&P style hinged trigger.

          And by Sig style decocker I meant the positioning on the frame right behind the trigger. I vastly prefer that location to the slide.

    • Joe Gamer

      They are just more awkward to disengage, and being further toward the outside of the firearm they are also more likely to bang against something and become engaged without you noticing.

  • tiger

    I wish it was a narrower slide/ frame. Price is a bit high vs. Compettion though.

    • Joe Gamer

      Hammer fired guns run much higher $ than striker fired. They are probably more expensive to manufacture and they don’t sell nearly as well so you don’t benefit form “economy of scale”
      The only feature to feature competitor I can think of off the top of my head is the HK p30sk and it’s MSRP is about the same.

  • So is the APX dead after Sig won the Army contract?

    • livingonenergydrinks

      If they stop making it, since they lost the contract, that sounds like a good investment gun.

  • Joe

    Seems Langdon had a positive influence on the design. Shame that they went with a slide-mounted decocker instead of a frame-mounted safety. I think a reasonably priced SAO from Beretta and Sig would be well received, but I’m sure Beretta is acting in their best interests.

  • Joe

    If that price comes down between $500-$600 I’m in for one. I think the Storm is an underrated platform and I’d really like a hammer on my concealed carry gun. Right now all the compact sized hammer guns are either expensive, heavy, and rare (CZ P01), or too chunky (take your pick of the SIGs). Having a hammer while appendix carrying is an added layer of safety I’d prefer.

  • Stu

    It’s still wider than an aircraft carrier.

    • livingonenergydrinks

      I hope not, they really needed some side by side comparisons with other guns.

      • Stu

        Don’t get your hopes up. Their old 3032 Tomcat .32 was as wide as a PPK.

      • Disarmed in CA

        Glock 19…………….Beretta
        Height: 4.99″………5.00″
        Length: 7.36″………6.8″
        Width: 1.18″ <—- 1.42

    • GaryOlson

      Those of us who don’t have dainty hands appreciate a pistol grip with significant surface area. Wide doesn’t give me hand cramps or require constantly shifting my grip.

      • Stu

        Oh, I’ll grant that I have little kid hands. Even with freakily-large carnie hands, a flat piece will still be easier to conceal.

        • GaryOlson

          Freakish large hands are matched with other large parts. Concealment is not a problem.?

  • livingonenergydrinks

    I own the PX4 in .45, and 9mm in both compact and subcompact models. Its a very smooth shooting gun. Excited to see how the new model performs. But at that price, no thanks. I think gun makers will have to really raise the bar in the coming years to keep buyers interested. With Trump in the WhiteHouse any motivations for hoarding are gone.

  • Gregory

    The pistol is 1.42 inches wide, need I say any more?

  • Shayne

    I’ll pass. I am just getting tired of having to pay extra to get a pistol the way it should have been in the first place. PX4 replace the trigger, sights, pay extra for G model if you can find it, Glock replace the trigger and sights, M&P replace the trigger, sights, and barrel.

    Already spent enough on my current CC.

    • Victor

      The F model can be converted to a factory G model by removing a ball bearing and spring without voiding the warranty.

  • Risky

    My experience with a PX4 F model years back was disappointing. I did like the overall function of the pistol, however, the finish on the slide was awful and easily scratched. Anyways, one afternoon out shooting I decided to do a side by side, maybe not torture test, but definitely a dirt/sand test against a Glock 17. Basically I dropped both pistols (loaded and chambered) from arm height onto a silty, dirt road. I lightly kicked both pistols around a bit before picking up a handful of dirt and mostly covering each one with a handful or two. I picked each one up, shook it off and test fired it. The PX4 choked out, failure to eject all but one or two rounds from a full mag, whereas the Glock did not have a failure. Upon closer inspection, it turns out the rotating barrel cam action of the PX4 almost acts like a funnel allowing dirt and debris right into the cam slot causing the failures. Take it for what its worth anecdotally, but it ruined my confidence in the design and sold it shortly afterward.

  • Joe Gamer

    At that price point I would say that the HK P30sk is still a much better deal for those interested in a small DA/SA hammer fired pistol. The HK can be had without a safety as well(goofy slide mounted safety?). That is what I carry so it must be good! I believe the compact is also missing the best feature of the PX4 line, the rotating barrel mechanism, which makes for a GREAT shooting pistol. Still it’s always nice to have options and I’d definitely be interested in trying it out.

    • Toby Miller

      The only model PX4 to not feature the rotating barrel is the sub-compact. This version simply carries the add-ons/upgrades that Ernest Langdon thought really made an already outstanding gun, better.

      I currently own a full size PX4 INOX 9mm, and I absolutely love it. I’ve been waiting to buy a compact b/c I heard this model was on the verge of coming out. Yes, it’s cheaper to buy the compact version, if you only want some of the changes (BTW: the 2 biggest changes are total $30 – Talon grips & hammer spring change). However, if you’re like me and you want all the changes made, than it’s an excellent deal – save a good bit overall!

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  • WPZ

    We run a very popular class with a “gun buffet”- 30 9mms and .38s as a part of the class that the participants get to try out in live fire (in an instructional environment).
    We’ve had a PX4 Storm compact or whatever it is in the buffet since Day One.
    Some people, including some women (we get a large proportion of women, since the lead instructor is both female and an A-Class USPSA shooter) have liked the gun.
    Until they a) learn about the double-action trigger. It’s amazing to us how few people who own DA/SAs actually know they’re supposed to decock to render the gun ready for use. I mean, guys who’ve owned 92s for years who aren’t even aware of the concept.
    Anyway, the Storm’s DA is a deal-killer every single time. You don’t buy a Beretta for the DA trigger in the first place, but few could get decent hits in DA mode and the gun winds up on the booth table orphaned.
    Then, b) the salami-slicer decocker- which, mercifully, has been sanded down a bit here- prevents anyone from appreciating the nice roller-lock lowered effort to rack. But still- a slide-mounted decocker is a big problem for those with less-than-full power hands operating a shorter gun’s slide. Well, to me, any slide-mount decocker’s a bad thing, but that’s just bias.
    And, yeah, it’s thick. Nice to shoot but feels like you left the rest of the salami stuck in your waistband.

    • Victor

      I bought a “Laserlyte” 9mm cartridge and dry fire practice 20 minutes a day in both double action and single action. I started first in double action and became pretty accurate and then went to single action. Dry fire practice erases any issues with the DA and I carry hammer down because the longer 10lb. trigger pull adds an extra margin of deliberation.

  • adverse4

    Looks a lot like a pistol, only smaller.