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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    (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.