Рerfect storm? Beretta CX4 Storm tactical pistol-caliber carbine

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PANAGYURISHTE, ($1=1.71 Bulgarian Levas) – Of course, this weapon is not for hunting at all. Mostly RCC is suitable for solving two problems – practical shooting and self-defense.

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I think it needs to be clarified why I consider the RCC to be an almost ideal weapon for self-defense. The vast majority of gun owners in Bulgaria live in residential buildings, where the use of weapons under a powerful rifled cartridge (say, 5.45×39 mm or 7.62×39 mm, not to mention .308 Win) is unnecessary and can lead to to the fact that the shooter himself will be hit by ricochets, and some of the neighbors will receive an unexpected gift from their window or door.

Approximately the same can be said for smoothbore weapons – a shot with a shotgun or a shot indoors can lead to ricochets. There is, of course, the possibility of using weakened cartridges, but in case of a surprise attack, it is a bad idea to sort the ammunition.

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Beretta CX4 Storm is far from new to the market, it appeared in 2011. However, this rifle has not lost its relevance so far. This summer I had the opportunity to get to know him better and take pictures of him.

Therefore, the RCC is characterized by a solution that should appeal primarily to buyers in the United States.

The bold and unusual look of the Beretta CX4 Storm was designed by the famous Italian industrial design bureau ItalDesign-Giugiaro, which has many car brands for customers.

Unlike some other RCCs, the Beretta CX4 Storm is built on the “pistol” type: the control is similar to those used in short-barreled weapons. When switching to PCC from a pistol, it is easier for the shooter to adapt to this weapon.

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It is true that the automation is not like many 9×19 mm pistols with a short barrel stroke, but is based on a free shutter, like most submachine guns. Beretta CX4 Storm is also available for .45ACP, .40S & W, and 9×21 mm.

The high accuracy of the shooting is facilitated by the fact that the shooting is done from a closed bolt. The steel valve is mounted on a solid frame, together with a return spring, forming a single subassembly.

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Interestingly, the movable shutter handle, the magazine release button, and the fuse can be mounted for both right-handers and left-handers.

The rest of the cartridge is mounted in the fire control handle, which gives the Beretta CX4 Storm a distinctive look. The magazines used in this rifle are interchangeable with the Beretta 90/8000 / PX4 series pistol. This is very convenient for those who have guns for this company and thus can save on additional stores. As many may guess, we are talking about Americans.

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Another “pro-American” feature is the AR-15 weapon disassembly scheme: after removing the magazine and bending the combat spring, the pin is removed, the carbine is divided into upper and lower parts, almost like an upper / lower receiver. I don’t think there was any hidden meaning in this design other than to suit American tastes.

Trigger with one action, which feels quite heavy

In the Beretta CX4 Storm, what we called the front end is a receiver. Is it good or bad that it is made of plastic? Given that the pistol cartridge is quite weak and the load falls on the massive steel bolt, in my opinion, the shooter should not care what the receiver is made of. In addition, more than 10 years of experience with the Beretta CX4 Storm did not reveal any serious problems with the plastic receiver.

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The Beretta CX4 Storm mechanical traction devices are covered on the side by receiving tides, they are as far apart from each other as possible and have a rather long base. Full diopter, front sight – classic stump.

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But I believe that most owners will prefer to install a reflex sight on the Beretta CX4 Storm – here it is more than in place. In addition, the Picatinny rail, located on top of the receiver, unequivocally hints at this development.

In general, the carbine is made on a modular basis – if desired, you can add various accessories for which there are short Picatinny rails on the side and bottom of the front.

Specifically, my carbine was equipped with Beretta accessories – front folding handle, bipod, DTK, and prismatic sight Steiner.

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The modularity of the Beretta CX4 Storm is also reflected in the design of the butt – you can adjust its length with the help of rubber pads of different thicknesses.

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Now a little about the personal feelings of the carbine. It lies very well in the hands, you feel a good study of ergonomics.

As for the control of the “gun”, it suits me personally less than the classic rifle. Now, if I had a gun, I would rate this feature much higher.

The recoil is almost imperceptible, the balance of the weapon is excellent. But the trigger is quite tight for my taste. Still, I’m more used to classic rifles.

When it comes to accuracy, the Beretta CX4 Storm “arranges” bullets very precisely.

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In my opinion, the Beretta CX4 Storm is a great weapon for tactical or recreational shooting. Most suitable for those who are engaged in sport shooting with a pistol.

The current price of this rifle is quite biting. But, if you think about it, this is quite comparable to the price of a sports pistol, which according to current legislation the athlete must keep in the facility.

But, as you know, demand determines supply.


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