Beretta PX4 Storm Compact vs. SubCompact: The Better Choice?

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Shooting Mystery PX4 Storm Compact vs Subcompact

Founded in 1526, Beretta is a famous brand in the firearms industry due to its excellent products for civilian and military uses. In the personal defense and law enforcement sector, the Beretta PX4 Storm is well-liked by many customers because of its compactness and lightweight design.

However, in order to make the gun even better for concealed carry, Beretta decided to refine the design further and optimize its construction. The results are the Beretta PX4 Storm Compact and Beretta PX4 Storm SubCompact.

In this article, we highlight the PX4 Storm Compact vs SubCompact and compare their characteristics side by side. Since tastes and preferences vary a lot from one person to the other, there is a wide range of contrasting opinions.

Many may say one gun is the superior product, while others may feel it’s less than ideal.

It would be best to treat the information below as references instead of a conclusion.

Beretta Pistol on top of bullets

PX4 Storm Compact vs SubCompact: Overview

Beretta PX4 Storm Compact

Beretta PX4 Storm Compact

  • Action: Single/Double
  • Barrel Length: 3.27 Inches
  • Caliber: 9×19 (PARA). 9×21 IMI and 40 S&W
  • Magazine: 12, 15, 17, and 20
  • Overall Height: 5 Inches
  • Overall Length: 8 Inches
  • Overall Width: 1.42 Inches
  • Sight Radius: 5.2 Inches
  • Weight Unloaded: 27.2 Ounces

Beretta PX4 Storm SubCompact

Beretta PX4 Storm SubCompact

  • Action: Single/Double
  • Barrel Length: 3 Inches
  • Caliber: 9×19 (PARA). 9×21 IMI and 40 S&W
  • Magazine: 10, 13, 17, and 20.
  • Overall Height: 4.8 Inches
  • Overall Length: 6.22 Inches
  • Overall Width: 1.42 Inches
  • Sight Radius: 4.8 Inches
  • Weight Unloaded: 26.1 Ounces

You can tell right away from the specifications that the SubCompact is both smaller and lighter than the Compact. The Compact’s dimensions are technically sized between the Full Size and SubCompact models.

Another notable difference lies in the barrel system of the gun. The Compact and Full-Size PX4 Storm utilizes the rotary barrel design, while the Subcompact employs a tilt barrel one. Because of the barrel style, the SubCompact is somewhat jumpy compared to its cousins and other products on the market.

Other than the ones we just stated as well as a number of other components, there are still many similar features that the Compact and SubCompact share.

Accuracy

Man firing a Beretta PX4 Storm

The Compact and SubCompact are designed for concealed carry so their effective range is not as good as standard pistols. But in terms of short distance accuracy, these guns are able to score fairly well at roughly 10 – 25 yards.

Of course, your shooting skill would still be an influential factor, so remember to take that into account.

Usually, the average shooter can achieve the desired precision with the Compact and SubCompact at self-defense range. As the engagement distance increases, the grouping shall widen accordingly.

Sight

Beretta PX4 Storm with Laser Sights

Both the Compact and SubCompact use a classic 3 dot sight which is often adequate in most cases. The guns’ sights are prominent but not overbearing, so it’s catchy to the shooter’s eyes without distracting his/her attention.

Nonetheless, you can freely swap the original factory sights for new ones if you’d like. The front and rear sights are dovetailed on the guns slide so it’s generally simple to replace them.

There is a convenient built-in accessory rail for light and laser sights on the guns, which is also quite helpful in certain situations.

Trigger

Beretta PX4 Storm Sideview

The trigger pull of the Compact is 10 pounds on double action and around 4 pounds on single action. For the SubCompact, the values are 12 pounds and 5 pounds respectively.

The trigger pull of the guns is usually manageable to most people, though some might have difficulty getting used to the SubCompact at first.

Some people say that the double action trigger pull of the SubCompact could decrease the precision of the shots by a bit. However, you are still able to fire the SubCompact accurately in quick succession on single action mode.

Handle and Control

Man holding Beretta PX4 Storm with a red tag on trigger

The Compact and SubCompact all employ polymer in the handle. This helps makes it feel firm, and it feels good on the hands too. Thanks to the effective grip on the handle, shooters would have no trouble holding the gun tightly.

The guns’ blackstrap is also interchangeable to better match your shooting style and hand ergonomically. Many of the guns’ controls are ambidextrous such as magazine release, slide lock, magazine release, and so on.

With this thoughtful design, both left-handed and right-handed shooters can operate these guns conveniently.

Being capable of being manipulated by either hand, the Compact and SubCompact are excellent choices for personal defense and concealed carry.

Disassembly

Disassembled Beretta PX4 Storm

Taking the guns apart to clean and perform maintenance is relatively simple. There is no need to use special tools.

For a usual field strip, the SubCompact has four components while the Compact has five components.

All of the gun parts are made of high-quality stainless steel and polymer to enhance the overall performance. The presence of the tough non-reflective Bruniton finish makes the guns’ slide really durable.

Even so, you have to handle the guns carefully. The component’s materials may be strong enough to withstand cleaning solvents, but you can still scratch or mark them accidentally.

As a whole, the guns are very robust and reliable for most situations.

Magazine and Caliber                                               

Stainless steel pistol magazine

The guns are available in three calibers: 9×19 (PARA), 9×21 IMI, and 40 S&W. Besides their designed magazines, these guns can accept the magazines of the PX4 Storm Full Size as well.

You might have to use an adapter in order to use the high capacity magazine of the Full-Size pistol though.

The drop-free design of the magazine makes it convenient to reload the guns without the use of your off-hand.

To permit a secure grip, the SubCompact magazines can also accept a SnapGrip extension. This lets you take advantage of using your pinky from your dominant hand, which can help improve security and stability.

Conclusion

That covers all you need to know about these two guns. It’s pretty easy to understand, right?

The PX4 Storm Compact and SubCompact are two great pistols that won’t disappoint. Now that you know more about their characteristics, we hope you applied your preferences and needs to the information we just provided.

Hopefully, you can make an informed decision and end up buying one of these reliable Beretta guns!

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Christopher Wade

Christopher Wade

Christopher Wade is a true outdoorsman. After spending most of his career as a firearms expert and instructor in Nebraska, he retreated to the great outdoors to enjoy retirement.

Christopher’s expertise in handling firearms and hunting gear are what propelled him to create the Shooting Mystery blog. He hopes for all readers to gain useful and practical knowledge for enjoying their time outdoors.