The Beretta Cx4 Storm is the best pistol caliber carbine on the market. It offers all the handiness of a rifle without the cumbersome length, and can easily accommodate pistol users, as well. It’s completely reliable, offers astoundingly low recoil, and handles very well. How has this carbine remained popular for so long? Let’s find out!
The Cx4 Storm provides adequate accuracy for its intended purpose of sporting and self/home defense. The heavier trigger makes it a little less accurate than it could be, but the adjustable front sight and L-shaped rear sight allow for quick and positive target acquisition to make up for it. While the factory sights are decent enough, installing aftermarket magnifiers may help you take your accuracy to the next level!
The hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrel aids in accuracy, and the carbine shoots fast for quick follow-up shots. From fifty yards, my average group size was around 2.5.” This wouldn’t be great for a target-shooting gun, but it’s perfectly acceptable for defense purposes.
Thanks to the very simple blowback action design, you can expect complete reliability from the Cx4 Storm. Over the 1000+ rounds I’ve shot through this gun, using a range of differently-priced ammo, I’ve never had a single malfunction. No issues feeding, no issues ejecting, no issues whatsoever. If this carbine is anything, it sure is reliable!
This firearm is lightweight, well-balanced, and comfortable to shoot. With pistol-like controls and rifle-like shooting abilities, it’s the perfect blend between the two styles of firearm. It even offers a Picatinny top rail to accommodate optics of all kinds.
All of the controls, except the bolt release cover, are reversible for left-handed use, making it even more versatile. As mentioned, it’s a blowback-operated carbine that fires from a closed bolt. The barrel features a six-groove RH twist design that minimizes corrosion and is very easy to clean.
This isn’t a carbine intended for target shooting, so the trigger, unfortunately, is one of the Cx4 Storm’s low points. It’s a heavy, long, creepy pull around elevent-to-twelve pounds, which can negatively affect your accuracy to a degree. There is some grittiness and slack to the pull as well, and the reset is a bit longer than I’d like it to be.
Something most people don’t know is that the trigger assembly actually includes a small ball bearing inside that can increase the weight by a good few pounds when held at a certain angle! If you’re decently handy, it is possible to remove this ball bearing for a smoother pull without sacrificing any accuracy or reliability. However, it’s probably easier to just go with an aftermarket trigger assembly if it means that much to you.
Magazine & Reloading
The carbine uses full-size Beretta pistol magazines, inserted uzi-style through the pistol grip. This is pretty handy, because you can easily find the mag well’s location to load it quickly and easily. Both the mag and bolt releases are in similar locations to traditional pistols, a bonus for pistol users. Depending on the model you choose, the factory capacity is either ten or fifteen rounds. If you’re looking for more capacity, there are also aftermarket twenty and thirty-round extended options available.
Length & Weight
At 5.75 lbs unloaded, this is a relatively lightweight firearm. The barrel has a length of 16,” bringing the overall length of the carbine to just under 30.”
There’s not much to speak of on the recoil front, because the Cx4 Storm really has no recoil whatsoever! It’s a shockingly low amount for such a lightweight firearm, and you don’t have to worry at all about any aches or pains after a long day at the range.
According to Beretta’s website, the Cx4 Storm MSRPs for $699. But, you’ll probably be able to find it online or in-store for between $600-$700. It’s not one of the cheapest firearms available, but for one of the best pistol-caliber carbines? It’s a pretty good value!
The Beretta Cx4 Storm has remained a favorite among pistol and rifle users alike for nearly twenty years, and with good reason! It’s very easy and comfortable to shoot, and provides all the best features of both a pistol and a rifle. If you need a great carbine for home defense or sporting use, look no further than the Cx4 Storm.
Richard Douglas is a long time shooter, outdoor enthusiast and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller and other publications.