nova, on 14 November 2012 - 10:47 AM, said:
I don't have any personal experience with that weapon, but last I heard (which was 12-18 months ago) is that there are significant issues with the rotating barrel arrangement they use. Reports of guys using a mallet to unlock the slide after jams. Beretta customer service has also been described as "glacial" in resolving problems.
I kinda sound like a broken record in this regard but my recommendation is to go with either a Glock or a S&W M&P. Both of those are service pistols with well established records for reliability and you can get them new for not a lot more than what you're looking at for the PX-4. Find a good used one and it's likely to be less...
See if you can find one at an indoor gun range and shoot it. I know a person that took a brand new Beretta .40 sub right out of the box loaded brand new hollow points in it and it jammed on the first round. Lip on the edge of the hollow point tip was jammed up against a piece of the receiver. After ejecting the shell you could see the bent lip on the tip of the copper jacket. After shooting it the slide was jammed at about 1/4 of inch. Guy at the range took a plastic hammer to the slide and with about 4 whacks unloaded it. He said the slides too tight from the factory, shoot slow for the first box of ammo till the gun loosens up a bit. It jammed 3 out of the first 50 rounds. The first 20 or so shell casings had some minor scarring along the length of them. The guy who owned it said he got it as a gift and couldn't return it.
If I owned it and couldn't take it back I would take it apart clean it and take it to a gunsmith and have that thing combat tuned, ejector port and slide rails polished and then put like 500 rounds thru it and it better not jam once.
My Son in Law has the full size Bereta9 just like the military uses and it shoots nice.
My wife carry's the Glock G26sub, throws it from purse to purse, stays fricken dirty from all the crap she throws in her purse. It is light as hell and holds 10 rounds. Even seen her use a hand wipe to get lipstick off of it and throw it right back in her purse. She can't hurt it and it won't rust, Check out the G26 for the money.