Beretta Earnest Langdon CCW PX4, .22LR M9A1 – SHOT Show 2016

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Beretta is adding a two new pistols to their catalog this year, the M9A1 22LR and the PX4 CC. Like it’s 9mm Luger counterpart, the M9A1 22LR has a railed frame for lights, lasers and other frame-mounted accessories, only it’s chambered for .22 Long Rifle. The PX4 CC is a factory-tuned centerfire pistol optimized for concealed-carry.

Designed to be an affordable trainer in addition to a fun range toy, the M9A1 22LR is externally identical to the centerfire pistol and works with all the same holsters and accessories, including the grips. “These are actually the same grips we install on our 9mm pistols,” said Beretta Vice President of Marketing Rafe Bennett.

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All of the M9A1 features, now in .22 LR.

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The M9A1 22LR uses the same sights, grips, holsters and other accessories making it an ideal trainer.

At around 26 ounces they’re a little lighter than the 9mm versions but that will only make the recoil impulse more centerfire-like. They are as true to the original as possible and even have the same takedown procedure as the 9mm pistols do. With the same controls and double-action/single-action operation, the M9A1 22LR is a fine option for plinking and practice.

Beretta is working on a series of upgrade components for the future for shooters who like to customize or modify their guns. The M9A1 22LR has a $399 MSRP and will be offered with 10- and 15-round magazines where available and will start shipping within the next month or two.

The New PX4 CC

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The PX4 CC has been thoroughly worked over for everyday carry.

The new PX4 CC expands Beretta’s polymer-framed, double-action/single-action pistols for service and self-defense. Based on the mid-size PX4 Compact the CC has been tweaked and tuned for everyday carry using feedback and input from professional shooter Ernest Langdon.

It’s a decocker-only pistol without manual safeties and low-profile controls including the ambidextrous decocker levers and slide stop. The PX4 CC comes with three sizes of magazine buttons for a personalized grip. The guns will ship with wrap-around Talon grips, too, for even more grip options.

The slide has a dark grey Cerakote finish for extra wear resistance and to make it stand out from the rest of the PX4 series. It also comes with a set of high-visibility Ameriglo day and night sights. The PX4 CC has an improved trigger pack that’s even lighter and smoother than the standard PX4 trigger. Additionally, it ships with three 15-round magazines, one more than standard.

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It has low-profile controls like these decocker-only levers.

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And high-visibility day/night sights by Ameriglo.

Apart from the upgrades new pistol has all the features people expect to find in a PX4 Compact, including the rotating barrel recoil system. The PX4 CC does not use a Browning tilting barrel like most pistols. Instead the 3.3-inch barrel locks into the slide on a set of rotating lugs until the whole assembly travels back far enough to twist the barrel, unlocking the slide.

This unconventional recoil action makes for a very flat, soft-shooting pistol even with hot self-defense ammo. If you’ve been considering a PX4 for concealed-carry then this is the model for you. Expect to pay a little extra – the MSRP will be around $850 with availability expected within the first quarter of 2016.

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  • LarryC. July 22, 2016, 1:47 am

    The only semi-auto I’ve shot extensively is the reliable 92FS (some 13k rounds or so). I recently replaced my old Detective Special with the Px4 Storm subcompact in .40 S&W for concealed carry. I’ve experienced zero failures in the 300 rounds I’ve put through her so far. It’s just 26 ounces and it’s trigger system is familiar to me. The recoil is milder than expected, while my accuracy obviously doesn’t equal what I get with the 92FS. What’s not to like?

  • Stern Robert January 31, 2016, 9:49 am

    84F is a .380, how can you compare the PX4 to your blow back operated 9mm Kurtz?

  • Hanlon Kitto January 28, 2016, 10:05 am

    What would be cool is a single-stack version of the PX4 with a thinner grip.

    • Chris Pharaoh January 28, 2016, 9:33 pm

      I i have been looking for a single stack da/sa cc 9mm and haven’t found any. got the wife a walther pk380 and she loves it. I would like to find one like that but in a 9mm. any ideas

      • Bill March 10, 2017, 4:46 pm

        I have a Walther PPS LE single stack 9mm. It comes with phosphorus night sights and 3 mags; 6,7,8 shot capacity. It is like new in the box with all papers. Selling for $400.00.

  • L Dishman January 28, 2016, 9:50 am

    Have been waiting for the APX to be released …any word on THAT?

  • curt paluzzi January 28, 2016, 9:01 am

    For several years now I have been looking for a serious 1911 style .22 for competitive shooting. I was excited to learn about the Beratta’s new M9A1…..but after reading your review and calling it a “Trainer and a Range TOY”….I lost interest. As with every other manufacturer, they all market their .22’s as trainers and toys…..In my opinion, very very POOR marketing.
    Apparently they don’t think highly of their own products so why should the consumer?
    If .22’s are sold 2 to 1 over every other caliber, it would certainly seem to me that they all would make some sort of an attempt to promote their products as something more than a toy.
    When I received a response from a very popular TV host saying that it is impossible to build a competitive 1911 .22, I guess I should have stopped looking right there. Maybe someday one manufacturer will wake up and realize they are MISSING a large segment of the market.

    • Josh Greer January 29, 2016, 12:49 am

      What do you want in a full size 22lr?

  • Abnormal January 28, 2016, 8:39 am

    I read about the PX4 CC twice in this article and missed where it mentioned what it was chambered in both times. Maybe Beretta has something about that. Besides being a double stack with a fat slide it’s not comfortable carrying concealed. I will still remain with my 84FS and that’s not comfortable either but I do trust it.

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