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Thursday
Dec292011

Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm Field Test Review

First off, make sure to checkout my Table Top Review for the Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm for all the specifications and details on it.

In this Filed Test Review of the Beretta CX4 Storm .177 caliber pellet shooting air rifle I shoot 5 rounds through the Chronograph to get a real world average FPS of this detuned Canadian version. As expected the Beretta CX4 Storm does not get anywhere close the 600 FPS the non-regulated version claims to get and even with fairly light 6.9 grain pellets I got an average of just under 400 FPS, perhaps a little too aggressive with the Canadian regulating of the CO2. I would have liked to have seen much better Feet Per Second performance from the pellet shooting Umarex CX4 Storm.

On the other hand this CX4 replica air rifle was incredibly reliable when it came to operation, I did not have even one misfire or failure to load a round even with the rather unusual 30 round belt-fed magazine, which one might think would be prone to problems. The Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm has a very snappy feel with its blowback operation that gives you a confident feeling when shooting and the 8 pound trigger seems to actually lighten up the faster you shot it :)

During my Accuracy Test using a magnified scope from 30 feet out in a semi-rested position, I got pretty decent results but nothing amazing, just over a one inch 12 round grouping. Again this airgun is made for fun and you can really empty the 30 round magazine fast and with good precision. I would not recommend it for any type of small pest control because it is a bit underpowered but for target practice and plinking it works very well.

As far as recommending this gun, I think it is very well made and it performs excellent, if you can get your hands on the higher FPS version then it would be a nice upgrade to the one I was testing. The price may be a tad high but it really is a very good quality air rifle overall.

My YouTube Video Table Top Review of the Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm Pellet Rifle:

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Friday
Dec232011

Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm & Crosman NightStalker Comparison Review

Type: Pellet air rifles.
Manufacturer: Umarex & Crosman
Model: Beretta CX4 Storm & Night Stalker
Materials: Metal & plastic.
Weight: 5.25 / 3.27 Pounds.
Barrel: 17.5 / 16.75 inches, metal-rifled.
Propulsion: CO2 88 gram.
Action: Semi auto - Blowback.
Ammunition Type: .177 caliber pellets.
Ammunition Capacity: 30 / 12 rounds.
FPS: Up to 500 fps (Canadian detuned versions).

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm and the Crosman Night Stalker are both pretty decent and weigh in at 8.5 pounds for the Beretta CX4 and 7 pounds for the NightStalker. This is a bit surprising since the Umarex Beretta trigger only releases the action while the Crosman NightStalker has to rotate the 12 shot magazine with each trigger pull.

Accuracy: This is still to be determines in a later field test review but from my past shooting experiences with both these guns I found them to be pretty good and even though the Crosman NightStalker is a far cheaper built and priced gun then the Umarex CX4 Storm, I think it may have the edge on the German made counterpart.

Update:

Build Quality: Both of these Beretta CX4 Storm looking guns have plastic shells with internal metal parts but they are night and day when comparing the build quality. Don't get me wrong, the night Stalker is not a badly built rifle but when sitting side by side with the Umarex CX4 Storm, you can really see the extra quality that went in to the German made Umarex version. It has much heavier and thicker materials and the fit and finish is excellent, pretty much what you would expect to see on the real Beretta CX4 Storm.

Realism: The Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm is obviously a replica of the real steel Beretta CX4 Storm and it really is an excellent replica in almost every way with the excepetion of the screw holes one side. The pellet shooting version even includes the hard shell case that looks to be the same one the real CX4 comes with. So what about the NightStalker? The Crosman NightStalker is a look-a-like for the replica Beretta CX4 Storm but not really a replica. It still looks very good and makes for a a decent rifle if your looking for something that has that CX4 Storm look and feel.

Purchased From: Private Sale.

Pros for Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm:

  • Very well made - made in Germany.
  • Almost perfect replica with lots of detail.
  • Comes in a nice hard-shell case.
  • Adjustable sights for windage and elevation.
  • Has built in picatinny top rail.
  • Large capacity 30 rounds belt-fed pistol grip loading magazine just like the real CX4 Storm.
  • True Blowback operation.
  • Lots of shots per 88 gram CO2.

Pros for Crosman NightStalker:

  • Made in the USA.
  • Inexpensive yet a very respectable shooter.
  • Adjustable sights for windage and elevation.
  • Can mount rails for sights and add on accessories.
  • Decent capacity 12 round rotary magazine.
  • Lots of shots per 88 gram CO2.

Cons for Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm:

  • A bit on the expensive side!
  • Canadian detuned version is very underpowered.
  • Trigger pull is a bit hard for a true blowback gun.

Cons for Crosman NightStalker:

  • Kind of simple and basic in design!
  • Canadian detuned version is very underpowered.
  • Would have been nice if it came with a top rail of remounting a scope.
  • 12 shot magazine a bit tricky to load till you get used to it.

Comments:
I don't do a lot of rifle reviews as there seems to be a lot less replica air rifles when compared to the vast amounts of replica air pistols available. So it's kind of nice to have these two air rifles that I can show you. Of course if money was no object, then I would recommend the Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm over the Crosman NightStalker especially since the NightStalker does not seem to be in production anymore - kind of a shame since it is really a very respectable multi-shot blowback air rifle for the money. Neither one of these air rifles are made for hunting but I suppose if you have the non-Canadian version that have not been detuned then they may have enough power for small pests. Either way these guns are meant for fun times, and they are fun to shoot rapid fire on targets so if you want a very believable CX4 Storm for a lot less money then the real steel version not only to buy but shoot, then look no further...

My YouTube Video Review of the Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm pellet shooting Replicas:

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Thursday
Jan062011

Umarex CX4 Storm gets some new toys - 3x9x40 Scope and Foregrip

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My scope mounting hardware came in today and I got right to work adding my new Aim 3x9x40 Rubber Scope and Foregrip to it. I wasn't planning on putting on the Foregrip, it just kind of happened and it looks good, so it may just stay on the CX4?

I ordered a Picitinny/Weaver Deluxe Riser Mount because I wasn't sure if the scope would clear the built in sites and I was thinking I wanted to mount the 3x9x40 Scope toward the rear but as it happened my high rise ring mounts where already the perfect hight and the Picitinny/Weaver Deluxe Riser Mount I ordered wasn't required!

Guess I'll have to shelf the Riser Mount for another project, I'm sure one day it will come in handy.

Some more pictures of the new setup:

Tuesday
Jan042011

A few new Accessories - Red Dot - Scope - Foregrip

I have been wanting to get a suitable scope for my Umarex CX4 Storm for a while but have been busy with the Holliday Season, today I made it out to Panther Paintball, a local paint ball store in my area to see what they had in stock. Sometimes I find paintball stores have a better air gun accessory selection then even many full fledged sporting goods stores that sell guns?

I was in luck because they had some good deals going on, one of which was a nice 3x9x40 Rubber Coated Scope made by AIM SPORT INC.

The only problem I had is that it did not have the right mounts for my CX4, it came with mounts for an M16 Carry Handle instead. So I added a Deluxe Riser Mount and some High Profile Picitinny/Weaver 30MM Rings - Problem solved!

I also have another rifle coming next week that I want to add a Foregrip and Red Dot Scope to, again Panther Paintbally had a 1x42 Red Dot Scope made by AIM SPORT INC. that was on sale and just what I was looking for.

Lastly, I found a Foregrip much like the one I have on my Steel Storm but without the Tactical Flashlight built in. I didn't really need the light on this new gun anyways.

Now I'm set for next week when I hope to get all the parts I need and of course my new rifle...

Tuesday
Nov022010

Beretta CX4 Rifle & PX4 Storm Tactical Pistol Added to Collection

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I acquired a couple new CO2 blowback pellet guns to add to my Airgun Collection! I say new but they are actually used (Barley!). I got them off of a friend who wasn't really using them any more and he figured if he wanted to shoot them, he could always just drop by. Buying second hand is a good way to purchase items if you can find what you're looking for and if it's in good condition.

The Beretta CX4 Storm is a German made true-blowback semi-auto CO2 air rifle that uses 88 gram CO2 tanks and has a 30 round removable magazine. The claimed FPS is rated at 495 although I suspect it shoots under this. It is nearly identical to it's 9mm and 40 Cal brother. It even comes in the same case.

The Beretta PX4 Storm Tactical Pistol is basically the same gun as my Non-tactical Beretta PX4 Blowback Airgun but in two-tone and with a few added accessories such as a Silencer, Rail System, Red Dot Sight, and Tactical Flashlight. It uses regular 12 gram CO2 cartridges, has a 16 round magazine with a claimed FPS of 380.

As with all of my air guns, I plan to eventually review these two nice additions to my Replica Airgun Collection!