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The release of the Px4 Storm by Beretta in 2004 marked a unique period of Beretta's storied history. Since around the 1995 time period, Beretta has faced the idea that they weren't embracing new technology quick enough and were losing ground in the law enforcement market. While the ever popular Beretta 92 is still the primary sidearm of the US military, the 92 was becoming somewhat obsolete in the law enforcement market for a number of reasons including it's weight, overall size, design, and caliber selection.
In an effort to reclaim some of that market, Beretta released the Cougar series in 1992. While it was adopted by some law enforcement agencies, it barely dented the hold that Glock and Sig have in that marketplace. While Beretta stopped producing the Cougar in 2005, they did receive some very positive feedback from law enforcement about some of features that were liked.
In 2002, Beretta turned it's attention back to the LEO market and started working on designs and prototypes that might fit into that market. Taking positive features from the Cougar series and the 92 series, Beretta released the Px4 Storm series in 2004. The Storm was constructed of lightweight polymer with steel reinforced inserts and featured an integrated light rail (also called a Picatinny rail). The ergonomic design was a significant change in direction for Beretta as the Px4 also featured a modular trigger group, and changeable backstrap options for the grip.
Chambered for the 9mm, .40 cal., .45 ACP; this handgun will meet most of the caliber needs of any police department. Depending on the caliber, the Px4 has a mag capacity of either 10, 14, 17, or 20 rounds. One big selling point for the Px4 was it's ease of disassembly or field stripping. The design was made is such a way that the parts cannot be misplaced or incorrectly located when the pistol is reassembled. This means that the pistol is always reassembled correctly no matter what the conditions.
Beretta PX-4 Storm Holsters
Based in Lilington NC, Gould & Goodrich holsters has been in business since the mid 1980's. Originally Gould & Goodrich (G&G) was owned by S&W and produced S&W holsters. The company was later sold to the G&G partnership and renamed Gould & Goodrich (after the partners).
Although Gould & Goodrich got their start in law enforcement applications, they have now expanded their holster line to include concealment models and concealment gear. The company still maintains its primary focus on law enforcement gear as they have been very successful in that market. G&G is also looking at other holster materials like kydex and has incorporated kydex into many of their duty holsters. G&G also makes a full line of law enforcement belts and concealed carry belts. They have taken a somewhat unique approach to their line of concealed carry gun belts by adding a layer of composite material to the inside of the belt. This adds strength to the belt while making it have a non-slip surface.
As the times have changed, so has G&G. While leather is still a major priority for them in terms of holster materials, they are now offering duty holsters in a kydex thermoplastic that is covered in a synthetic leather. This design gives you all the durability and form of kydex coupled with the beauty and comfort of leather.
For more info on G&G, try here: Gould & Goodrich Holsters.
After years of resisting, I finally broke down and tried my brother's Fobus holster. He has ranted and raved about about how great that holster was for months. It turned out to be exactly as bad as I had imagined.
The built-in active retention system forces you to draw the weapon in an exact manner that I found very uncomfortable. I wasn't a big fan of the paddle either as it simply didn't keep the holster stable on my waist. No matter how tight I pulled my gun belt, the holster consistently shifted during the draw. Obviously the price point is very low, which is waht seems to draw people to this brand.
If you were on a strict budget or only carried a handgun once a year, the Fobus might be an option for you. Other than that, I personally don't see much value in it.
For those of you who are absolutely sold on the Fobus, this place has them cheap: Fobus Holsters.
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