Review: Tokyo Marui PX4 -
The PX4 is a bit of a marmite gun. Some people love it’s futuristic, sleek lines, some people hate them. I appreciated the curviness of it, but I never thought that worked for a gun. Then I got given one to fix, and everything changed. I now think it is a beautiful beautiful handgun. It may be partly to do with the uncommon method of locking the breech (a rotating barrel), or it might be to do with how easy it is to use the gun’s various controls. Or it might just be because it is incredible fun to shoot.
When this one came in for fixing, it was missing a slide lock lever, and the trigger spring had snapped. Apparently, these are common issues with the TM PX4, as spares of these two parts were out of stock in a lot of places. I managed to find a new slide release, but I ended up bodging the trigger spring, which worked rather well!
Externally the gun is nearly flawless. Smooth, hard plastic that feels deceptively weighty and cold, with crisp serrations and trade marks. Sadly the usual “made in japan” and “Tokyo Marui” marks are present, but that isn’t a big deal. The gun features metal controls – an ambidextrous safety/decocker, reversible magazine catch, slide stop, trigger and slide release, as well as metal sights, which are finished satisfyingly. A nice touch is the interchangeable back-straps, for small, normal and monster sized hands.
Internally, the gun has been finished to a stunning standard. A large quantity of the internal parts are finished in a polished silver finish – minimising friction, and demonstrating that despite the fact that this particular pistol has seen heavy use it has not had much internal wear. The locking recess on the slide is reinforced with metal, meaning you don’t need to worry about the slide being eaten away, and the inner barrel/hop unit are finished to Tokyo Marui’s best standard.
I’ve tested this gun on propane and it is an absolute beast, blasting an entire mag off with barely the slightest hint of cooldown from room temperature. The controls are all very easy to operate, all within reach of the necessary digits, and provide a very tactile response. I particularly like the safety/decocker, which allows the user to drop the hammer by pulling the trigger once the safety has been applied, although I imagine that this might lead to some serious safety issues on the real gun.
Accuracy is as good as any TM gun but sadly cannot test the range, however I doubt that it will disappoint. Takedown of the PX4 is very very easy, like a glock. Simply pull the two tabs just forward of the trigger down, and pull the slide forward. The hop unit appears to be broadly identical in style to the Sig, Glock and a few other guns, which is reassuring.
Operating the PX4 is very simple. The safety doubles up as a decocker, so when the safety is applied and the trigger pulled the hammer drops. If you have the hammer half cocked and apply the safety the hammer drops the rest of the way as you do it. The safety is sprung, so that it flicks off really easily, essential for a quick draw.
Whilst the real PX4 takes the same magazines as the Beretta M92, Tokyo Marui took the opportunity to improve the design of the mag, and it really does show. Running on propane the magazine will easily empty two mags worth of BBs and still lock back solidly. Not to mention the fact that the magazine looks really good.
To conclude, this is a lovely lovely pistol. It is a joy to shoot, and if I didn’t have a full blown glock obsession (and a penchant for the odd revolver) I would buy one.