View Full Version : Beretta CX4 .40S&W or 22lr AR/M16 Platform

December 11, 2009, 07:18 AM
I am incredibly conflicted. I am about to enter the Long Gun equation into my collection but I can't decide on a used Beretta CX4 in .40S&W or a New AR/M16 format 22lr. The 22lr would allow much more shooting for the $$$ but the CX4 would have some actual firepower. Either one will be used primarily at the range making holes in paper. Anyone make this decision already and why did you select the one you did....

December 11, 2009, 01:50 PM
You already have plenty of handguns for "serious firepower" for home defense. I would get a regular AR lower with 22lr upper so that you could get different uppers later on. Since this is going to be a range toy, 22 long rifle is really the only way to go.


December 11, 2009, 01:57 PM
besides, I just looked at barettas site and mag capacity is 11 :confused: if I am going for an assault weapon with a small caliber, I want firepower. I'd want at least 25 rounds.

ranger dave
December 11, 2009, 07:19 PM
if whater you are firing at is not dead or running away after 11 rounds . you should have left it alone

December 12, 2009, 06:35 AM
Already got a .40? Surely go with the 22 AR platform. Wish I had one for my ARs, then I could 1) SAVE MEGA BUCKS on Ammo, and 2) Shoot a lot longer every time I go to the range, which is not as often as I would like.

Anybody have the .22LR uppers? Reliable? Accurate (say out to 100 or 200 yards?)

ranger dave
December 12, 2009, 07:58 AM
the price has realy came down on the 22lr uppers ( around $500 ) but its still hard to beat the good old ruger 10/22

December 17, 2009, 08:49 PM
so is that the cost of the 22 uppers? Who makes quality ones and where do you get them? I'd like one, but at that cost, whats the benefit of the upper vs the whole new gun? Sorry, but I'm new to the rifle scene. I'm one of the thousands that got a new black rifle after the new president was elected.

December 18, 2009, 04:32 PM

December 18, 2009, 04:50 PM
I have a CX4 in 45 ACP and a GSG-5 in 22lr. Both are a blast to shoot - the 22 obviously much less expensive. The 22 makes nice little holes, the 45 doesent. :D. I bring both the the range and shoot the 22 first, after a while I shoot the CX, and end with the SIG556. If cost is a factor, go with the 22, if ammo cost isnt an issue, go for the CX

December 18, 2009, 05:03 PM
I have the CX4 in 40cal, (which has a 17 round capacity by the way) and a S&W M&P 15-22. The cx4 is definately the best choice for real-world scenarios but the M&P is a blast, (no pun inteneded) to use at the range, (not to mention that they can be had new for roughly $450). 22 ammo is also a great deal cheaper to shoot. If you are only interested in range use I would highly recommend the M&P 15-22. It also tricks out very easily, (i.e. accepts most AR accessories). Both are excellent, and I love my CX4, but the 22 holds the crown for most times taken to the range.

December 18, 2009, 05:10 PM
A dedicated .22LR AR type is going to be cheaper than a real AR lower and a conversion kit. .22LR models like the Colt/Umarex or S&W are going for a bit over $500 around here. A complete AR lower is going to run you in the $300 range, with the conversion upper itself being right at $500.

IMO, it's worth the extra to have a running start at a real AR-15, but if that $300 breaks the bank, then go with the .22LR lookalike.