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looking for thoughts/feedback on Bersa .380 for the better half

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Barefoot343, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Barefoot343

    Barefoot343 liberalville Active Member

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    was curious if anybody has this and what your thoughts are on it (bersa .380)
    Seems like it might make a good CH for the wife. OR... are there better choices for the price range of up to $300.00?

    Thanks for your time
     
  2. cotillion

    cotillion medford Active Member

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    I've heard its a pretty smooth running gun but for concealment purposes its the least attractive of the 380 line. The Ruger lcp, Taurus tcp, s&w bodyguard and kel tec 380 all are choices in that price range with the Taurus TCP being my favorite due to options per price. With the size of the bersa you're better off getting a 9mm
     
  3. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    My wife did not like the snap it gave from being so light, she likes her .38 better. It isnt that she has week wrists as she had shot a sigma .40 also and didnt mind it.
     
  4. Barefoot343

    Barefoot343 liberalville Active Member

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    hmmmm. good feedback, maybe I'll go a different direction. Thought about XD sub 9mm but it seems kind of bulky the more I look and research it.
    Anybody have one of those?
     
  5. Grommit327

    Grommit327 Buckley Active Member

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    I thought it was a decent shooting gun but for the size I would get a small 9mm unless recoil is an issue. Also had a couple of stove pipes with it so I would have reservations about carrying one
     
  6. linflas

    linflas Salem, OR Member

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    My wife likes the Ruger LC9, less recoil issues for her than the KelTec .380, or S&W Bodyguard. Just fits her hand nicely.
     
  7. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It really depends on how much much experience she has with guns, and on what she likes. Something may be the ideal carry gun for one person, and a lousy choice for another. For example, I like the small polymer-framed DAO pistols (e.g. Kahr CW9). For me, that is the ideal type of carry weapon. My S.O. cannot stand them however. She's very much partial to steel (or at least alloy) frames and SA triggers and virtually refuses to shoot any lightweight fantastic plastic guns. So in your position, I'd let her have all the say as far as what gun to get her!
     
  8. OneManWolfpack78

    OneManWolfpack78 Federal Way Member

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    If it was my wife's life in the balance I'd get her the most reliable handgun available...REVOLVER. probably something like a lady smith or if a lighter gun is needed maybe a ruger lcr.
     
  9. Ampster

    Ampster Looking across to Whidbey Member

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    Instead of the Bersa, I have the PMK. I've had it for years and it's been of great service to my better half. As an alternative, she prefers (above all else) her snub nosed, bobbed hammer Taurus in .38SPL
     
  10. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    I made the same decision as you: the Bersa Thunder .380 CC for the wife's CCW, and it's been absolutely great.

    I cannot stress enough how superior this choice is to the LCP, P3AT, or any other pocket gun. The Bersa fits her hand - her whole hand - and it makes it easy for her to quickly get a combat grip. She fired off hundreds of rounds in a class without developing a flinch or a sore wrist, and that's the last thing we'd need. If she hates to practice with it, then it's worthless.

    To digress a bit... I think pocket carry is idiotic - there's no other word for it. Either carry or don't, but a dinky mouse gun bouncing around in a pocket is the worst of all worlds. Her holsters - IWB and OWB - secure the weapon and allow for a much, much faster presentation.

    The blowback operation of the Thunder CC is simple and reliable, the sight radius of the weapon makes it easier to shoot accurately than a subcompact, and I can shoot it without risking slide bite. Besides, it's ultra-thin, and IMO that's the critical dimension for comfortable carry, not the overall length.

    I liked it so much I bought a second one. Two CC's for the price of a PPK.
     
  11. wjv

    wjv SW Washington State Active Member

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    I pocket carry a S&W 442 very easily so not all "pocket carry" guns have to be a mouse gun! ;)

    But back to the OPs question. Did a lot of research on the .380s before buying the S&W. Most all the reviews I read about the Bersa's were positive. I'm still thinking of getting one for my Get-Home-Bag, to replace the .22 revolver that I currently keep in there.

    The CC seams like a very attractive balance between size, comfort, cost and reliability.

    As for the size. . . As you can see it really won't hack it as a pocket gun, because of the weight and the size, but should be a easy carry with the proper holster.

    Seacamp_V_Bersa.jpg

    380BG_V_Bersa.jpg

    38LCR_V_Bersa.jpg
     
  12. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    Great comparison. My big issue with the Bodyguard is its 2.75" barrel vs. 3.3" for the Bersa. Well, that and the price. Uh, and the looks.

    Here's an example of what I mean -
    BBTI - 380 Auto
    The 2.75" Ruger gives up 10-12% in muzzle velocity vs. the 3.35" Walther, which equates to 18-22% lower energy.

    A long barrel doesn't offer much advantage over an average one, but a short barrel carries a real penalty.
     
  13. hawaiian420

    hawaiian420 k town New Member

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    Im a pretty small guy and I CC the Bersa Thunder for almost 6 years. I cant tell ya how much I like/loved to CC this weapon. It was soooo comfortable IWB!! As with many small framed guns you TOTALLY for get you are even carrying after 30 min. In my humble opinion I loved the size of ther Bersa. It had enough "meat" on it for me to comfortably grip the pistol with vurtually NO kick or push on her so you can stay Center Mass for all 8 shots. Where as a 9mm or larger (for me anyway) there would be a "lag time" maybe .5 (or less) of a second that I'd have to reset before the barrel would rest back into possition.

    I carry a compact .45 acp now, and I kinda laugh at myself for going from a .380 to .45. Believe me in a tense situation Im probably only going to hit the first 2 out of my 45 before I get into a 2 FOOT GROUPING at 10 yards!!! HA HA HA
     
  14. hawaiian420

    hawaiian420 k town New Member

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    I was thinking about getting another Bersa 380 for an ankle carry...
     
  15. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    Aloha, new guy, from Aloha OR!
    I made exactly the same caliber choices, interestingly enough. One thing about alternating between .380 and .45 is at least I'll never mix up the ammo.
     
  16. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Northern Idaho Member

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    I own a Bersa thunder and a Ruger LCP. I took my mom and my wife out to the range so they could shoot both. They both chose the LCP over the Bersa. I still like the look and feel of the Bersa but carry the LCP on a daily basis due to the size.
     
  17. buick455

    buick455 se portland Member

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    those small (keltec size).380s have tons of snap so the bersa would be a good choice on the recoil side but if (as with many semi autos) you limp wrist them or have to shoot from an odd position they may stove pipe on you. The used Beretta 84's that are flooding the market are in the same price range as the bersa and would likely be more forgiving to limp wristing(given beretta's open top design).

    but like some others have said a revolver is a better choice for newer gun users. I like the Ruger sp101 in .357 and shooting critical defence .38's it has very little recoil and isn't too heavy for every day carry
     
  18. gearchecker

    gearchecker Kootenai County, Idaho Member

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    I own a Bersa Thunder 380, A SIG P238, and a Accutek 380. I had a Ruger LCP with a CT laser and I traded it for a S&W Model 19 snubby. My EDC is a S&W 669, and the Bersa is my BUG, or used when I need to absolutly conceal that I'm carrying (Usually at Church)
    My Bersa is perfect for compact carry. I've put numerous ammo types and brands thru it and it's never malfunctioned. After my first day at the range, I bought 3 additional mags for it and I have it ready to go all the time. It's very comfortable to carry, and to shoot. It has very little recoil, and fast follow up shots make it ideal for CCW. I'm keeping mine.

    Regards,
    Gearchecker
     
  19. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    My pocket gun is a S&W model 12, 38 snubbie. I used to carry a keltec 380, but i didn't like hitting the mag release during firing. I will change to Kahr CW45 when i get the money. I love the 45 acp round.
     
  20. ArgentineSteel

    ArgentineSteel Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    I owned a Bersa 380 for some time. Great gun, easy to shoot and carry. Until the sights came loose. Screw backed out and I had to replace the darn sights. Decided to go all stainless afterwards. An older Colt 380 mustang. Smaller, not quite as easy to shoot or as accurate, but more durable.