Bersa Thunder .380/safety on or off?

Bersa Thunder .380/safety on or off?

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    Bersa Thunder .380/safety on or off?

    I am carrying my Bersa Thunder .380 and have been having trouble drawing and disengaging the safety in a smooth action. I have been considering carrying with the safety off and the hammer in the half cock position since the fist shot is double action. Do any of you out there do this?


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    IMHO - if you carry a pistol with a manual safety, you must practice sweeping the safety to "fire" even if you carry it with the safety lever already set to "fire." You do not want to "assume" that the safety is on "fire" at a critical moment, only to find that it somehow got bumped to "safe."
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    I see no reason to carry the thunder with the safety on. It has a looong DA first trigger pull like the 3rd gen smith auto's which are almost always carried with the safety off.
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    I usually carry mine with the safety on. I also keep the safety on when I carry my 24/7. I just try to practice enough to make the draw and safety release, "ONE" fluid motion.

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    I really don't feel it is necessary to carry a Bersa with the safety on. But if that makes you feel more comfortable, then by all means do NOT let anyone fault you for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    IMHO - if you carry a pistol with a manual safety, you must practice sweeping the safety to "fire" even if you carry it with the safety lever already set to "fire." You do not want to "assume" that the safety is on "fire" at a critical moment, only to find that it somehow got bumped to "safe."
    agreed..although a da trigger is an invitation to carry safety off the last thing you need under pressure is a safety that was inadvertantly left on or accidentally engaged while holstered (could happen)...tha could be the last bad thought that goes through your mind when you need the gun the most...

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    I think that safety requires a good bit of small motor skill which, in a SD situation, will run away and hide. De-cock it and then leave the safety off for carry. The long DA trigger is safety enough that it will not go off if properly holstered!
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    For my PPK if I'm pocket carrying it, I have the safety on just for good measure. If it's holstered on my hip IWB or out I have it off.

    Not so sure I'd let your Bersa ride in the half cocked position. Good luck
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    I have a thunder 380 and I keep it chambered with safety on. While drawing from the holster my thumb moves the safety up and into the fire position.

    One of the biggest reasons I chose this gun was for how it fit my hand and how the safety is lined up with where my thumb rests when firing. The placement practically forces my thumb to push it out of the way.

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    I carry my Bersa Thunder 9 UC chambered, de-cocked, safety off. It's the 9mm version of your gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    I see no reason to carry the thunder with the safety on. It has a looong DA first trigger pull like the 3rd gen smith auto's which are almost always carried with the safety off.
    Bingo.

    In addition, some Bersa .380s have an EXTREMELY stiff decocker, far too stiff to rely on flicking it off during a draw situation.

    A quote from michaelt, a Bersa guru, at bersatalk: "If you carry with decocker on, you lose in a SD situation."


    As far as carrying it half-cock, I don't know. I have a friend who carries his Bersa .380 this way, but I'd have to do some research before I had an opinion on carrying this particular gun half-cock.

    But I'd carry your decocker off, or I'd find a different gun to carry. I have handled a number of Bersa .380s, and some of them have the stiffest decockers I've ever felt.

    Stiff Bersa .380 decocker: no way would I carry with it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    For my PPK if I'm pocket carrying it, I have the safety on just for good measure. If it's holstered on my hip IWB or out I have it off.

    Not so sure I'd let your Bersa ride in the half cocked position. Good luck
    I would think that if the gun is on your hip, you would have the safety on instead of the other way around. I have a safety on my M&P full size just in case of a gun grab and I lose the gun. By the time the guy figure out how to work the gun, I hope I would already have my BUG out and working for me.
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    I carry mine with the safety off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    I see no reason to carry the thunder with the safety on. It has a looong DA first trigger pull like the 3rd gen smith auto's which are almost always carried with the safety off.
    Agreed 100% One in the pipe, safety off, hammer down. First round long double action. Safe to carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grady View Post
    Bingo.

    In addition, some Bersa .380s have an EXTREMELY stiff decocker, far too stiff to rely on flicking it off during a draw situation.

    A quote from michaelt, a Bersa guru, at bersatalk: "If you carry with decocker on, you lose in a SD situation."


    As far as carrying it half-cock, I don't know. I have a friend who carries his Bersa .380 this way, but I'd have to do some research before I had an opinion on carrying this particular gun half-cock.

    But I'd carry your decocker off, or I'd find a different gun to carry. I have handled a number of Bersa .380s, and some of them have the stiffest decockers I've ever felt.

    Stiff Bersa .380 decocker: no way would I carry with it on.
    My wife's safety is WAY too stiff to carry on. She can't flick it off after lots of practice and neither can I in an easy motion. We carry safety off when we carry it.
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