new handgun for me

new handgun for me

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    Question new handgun for me

    I'm currently looking at different new hand guns
    but due to my disability I have to stay in the small caliper range
    what do you guys think about the bersa thunder 380


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    I have a Bersa Thunder 380. They are well built and reliable. I've never had any problems with them firing every time. This is my second one.
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    Is your problem with the weight, the balance, the recoil, or the ergonomics of a pistol?

    I like the looks of the Bersa .380, but I have to admit I have never fired any .380.
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    A soft shooting 9mm, or .38 might be a good option too... As to the Bersa. I owned one and was of the .380 variety and as I recall it worked just fine... That was from several years back, but I'm sure they nothing but improve upon a already good working pistol... If I had to bet on it, I'd say it should serve you well.
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    It has been a consistently popular & reliable gun for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    A soft shooting 9mm, or .38 might be a good option too...
    thats what I'm really looking for. any recommendations anybody

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    Quote Originally Posted by leok View Post
    thats what I'm really looking for. any recommendations anybody
    Take a look at the Kahr CW9.
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    Personally, I think that the Bersa Thunder .380 is a great value. It is a tad big and heavy compared to a lot of the pocket .380's (P3at, LCP, ect...). But the weight does help with recoil, and it is a very controllable handgun. And it carries very easily on a belt. Mine has been as reliable as I could ask for too.

    And I seem to recall paying something around $230 for it.
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    Wait for the Beretta Nano coming out this month I believe. A 9mm is easier to shoot than a .380 (my experience).

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    I second for the Bersa. My buddy had one and ended up selling it to my dad(he just wanted a new gun. lol). I shot it quite often and carried a few times. My dad liked it a bunch. He ended up giving it to my sister for her first gun. She likes it as well. As for a soft shooting 9mm or .38? Don't get a Kel-Tec P-11. It will beat you up. Mostly your trigger finger and pinky(unless you put a grip extension on). I carried a Glock 26 from 2006/2007 til last week. It shot great. I felt it was a soft shooter. If your disability has something to do with your grip however, you might not be able to break down the Glock to clean it. My grandma has an old S&W .38 snub nose. Can't recall the model right now. I do know it was a police trade-in at some point. Very easy trigger pull. I was told with the right load, very soft to shoot.

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    I suggest a steel framed M1911 in 9mm.

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    Have had a Bersa Thunder 380 Concealed Carry for a good while now, putting at least 1500 rounds down range. It has never once had an issue, and is very easy to conceal and carry. The CC model is a good bit smaller than the full size version, and having shot and held both if I had to do it again, I would get the fullsize version, or ever the 380 plus, which holds 15+1 rounds in a double stack magazine. This based on recoil, and the fact the full size allows me to get a better purchase on the grip.

    IMO for the money there is not a better, more reliable and well made 380 pistol on the market.

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    Depending on how small a gun you have in mind, subcompact nines, of which there are a host of, would be the better choice, IMHO. Choice of ammo (I have the Kahr PM9 and load Hornady Critical Defense 115gr which is not a +p). Staying with a standard pressure load makes the sub 9's much more manageable.
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    I have a friend that has one and he says it has been 100% reliable for well over 7 years. (And he treats his firearms like crap. 7 years with him is a lifetime with any normal individual..)

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