Bersa .380 help

Bersa .380 help

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    Bersa .380 help

    Situation:
    New Bersa, 200 rounds, no problems.

    A month later, same ammunition .. can't get through a magazine without either a FTF or FTE, and sometimes both.

    Started with my wife shooting and I suggested that it could be attributed to "limp wristing". However, when I shot the thing I had the same problems.

    Any ideas on what gives here?
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    Danged if I know tho would be handy to inspect and shoot it myself!

    But - is it fully cleaned? Any critical crud if still not fully cleaned? Was reassembly last time trouble-free? Are mag's held secure?

    Hard to know really but sounds like must be something very significant.
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    Try lookingat the lot numbers on the ammo...........might be a factor here, but not sure.......You may want to try feeding single shot (loading into the chamber, round by round to see if there's any difference in the recoil, etc.
    As Chris mentioned, you might want to look at how clean the gun is, and to check the feed ramp, extractor for flaws...........let us know what you find, as Bersas are pretty reliable
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    If you have not yet I would post this on Bersatalk.com There is a Bersa repair guy on there that may be able to help you.

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    if you cleaned it did you reverse the recoil spring when you reassembled it?
    There is a front and back.

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    Cleaning; it's a bit of a PITA to detail strip this critter, so I just make judicious use of Break Free Powder Blast; field strip and remove the grip panels, then hose the frame and slide out really well. Lube the obvious and not-so obvious bits, wipe down the recoil spring with a lightly greasy (lithium wheel bearing grease is my preference - I also tend to use the rag on all the contact areas where the slide/frame meet) rag, and reassemble.

    If the problem persists after that, then I'd start trying different ammo, and consider a trip to your friendly neighborhood gun expert.

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    Also check the magazine baseplate. They are plastic and have been known to crack. That could be one source of the problem as well as everyting else mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirForceShooter View Post
    if you cleaned it did you reverse the recoil spring when you reassembled it?
    There is a front and back.

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    + 1 The spring should be tight on the barrel. If it's loose, turn it around. It's a common mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AirForceShooter View Post
    if you cleaned it did you reverse the recoil spring when you reassembled it? There is a front and back.
    Thought of this AFTER I left the range, and I was hoping that someone would post this possibility. I'll check it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by jarhead79 View Post
    + 1 The spring should be tight on the barrel. If it's loose, turn it around. It's a common mistake.
    Appreciate it.
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    Putting the spring back in backwards certainly is a common mistake. I bought my wife's Bersa .380 from our NRA Instructor. We took the first part of the basic pistol course and my wife was having trouble with pulling the trigger on her S&W 638, so she looked at what he had to sell (also a dealer). She really liked the Bersa and he allowed her to fire the one he kept in his truck. In the afternoon session there was a section on cleaning so he demonstrated on her new Bersa. He put the spring back in backwards.

    Fortunately we had already done all the afternoon firing. When we got home I cleaned my gun and then because she wanted to get more familiar with hers I showed her how to disassemble it. As we were taking it appart the spring just slid off the barrel. When we reassembled the Bersa I showed her that when the spring is put on properly it requires some slight effort to get it all the way on.
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    Go to www.bersatalk.com Good forum about Bersa's. Alot of good info too. Someone there probably can help you with your problem.
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