This is a discussion on What 9mm or .380 for under $400 should I buy? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by wotblake Take it back! I live in Pensacola and am selling a glock 26 for $425. Come pick it up. :) Ouch!! ...
I know there are a lot of Bersa owners out there so I'm sure you'll find that you are very happy with it.
Those XD's are nice too... don't think you'll go wrong with that when you get a chance to pick one up. (Just getting my opinion in, in advance!)
Congrats on your new Bersa!
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My short experience with a Bersa Thunder: you can't find OEM parts for it. I've finally given up on extra OEM magazines - will settle for generic ones and hope for the best; it took me 7 weeks to get the OEM rubber wrap-around grips.
A CZ83 should more than fill the bill for a .380. All steel and exceptionally reliable and accurate you should be able to buy one for around $350.00 NIB. An excellent handgun.
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$400? CZ75 compact 9mm all the way for me!!
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If you already have a compact 9mm, why buy another one? Why not get something a little different. My vote would be an airweight S&W snubbie, it's easier to conceal than a mil-pro and packs a nice punch and also under $400. But if you have to have another .380/9mm, as said before, I think a CZ is a nice gun.
If you're considering IWB or OWB carry, the CZ 75 D PCR Compact or the P01 are both available in 9mm. If you look around, you can find them used for $400 or so, though the P01 tends to be higher. Street value is closer to $500, generally.
I've got the P01. It's 9mm with a forged aluminum frame. Very accurate. A bit thick, but otherwise very concealable. Can handle the hottest 9mm loads. There are numerous holsters made for it. At 28oz and 14+1 capacity, it's reasonably light for a full-sized 9mm defensive firearm. Highly recommended.
If you have second thoughts about the T-380, there are a lot of good guns available for $400 or less, even more if you don't mind a used one.
If size isn't a problem, consider one of the Taurus or Ruger guns, or if you want something not quite so bulky, Bersa also makes larger framed pistols in 9mm/40 S&W/45 ACP for under $400 if you want more stopping power than a 380. CZ also makes very good pistols, but they are becoming harder to find for under $400. If you want something smaller, consider one of the K-T pistols (P-11 or PF-9) or a SKYY CPX-1... all in 9mm. If you want something REALLY small for a BUG, consider the K-T P-3AT in 380 ACP.
Of course there are also a lot of good revolvers in your price range from Ruger, Rossi, Taurus and others or a good used S&W or Colt can still be had for under $400.
BTW, I own several Bersa's in 380 and think you will be happy with your purchase, I know my wife and I are pleased with ours.
Last edited by rachilders; June 18th, 2007 at 12:47 PM.
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