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    Talk me out of a bersa

    I have been looking a lot at the 380 auto round and have seen on many websites people talking about the Bersa thunder. I am looking for a pocket pistol for when deeper concealment is necessary. Has anyone had any negative experience with this pistol? Thank you all in advance for your replies.
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    Shoot one first! I wanted one but when I shot my friends the small beavertail dug into my hand so bad I was done with the gun after one mag.
    I think the gun is a fine little weapon, it just didn't work for me.
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    Everyone I know that has a 380 can not find ammo. But 9mm is just as bad. I was looking at a Bersa UC9, one of the reasons I did not get it was the cost of spare magazines.

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    Great gun! I have the 380CC model and it's very reliable and accurate.

    The major problem you're going to have is finding .380 ACP ammo. That stuff is as scarce as hen's teeth right now.
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    I've had mine for about a year. About 1000 rounds and not a miss fire or jam. All amo is getting hard to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joleary223 View Post
    Shoot one first! I wanted one but when I shot my friends the small beavertail dug into my hand so bad I was done with the gun after one mag.
    I think the gun is a fine little weapon, it just didn't work for me.
    I didnt really like how the Bersa fit in my hand either. I ended up buying a Sig P232. Much better fit for me and Sig reliability to boot. Now if I could find some .380 ammo for it.
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    A true pocket pistol is the Kel-Tec P3AT! Nothing against the Bersa, it just seems to big to carry in a pocket to me.
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    Let me add on to Doc...above...

    I was just thinking the same thing. For about the same $$, or a little less, why not get the KT .380 and have a very comfortable 'pocket gun'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdivence View Post
    I have been looking a lot at the 380 auto round and have seen on many websites people talking about the Bersa thunder. I am looking for a pocket pistol for when deeper concealment is necessary. Has anyone had any negative experience with this pistol? Thank you all in advance for your replies.
    Horrible double-action trigger.

    Dirtier than any other firearm I've ever shot.

    Not quite small enough for effective pocket carry (close, but no dice)*.

    Cannot reliably feed semi-wadcutters.

    Blade-like corners and edges (they will tear holsters if you don't smooth them down).

    Craftsmanship reflective of the price point.


    The asterisk above concerning pocket carry is because I don't think this is a very good pocket carry gun; only a few of my pants had pocket openings wide enough to get a gun out in a hurry, and a semi-auto fired from within the pocket is a no-go. Carried IWB, it simply disappears, and due to its size and weight is a lot more comfortable than my steel 1911.

    It's an "OK" gun, and is certainly better than no gun. When my 1911 was getting the front sight restaked, and I was without my preferred firearm for a while, it was the only gun I could carry. For the price point, though, it's awful hard to beat (my dad paid $230 for his).


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    The Bersa .380 is a good little gun. That being said spare magazines for the Bersa are expensive, it is also a little large for pocket carry IMO.

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    I have the BT380 and 9UC in the Bersa line. Both have been great guns with no failures. I agree with Doc the BT380 is a little large for pocket carry(unless you are wearing cargo pants) my P3AT gets that duty.

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    I like ours. It is inexpensive but well-made. Eats any ammo I feed it and goes BANG every time I pull the trigger. My wife loves it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdivence View Post
    I have been looking a lot at the 380 auto round and have seen on many websites people talking about the Bersa thunder. I am looking for a pocket pistol for when deeper concealment is necessary. Has anyone had any negative experience with this pistol? Thank you all in advance for your replies.
    I really would not try to talk you out of it. I have had mine for some time now and I carry it frequently, a S&W 442 .38 special is my other CCW. The Bersa is a fun gun to shoot and very accurate. Yes, the 380 ammo is hard to find but just about everything right now is. I suspect the supply will catch up in a few months. You have to try out the ammo you shoot with it but mine has handled just about everything I have fed it. Right now I have a pretty good supply of Federal, Sellier & Bellot, Magtech, and some Georgia Arms ammo in supply which it seems to like real well. Many Bersa owners will load it with Cor Bon DPX for SD. Once chambered it can be fired both in single action and double action mode which I really like.
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    I was surprised by the size of it, nice little possible pocket carry. There was a lady picking up one when I got my Glock.

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    Exclamation My 2 cents...

    +1 on what everyone said about the Bersa NOT being a good choice for a "pocket pistol"<<your wording>>

    +1 on a Kel Tec 3AT for a .380 caliber pocket pistol
    Loaded weight around 11 ounces...six plus one in the chamber

    nuff said...

    http://www.kel-tec-cnc.com/p3at.htm
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