I have/had a Bersa 380 until my wife took it for her full time CCW. Never had any issues with reliability at all. Many people equate inexpensive with "cheap" and aren't looking past multi-thousand round range session reviews to see other types of value in what they might buy. Some guns are not made to have thousands of rounds poured through them. You will see Kel Tecs get the same bad rap but those on this forum who know better carry them all the time as pocket guns. Store owners will also steer you away from these less expensive models to sell the name brands at higher margins. You are right to ask for reviews here. You will get honest commentary from experienced owners.