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    Thumbs down trading my thunder .380 in tomorrow

    I do like mine but i cant trust my life with this thing i shot not even 100 rounds through it and the one spring fell off 2 times. I hate to do it but i need a reliable backup gun and this one isn't it.

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    Well, I've had a 380 Bersa a little while. I got it in the beginning of the summer. It fired as well as I would expect a small pistol to fire. No jams etc.

    You talking about getting a Sig Sauer. I have two (226 and 229) and want a couple more. Even my 1911 addiction can't keep me away from my Sigs. You can't go wrong with them.

    As to the reliability of my Bersa...It does pretty well. I don't know if I'd advise one for a primary protection piece.

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    If your looking at a 9mm that might be a carry gun for your wife I would suggest checking out the Kahr PM9. We sold my wifes t.380cc to purchase the PM9 and she loves it. The Kahr has less felt recoil than the Bersa did and has been 100% since we bought it. They are a bit pricey but IMO the gun was well worth it. If its not for carry the CW9 is a couple hundred bucks cheaper and I have heard lots of good things about them.

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    I found this article while skulking the back alleys of the net. I thought people might want to see it.
    http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/S...er%20Bersa.htm

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    Wandering Man - my wife had problems with jams when she first got it. Explained to her what limp wristing was. She fixed that problem and no more jams. I just had to explain it to her rather than just tell her. She likes it and is accurate with it. When she lets me shoot it, I like it, also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekhead1219 View Post
    Wandering Man - my wife had problems with jams when she first got it. Explained to her what limp wristing was. She fixed that problem and no more jams. I just had to explain it to her rather than just tell her. She likes it and is accurate with it. When she lets me shoot it, I like it, also.
    We've not shot the gun in awhile. She usually shoots her Glock 19 for practice.

    Mostly, we've been shooting Ruger Vaquero's in .38/.357. We discovered the joys of Cowboy Action Shooting.

    You should see her pump the shotgun!

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    Hey WM, you need to post a movie of your Cowboy Action stuff.

    How did you fare with the storm?

    I hope you were clear of it's path.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    Hey WM, you need to post a movie of your Cowboy Action stuff.

    How did you fare with the storm?

    I hope you were clear of it's path.

    Here's 3Reds:



    Ike went far enough North that he just caused us worry and shut down a lot of businesses a few days as we prepared for evacuation.

    My office sits about three blocks from the Harbor in Rockport, at about 6' sea level. With tides expected to rise between 3 to 5 feet, I wasn't sure if we would be mopping up on Saturday, but thankfully we stayed dry.

    Thanks for asking.

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    You should feed that cow..I's as flat as a board

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering Man View Post
    Here's 3Reds:

    Ike went far enough North that he just caused us worry and shut down a lot of businesses a few days as we prepared for evacuation.

    My office sits about three blocks from the Harbor in Rockport, at about 6' sea level. With tides expected to rise between 3 to 5 feet, I wasn't sure if we would be mopping up on Saturday, but thankfully we stayed dry.

    Thanks for asking.

    WM
    I'm pleased to hear that it passed you by. Having spent some years on the mighty blue I consider 1 ft. safety factor to be inadequate in even moderately bad weather.

    It looks like 3Reds has that Cowgirl stuff pretty well figured out.

    Stay safe

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    Cool Bersa Owners Still Happy?

    I own both a .380cc and a Bersa Plus (HiCap) and love both of them. I have made the HiCap my "carry" gun and like the idea of having 30 available for duty-15 in the gun and 15 in the spare mag I carry. Am using a Galco Yaqui High Slide holster for both. The Plus is light and I don't even know I have it on at 4:30.

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    my days as a bersa owner were short lived. got a .380 and just had a heck of a time with it jamming. traded it in for a glock 26 and haven't really looked back... almost forgot about the bersa til i came to this forum.

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    I'm 50-50 -- or maybe 60-40 to the plus side -- regarding my Bersa satisfaction so far.
    I own the Bersa .380 Concealed Carry and the Bersa Thunder UltraCompact 9mm and, in fact, took both to the range earlier today for some target rounds. It was my first use of the .380 since putative repair of its trigger disconnect spring, which had disengaged about once every 100 rounds previously.
    Well, both pistols fed and ejected flawlessly through c. 300 rounds, and the 9mm UC is a true 'tack driver'. It's been a fine shooter, as pleasurable a gun to 'play' with as any I've ever had. However, the .380 AGAIN threw off its trigger spring after only about 50 rounds, and a second time after its easy, but disconcerting, repair. It will go back for warranty service one more time before I demand trade/refund from the very reputable local retailer from which I purchased it.
    Even the .380 is a fine firearm, in terms of ease and accuracy, when it shoots. But, no way is it a reliable carry weapon, for example, and I really don't have much use for a pistol which isn't.
    The 9UC, on the other had, has been flawless and a joy.

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    Had my Bersa Thunder .380 about 4 months now and put through seveal hundred rounds. Never had an issue. Then today, I took my wife to the range and she shot it for the first time. On her 4th shot, it jammed. Bullet was sitting at an angle and never made it to the chamber. It dislodged easily and she continued to fire. No more issues.

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    Bersa Owners still happy?

    She probably limp-wristed the pistol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Vigilante View Post
    She probably limp-wristed the pistol.
    I'm hopin' that's what caused it.

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    Probably just cosmetic wear

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    Well, it looks like the Mrs. has decided to get a Thunder .380, especially since we have found them on sale for $249. I just hope we don't the spring problem as others have had,

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    I've used my Bersa 380 as my primary carry gun for at least half a year now (it used to be a XD9 but was getting hard to conceal at times). Every time I'm at the range, I always fire at least 100 rounds with it, then switch to my other pistols. The gun feeds and ejects properly, and is very convenient to conceal. However, it is starting to experience some maintenance issues. My sights have cracked (that's right) and fallen off. And the grip and the screws that hold it in (there are only two out of four left) are worn down. But other than that, the gun has still held together, and I still carry it all the time (although at times I will carry my favorite gun my XD9). Currently its got about 8000+ rounds put through it, and every round has fired and ejected flawlessly. Admitantly, a lot of the maintenance issues may be my fault. I have put the gun through hell on many occasions. Once I fell into a lake while carrying the gun. When I got back home, my curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to find out if the gun would work with all the water, mud, and crud from Tenn. lakes left in it. And like I mentioned earlier, it has yet to not function properly. I carry it every time I'm out biking, so it has to endure the weather and me falling off my bike. I strongly recommend this gun as a carry weapon, but try to take better care of it than I have.

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    Bersa happy

    I've run so many rounds through my BT380 that I've lost count, and I'm very happy with it. I also own a Taurus Model 85CH, and I'm very happy with that too. I don't think that either of these weapons were designed to be range guns. I believe they were designed to be self-defense weapons. As such, I don't think their designers envisioned an owner of either weapon hitting the range to fire a gazillion rounds through - maybe just 50-100 per month for proficiency and that off chance a person might actually get assailed. I know plenty of people who own both. We have all broke them in properly and kept them clean, and they have not failed us yet. (They are tools/machines, and any tool/machine could breakdown so I'm sure there could come a time when either my Bersa or Taurus might break-down no matter how much care I give them. No weapon is immune from this possibility).

    If I was a hard-core shooting fanatic who had the time and money to send thousands of rounds down range at any given shooting session, I'd probably go with Glock, SIG, S&W, Para, or Kimber. But I don't. I'm a probation officer with a wife/four kids. My money and time is spread thin, so I've gone with Bersa and Taurus. They're right on the money for what I need and what they were designed to do - provide a self-defense that I can count on at an affordable price - and I'd I trust my life on either.

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