Good morning, Hopefully someone will be able to shed some better thought process to my final decision on what new auto I should go with.
The two guns that are in consideration are a Bersa Thunder 380 $229.00 or a Taurus Pro Mil in .40 s&w or 45acp either $335.00.
Price is a consideration but not 100% of the decision. I wanted a compact easy to carry for general purpose. If I was at camp I could do a bit of pie plate target shooting, if we were doing some scouting and came across a Armidilio or Possum, could take one out, also we camp on a wonderful private land creek every year at the 4th of July but encounter some cotton mouth snakes that in the past have run some rat shot through my previous .40 s&w. And also a gun for the house for some basic home protection.
My intial intent was to run out and get the Pro Mil. Then I saw the Bersa and that grabbed my attention. I just can't decide, I worry that a 380 won't make me happy. I have never owned a 380 acp and know it is based off the 9mm family. Stupid as it sounds most that seem to purchase this gun are for women. So as we guys think maybe this is a girly round . I sure would not mind saving the money however.
If the 380 won't make me happy the extra $100.00 is then well spent. Please tell me your thoughts.
The 380 is not without merit, as a concealed carry weapon. However, there are now some excellent 9mm pistols that are as small as many 380 pistols on the market.
I think your doubts about it in relation to the 9mm will likely continue to haunt you. Perhaps you should investigate some 9mm models before making any purchase.
In addition, the field activities you described, the uses for your pistol, can all be filled quite nicely with a .22. You might find the less expensive .22 ammo desirable. I am sure that I share whatever pejorative feelings you have about cottonmouths. A .22 is the perfect solution to them.
The Bersa is a great choice. I gave mine to my wife for her CCW and I never got it back. If your true intention is an inexpensive CCW, that you can plink with on occasion, I'd get the Bersa. Make sure you pick up a Hogue Handall overgrip for this gun. It'll help your grip immensely. I'd make sure to shoot the Taurus in 40 or 45 first and read up on it. Recoil might be a big issue.
When I started out, the Bersa was one of my first buys due to the all around potential use of the gun for CC, Home Defense and Range. As time has gone by, I've purchased more specialized guns in each of those areas but kept the Bersa for my wife.
You see a lot of new and used Taurus Mil Pro's sitting around in gun shops and Bersa's are usually hard to find. That's always a telling sign.
Get that thought out of your head. It is not even close. Since you said you would also use the gun for HD, imho forget the 380.
I gotta go with Wyatt on this one. If home defense is going to be one of the roles of this handgun then I wouldn't go with a .380. I wouldn't and don't hesitate to rely on a 9mm though. I would personally get something a little bigger now and maybe get the Bersa the next time around if you still want it
I know there were issues with the Gen 1 and 2 but I have confidence that the Gen 3 will be fine. I have a great Pro Shop with very knowlegdeable gunsmiths. I will report in after a few sessions in the Taurus thread.