Normally, I never buy brands that aren't super mainstream. But, the Bersa caught my eye. I was actually doing the paperwork on 1 last Nov at a gunshow, but when I asked them to cut the plastic tie on it, so I could try out the trigger, the trigger wasn't very good on that particular gun.
The other 2 they had were kinda scratched up, so I just cancelled the deal. I have heard nothing but good things about the Bersa 380, and I've since been told that my experience is very unusual.
I think it is a very nice gun. That being said, I already have several 9mm guns, including a couple of compacts. If I got the 380, it would be to have an extra gun. If I were U, I'd try to find a compact 9mm.
BY the way - where is Coastal Bend? I am in College Station.