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c2nah777 3,641 2,771 July 27, 2016 at 08:59 AM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (6)
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Last Edited by c2nah777 July 27, 2016 at 09:44 AM
Hi folks,

I don't see this posted, so I thought I would share. Lowest price I have found, not that I am the total authority by any means.

One Day deal. 7/27/16.

Product page link. [rkguns.com]

No FFL fee for transfers to your local Rural King.

Very dependable gun. Feels very solid and well built. Great CC gun. Not a featherweight polymer. I paid much more when I bought mine and am happy with the value. Lifetime warranty as well. Capacity is 8+1. I put a Hogue rubber wrap grip on mine for comfort and better grip because I have dry hands.

The grip profile is adequate to get the third finger on it too - ymmv based on size of your hands of course.

My only caveat: This is a DA/SA gun. I have put some incidental double taps down the range.
Great for a defense situation if you can get used to it. I carry a couple others I rotate based on clothing which are both DA only, so I am not carrying this one for now. My brain doesn't like extra thoughts when under pressure to worry about. If I used only one to carry this would be great.

I think it is a work of art and a thing of beauty, but just like watches and women, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So if you don't like its looks in the pictures, check it out in person. If you still think it's ugly, I don't really want to hear about it. shake head

This thread is about a slick deal on a great gun. Very well reviewed, which was the biggest reason I purchased it.
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not in the market, but +rep for your detailed personal review. ty
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I have one of these, love it for when I'm wearing attire that makes concealed carry difficult for a larger firearm. Pretty sure I paid $300 four years ago, so this is a pretty rocking deal.
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Sort of torn commenting on this... Bersa makes excellent guns...and this is no exception... that said, they're not especially small for what they are by todays standards.


This guy is 8+1 of 380, 6" long, 4.6" high, 1" thick, 3.2" barrel. 16.4 ounces


That's virtually identical in size to several 9 mm CC guns with the same capacity (LC9s Pro, M&P Shield, etc)... and significantly bigger (roughly .5 inches height and length) than some pocket 9s (Beretta Nano, Sig 290RS, etc).


And while 380 and 9 are both proven effective rounds, 9mm is a lot cheaper so more practice/target shooting...and most of those 9s have better sight options too.


OTOH most of the ones I mention run at least 75-100 bucks more for the gun, so if this is your price ceiling it's a quality firearm.
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Quote from Knightshade View Post :
Sort of torn commenting on this... Bersa makes excellent guns...and this is no exception... that said, they're not especially small for what they are by todays standards.
This guy is 8+1 of 380, 6" long, 4.6" high, 1" thick, 3.2" barrel. 16.4 ounces
That's virtually identical in size to several 9 mm CC guns with the same capacity (LC9s Pro, M&P Shield, etc)... and significantly bigger (roughly .5 inches height and length) than some pocket 9s (Beretta Nano, Sig 290RS, etc).
And while 380 and 9 are both proven effective rounds, 9mm is a lot cheaper so more practice/target shooting...and most of those 9s have better sight options too.

OTOH most of the ones I mention run at least 75-100 bucks more for the gun, so if this is your price ceiling it's a quality firearm.
I agree with every point. I'm ambivalent about every gun I have ever owned. Always searching for "The one" for each situation heart i.e. carry/home defense/SHTF/zombie apocalypse/plinking/long range (I don't hunt though, other than nuisance varmints).

I now alternate my carry between a 9mm Ruger LCS Pro (slighty bigger and of course heavier than this Bersa), and a Taurus TCP based on clothing/pockets, tucked or not.
All guns have some pros and cons based on every owners preference above and beyond quality control.
It's fun collecting all the good ones I can along the way though. I'm jealous of folks who have found their perfect match.
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a 380acp handgun is not a serious ccw pistol. perhaps this handgun is good for the shooting range?
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a 380acp handgun is not a serious ccw pistol. perhaps this handgun is good for the shooting range?
http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/al...ping-power
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a 380acp handgun is not a serious ccw pistol. perhaps this handgun is good for the shooting range?
Your claim is not a serious one.

Perhaps it's good for trolling?

As cited above across data from thousands of real world shootings 380 is just as effective as all common defensive rounds from 380 up through 45 ACP
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id like to try this one, but I've read in a few places that the frames are not the best quality, and with the LCP custom being at the $230 a few times a year, might not be as good.
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Your claim is not a serious one.

Perhaps it's good for trolling?

As cited above across data from thousands of real world shootings 380 is just as effective as all common defensive rounds from 380 up through 45 ACP
which american law enforcement agency uses the .380 as their duty caliber? i understand it has stopped/killed, i just don't have enough trust in it to carry it as my primary ccw. it's an opinion, not a claim, so i should have said "for me."
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I wish these were still ca legal
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which american law enforcement agency uses the .380 as their duty caliber?

Quite a lot of major police depts outside the US used .380 for their primary duty round up through the 1980s (when it was replaced in most of europe for example by nato/9mm rounds) and was used up until at least 2000 by a number of other countries (where again the ubiquity and ammo cost of 9mm typically replaced it eventually)


Quite a few major police depts inside the US issue/allow 380 for backup or deep concealment even today

The LAPD for example certified the S&W Bodyguard 380 and the Ruger LCP for officers to carry, their duty ammo is Hornady Critical Defense, .380 caliber, 90 grain load



Though that's probably not the best standard in the world to decide if a round is "effective" or not... there's plenty of effective rounds cops rarely/never use today for a number of reasons... (any of the common revolver rounds for example)... and police duty weapons besides having "effective caliber" as a mandatory requirement have a bunch of other requirements not relevant to civilian self defense situations... (heavy barrier penetration, large capacity for siege type situations, etc)





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i understand it has stopped/killed, i just don't have enough trust in it to carry it as my primary ccw. it's an opinion, not a claim, so i should have said "for me."
You're certainly entitled to your opinion, and to carry whatever caliber you wish- but the facts do you support that opinion as far as effectiveness- the actual data shows 380 works just as well as anything else in the .35-.45 caliber range.


Personally I think 9mm is the better (in fact best) choice for a number of reasons (cheapest ammo to practice with, widest selection of guns in the caliber to find the perfect one for you, low recoil with no downside compared to larger rounds for better accuracy and quicker follow-up shots, etc...)

But I certainly wouldn't feel "undergunned" with a 380 carry, and indeed before the innovations in the last few years in very small but very reliable 9mms I had a Bersa 380 as my "small" carry gun... (since replaced with a Beretta Nano)


I keep meaning to sell the Bersa since I don't carry it anymore, but I've still got a decent bit of ammo for it and it shoots very very nicely... (and looks like James Bonds gun Smilie) so I never seem to get around to putting it up on armslist...
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What no Bersa haters? I've had one of these for many years and like shooting it. Its not as small as some of the "newer" CCW but its a great quick reach gun in my safe.
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which american law enforcement agency uses the .380 as their duty caliber? i understand it has stopped/killed, i just don't have enough trust in it to carry it as my primary ccw. it's an opinion, not a claim, so i should have said "for me."
Just because it's an "opinion" doesn't mean it's not factually incorrect.
An opinion would be "I don't like .380 handguns." Ok, that's fine.
An explanation for an opinion is something like "I don't use .380 handguns because modern law enforcement doesn't use them." That's fine too.
Saying "a .380 pistol isn't sufficient for self defense" isn't an explanation or an opinion, it's presented as a statement of fact, and in this instance is simply not true. Adding "for me" doesn't change that what you've presented is a statement of (incorrect) fact.

I don't care if you don't like .380s. To be honest, it's not my preferred caliber either. But to say it's insufficient for self defense is, thankfully, simply not true.
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