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MakarovJAC 07-05-2011 01:49 AM

Handgun Selection
 
I was thinking about picking up a handgun. Personally, I don't consider having one that's big enough as half my arm, so thinking into something compact would be my best choice. To date, the only aviable models I've found in the market are these:

-Bersa-Thunder Ultra compact Pro
-S&W Chief Special
-Taurus PT738

My first choice's the Bersa, but a friend of mine told me it in this way "Argentina is only good at making three things: a milanesa, women; and bad jokes." So, seriously, are argentinan weapons that bad? What are the risks? Are they too defective?
Anyways, I was thinking then in the Chief Special, but I don't like the idea of only 8 shots.
And the Taurus is quite small, but only holds 6 shots.

I would like to know about pros and cons of argentinan guns. And if there would be any better options to the other models I've shown.

Firearms4ever 07-05-2011 01:53 AM

This raises a lot of questions. What's the intention you're picking the handgun for? What caliber(s) were you thinking about? What's your budget range?

MakarovJAC 07-05-2011 02:04 AM

Well, I was thinking into compactability, magazine size, and more importantly, recoil. The Bersa is 9mm Luger, the Chief special is 9mm Luger and the Taurus is .38 SPL. I though about a .45 but then I realised it woul have a goo kick, and they wasn't aviable the models with a good mag size.

Rick1967 07-05-2011 02:07 AM

I have the Bersa in .45. Great gun. I would not buy another Taurus no matter how cheap it was.

sweeper22 07-05-2011 02:46 AM

I think it would be worthwhile to find a way to expand your seach in areas where more options are available. That said, everything I hear tells me that Bersa makes a really solid little gun. I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up if it fit my needs.

Firearms4ever 07-05-2011 02:54 AM

Thanks for more information. When it comes to a 9mm there are a whole lot of choices especially in the compact versions. Some of my recommendations are the Ruger SR9c, Glock 26, Glock19, Springfield XDm 3.8 9mm, and a Compact Sig Saurer. I would stay clear of Taurus, because based on my research and what others have experienced with thier firearms they're not very good. You might want to take into consideration a K frame sized S&W revolver like the model 19, 65, and 66. They all are .357 magnum/.38 special.

formerCav 07-05-2011 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by MakarovJAC (Post 534820)
Well, I was thinking into compactability, magazine size, and more importantly, recoil. The Bersa is 9mm Luger, the Chief special is 9mm Luger and the Taurus is .38 SPL. I though about a .45 but then I realised it woul have a goo kick, and they wasn't aviable the models with a good mag size.


I carry a full sized Kimber Polymer Target 1911 with target sights and it holds 14 +1 rounds of .45 ACP. The recoil on this with 230 FMJ or Remington Golden Sabre Hollow points which are +P loads don't have anymore recoil then a gov't model 45. Matter of fact, I'm certain that the recoil is LESS then shooting a model 586 S&W revolver that had a 4 inch barrel and is shooting Magnum factory loads.
The secret to carrying a full sized 1911 is to have the proper holster and gun belt. If you email me back channel with your standard email address I'll email you pictures and all the details.
The Kimber I have is no longer available as NEW, but it can be found used for about $700. You could also buy a Para Ordinance full sized 45 that holds 14 rounds of 45.
HTH
Bob

orangello 07-05-2011 09:42 PM

So, the Bersa Thunder in .380 didn't interest you? I had one and found it very compact & reliable & reasonably accurate & not bad looking...until my sister found it to have the same qualities. I bleve they have a 7 & a 15 round version; i had the 7 (9 with extended mag with finger rest). I liked how it would sit in a back jeans pocket pretyy comfily.

I will pick up another one some day, hopefully in the flat nickel finish again.

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MakarovJAC 07-06-2011 01:57 AM

Sounds like a good deal, personally, I'm not a big fan of Glock. I'll try and get more info about it.


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