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Old 01-18-2011, 11:15 PM   #11
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I second the bersa. I've got the single and double stack versions. My wife loves the single. Its a smooth shooting very reliable pistol. I didn't go with the cz82 because I couldn't determine if it had a decock or not.
The CZ 82/83 series have a manual safety similar to the CZ 75B that is only applied with the hammer back, but instead of the firing pin block safety used on the 75B the 82/83 have a hammer block "automatic safety" and a rebounding hammer. I don't believe the 82/83 was ever offered in a de-cocker.
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The CZ 82/83 series have a manual safety similar to the CZ 75B that is only applied with the hammer back, but instead of the firing pin block safety used on the 75B the 82/83 have a hammer block "automatic safety" and a rebounding hammer. I don't believe the 82/83 was ever offered in a de-cocker.
thats what i figured. its why i didnt get one. im just not comfy with a non-decocking pocket gun or one with a internal striker. the bersa and walther ppks were the only comfy small 380's that had the mag drop button slide release and safety in the correct spots. i had ppks in the past and the triggers are pretty much poop. the nod went to bersa over the ppk/s mainly due to the trigger being substantially better on the bersa. it just amazes me that a gun as pricey as ppk/s have such poor triggers.
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Ah come on, variable speed, you can set the to about 100 RPM and with a cotton round tip, covered in jewelers rouge. Would I do that on a 1000.00+ 1911, no. Would I do that carefully on a 300.00 Bersa Thunder .380, yes. Done it before, came out perfect. Just have to use caution as with any other action when it comes to modifying your own firearm.
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Got a thunder .380. It has taken every kind of round that I've ever put through it,, with no mis-feeds or malfunctions. If you are gonna use it for self-defense, the range will usually be less than 7 yards, anyway, and with a 9-round mag (available) and one in the chamber, there are 10 chances to put him down. At 7 yards, 2 - 3 in the chest should discourage him pretty well. After all, unless he is souped up on drugs, a man is an easy kill compared to a game animal, such as a deer.

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I have the Bersa Thunder Concealed. It has an 8 round mag. Great gun. I had a Makarov. It was ok. But I am a lefty. Didn't feel like looking for grips.

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I picked up the standard, single-stack Bersa Thunder .380 on the way to work. I love the bright ORANGE dots on these sights! I like it, but would have liked to compare to the double-stack model, size-wise. I won't get to shoot it until this weekend at best.

On an even better note, the guy at the shop indicated that he would be happy to order me a CZ82 from CDNN. I will compare the two, and may give the less-favored to my sister to replace her anemic old .25acp purse/glovebox pistol.

Now to find the 9 round mags for this lil flat nickel booger.

edit* If anybody has suggestions for sources of the 9 round mags, wood grips, or pocket/IWB holsters, feel FREE to post up. Thanks. I did see the 9 round mags at midwayusa for about $39.

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I picked up the standard, single-stack Bersa Thunder .380 on the way to work. I love the bright ORANGE dots on these sights! I like it, but would have liked to compare to the double-stack model, size-wise. I won't get to shoot it until this weekend at best.

On an even better note, the guy at the shop indicated that he would be happy to order me a CZ82 from CDNN. I will compare the two, and may give the less-favored to my sister to replace her anemic old .25acp purse/glovebox pistol.

Now to find the 9 round mags for this lil flat nickel booger.

edit* If anybody has suggestions for sources of the 9 round mags, wood grips, or pocket/IWB holsters, feel FREE to post up. Thanks. I did see the 9 round mags at midwayusa for about $39.
39$ is the going rate.

i think you woulda loved the 15 rounder its pretty damn sweet.
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The grip on the CZ82 and the Hi-Cap Bersa 380 feel much closer to a full size pistol than they do a compact 380. One of the reasons I chose to purchase the 82 in December. I've shot the Hi-Cap Bersa 380 and their 9mm a few times and both were good shooting accurate pistols.

Bersa 9-round from Bersa/Eagle.

Bersa 9-round from Cals Sporting Armory. (best price, out of stock right now)

Bersa 9-round from Condors Flight.

The grips here have received great reviews on several forums and I'm considering a set for my CZ82 since Hogue doesn't make their rubber finger groove grips for the 82/83 series pistol.

Marschalgrips.com

http://www.marschalgrips.com/bersa/bersa.html

This set is extended to match the extended magazines.

Bersa carries some as well. They even have Crimson Trace if you want to go with a laser grip.

Some Bersa holsters at The Holster Store, there are a few on Bersa's site as well and I've seen some good prices on e-Bay and Amazon.

The Holster Store | Bersa Holsters

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Not to threadjack, but I like these grips better than the Marschal's for the CZ 82: CZ 82/83 replacement grips Grips4u



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SWEET! Thanks guys. Saturday AM, i will finally be getting the Bersa to bark for me.

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