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Old 01-24-2013, 02:57 AM   #11
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The beretta nano fits into that price range, caliber and use.
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It is very hard for me to recommend kel tec. I have two kel tecs that function flawlessly. My P-3AT I bought new. it went back and forth to kel tec for 5 months before they finally fixed it properly. My P-11 I bought used. I fluffed and buffed it for about a year before it ran right. I bought the P-11 for $100. That should have been a sign it was defective. But at that point all I had heard was good things about kel tec. So I jumped on it. I am glad I have it now. It only took about 5 years to figure it out. I can't recommend that anyone endure all that to have a decent gun.

A lot of people recommend a bersa thunder like it is a pocket pistol. It is not a pocket pistol. The thunder is about the same size and weight as my ruger P95. Why carry a big 380 when you can carry a 9mm with a 15 round capacity that is the same size?

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I got M&P shield 9mm, I use conceal and carry... Nice compact, and I don't have any problem with safety feature, mine not stiff but nice and firm.
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john deer How would you feel if you changed the word kel tec for kimber !! Everone makes a turd today and when you buy a used firearm you could be buying someones problem they caused. That along with ammo and even the shooters skill reguardless of skills with larger guns. KT has the best CS out there. To bad you did not take advantage of it. They have been known to exchange handguns before or replace most of the one you have if needed. The p11 I had that was not good out of the box. Sent it back with a detailed letter and got a pistol back with a new top side anbd ran the next 400 rounds trouble free. It is now CC'd by a inlaw with around 1500 rounds fired with zero problems.
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The P95 is a great pistol.

Ruger P95
Weight: 27 oz.
Length: 7.25”
Height: 5.75”
Width: 1.2”
http://ruger.com/products/p95/models.html

That's a bit taller and longer and heavier than:

Bersa Thunder .380
Weight: 18.9 oz.
Length: 6.6”
Height: 4.7”
Width: 1.3”
http://www.bersa.com/bersa-firearms/thunder-series.html

I had a Bersa Thunder 380 that i loved, but my sister needed it more than me.

For Christmas i got a Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact Pro; it isn't quite as sleek as the BT380, but it is a nice concealable pistol with 13 rounds of 9mm. http://www.bersa.com/skin/frontend/blank/theme063/images/media/BersaCatalog.pdf Page 9 of the catalog.

I have big pockets, but the BT380 fit fine for me. I do not concealed carry outside my home, car, or office (as allowed by MS law).
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What's the size difference between thunder 380 and thunder 9mm?
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Both of the bersas are longer and thicker than the LC9. The bersa 9uc has more capacity but the 380 has 7+1 just like the LC9. So my vote is for the LC9 or the bersa 9UC if the size doesn't bug you
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The P95 is a great pistol.

Ruger P95
Weight: 27 oz.
Length: 7.25”
Height: 5.75”
Width: 1.2”
http://ruger.com/products/p95/models.html

That's a bit taller and longer and heavier than:

Bersa Thunder .380
Weight: 18.9 oz.
Length: 6.6”
Height: 4.7”
Width: 1.3”
http://www.bersa.com/bersa-firearms/thunder-series.html

I had a Bersa Thunder 380 that i loved, but my sister needed it more than me.

For Christmas i got a Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact Pro; it isn't quite as sleek as the BT380, but it is a nice concealable pistol with 13 rounds of 9mm. http://www.bersa.com/skin/frontend/blank/theme063/images/media/BersaCatalog.pdf Page 9 of the catalog.

I have big pockets, but the BT380 fit fine for me. I do not concealed carry outside my home, car, or office (as allowed by MS law).
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What's the size difference between thunder 380 and thunder 9mm?
From the catalog link in the previous post:
Bersa Thunder Pro 9 Ultra Compact
Weight: 23 oz.
Length: 6.5”
Height: 4.75”
Width: 1.45”

The BTP9UC is a bit thicker and a bit heavier than their BT380 (still smaller than a P95).

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Both of the bersas are longer and thicker than the LC9. The bersa 9uc has more capacity but the 380 has 7+1 just like the LC9. So my vote is for the LC9 or the bersa 9UC if the size doesn't bug you
Actually, Bersa has a more specialized BT380 for carry with a 8 round magazine and somewhat better carry profile.

Specifications
Model: THUNDER 380 CC
Caliber: .380 ACP
Action: DA /SA
Capacity: 8+1
Barrel Length: 3.2”
Construction: Alloy Frame/Steel Slide
Weight: 16.4 oz.
Length: 6”
Height: 4.5”
Width: 1"

(from the linked catalog)

They also have a BT380PLUS with a double-stack magazine that holds 15+1 (i will be buying one when i can):

Specifications
Model: THUNDER 380 PLUS
Caliber: .380 ACP
Action: DA/SA
Capacity: 15+1
Barrel Length: 3.5”
Construction: Alloy Frame/Steel Slide
Weight: 20.5 oz.
Length: 6.6”
Height: 4.9”
Width: 1.35”

For somebody with kids, the integrated locking system could be a plus; for me, i just never use it. I would let them "try on" a pistol if it is for them to carry and use. My BTP9UC is actually at my nephew's house for a buddy and his wife to try out in the backyard. Bersa's nickel finish is really nice for such a budget pistol. I also generally prefer a metal-framed handgun, even if it is a lightweight alloy frame.
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I might be looking into the bersa 9UC
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I might be looking into the bersa 9UC
The plastic grip doesn't look just great, but it is comfortable and grippy. If i find some slim wood grips (like Marschal sells for the BT380) i will probably switch them out.

I did test the lil BTP9UC with mixed ammo magazines with good results as far as smooth feeding and ejection; since it was at night with flashlights, i couldn't tell much about the accuracy, though there were holes in the target for each round fired.

The only other negative thing i can say is that Bersa charges about $40 for spare magazines. I haven't seen any knockoffs available. I like to have 10 or 12 magazines for each pistol i own, but i only have 3 for the lil Bersa.
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