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Old 10-02-2010, 02:36 AM   #1
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A few weeks ago I started looking at some small autos in .380 ACP. I even asked you guys for sugestions; here is my original post:

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I have been looking for a small auto pistol. Perferably one as small as my Taurus PT-22. I love the size of this gun,
but a 22 is a poor self-defense round and the weapon is not reliable at all. I can't go for twenty rounds before a
jam. I already have a S&W m36 that a often carry but I really want a small auto.

The problem is that I am retired from the NYPD because I was shot in the hand and I have had reconstructive
surgerys to repair my hand. This has made racking a slide difficult and painful. I tried my friend's Kel-tec .380
and the recoil is stout for such a small gun and for a smaller caliber than my .38 special. So I started looking
at .32 acp models. I looked at the Beretta Tomcat because with tip-up pistols I don't have to manipulate
the slide. My son, however, said that it may have the same problems as my Taurus because of the similar
design (no extractor).

He suggested a walther ppk in 380 or .32 acp, or the walther pk-380. I think that is still too large though.

Does anyone have any better suggestions?

I really want it to be small and low recoil. I know that those two groups can be exclusive categories but it is
still what I am looking for, sorry for being difficult, .

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f15/looking-small-auto-31730/
After all of the recommendations I tried to scout ranges that had all of the guns. I found
one range that had a Bersa 380 (I figured it was clost to the walther ppk that I was
going to find to test) and a Sig 238. And I found a different range that had the Kel-tec 32.
After I shot them all I really liked the Bersa the best. It was easy to shoot and very accurate.
I told my son that this was the one I was going to buy.

Well, he surprised me yesterday with this:

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I may be a former Police officer but I am a woman and like my guns to be pretty (my son knows
that) I have a pink Sig and my S&W m36 has pink hogue grips. He said that when he saw this,
he knew it was for me. This gun is great. It is a little larger than what I was looking for but the
extra weight was appreciated. The weapon hurt alot less than the other small polymer models I
tested. Again thanks for the help everyone.

Here are some groups at 25 yards:

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Old 10-02-2010, 03:21 AM   #2
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nice shooting

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That's wonderful and very sweet of your son. I think you'll really like the Bersa.

Be careful with which cleaners you use. The finish on the slide is a bit delicate. I cleaned mine with Gun Scrubber and it softened the finish and even removed a little bit. This is just something that's part of owning a Bersa, the finish isn't quite as durable as some other manufacturers. Hoppe's and the regular cleaners should be fine.

However, it's a great pistol and should be a good shooter for you. They give a lot of quality and dependability for the money.

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That is a beautiful pistol! You did some awesome shooting too!!

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LEO, I sent you a PM.

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Gotta love those kids!

I have the same Bersa (minus the bling) and really like it. Great little shooter.

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Nice pistol it should be a great shooter about the size of the Walther PPK/s. Nice size and weight.

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I have the same gun. But mine is all black. It is really reliable. Great shooter. Enjoy.

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Great shooting and Pretty gun too.

I was just thinking of how many rounds went through that one ragged hole.

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Thank's love the gold accents.. Great little shooter and easy carry.

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