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Old 08-08-2009, 11:44 PM   #1
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I took a little trip to my gun club after work today to break in my new Bersa model 23. It's an older all steel model, with walnut stocks. But the newer model is almost identical, although the frame is alloy and the grips are plastic.

Since this is going to be a plinking and teaching gun, I tried it with some cheap Federal bulk ammo and some Aguila as well. I'm really happy with how it shoots, the sight was a bit off, it shot to the right, but the groups were excelent (by my mediocre standards).

The only drawback I found is that it's almost to small for my big hands. I had to adapt my grip to its size, so that my hands wouldn't be in the slide's way.

Here's a picture of one of my first groups with Federal ammo, 15 meters off hand. Good enough for me, certainly minute of a soda can which is all I need from the little Bersa.





Sorry for the crappy pics, I suck at taking photos and the dim lit indoor range didn't help either.

For $200 this gun was a great buy, and I would certainly recommend a Bersa .22 to anybody looking for a good quality plinker with a recession proof price tag.

I also brought my M&P 9mm to the range with me. I practiced some double taps and fast center of mass shots drawing from my holster. I'm finally starting to get the hang of the trigger. Here's a target shot at 15 meters.





The only ammo available at the range was some crappy FM (Argentine military factory) stuff with awful primers. I had almost 10 failures to ignite in 100 rounds, it wasn't the poor pistol's fault and I thought of it as an oportunity to practice solving malfunctions.

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That's much better shooting than you give yourself credit for.

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Nice report, Francisco. Good shootin', too. A bad guy won't stand a chance.

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Thanks guys! I'm really enjoying the little Bersa.

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Indeed, I agree with CA, that's better shooting that you give yourself credit for, glad you like that M&P 9mm. Did you remember to tap, rack, bang on them failures?

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You shoot much beter than me. Great shooting and thanks for the report!

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Is it just me, or does that bersa .22 look an awful lot like a CZ82?

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That was kind of a silver lining on the crappy ammo, at least it force me to practice some malfunction clearing drills.

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I think the Bersa is a copy of the Walther PPK. But it does have some similarities with the CZ82.
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Damned good groups for a Bersa! My Dad had one in .32 ACP that grouped really well also. They are well made guns despite their reputation, which IMO is undeserved.

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Damned good groups for a Bersa! My Dad had one in .32 ACP that grouped really well also. They are well made guns despite their reputation, which IMO is undeserved.

Part of that reputation comes from a spotty QC process. The good thing is their warranty is AWESOME. No questions asked, you just take the gun to the factory (30' drive from my house) and they fix it. No matter what you did to the poor thing, and it's free. That's why many IPSC shooters here use them, getting parts for imported guns can be hard and expensive.

I'm friends with the plant manager, one of the nicest guys in the Argentine gun scene, and I know the kind of hoops he has to jump through to keep the factory running. Argentina is not a gun friendly country (at least from a political point of view) and neither is it an entrepreneur friendly country. So running a gun factory is really hard.
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