Anyone here shoot a Bersa 9mm or larger?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by dgray64, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. dgray64

    dgray64 New Member

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    I've been reading about them and they seem very popular with those who own them. Reasonably priced and accurate according to reports. I'd like to try one, but would like more personal info first. Thanks for the help.

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  3. dgray64

    dgray64 New Member

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    Thanks JonM, I hadn't seen that video before. That is pretty darn reliable. I'll bet it was getting pretty hot to hold! I guess I'll have to try one.

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  4. JonM

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    ive never seen one in real life and that is a vid made by bersa but its impresive. if its anything like their little thunder 380's its prolly a good one.
     
  5. Eric0424

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    A friend of mine had a Bersa Hi-Cap 380 and the Hi-Cap 9mm for while and I was able to shoot them several times. Both were accurate well made pistols and shot great, and we never had a problem with either one. If I hadn't stumbled across my stainless CZ75B for a ridiculously low price I would own a Bersa Thunder 9mm right now and I'm looking into one of their 45 models now.
     
  6. Viking

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    I have a friend that has a Bersa Thunder 40, I've shot it using a few different bullet weight factory rounds and some of my handloads. It functioned without a hiccup and seemed quite accurate for out of the box shooting. I pulled the slide off to show him how to do it and looked "under the hood" it looks very well made for being a low cost firearm. I would own a Thunder. I do in a way, it's a pre Thunder model 83 .380 that's all steel.
     
  7. DragonLW

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    I own the Firestorm branded 9mm (Bersa makes the UC 9, and they also make the Firestorm Mini 9) which is typically sold west of the Mississippi, while the Bersa UC 9 is available to dealers east of the Mississippi (its all about territory, dealership rights, etc...)

    I bought my Firestorm from a Texas dealer via GunBroker, which is how I managed to own one east of the Mighty Mississippi.

    Its a fairly decent shooter at firefight distances, but the barrel is much too short for decent accuracy beyond 7 - 10 yards (20-30 feet). Of course, I'm comparing its accuracy to my 1911, which is MUCH more accurate than the Bersa/Firestorm, but given what it is, and the price, you really can't go wrong for a defensive pistol in a rather compact package.

    Where the Bersa UC9 / Firestorm Mini 9 really shine is their reliability. All metal construction, ambidextrous safeties, and the ability to swap the mag release from a right-handed grip to left-handed grip. Always ate anything it was fed, never jammed nor malfunctioned.

    Triggers could stand to be worked on...the DA pull is HORRIBLE, but once you've cycled the first round through her, the SA pull is a respectable 5 pounds right out of the box. SA exhibits just over 1/16" of creep before the sear releases...not exactly a finely tuned trigger, but again, for the price point and what its designed for, the creep issue can be overlooked as well.
     
  8. Squirrel_Slayer

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    I have shot both the Bersa Thunder .45 and the Thunder .380, and I liked them both. The da trigger pull is pretty tolerable, far better than any Ruger I have ever shot.
     
  9. dgray64

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    I looked at both a Firestorm 40 and a Thunder 40 today at a pawn shop. Both were used and both were overpriced (about $400 out the door tax and all, saving about $40). I had looked at a Thunder 9 earlier, new at a local gun shop for $419 + tax. I liked the Firestorm 40 while the Thunder 40 had a bigger grip (too big for my hand). I had looked at a Thunder 45 as well new, but the grip was bigger than the 40. So do you think the quality of the Firestorm is up to that of the Thunder? What are your local costs? Thanks.

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  10. Rick1967

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    I have the concealed carry pro. It is 45 acp. Really good gun for the money. Feels good in the hand too.
     
  11. Viking

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    Unless inflation has increased prices here in S.W. Oregon since I last looked at Bersa's, the going price was around $350 + or- $10 for new Thunders.
     
  12. Biohazurd

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    I have 1500 rounds through my Bersa thunder 9 High cap, No failures. My Thunder 9 Undercover have 850 rounds, No failures. Bersa thunder .380, 500 rounds 1 failure on second mag, since then none. They are as accurate as they need to be. I have nothing but praise for the underdogs from argentina. Great, Inexpensive handguns.
     
  13. dgray64

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    Thanks. I found a Firestorm 9mm on AuctionArms.com that I thought I could get for about $240. It was used and wouldn't eject the casings. I figured the shipping, FFL transfer and then about $25 for parts and shipping to make it work and thought it would be OK, but it went for $255. All done it was too close to a new Thunder from Buds Guns, so I let it pass. I need to go to the VA Thursday at Temple, TX so I will visit the Academy Sports down there to see what they have reasonable. I'll let you know if I get a new gun.

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  14. Viking

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    The dollar to quality ratio for a Bersa is exceptionally good, I don't think a person could go wrong in buying one.
     
  15. magnumman

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    I just picked up an old school bersa 383a last week and so far i love the thing. I have had it at the range a few times and have had no jams or misfeeds. I do carry it sometimes but i still feel more secure with my Taurus 605 on my hip. the best thing about the gun is it was only $190 out the door. its not in the best shape in the world but it shoots like its fresh out of the box. From what i have heard they are not the easiest guns to find and for the price i would pick one up if you ever have the chance.
     
  16. tekarra

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    I have had a Thunder 9 for a number of years now. It has been totally reliable and the trigger was one of the best out of the box that I have seen. The only negative I have is the grip. It is a bit large for my hand and unfortunately smaller grips are not available. Several times I have thought of buying a new grip and sanding it down to fit. One of the big attractions of Bersa is the low price, the balance of this is the cost of magazines. For more information visit Bersa Chat Forum.
     
  17. gschnarr

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    I have both the 45UC and two BT380's. Love them all. With the 45, it is very accurate,reliable and a pleasure to shoot. I only have maybe 500 rounds through the 45 with no problems. with the BT380s, 2500 and 1500 respectively without any problems at all. What is there not to like.
     
  18. NGIB

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    The only negative I've heard is that mags tend to be pricey and hard to find sometimes. I've known folks that own them and they have been happy with them...