I just had to buy it.

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Franciscomv, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I like to support Argentine companies that build a good product and offer good customer service. So I've always felt a bit guilty about not owning a Bersa pistol. Not only are they affordable, but they function well and the factory is only 30 minutes away from my house (and they've got a lifetime warranty). I'm also friends with the plant manager, he's the nicest guy in the Argentine gun community, yet another reason to give Bersa some of my money.

    However, since I've read about lots of Bersa QC issues on Argentine boards, I always hesitated to buy one as a defensive weapon. I know that most of this problems occur with heavily abused and poorly manteined police issue guns, but still I didn't feel very confident in them.

    I do like the looks of their .22s and .380s, and I've been testing one of their older .22s that a friend bought for the last couple of weeks. It works great. This guy works at a gun shop, and he told me they get used Bersas all the time, some of them like new. I told him to keep an eye out for an all steel model 23 with walnut grips.

    He got one a couple of days ago, in pristine condition, for $200! I bought it over the phone without even looking at it. :) I'm still waiting for the paperwork (should be ready by Thursday), but I'm really happy with my purchase. It's going to be a plinking gun and a starter gun for my girlfriend's kid and a couple of friends who want to get into firearms.

    Take down is really simple, fit and finish is very good (the wood stocks can use some finishing). I'll let you guys know how it runs as soon as I get my hands on it. This model was manufactured from 1989 to 1994.

    This isn't my gun in the pictures, just some Bersa 23 I found through Google.

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  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Every gun purchase is a good one if the buyer is happy. I've considered the Thunder for a good while now as another small gun for ease of concealment in the house. Do give us a range report when you get the chance. :D
     

  3. UnderFire

    UnderFire New Member

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    Franciscomv, CONGRATS!! :D
    I too am interested in a range report when you get the chance.
     
  4. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Nice looking gun sir. Can't wait to see the real thing.
     
  5. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I should have it by Thursday, I'll let you guys know how it runs.
     
  6. tekarra

    tekarra New Member

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    It sounds like a good deal. Post some pics and let us know how it runs.
     
  7. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I just got the gun today, here are some crappy pics. I'm sorry but it's 4:30am and I just got home.

    I'm taking her to the range tomorrow. I'll take some better pics.

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    Last edited: Aug 8, 2009
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations! I think you'll enjoy it. I once owned a Bersa Thunder .380 and was extremely happy with it.
     
  9. AsmelEduardo

    AsmelEduardo New Member

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    Congratulations on your new acquisition! enjoy it... that is a great plinker... I have a Walther PP in .22
     
  10. JoshX3Magazine

    JoshX3Magazine New Member

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    Looking forward to a range report! Nice looking gun!

    Josh
     
  11. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    Congratulations on your Bersa. If I lived next to factory, I'd have the whole line! There is a Bersa forum here in the US. Here's a link: :: Bersa Talk :: Lots of good info and people there. Oh yes-

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    Thunder .380 DLX.