Articles from christophereger

  1. Podcast crew talks with Eagle Arms Bersa at SHOT 2014

    Our sistersite, Firearms Talk, sent a crew to the 36th Annual NSSF SHOT Trade show in Las Vegas this month. While moving around the floor, the Firearms Talk podcast crew got some time to sit and chat at length with Rafael Del Valle, Eagle Imports National Sales Director about thier line of products. As you may know, Eagle, located in New Jersey, is the exclusive distributor of Metro Arms, Comanche firearms and of course, the Argentine-made Bersa product lines. So of course, we almost...
  2. A Bersa for your Purse-a

    When it comes to so called off-body carry with your firearm, one of the hands-down best choices is a compact Bersa handgun. Long seen as the 'budget 380' these durable and well-made little guns are great for going along on your daily missions to work and back, tucked quietly away inside your pocketbook until needed. Off body carry Carrying your personal defensive handgun in a purse or bag is referred to as 'off body carry' as it is directly different from carrying it concealed on your...
  3. Concealed Shooting Drills for your Bersa

    You own a Bersa handgun, one of the best deals on the gun market today in terms of quality meeting affordability. Good for you. More than likely you bought the gun for home/personal/car defense. In that case, do you practice regularly for this? Well you should. Why practice? If you carry or keep a gun for protection, you absolutely must practice with it regularly. Should you need it, do you have enough muscle memory built up in aiming, loading, reloading, and firing that Bersa to be able...
  4. Has Bersa Gone Out Of Business

    Bersa firearms, which over the span of the past several decades, have in the past few years become rather scarce on the marketplace. In recent months, it has gotten so bad that some even speculate that the company has quietly started to fade away. Here at Bersa Forum, we went looking for, as Paul Harvey used to say, "The rest of the story" and here's what we found. The Problem Once an unknown pistol maker on the US market, the Argentine firm of Bersa has been a solid international...
  5. Keeping safe with Your Bersa

    While you may have been shooting for decades and are no doubt a totally squared away individual, every time you go to the range or even think about handling a gun you need to keep the four basic safety rules well in mind. Bersa's are safe guns, with almost every model having multiple active and passive safety devices as well as (on newer guns) the Bersa Integral Locking System that secures the gun with a safety key when not in use. However, your number one safety is your own adherence to...
  6. Bersa Mini 9 Fire Storm

    A forgotten classic that deserves a good home if you find one, the Bersa Mini Fire Storm is better known today by its son, the Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact. However, there are a few slight differences in this pistol and those who do not know about the gun often turn their nose up at it. Those who do know, love them. Walther Legacy (Walther P88 Compact) In 1988, Carl Walther GmbH of West Germany introduced their P88 series of short recoil operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistols....
  7. Is a Bersa the Ideal Car Gun

    Odds are if you travel somewhere in this country, it's more than likely in your car. While you may not always have a gun on your person for self-defense, having one in your car gives you some flexibility. And the Bersa is very flexible in this regard. Why a Car Gun While CCW or Open Carry many not be legal or advisable in all areas, in most states it's legal to have a firearm in your car* as long as there are no prohibitions from you personally having it. Many states consider your car to...
  8. Battle of the 380s Bersa vs Walther

    If you have a Bersa 380 of any type and you go after articles about it, the one word that pops up repeatedly is "Walther." The Walther PP/PPK predated the Bersa Thunder by several decades, but how do the guns actually compare. Let's take a look. Both guns are .380ACP caliber although the Walther was originally designed as a .32ACP). Both have a similarly-sized 22LR little brother. Both are all metal frames with steel slides, no polymer here except in the grips. Both have an exposed hammer,...
  9. The Bersa 223 224 225 226

    One of the most interesting of all Bersas has to be the lost series of single action 22LR pistols that were imported briefly in the 1980s by Eagle Imports. These pistols, the Models 223, 224, 225, and 226, are inexpensive not to mention great shooters if you come across one. Early Bersa History The firm of Bersa started in the late 1940s making components for the Argentine military's contract Ballester Molina .45ACP pistols. Incorporated in the 1950s they soon began to make a series of...
  10. Bersa BPCC in Olive For 2013

    Eagle Imports has announced through their website and confirmed in their latest catalog that there will be an addition to the color palate for 2013. Starting this year the BPCC will be available in a flat matte finish in a high-speed, low-drag olive drab profile. The Bersa BPCC Bersa's first polymer-framed handgun, the Concealed Carry is a compact-sized yet tactical quality semi-auto pistol available in either 9x19mm Luger or .40S&W. using short-reset DAO trigger the BPCC is designed from...
  11. The Thunder Concealed Carry

    Bersa has long marketed their Thunder series of compact DA/SA semi-auto pistols. With their Walther-ish lines, accuracy, and reliability they have been a hit around the world for both police and personal protection use. The Concealed Carry (CC) model, shrinks the same gun down and smooths it out for better carry. If you haven't looked into this subvariant, keep reading. Design The Thunder itself is a very close mechanical clone of the Walther PP/PPK and is a superbly made product. The...
  12. The Bersa Thunder Combat

    Want a Walther PPK without the Walther PPK price? Looking for a compact .380 Auto pistol that isn't polymer framed for less than a Ruger LCP? Does a rugged and durable look appeal to your lifestyle? Well the Bersa Thunder Combat version may be just for you. The Bersa Thunder Introduced in the 1990s, the Thunder series of pistol has been Bersa's bestseller according to importer Eagle Arms. Along the same sleek lines of the famous Walther PP/PPK subcompact handguns of James Bond fame, the...
  13. Vega Leather for Your Bersa

    For those who love you Bersa handguns, there is no better treat than a nice leather holster. To pull this off you can have one custom made or buy one from the established holster makers. In the premade holster category, Vega of Italy makes some of the best deals on the market for the Bersa line. Who is Vega? Long known for top quality leather crafted in old world style, Vega is located in Calcinaia, Italy. Not only do they make beautiful leather holsters for Bersa, but also have lines of...
  14. The ASG Series BP9CC Pistols

    Team ASG (Action Sports Games), a well-known Dutch air gun manufacturer, is currently making both a 6mm Airsoft and a 4.5mm BB version of the popular Bersa Pistol Compact Carry (BP9CC). We here at Bersa Forum decided to delve into these officially licensed versions of the new pistol to see just how they stack up and why you should be interested in them. The steel BB version ASG is making the BP9CC air gun pistol under license direct from Bersa. Firing .177-caliber (4.5mm) BBs at 350 fps,...
  15. The Bersa 45 UC

    Bersa is probably best known for its small and sleek 380ACP pocket pistols. A forgotten Bersa is the Ultra-Compact and hard-hitting 45 pistol. Design The Ultra-Compact is a double-action/single-action semi-auto handgun that uses a locked breech, short recoil operation. It has an exposed combat hammer that is rounded on the spur to avoid snagging on clothes or digging into your side while carrying in a concealed holster. It fires the powerful .45ACP round from a short double-stack 7-round...
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