BP9CC - light strikes, what to do?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by GoodOyster, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. GoodOyster

    GoodOyster Well-Known Member

    I bought a BP9CC a few weeks ago and have been trying to rectify a problem with light strikes. I've read a few threads on various forums that make it appear to be a common problem, but it is almost always fixed with a good cleaning of the striker channel.

    First off, I bought the gun used. So as far as I can tell, I have no warranty with Bersa to fall back on.

    When I took it to the range the first time, I had several light strikes. I had them with both factory ammo and reloads. Some of the rounds I was able to put back in the mag and they fired the second or third try. So i think that should rule out ammo as the problem. I got home and field stripped and cleaned it well as I could, but when I went back to the range, the light strikes continued.

    I hadn't actually removed the firing pin with that cleaning so figured I missed some gunk. I followed some instructions I found for removing the firing pin and cleaned up everything as good as I could, avoided any thick lubes and used a silicone spray. Got it all back together, went back to range yesterday, and I had more light strikes than before!

    I have no idea how many rounds have been fired through the gun. It looked like new when I bought it from a dealer who was selling it on consignment for a friend. I have put over 200 rounds through it.

    Should I find a gunsmith locally and let them look at it, or should I send it to an authorized Bersa smith? What else may be causing the light strikes? A worn firing pin? Is there something else I should check before taking it to a gunsmith?
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

    A worn firing pin...and / or the firing pin spring could be the culprit !

    Since it is used and the warranty is no longer an issue... I would just

    have a local gunsmith look at...repair...and TEST FIRE the completed work.

    They like it when you provide them at least 20 rounds...of your ammo ( the ones you had a problem with )

    otherwise they may only fire a few. Ask them for the spent cartridges back too !! You will be able to confirm

    the new firing pin strikes if it is replaced...and you will know he used at least your 20 rounds to test function.

  3. GoodOyster

    GoodOyster Well-Known Member

    If I can get the parts, it's no big deal to change the firing pin/springs. On the Bersa site, only the firing pin itself is showing in stock. Any other places to get parts, or is the BP9CC too new?
  4. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc Active Member

  5. GoodOyster

    GoodOyster Well-Known Member

    That was my thinking - won't hurt to try!

    Not sure if those part numbers are for the BP9CC. I don't see that pistol listed on the Numrich site. I'll call them to see if they have the parts. Thanks for the link.
  6. GoodOyster

    GoodOyster Well-Known Member

    Finally got the parts I needed, and Eagle Imports (Bersa's US distributor) sent them to me for free! For the whole story of me trying to get the parts, see this thread:

    I have installed the firing pin assembly, and look forward to a light-strike-free session at the range in the next few days!
  7. OldRed

    OldRed Member

    BP9CC light strikes

    I know it's an old tread.

    Try some Federal ammo it has the softest primers out there.

    I took my BP9CC to the range for the first time yesterday and noticed some primer strikes that didn't look healthy in 2 Hornady Critical Defense rounds. The ammo shot fine as did a couple of magazined of PMC and Hornady Critical Duty. PMC ammo has harder primers than Hornady so I guess the firing pin was doing its job.

    When I read this tread I dropped a pencil down the barrel of my BP9CC and pulled the trigger. The pencil jumped two to two and half inches. Not what I consider a robust firing pin strike. I tore down the pistol and pressed down the firing pine safety then pushed on the firing pin. The firing pin extension seem to be enough but it sure seemed to take a lot effort to push the firing pin forward. It didn't seem sticky as if it were a dirty firing pin channel. It felt like the firing pin rebound spring was too strong. It could be the spring isn't fully seated or is just a heavy spring to keep the firing pin from hitting a soft primer too hard when the pistol is dropped with barrel down. Making light firing pins is expensive.

    It's my opinion that gun manufactures are making guns with short firing pins, strong firing pin return springs and strong hammer springs to be sure they pass the drop tests. Bersa seems to have made a good compromise as they have a good trigger and so far my BP9CC has pops ever primer it's touched. It's the only new gun out of 6 that I can say that about. Most need a new firing pin and light harmer spring. I didn't have any Sellier & Bellot ammo with me to try to be sure it would work with hard primers.