New guy choosing first Bersa.

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by jpshaw, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. jpshaw

    jpshaw Well-Known Member

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    No, not my first handgun, since I own several including a Glock 19 and a Kahr P9. I am looking for a simple autoloader to carry in the woods and even thought of the .22 at first but since all handguns are defensive in nature the .380 sounded like the better choice.

    Necessary features would be a fixed barrel for accuracy and means of shooting single action with it. Double action first shot can be bypassed. Have a decent supply of .380 ammo in stock for a KelTek P3AT I failed to mention. I checked the Bersa Thunder .380, .22, Combat, Plus and the CC but for my purposes I think I want the Tried and true 7+1 Thunder.

    Several questions; What is the thinnest pair of grips made are would one need to buy the wood and shape them down? Also I've owned two pistols in the past that had magazine safeties in them. I removed them both and yes I kept the parts and replaced them when I sold them. How easy is it to remove the magazine safety bar and spring? Also do the pistols have loaded round indicators in them? Thanks in advance guys, I know it's a lot of questions for a first post. I was looking at the Maks but I believe I can get a new Bersa for the price.
     
  2. Pancho_Villa

    Pancho_Villa Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum. I have had several of the single stack Bersa .380s. Never had a problem with feeding on any of them. They were all much the same. Fixed barrel, DA/SA with a dec0cker, so ya do have a choice onthe first round. I prefer an exposed hammer for the SA on a first shot if I want it. DA is pretty light compared to some of the other brands I have tried. Accuracy was great on all of them.

    Neverhave tried to deactivate the mag safety, so I can't help ya there.
     

  3. LT2108

    LT2108 Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

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    Welcome to the Bersa Firearms Forum !
     
  4. jpshaw

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    Thanks for the welcome guys. I removed the mag safety from a Star pistol once that had the vertical bar activater and spring that I see on Bersa's parts view. On that one you simply removed the right grip panel and slid it out. It scratched up the mags anyway. I'm not fond of safeties added to a gun by Lawyers instead of Engineers. The Bersa doesn't seem to have a loaded round indicator or am I wrong.
     
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  6. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Welcome to the Bersa Firearms Forum !!
     
  7. DrJimO

    DrJimO New Member

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    You are correct. The Bersa does not have a loaded round indicator. Wish they would add one! It's a great handgun tho........
     
  8. jpshaw

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    Actually I'm glad they don't. The only way to have a loaded round indicator other then putting a side add-on to the extractor, is to have a pin protruding through the face of the bolt which is going to impede the round that is sliding up the bolt face as it is being chambered. That makes the piece less reliable. I can do a press check to make sure there is a round in the chamber. On most auto loaders you can see the end of the loaded round by looking at the extractor.
     
  9. jpshaw

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    Oooop; Double post. Just ditto of the one above.
     
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