Slide catch

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by adm, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. adm

    adm Well-Known Member

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    My Bersa's Thunder 380+ slide catch just broke today at the range. Just after about 800 rounds. The dealer has some pistols in stock just to be canibalized. Otherwise, we'd to import this part from Argentina.

    Has this happened to anyone already?
     
  2. David

    David Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It would come from New Jersey, not Argentina. However, it is a very rare problem. Well, on a second thought.... perhaps its so rare of a problem that Eagle doesn't keep them in stock and would indeed have to import from Argentina. Hm....
     

  3. adm

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    David,

    It eases my mind you telling me it is not a common problem after all. Anyway, it got me sort of worried.

    The catch broke just by the spring slot. I couldn't help to observe how thin this part is. Where it broke, the aluminum seemed gainy, as if it was cast, not forged. If I've got it right, the catch may be much more fragile than I'd tought.

    As for me, Argentina is way much closer than NJ... But, I'm in Brazil, and anything related to guns here is a bureaucratic nightmare. I could get me over a year to have this little catch imported. Or, I'd have to drive 1500 miles to and from Buenos Aires and risk myself to be framed as a "firearms contrabandist" and face up to 8 years in jail. I'd rather abide to my country's laws...

    By the way, and off topic, you should all visit Buenos Aires, if you haven't done so yet. It's just great!

    Thank you all!
     
  4. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Moved to the correct subforum: GUNSMITHING
     
  5. jskaggs30

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    I have a bersa 380 cc that has slide sticking issues. Sent it to colorado gunworks for repairs. After 3 months got the firearm back and am now having the same issues. Is this common? I live everything about this gun except the slide issues. Keep in mind when I first field stripped the forearm the slide was a bit stubborn and didnt seem to want to come off freely. Is this normal? Whats the most efficient and effective way to correct this issue? The firearm is my cc and love everythibg about this I just want it to function properly. Help please anyone!!
     
  6. adm

    adm Well-Known Member

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    I didn't understand what you'd mean with "sticking slide". Does it stops breach open without the magazine empty? The slide is really tricky to field strip, but once you get used, it becomes easier to strip your gun. Remove the magazine, make sure it is unloaded. With safety off, cock the hammer and push the strip lever. Pull the slide all the way over the hammer and lift it a little bit (that's the tricky part). The slide should disengage from the frame and return freely foward.
     
  7. jskaggs30

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    It seems to stick more than slide freely over and as far as it sticking when I fire the firearm it has ftf jams and sometimes the slide will not go forward into its original position after a round has been fired. If u tap the back of the slide it will slide back forward but not on its own. Its already been to a gunsmith once and felt terrible that my wife went without it for such a long time. Just frusterated and wished I could fix the problem myself.
     
  8. adm

    adm Well-Known Member

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    This is really odd... After about 800 rounds fired, my BT380+ only jammed when, silly me, stuck 16 rounds into the magazine... It seems the rounds are not being chambered properly. Maybe there is some issue with the feeding ramp or the chamber itself. Maybe they require some machine work. If I were you, I'd had the pistol returned to your dealer or importer. I do not know if the work your gunsmith did voids the pistol's warranty, but anyway... This is really uncommon and it seems to be some kind of manufacture defect rather than a proper malfunction.
     
  9. jskaggs30

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    Thanks. Sent it to colorado gunworks which is an authorized gunsmith for bersa waranty work. I will see what the gun store I purchased the firearm from says
     
  10. jskaggs30

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    I was thinking the same thing tho before I had sent it iff for repairs at colorado gunworks but have now gotten it back and am starting to have the same issues. Hopefully ill have time to take it to the gunshop I purchased it from some time this week and get it replaced or repaired.
     
  11. adm

    adm Well-Known Member

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    This is the broken slide catch...

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  12. EagleEye45

    EagleEye45 New Member

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    I have had the same issue with the slide catch breaking as well at the slot where the spring goes. It is slightly disconcerting that this isn't a one time issue.
     
  13. JohnGGore

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    380+ broken slide latch

    This is John Gore in Ozark, MO (USA)
    My wife and I each got a Bersa 380 Plus at the same time. We broke them in and she has fired hers more than I have mine. They both fail to strike primers hard enough once in a while. Her's (nickle) more so than mine (blued). Today her slide stopped locking to the rear on an empty magazine. I found the slide catch/release had broken. I attached a photo at the link below.

    https://www.bersaforum.com/images/2/4/4/4/img_20160917_202708000-450.jpg

    Any deep water fishermen out there want a pair of fishing weights?
    They say 2 is 1 and 1 is none.
    Bersa 380+ = 2 is none.
     
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  14. BT 380 Slide Catch - Broken

    I am one of the several warranty repair centers for Bersa/Metro Arms/Grand Power/Lasserre/SPS. I don't visit this forum as often as I should, so if you have any technical questions, post them and if I don't respond w/i a couple days, please feel free to contact me via PM, [email protected] or 503-429-7342.

    The slide catch on this series does occasionally break, but more common is that it starts rounding over and doesn't reliably hold the slide back. This is an easy fix and rarely reoccurs.

    Eagle Import keeps most Bersa parts in stock not because they break a lot, but as with any thing mechanical, it can wear out or break. Also, people sometimes lose parts when trying to work on them or just want spare parts.

    If you continue to have problems, you can visit my website http://www.wolfgangthegundoctor.com/Shipping&RepairInfo.html for shipping & repair info. You can send your Bersa to any repair center you prefer. It does not have to be the closest one. I normally have about a one week turn-around time, but occasionally get backed up to two weeks or a bit more.
    Hope this helps out.

    J.R. "Wolfgang" Sizemore
    The Gun Doctor 503-429-7342 officePlease Visit the The Gun Doctor WebsiteDon't think of it as `gun control', think of it as `victim disarmament'". "If we make enough laws, we can all be criminals.”: Author(s) Unknown

     
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  15. BT 380 Plus Light strikes & Slide Catch Broken

    Sorry to hear you're having problems w/ your BT Pluses. They are normally quire reliable, but can have problems like anything else.

    The light primer strikes can be time consuming to track down, but is doable.

    As for the slide catch, Bersa has an updated design that seems to have eliminated the breakage problem. The old style magazines will not work work w/ the new slider catch (w/o some modifications that most folks don't have the tools for), but you will get back the same number of new-style mags as what you send in.

    If you decide to send it in and would like to send it here, my contact info is in the above post. I am an authorized Bersa warranty repair center.

     
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