The infamous Bersa Bite

Discussion in 'General Bersa Discussion' started by bmarg711, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. bmarg711

    bmarg711 Gold Member

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    I am hoping that someone can heklp me out...

    Every time I shoot my Bersa Thunder it beats the you-know-what out of the web of my hand. I have huge hands (I am 6ft 8in tall)

    Besides wearing a glove, any suggestions? I have a pachmayer grip sleeve installed that helped a bit.....:confused:
     
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Welcome to the Bersa Forum bmarg711 !!

    I'm sure someone will be along to offer advice for you big guy...;)
     

  3. rockcreek

    rockcreek New Member

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    You could try ordering a few stronger recoil springs from wolff, run the highest one you can that is still reliable. It makes a big difference in the "snap" of blowback operated pistols.
     
  4. coyotemoon

    coyotemoon Junior Member

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    Just pretend that BG is in front of you and you wont notice it
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  5. bhale187

    bhale187 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A couple guys I know have the same problem with the 380 thunder and the ppk (assuming you are talking about the slide biting you as it cycles). About the only way to stop it is to adjust your grip lower down which generally makes it less comfortable and consequently less controlable and less accurate to shoot.

    If its just the beavertail biting you and not the slide, than you can countour it a little smoother with a dremel. That is a fairly common modification for S&W ppk/s.
     
  6. BT380

    BT380 Well-Known Member

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    You gun may need a little smoothing of the edges under the beaver tail. Remove the grips and take a very fine stone and relieve the edges very lightly of the frame where it rubs your hand, this may help. NO DREMEL, hand pressure only and lightly. If your talking slide bite, you need to lower your grip a little.

    The only time my hand hurts after shooting my BT380 is if I shoot 100 rounds or more. So I've started shooting it a little less, say 50 or so per trip.
     
  7. coyotemoon

    coyotemoon Junior Member

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    Think maybe that might be your problem, your hands are TOO BIG.:D
     
  8. bmarg711

    bmarg711 Gold Member

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    boy, if I had a nickle every time I came to that realization! :D:D:D
     
  9. Heimdhal

    Heimdhal Well-Known Member

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    I've made kydex beaver-tails for a few friends with bersa's (and some glocks). Simple piece of kydex molded to the back of the grip, where the thumb web sits (the bite area) and held in place either with hardware or a slip-on grip, like a Hogue. It adds a bit of length to the back, but they seemed pretty happy. This way, if you've got some beefy hands (like me) you wont have to adjust your grip lower, risking limp wrist malfuctions and control.

    Ideally, you want your grip to be as high up on the gun as it can get without getting bit. The lower the bore axis is to your grip point, the more control, speed and accuracy you will have, in the most general terms of course.
     
  10. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc Active Member

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    I gotta agree with coyotemoon because I don't have that problem, and I usually shoot at least 80 rnds when I take it out (I load up 10 magazines) maybe tighten your grip?:confused:
     
  11. BurgerBoy

    BurgerBoy Well-Known Member

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    Mine doesn't bite either. You didn't train yours very well.
     
  12. Jeff82

    Jeff82 Member

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    I had that when I first started shooting it. I found that if I hold tighter then the gun wouldn't "slap" me as much. Now it's fine.
     
  13. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Welcome to the Bersa Forum Jeff82 !!
     
  14. rick1967

    rick1967 New Member

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    I get bit now and then. I have big hands too. I am just under 6'3". I am just a little more careful with my grip. If I had to use it in an emergency I would just live with the bite.
     
  15. RMcOmber

    RMcOmber New Member

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    I had the same experience: keep your index finger loose for smooth pull, but tighten your ring- and pinkie fingers as much as you can at the bottom of your grip. The gun won't rock back as much when you fire, protecting your hand and improving marksmanship.
     
  16. bmarg711

    bmarg711 Gold Member

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    Great advice everyone....Thanks!
     
  17. squeak_D

    squeak_D Member

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    Go on YouTube and search for Hickok45

    That guy does great gun reviews and he's just like you. Very tall and HUGE paws. He reviewed the CC .380 a while back. I'm sure he runs into the same issues with firearms.
     
  18. bmarg711

    bmarg711 Gold Member

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    Big fan of his....best reviews on the web.....a lot better than listening to nutnfancy ramble....and ramble.....and ramble...
     
  19. snakebite

    snakebite Active Member

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    Coyoteman seems to have his thumb on the fix.