Reviewed By: Marvin C on 11/23/2013
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
First: Bud‚%uFFFD%uFFFDs service was excellent.
Now: the gun ‚%uFFFD¶ the Bersa 9mm Ultra Compact Pro.
There is a lot going for this firearm and there are some things not going for it. Let‚%uFFFD%uFFFDs take the negative first.
Is it ‚%uFFFD%uFFFDUltra Compact‚%uFFFD%uFFFD and light like the Kel-Tec line of 9 millimeters? ‚%uFFFD¶ Absolutely not! If you think that your wife might be able to carry it concealed in her purse, you might be disappointed unless she‚%uFFFD%uFFFDs been weightlifting at your local gym‚%uFFFD¶. but then again, my wife‚%uFFFD%uFFFDs purse, without a firearm in it , feels as if it has an anvil in it. With the magazine loaded and one in the chamber, the gun weighs in at 2 pounds and one ounce or 33 ounces. That‚%uFFFD%uFFFDs my digital kitchen food scale. However, this gun, with its metal construction (not to mention lifetime warranty), is going to last a lifetime and longer.
Since Bersa made all the safeties and controls ambidextrous, it adds about another ¬ľ‚%uFFFD%uFFFD to an already fat gun ‚%uFFFD¶ plus a double stack magazine. Bersa should never have put dual controls on this gun. They just get in the way, annoying, but in real time, not that much.
I like the magazine disconnect on the Bersa Thunder 380. (Many people do not like that feature, but I do.) This gun does not have one‚%uFFFD¶ so you have to be careful, if you forget to unload the round in the chamber first, not to blow your foot off or blow your brains out when you disassemble the weapon. In fact, even with the slide off, this gun will still operate the hammer‚%uFFFD¶ not unusual, though, with other guns.
Now for the good stuff:
With a decent in-the-waist holster, the Bersa Ultra Compact Pro is totally concealable without a print. I do not put any holster or gun inside my pants, but rather place the holster outside my pants, but inside my belt. ‚%uFFFD¶ works great with every hand gun I own.
The reliability of this gun is exceptional. I have now put over 500 rounds through it with many different kinds of ammunition, including reloads of suspicious quality, without even one misfire or one hang up. THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT AND NEED FOR PERSONAL DEFENSE.
The accuracy of this gun is phenomenal, if you are experienced shooting with both eyes open ‚%uFFFD¶ like you are supposed to do. With only your strong eye open, you will shoot low ... but that is your fault‚%uFFFD¶ not the gun‚%uFFFD%uFFFDs fault. The sights can be changed to accommodate your eye. The recoil is so manageable that you are back on target immediately; and you can shoot the gun almost like a machine gun accurately because the reset on the trigger is very short and the trigger-pull is about 4 lbs. (after the first shot.).
The take-down is the simplest and easiest that I‚%uFFFD%uFFFDve seen on any gun. Press a lever down and the whole thing comes apart for cleaning ‚%uFFFD¶ no pins to lose, no screw drivers. The whole thing goes back together just as easily.
This weapon is a keeper.
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