Eeyore wrote:Bersa: Subaru. Well thought of in its niche market, but a relatively small player overall.I happen to own a Subaru, and I happen to own a Ruger, and I'm not quite sure these comparisons are fair.Ruger: Chrysler minivans. Big and practical, but nothing sexy about them. Rugers are probably more reliable than Chryslers, though.
WhenI think Bersa, I of course think of the Thunder .380, which is a $200 subcompact. Contrast that with Subaru, which makes only one compact car (the Impreza); even the Forester, built on the same chassis, is a pretty full-size vehicle. And even the base models are $20k cars; they're a bit more expensive to start with because every Subaru has AWD and ABS brakes, which are luxury options if even available in comparable makes. The Bersa is no-frills, inexpensive, does the job; the Subaru has more than a few frills but given that is a great value. If I had to compare Bersa to a car company it would probably be Saturn; affordable, no-frills but comfy, get the job done small cars. I don't think I could compare Subaru to a gun make; maybe XDs (mechanically complex but rock-solid, competing with the Germans in the do-all role, two base models on which they build cars of all sizes)
As far as Ruger and Chrysler minivans, oh my god, I'll give you 5 seconds to retract that statement. Ruger P's... Ruger's the Jeep. American, overbuilt, blocky big-fenderedstyling, go-anywhere, feed it anything, inexpensive to buy, especially used, and repair it with bailing wire and chewing gum. Classic models can be used hard and put away wet for years; newer models need a bit more TLC between abuses. All of them have a certain aesthetic that fans like.
Now, their revolvers are a different story; I'd compare Ruger and S&W revolvers to Mustang vs Camaro (not sure which is which). Powerful (with varying block sizes), not much cargo space, easy on the eyes, and they come in many variations and levels allowing pretty high aesthetic and performance customization, but when stock they're very bare-bones as far as the little luxuries.