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    Finally!

    Been a while since I've been on here...Since most of you aren't going to recognize me, I helped put together an MOC meetup at the Boston Market in Auburn Hills a while back. Anywho, I've finally joined the ranks! I went shopping with my brother - Taurus850CIA - on Saturday and finally purchased my first handgun...it's a Bersa Thunder .380, and I'm pretty excited. I'm looking forward to getting out soon to put some rounds through it!

    Here's a pic for those that like that kind of thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutpublications View Post
    Been a while since I've been on here...Since most of you aren't going to recognize me, I helped put together an MOC meetup at the Boston Market in Auburn Hills a while back. Anywho, I've finally joined the ranks! I went shopping with my brother - Taurus850CIA - on Saturday and finally purchased my first handgun...it's a Bersa Thunder .380, and I'm pretty excited. I'm looking forward to getting out soon to put some rounds through it!

    Here's a pic for those that like that kind of thing
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    Awww, it's cute. Do you have a CPL?

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    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by stainless1911 View Post
    Awww, it's cute. Do you have a CPL?
    LOL! Yeah, I know...it's tiny... I don't have a CPL - YET. But I will be getting one.
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    @OP. my wife has the Bersa Thunder .380 -- very similar. Watch for failures to eject, though she could be limp wristing it.
    Call for a cop, call for an ambulance, and call for a pizza. See who shows up first.

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    Oh yeah, you won't be able to get a SERPA, Safariland, or other common retention holster for it. You'll have to get a generic thumb break retention holster.
    Call for a cop, call for an ambulance, and call for a pizza. See who shows up first.

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    Are you familiar with where yo can, and cannot carry without a CPL?

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    I've been carrying my Bersa .380 for a few weeks now.

    For information on all things Bersa check out www.bersachat.com. I am there with the same screen name.

    Here are some tips to make your Bersa experience less frustrating:

    1) When you assemble the gun make sure the recoil spring goes on the barrel with the tight end toward the breech. Just slide the spring on the barrel then point the gun at the ground...if the spring falls off turn it around.

    2) After the spring is on the barrel turn it so the cut spring end near the muzzle is at the 12:00 position (on top of the barrel). This will make re-assembly much easier.

    3) If you need spare magazines go with OEM and avoid the Pro-Mag brand, too many people have bad luck with them. If you register at the above forum after 10 posts you can get a discount code for an online store called Condor's Flight that sells Bersa stuff and has a great rep. for customer service.

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    My dad was having FTF and FTE and stove pipes on his...... I think he was partially limp wrisitng it, but it was also pretty dirty... he polished the feed ramp and cleeaned and oiled everything and it was 100% better... slick that puppy up...
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    @ TheQ - I have an Uncle Mike's holster right now. The snap on it is pretty tough, although that could be because I'm not used to it yet, and it's brand new. I'll probably look for a different one sometime in the future.

    @ stainless1911 - As of now, it's mainly for home self-defense. Not because we live in a particularly dangerous area, but because I'm a stay at home mom of 2 very young kids. I am not 100% on where I can and can't carry, however I do know it's ok to take it with me should I go for a walk. I will be holding off taking it out with me other places until I am much more comfortable with the laws and where I am/am not allowed to carry. I would not want to be the bad seed that gives open carry a bad name

    @ Bronson - Thanks for that site, and the reassembly tips! It actually came with 2 mags, but I'll have to see what brand the spare is.

    @ HKcarrier - I'll find out shortly how slick this puppy needs to be...lol
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    I love to hear when women carry weapons.

    I asked if you had a CPL yet, because the laws regarding carry are different with or without a CPL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKcarrier View Post
    he polished the feed ramp
    Be careful with this. On an older Bersa board we had a warranty center gunsmith tell us tales of guns that came to him that were ruined because owners or gunshop employees would try to polish the feed ramp. The feed ramp on the Bersa .380 is part of the anodized aluminum frame. Burn through the anodizing and you're left with an unprotected aluminum feed ramp. At that point you have to replace the frame.

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    I own a Bersa Thunder 380 as well, and I have ejection issues as was previously mentioned, not due to limp wrist, but rather the gun is particular about ammo. UMC almost always hangs up on the second to last round in the magazine. This may be due to a weak spring in the mag., but it seems to mostly happen with the UMC. Not a big deal for me, as it is no longer my carry weapon, but you will definitely wish to run varying manufacturers loads through it to see which works best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronson View Post
    Be careful with this. On an older Bersa board we had a warranty center gunsmith tell us tales of guns that came to him that were ruined because owners or gunshop employees would try to polish the feed ramp. The feed ramp on the Bersa .380 is part of the anodized aluminum frame. Burn through the anodizing and you're left with an unprotected aluminum feed ramp. At that point you have to replace the frame.

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    Maybe 'polish' wasn't the most accurate term.. he didn't use any type of abrasive stuff or a mechanical device... I think he just used a cloth and his finger and some sort of cleaner or polish.. but it shined it up good and smoothed it out...
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    Congrats on your acquisition of one fine handgun.
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    By the way, you are not necessarily relegated to using a generic thumb-break holster. There are plenty of people out there who could make a custom holster for your Bersa. In fact, there are several on this site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfrenchudm View Post
    but you will definitely wish to run varying manufacturers loads through it to see which works best.
    Yes. They do have a rep. for being ammo picky, especially when new. Mine wouldn't run American Eagle ammo. Now, many hundreds of round later, it'll eat just about anything I feed it. Common advice is to run a couple hundred rounds of FMJ, round nosed ammo (not the flat nosed stuff like Winchester White Box) before you start testing out hollow points.

    My personal gun has fed Winchester White Box el-cheapo ammo just fine from the beginning but the same warranty center smith previously mentioned said that the majority of ammo related failures they've found were with flat-nosed ammo. Since he has a much wider sample size to draw from than I do I tend to believe him

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    Thumbs up

    Rub some candle wax on your snap and that will loosen things up! Welcome! CARRY ON!
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    One for the side and one hidden in my back, Ive put about 500 done the 380 and dont recall ever having any issuesClick image for larger version. 

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    how come other pictures shows up larger than mine? Mine always come out like a thumbnail size?
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    a little self conscious about size are we. Its not the size of your picture its whats in it that counts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yance View Post
    a little self conscious about size are we. Its not the size of your picture its whats in it that counts
    you know me MEN must conpensate!!!!
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    @ stainless1911 - if only you knew how long my brother had been after me to get one...

    I actually bought it used, so I really don't know how many rounds have been through it yet! We didn't get the Winchester ammo, though...that much I know.

    Thanks for all the tips.

    Heh...found the smileys!!!!!
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    Its not too hard to learn.

    Just do it. If you wait, all you're going to get is older. There's enough of that going around as it is.

    There are two things you need to know carrying without a CPL, transportation, and gun free areas.

    Transportation. The gun must be in a case designed for a firearm, and in the trunk of a vehicle. You must load/ unload the gun completely outside of the vehicle, you cant sit in the drivers seat and do it.

    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%2...e=mcl-750-231a

    Gun Free Zones. The following link is a list of prohibited premises for non CPL holders. You may not carry (even locked in your trunk) on the premises of any of the following. The one thing that trips people up here, is that you cannot carry anywhere that has any license to sell alcohol of any kind, whether they sell alcohol or not. This includes Meijers, Krogers, some gas stations, as well as the bar.

    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%2...e=mcl-750-234d

    You also cannot carry in most casinos, schools, federal buildings, post offices, and secure areas of airports and jails.

    Just know where you are, make sure you transport properly, and carry a digital voice recorder.

    Ask any question you want, especially the "stupid" ones, and we can have you up to speed with open carry in no time. These are your rights, enjoy exercising them.

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    'Bout time!
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