Bersa BP380 Now Available On US Market

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Bersa has introduced its first polymer-framed .380 ACP handgun to the US market. From the press release:

Wanamassa, N.J. – Eagle Imports, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Metro Arms, Bersa, Comanche and Grand Power firearms products, is pleased to introduce to the U.S. market the BP380 Concealed Carry.

The BP380 CC is Bersa’s first polymer-frame pistol in the .380-caliber and is specifically designed for concealed carry personal protection. The BP380 CC provides the firepower and accuracy needed to stop a would-be attacker yet its thin, light and compact size wears as a comfortable conceal carry.

Bersa has redefined what a concealed carry pistol is in the BP380CC. Instead of building around a subcompact frame like most concealed carry pistols, the BP380 CC has a full grip that allows for a positive four-finger hold and less felt recoil.

The pistol features a textured grip, a light, crisp and short trigger pull and interchangeable dot-sights. The full-size grip provides a higher carrying capacity than most subcompacts with an 8+1 capacity. While the BP380 CC is more accurate, easier to shoot and offers a larger magazine capacity than other subcompact pistols, it remains as thin and compact as ever at only .94 of an inch wide and 6.35 inches long.

The Bersa BP380 CC is made using cutting-edge manufacturing processes, the finest quality materials and truly reflects the performance, quality and durability that Bersa has built its highly esteemed reputation on.

The Bersa BP380 CC is available in a matte black or duotone finish. Every Bersa BP380 CC comes with the Bersa lifetime service contract. MSRP starts at $430.00.

Bersa BP380 Concealed Carry Specifications:

Model: BP380CC
Caliber: .380
Action: Short reset DAO
Capacity: 8+1
Barrel Length: 3.3″
Front Sight: Interchangeable Sig Sauer #8
Rear Sight: Interchangeable GLOCKĀ® rear sight
Finishes: Matte Black or Duotone
Grips: Integral to frame
Construction: Hi Impact Polymer Frame/Steel Slide
Safety: Integral Locking System, Firing Pin, Trigger
Weight: 21.5 oz.
Length: 6.35″
Height: 4.8″
Width: .94″
MSRP: $430.00

The BP 380 CC is the .380 ACP version of their BP 9 CC handgun. According to Bersa’s website, the 380 CC handgun is exactly the same size and weight as their 9mm and .40 S&W models, meaning it’s most likely the same handgun rechambered for .380 (as opposed to being scaled down). I’ve found Bersa firearms to be acceptably made at a budget price. My biggest complaint with the Bersa Thunder handguns I’ve been exposed to has been the inclusion of a magazine safety; I see no mention of such a safety in the press release.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Jack Morris

    I just don’t really see this flying off shelves. If you can get it in 9mm at the exact same size, what’s the point?

    • Cknarf

      Not to mention the thunder .380 is available for $100 less.

    • Some countries do not allow civilian ownership of 9mm. Also, there are many people who want a gun that recoils less than a 9mm out of medical necessity.

      • Jack Morris

        I could see the mild recoil of a 380 being a positive feature. I’ve spoiled myself by handloading light 9mm target rounds. It still doesn’t really explain why anyone would dish out more money for what the thunder model already offers. As for 9mm civilian ownership; this was an announcement for the US release, so that’s not entirely valid.

        • Hi Jack,

          Bersa is an international company, so they sell in markets other than the US. It makes perfect sense to me that they would develop a pistol for sale in those markets where the 9mm is not legally sold to civilians. And, if they have the guns in production, it does not hurt for them to introduce the guns to the US market for some additional sales.

          As to why someone is willing to pay more for a different gun – well, that is capitalism at work. Some folks, including myself, are not enamored with the Thunder line. On the other hand, I do like the BP line.

          The guns are completely different – polymer frame vs metal frame; striker fired vs hammer fired; etc. Plus they feel different in the hand and have different handling characteristics. It’s not an apples to apples comparison. It would be like comparing a third gen S&W pistol like the 5906 to the M&P9.

          Best,

          Richard

          • Tim U

            Agreed. I could see myself buying a BP firearm someday, if I so chose. The Thunder series offers no desire or advantage to me. Just like I would pick the M&P over the 5906 any day.

            I might actually consider this BP as an introduction to center fire for my wife, as she is recoil and noise sensitive. And before someone here who thinks they are smarter tells me she can handle anything I can, I already know that she can physically handle a .45 (or a 9mm), but if she has a personal comfort barrier that interferes with that, why shouldn’t I accommodate to what she is comfortable with?

    • Dan Atwater

      That’s because you aren’t likely the target audience. The Bersa BP9 will have about twice the felt recoil and newer shooters generally prefer guns that aren’t going to be unpleasant to shoot. The .380 also allows for lighter recoil springs for folks who have trouble retracting the slide on a comparable sized 9 mil, due to either physical or psychological considerations.

      Though comparable in size to to the Thunder 380, the BP series (at least the 9, which is the only one I’ve had experience with) is lighter and has a VERY good trigger.

      • My BP9CC came from the factory with a sub-4 lb trigger. There is some take up, but the break is very clean.

    • Blake

      …because .380 ACP is massively popular right now…

  • Kivaari

    That is the best looking Bersa I have ever seen. With years of experience with Bersa pistols, I would have never bought one, being unable to get past the cheap look and customer complaints. The Key hole in the slide is ugly. Good luck to them if it performs.

  • It just looks like a Steyr M-A1. not sure why the hype

  • Dan Atwater

    For people who want something softer shooting and easier to manipulate.

  • sauerquint

    Glock lawsuit in 5… 4… 3… 2…