CCW Underdog: The Bersa BP9cc 9mm Review

In this episode of TFBTV, James reviews one of the less well-known options available to concealed carriers, the Bersa BP9cc. It is Bersa’s first polymer-framed handgun, and has an excellent trigger with a light 4lb pull. It’s also very inexpensive, and uses 8 round magazines, permitting for a full grip. Watch the review to get James and retired Army Ranger, Jacque’s, opinions about the BP9cc.

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– Hey guys, James again for TFB TV.

Today, I’m actually really excited to bring to you the Bersa BP9cc.

Now some of you may be familiar with Bersa.

They really broke out maybe about 10 years ago with the Bersa Thunder 380, which was a PPK style, fixed barrel 380 that was very reliable and very affordable.

Excellent little single stack 380.

Now they’re getting into the single stack 9 market as are a lot of manufacturers, and they’re made, all the Bersas are made in Argentina, including this BP9cc.

Now, the BP9cc, it’s.94 inches thick which is kinda par for the course, between.9 and 1 inch thick for single stack 9 millimeters.

What it does have, this has an 8 round capacity, so you can get a full grip on it with the Frame.

That’s not with an extended magazine.

You can get a full grip on it, and it feels great.

Ergonomically, very well done.

It even has a little accessory rail up front if you want to mount a light which is another feature that most of these single stack guns lack.

However, I think the best feature of this BP9cc is the fact that the trigger is extremely light and smooth.

It’s better than most single stack defensive 9 millimeters on the market today by a huge margin, and for that matter, it also takes Glock sights, which is also an excellent feature.

Slide serrations are very aggressive towards the rear, only 21 ounces, so pretty light weight.

It’s got an overall length of 6.35 inches, a height of 4.8 inches, so it’s a little bit taller, and, like I said, the weight’s 21 and a half ounces, which is a little bit heaver than most single stack 9s, but bear in mind you’re getting that extra two rounds.

It’s got a 3.3 inch barrel length, and it’s got a trigger safety, a magazine safety, an automatic firing pin safety, and it’s got a little key safety too.

Some people don’t care for them.

I don’t in particular, but some people like to be able to lock these up.

Ambi mag release, last round hold open, which is not a standard feature in all single stack subcompact 9s, and as much as I liked the Bersa, there is one thing that I noticed before I sent it back to the factory, a couple of weeks after I shot it, and that is rust.

It started to form along the slide, as you can see in these pictures.

That may not concern a lot of you.

Really, performance is the most important thing, however, if you carry close to the skin, like I do, or you live in the South, like I do, and you sweat all over your gun this could be a big potential problem.

But, I am really excited to show you guys how good the trigger is on this gun.

Let’s check it out.

(gun cocks) (gun fires) (magazine thuds) (gun cocks) So as you can see, it’s a pretty good shooting little gun.

Very impressed with the build quality.

It’s actually triple serialed, which is funny.

You got a serial number on the frame, you got a serial number on the slide, you got a serial number on the barrel.

That’s something that you see with, you know, HK.

– I’ll tell you what, my thoughts on the gun.

Trigger’s phenomenal, feels great, without a doubt, and when I say phenomenal, it just means it’s from a standpoint of right off the shelf, but I think it falls in line with the Shield.

Ergonomics feel great on it, without a doubt.

It’s not very aggressive, hands down, but at the same time, if I’m carrying it every day, you know, I wouldn’t want it very aggressive.

I do like the point that the standard mag, I want to say, is 8, so that’s a nice touch.

Also, I do have a full grip on the gun so it’s not missing the little pnky, and that is standard which is also nice.

All in all, it’s a very nice gun.

I mean, I’d count it right up there with the rest of them.

– So, final thoughts on the Bersa on the BP9cc.

You guys saw, I don’t know if it’s by virtue of the both thumbs forward approach, but we actually have had a couple of issues with the gun failing to lock back on the last round, today as it just did.

One in every four or five mags is really not that bad, but, you know, that said, I really think these are some of the most underrated guns in the industry.

This probably has the best trigger.

The best trigger of any single stack 9 millimeter that isn’t something, like, over the top, custom.

I guess sub $500, you’re just not going to find a better trigger, and it is just well made.

It’s inexpensive, you get the option to put the Glock sights on there, you’re getting 8 plus 1.

A lot of you guys don’t like to dangle a pinky.

I don’t mind, that’s how I drink my beer, anways, with a dangling pinky, so it’s not a big deal for me, but I gotta tell you, this feels great to be able to have a single stack that’s thin, it’s light, and to be able to get a full grip on it, just makes it that much more controllable.

I’m not telling you to buy a Bersa BP9cc, but I’m telling you to at least check it out if you’re in the market for Shield, Glock 43, Kahr PM 9, XDS.

You know, we had Jacque shooting it, and he owns a Shield, he owns the XDS.

We just had Sergeant Jesse, and he shot it, he loved it.

Katie shot it and she liked it too, so I’m telling you, but nobody’s heard of this gun.

I brought this out here.

I’m the only one who’s heard of Bersa before we hit the range today.

So do yourselves a favor.

Check it out.

Anyways, thanks for watching, thanks to all the subscribers, and, of course, thanks as usual to our sponsor, Ventura Munitions.

See you guys next week.

James Reeves

James Reeves is a licensed and practicing concealed weapons instructor, the winner of Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, a graduate of Front Sight, the Shooter Performance Institute, and Tier 1 Group, and is an Appleseed-qualified Rifleman. James previously owned and operated a gun shop in Tallahassee, FL and worked as a regional sales representative for distributor/importer, Interstate Arms Company. He is a coverage litigation attorney by day. James likes traveling with his wife, boating, America, photography, guns, gear he doesn’t really need, cold beer, and a little exercise here and there (James is also GORUCK Tough). Above all, James enjoys creating content for TFBTV. Follow James on Twitter @jjreeves.


  • Jack Morris

    I always point new gun buyers to Bersa if they’re strapped for cash, but need something practical and reliable. I don’t think Bersa will ever be a big name for the folks who are really into shooting; but for the general public who wants a pistol around for security; these guns excel. The machining is a little rough around the edges on the few I’ve handled, but that didn’t keep them from being reliable, good shooters.

    • Ben

      They’re pretty well known in the competition shooting circuit. They make a pretty reasonably priced DA/SA production-legal gun.

  • Devil_Doc

    Why am I not seeing a video..?

    • MrSatyre

      I have that same problem when using Firefox. If I switch to Explorer or Edge, everything shows up as it should. Annoying.

      • USMC03Vet

        Works fine with firefox. Facebook videos won’t load if you don’t accept 3rd party cookie tracking though.

        • mrsatyre

          For the past six or seven months, videos here stopped showing up under Firefox. I have to switch browsers if I want to see the videos.

          • USMC03Vet

            Sounds like you plugins are messed up then because I haven’t had any issues with it.

  • Mattb

    I have a bp9cc that was my first CC gun and as noted in the video mine also started rusting very quickly but otherwise it was a fine little pistol. I recently upgraded into a FNS 40 compact which I absolutely love but I’ll still get down with the bersa.

  • My first semi-auto pistol is a Bersa Thunder 380CC. Don’t shoot it much anymore, but it remains a quite capable little sidearm. That reminds me, I need to bite the bullet so to speak and shell out for some more xtreme penetrators from Lehigh to see how well it takes to them….

  • MrSatyre

    She’s tea-cupping that gun why? I thought she was being instructed by a professional.

    • Budogunner

      I’m just grateful for the eye and ear protection. Some other instructor can correct the cup and saucer grip later, but safety comes first.

    • Nicks87

      Yeah James, what the hell? Maybe she was just out there for eye-candy purposes… But still…

    • Hyok Kim

      Maybe they were just humoring her.

  • The American Crusader

    Nice to see this review. The BP9CC is one of the best-kept secrets in concealed carry pistols. If I’m out on the town in a pair of jeans and no jacket, this pistol in an Urban Carry appendix holster is perfect.

    I’ve heard this gun called “the Glock they should have made.” The trigger is really something, a little gritty out of the box, but it smooths out very quickly. It has a low bore axis and polygonal rifling like a Glock, but is very slim and even large hands get full purchase on the grip. It will also eat anything you give it, including stout ammo like Underwood, although I wouldn’t recommend a steady diet of it.

    One caveat: there is a known issue with some BP9CCs having significant cycling problems. The first one I bought was a total dud, FTEs and FTFs every other round. I had it “fixed” twice by Bersa armorers to no effect. I believe these issues have been resolved but if you have the same problems, send it back to Bersa for a replacement, don’t waste time on “repairs.”

    • Kelly Jackson

      I think you’re confusing this gun with Steyr which is sometimes referred to as a better Glock.

      This thing looks like a Ruger SR rip off and frankly it’s bore axis isn’t that low.

      • DW

        Steyr M-A1 predates Ruger SR and is designed by one of the original Glock Designers, Wilhelm Bubits.

        • Kelly Jackson

          I know, that’s why I said I think he’s confusing the Steyr when he referenced the “the Glock they should have made.”

          While this Bersa looks like a Ruger SR

          • Mattb

            He is referencing quite a few gun writers referring to this gun as “what glock should be making” when it was initially released, before the g43.

          • Nicks87

            Neither, the Bersa, Steyr, nor Ruger are “the Glock they should’ve made”. I’ve shot all four and own two of them and the Glock is still better than the others, by far.

          • Scott

            I’ve never seen a Glock rust after brief use, and they’re certainly not prone to failure to hold open after last round as this model tested.

      • The American Crusader

        With respect, there’s not too much new under the sun anymore in semi-auto pistols. An argument could be made that much like music, everything today is somehow derivative of something that came before.

        The trigger is actually quite innovative. Like the Ruger LCR, you have to actually shoot it to appreciate how remarkable it is. For me, it fits the bill when I want to conceal under summer clothing, at less than 1″ wide and just over 6″ in length, it is considerably more comfortable to conceal than the Glock, Steyr, or Ruger.

      • Dan Atwater

        This gun looks and feels completely different from a Ruger SR, what are you talking about?

  • De Facto

    Good on TFB reviewing a Bersa! My EDC is a Bersa Thunder UC Pro in .40, I love that gun. Only thing about it I’d change is the caliber. .40 in a compact handgun isn’t the best combo. Been eyeing these new single stack 9s for a while, may have to pick one up!

  • Will

    Who the heck taught that woman how to shoot?

    • Simcha M.

      I was wondering the same thing; I hope it isn’t James’ wife!

      Other than that; great video and it seems like a great gun.

      • Cymond

        My wife continues to tea cup, despite my efforts to the contrary.

    • Bill

      But her hearing protection matches her blouse.

  • See if you guys can get a Bersa Thunder Pro XT for review. Super curious about the made for competition model.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Not bad.

    Why all small mfg guns don’t just use Glock sights… I have no idea. (Looking at you Walther who is so close you have to intentionally make them incompatible)

    It really makes a HUGE difference and jarring transitions when you see people who clearly have formal firearm training and those that don’t. By that I mean between videos on the TFB. Not the lady who did fine despite the classic teacup grip.

    • BattleshipGrey

      I agree. Taking advantage of a larger manufacturer’s (and their after-market manufacturer’s) accessory options opens up lots of possibilities for consumers. Great move on Bersa’s part.

    • iksnilol

      Maybe because Glock sights are crappy?

      • Nicks87

        Glock factory sights are fine, other than being made of plastic, they are really user friendly especially for new shooters. However, I do recommend replacing them on a carry gun just because there are better, more durable options available. Also, I think he was referring to sights that are Glock compatible, not actual glock factory sights.

        • iksnilol

          No… just no.

          If I want to be a hood rat that guns down an entire street from his drop top ’64, then Glock sights are fine.

          If I want to execute somebody at point blank ranges, then Glock sights are fine.

          If I want to cap somebody at 15 meters, then Glock sights are fine.

          In case you don’t know, I consider myself more professional than that. I do after all respect myself as a human being and person.

  • Matt

    I owned a Bersa thunder plus at one point. I had a number of problems with it:
    The Front sight fell off the first time I shot it, I was unable to find the sight and Bersa doesn’t really have “customer service” so much as a few gun shops they’ve contracted with to fix their guns (or at least, this was my understanding after trying to figure it out) and it was not helpful for me at all. I wound up just buying a replacement sight on their website and driving it on myself at which time I discovered that the slide was made of extremely soft metal and scratches easily.
    It shot hollowpoints with (I assume) softer primer cups reliably but would have 4 or 5 light primer strikes before it would fire on every brand of fmj that I tried for every. single. round. I did a complete slide disassembly and found a bunch of metal shavings in the firing pin channel which I removed. Unfortunately, this did not solve the problem.
    Also, Mags were $50 and nosedived frequently.

  • jerry young

    my wife carries a bersa thunder 380 and it is a excellent gun for the money, I have a full sized 1911 style 9mm and was looking to drop a little in size and thinking about the bersa BP9CC the one thing I don’t like and for the life of me cannot understand is the safety on the trigger, the biggest part of all accidents happen because of trigger contact so why would anyone want the safety on the trigger? I do still plan on checking it out but I may have to shop around, another problem I have is the polymer frame while I do have polymer guns I prefer a full metal gun just my preference

    • Ben

      I’m not entirely sure what your complaint is here. Are you saying because the safety is on the trigger, you would ride your finger on the trigger in the same way that your would ride a 1911 thumb safety?

      • jerry young

        no the safety on a trigger doesn’t make any sense, most accidents happen because of trigger contact, you should never put your finger on the trigger until ready to fire! that being said there are accidents that happen because the trigger was contacted by another object like a worn holster as in the accidental discharge of a Akron Ohio police officer whose gun went off shooting him in the thigh because the leather holster had distorted and contacted the trigger, how would a safety on the trigger have stopped this from happening?

  • Joe

    Trigger reach is also a big factor for the digit-ally impaired, and why I purchased mine.
    2.53″ on the CC, about as short as it gets, and coupled with the initial pull disengaging the safety it’s even shorter while firing.
    The only SHOT 2016 firearms that I find interesting are the Kimber Micro 9 and the Springfield EMP4, and that’s based solely on ergonomics and aesthetics.
    Not rushing to buy either, because other than being metal and single action I doubt there’s much practical improvement to justify the expenditure.
    Kudos to TFB for informing people about this firearm, for the small-handed/stubby-finger crowd it’s an outstanding option.

  • RJ

    I considered this pistol for a carry. However, I have two concerns. First, the trigger maybe a little too light. Second, it’s my understanding that Bersa recommends you do not carry the BP9CC with a round in the chamber. Wow!

    Maybe it’s because the trigger is light, and they are therefore trying to limit their liability, but what they’ve actually done is given anyone who carries this pistol with a round in the chamber a potential legal problem.

    After a defensive incident, I would not want to be facing an anti-gun prosecutor armed with that bit information, and ranting to a jury that I was recklessly carrying this pistol contrary to the manufacturers recommendations. Of course, it depends on the circumstances of the defensive incident, but it still is a cause for concern, and even though it may be a very good firearm, it’s another reason why I’d probably look elsewhere for a carry.

    • Kirk Newsted

      Honestly, which gun company doesn’t say not to have a round in the chamber? And which say its OK to use reloads too?

      • RJ

        I haven’t seen that before on a designated carry pistol, but maybe I’m just not reading their fine print. Do you have any examples of manufacturers that recommend not carrying a round in the chamber of a carry-type pistol? It would be interesting to know who’s doing that.

  • pismopal

    Another idea..put a Glock under the sights. How would one overcome the rust problem besides daily attention which I will not do?

  • Cotter Sayre

    Who taught that woman to hold a pistol like that, and why didn’t someone correct her IMMEDIATELY?? Very strange.

  • Docduracoat

    I love my Bersa Thunder cc .380
    My wife took back her Walther PPK/S, so she she bought me the cheaper clone.
    I like it way better than the Walther!
    With crimson trace laser grips, it disappears into a pants pocket, or in a sticky in a IWB
    I am now a huge fan of Bersa.
    I plan to check out and will likely buy the 9mm you reviewed here.

  • Hyok Kim

    Better than Walther PPS?