Typically, once a platform is discontinued by its manufacturer, the aftermarket slowly folds. Few new products are released (unless the platform is alive through other companies) so it comes as a surprise that Mec-Gar, a manufacturer of fine firearms magazines, has announced the release of new Browning BDA magazines with a 10-round maximum capacity.
For those not familiar with the BDA, short for “Browning Double Action”, the moniker was used across a variety of handguns from the late 1970s through 1997. A full-size model was produced by Sig Sauer for Browning for only four years, spanning 1977-1980. The handgun was made in three calibers 9mm NATO, .38 Super, and .45 ACP. Records indicate that only about 1800 were manufactured. The weapon has a striking resemblance to the venerable “P” series.
Mec-Gar’s offering is for the BDA .380, manufactured by Beretta (which also has an uncanny resemblance to the Model 84). Offered starting in the early 80’s, the handgun was manufactured until 1997 under the Browning name for the US market and FN name for the European.
The new restricted-state magazines are limited to 10 rounds. Two SKUs are available including a blued model and a nickel-plated magazine. Retail for the blued is set at $31.30 and the nickel magazines run at $33.85. They are available now through Mec-Gar and through their dealer network.