Welcome everyone to the 106th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal? Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.
In our last edition, our poll showed some very skewed data that left the Poseidon 1911 looking like a lot of fudd crap. We’ll be implementing changes to the poll to make sure this doesn’t happen in the future.
At this time the original auction remains up with a single bid of $4,000 and No Reserve. So it looks like someone will be taking this Poseidon-themed gat after all.
In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at a Browning BDA chambered in 380. As is tradition, this pearl gripped gat is currently up for sale on GunBroker for $105 Current Bid and No Reserve.
HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP?
Baby Browning or Bougie Bust?
Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:
“Your grandmother called… and she wants her gun and pearls back…” – Adam S.
“Fit into the Mexican cartels with one simple trick…” – Matt E.
Genuine pearl you say? – Matt M.
Selling this pearl clad gat is GunBroker seller sarah15, located in Frederic WI. Let’s see what they had to say about this rare Browning BDA.
Note: Item description has been truncated. Please refer to the auction for full item listing and details.
SARAH15 GUNS is thrilled to offer up a chance at this STUNNING AND RARE BROWNING BDA 380 PISTOL CHAMBERED IN THE .380 ACP CARTRIDGE!..BEAUTIFUL RARE SATIN NICKEL FINISH WITH AN AMAZING SET OF GENUINE PEARL GRIPS AND THE ORIGINAL GRIPS!..COMES WITH TWO AMGAZINES!..HAVE A CHANCE AT THE PERFECT BROWNING BDA PISTOL READY FOR YOUR HIGH-END COLLECTION TODAY!..
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The FN 140DA and the Browning BDA 380 are in fact the same handgun. These were produced by both FN Herstal of Belgium and Beretta in Italy from 1977 to 1997. If the gun looks like a Beretta Model 81 or 84, it’s because this pistol is a variant of that design. This new model was created in order to replace the FN 1922 / Browning 125, and features a different safety system.
Beretta never sold the pistols under its own brand, and the 380 variants were sold as the Browning BDA 380. The left-hand side of the pistol features the Browning Arms engraving, while the right-hand side has the Fabrique Nationale Herstal engraving. To me, it just seems like a pistol that doesn’t know where it’s from, and where to call home.
While the Browning BDA 380 failed commercially, I have to admit this is a pretty cool little handgun. With the wood grips and 13 round capacity, this could be a classy piece of history to own. Is it worth it to get a pistol torn between two countries, or would you rather just get a Beretta? As always I leave it up to you, the readers, to decide.
What do you think? Is this Browning BDA a Hot Gat or some pearl-clad Fudd Crap? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and cast your vote to let us know if this Browning BDA Nickel 380 is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap: