It can be hard not to get caught up in the hype of handguns and the infinite wish list we all possess. I salivate all day long over the latest and greatest carry options to be had. Realistically though, I’m a 25-year-old mechanic starting a new career with a new wife and new bills. Because of my tight finances I had to be frugal with my carry decision. Sometimes it’s really hard to save up the extra couple hundred dollars to get that GLOCK or M&P. Which brings me to what I carry, a Bersa BPCC 9mm . . .
I got it new for less than $300. I’ve had plenty of experience with the Thunder and wasn’t concerned with the reputation that comes with the South American sub-$300 gun. It’s thin grip fits my small hand nicely but it’s still long enough to get all three fingers on there which was a big plus for me. Eight rounds of 9mm golden Saber +P in the mag plus one in the pipe gives me confidence throughout the day. The trigger is a bit on the light side — 3.5 to 4 pounds — and there are zero external safties but the gun lives in the holster, period.
It had some issues when initially purchased, but after 2,000 rounds I no longer worry about reliability … it shoots every time I ask it to. With this price also comes with the comfort in knowing that if it has to take a trip downtown, my wallet won’t suffer. One day this gun will be upgraded away with a new one that doesn’t rust and doesn’t pit, has better safety features, and is a gun that I truly want. But until that day, I’m 100% willing to trust this gun with the life of myself and my wife.
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