Gun Review: Bersa BP9CC 9mm Handgun

With an ever-increasing population of concealed carriers, the U.S. market is lousy with single-stack, sub-compact pistols. I don’t think we’re anywhere near saturation, either. Which opens up the doors to handguns like the inexpensive, Argentinian Bersa BP9CC. Cheap and cheerful concealed carry companion or South American Saturday Night Special?

Bersa‘s BP Concealed Carry series comes in three flavors: .380, 9mm, and .40. Black is beautiful, sure, but Bersa offers it in FDE, OD Green (tested), Urban Grey, turquoise, pink, and duo-tone (various frame colors with a nickel slide). Shoot the rainbow!

Other than the low price (available at Brownells for just $369), the BP9CC’s slim frame is its main selling point. This svelte shooter weighs in at a scant 0.94 inches thin.

The BP9CC’s molded-in frame texture is almost but not quite used car salesman slick. The front- and back-strap’s shallow serrations with rounded edges are handsome, but they don’t provide sufficient gription when Texas-heated hand seepage makes moist.

The pebbled texture on the sides of the BP9CC’s grip frame is better, but also needs to be more aggressive. The “peaks” are simply too short. While we’re at it, the BP9’s slide serrations could be deeper and/or sharper, too.

On the plus side, the grip’s circumference and shape is ideal. It made me want to grip and rip this gun. Squeezing solidly with a high, two-handed grip, driving the BP9CC aggressively, it felt as solid as a rock.

Something about the BP9’s shape and size really encouraged that aggressive grip, though even without aggro roid-rage the gun’s highly controllable.

The skinny BP9CC presents a low-carbon handy footprint: 6.3 inches in length and 4.8 inches tall. Unlike your basic mouse gun or pocket pistol, the Argentinian’s small enough to conceal easily yet large enough to shoot comfortably.

The sub-compact size enables easy manipulation of the slide and controls. It’s large enough to come complete with real three-dot sights, a 3.3″ barrel, and a short slice of Picatinny rail for accessorizing.

That said, while the ambidextrous magazine release is easy to find — no micro gun finger contortions required — it’s hard to activate. It worked properly, but my middle finger/palm got in the way on the other side.

The issue with these ambi safeties: depressing the left side causes the right side to protrude. With the BP9CC, a full firing grip prevents that from happening. It’s a training issue, and I’ve never accidentally depressed the mag release from the right side. But there it is.

On the other hand (or thumb), the slide stop works a treat. Despite adding very little width with its tall-yet-flat design, the slide stop’s curved rear serrations offer plenty of purchase for dropping the slide from lock. The 90° ledge on the bottom is perfect for manually locking the slide back with the edge of your thumb.

Like a 1911 or a CZ 75 (or a zillion other guns), the BP9CC’s slide stop also acts on the barrel locking lug to pull it down and out of battery. Removing the slide stop allows the BP9CC to be field-stripped.

Retract the slide until the alignment marks on the slide and frame align, pull the slide stop out, slide the slide off the front of the frame and the pistol’s ready for cleaning. But first . . .

Safety check the pistol and pull the trigger to deactivate the striker. No big whoop; we’re all used to that. Only the BP9CC has a magazine safety. So insert an empty magazine, then pull the trigger and follow the directions above.

For reasons best left to politicians (and parents without trained children and gun safes), the Bersa’s BP9CC has an additional safety: a built-in lock. Rotate it between F for “fire” and S for “safe.” The process blocks the trigger and locks the slide in battery.

As an additional safety to the additional safety, Bersa’s BP9CC also has a loaded chamber indicator. With a round in the chamber, the metal flap up top provides a visual and tactile indication that you’re ready-to-rock.

When that time comes, you’ll find the trigger is wide and comfortable without an annoying safety blade dingus in the front. It rotates downwards to clear its passive safety, though, causing my trigger finger to rub against the inside bottom of the trigger guard. Not a problem, per se, but noticeable enough to be irritating.

Gripes about the trigger end real hard and fast at this point, as the BP9CC surprises with one of the best striker-fired triggers on the market. Yes, that’s right, it’s way up there with the highly-lauded Walther PPQ, HK VP9, and CZ P-10 C. Although it’s arguably better-suited for concealed carry.

Released to reset on the left, fully rearwards on the right.

Though light at about 3.8 lbs, the initial, smooth trigger pull travels a good five eighths of an inch. Once you’ve fired the BP9, the trigger resets really quickly: about an eighth of an inch forwards of the solid rear travel stop.

Riding that audible and tactile reset also delivers a lower subsequent shot break weight of around three pounds. Though the trigger creeps the full eighth inch back to the breaking point, it breaks with purpose. It’s a shockingly fantastic trigger.

 

From a sandbag rest at 15 yards, the BP9CC’s accuracy wasn’t impressive. Clockwise from the top left bullseye: American Eagle Syntech 115 gr, CapArms 147 gr, Sellier & Bellot 115 gr, and Speer Gold Dot 124 gr.

A target gun it ain’t. But at self-defense distances, the BP9 is more than accurate enough. It’s also easy to shoot rapidly while keeping the downrange holes where they belong.

The BP9CC was a perfectly reliable firearm. I fed it two brands of hollow points plus FMJs in a wide spectrum of weights, bullet designs, and power factors from a handful of different manufacturers.

While I wish the Bersa shipped with more than the one, eight-round magazine, I still managed to get through nearly 500 rounds of mixed 9mm without a single hitch, hiccup, holdup, hangup, hardship, hindrance, or humiliation.

The handgun’s recoil is as snappy as you’d expect from a firearm that weighs 20.9 ounces (with empty magazine). But the ergonomics make it fun to shoot and easy to keep on target. It’s well-suited to almost anyone, regardless of hand size and stature — as long as they have a modicum of grip strength to make up for the lack of proper frame texture.

Overall, Bersa’s BP9CC is not only good looking and affordably-priced, but highly functional. It’s an extremely skinny, compact (but not too compact), and reliable concealed carry pistol with a superb trigger. The BP9CC reflects the fact that we’re living in the golden age of concealed carry pistols.

SPECIFICATIONS: Bersa BP9cc

Caliber: 9×19 (also available in .380 Auto and .40 S&W)
Capacity: 8+1 (8+1 in .380, 6+1 in .40)
Trigger: Short reset striker-fired, 3.8 pound initial pull and 3 pound subsequent pulls (if one rides the reset)
Sights: SIG Sauer-fit front sight and GLOCK-fit rear sight. Front is steel, rear is polymer. White 3-Dot style.
Length: 6.35″
Barrel Length:
3.3″
Width:
0.94″
Height: 4.8″
Weight:
20.9 ounces with empty magazine
MSRP: $429 ($369.99 at Brownells)

RATINGS (out of five stars):

Form Factor * * * *
I love everything about the BPCC’s size and shape for concealed carry. And it looks good, too. Better grip texture and grippier slide serrations would elevate it to five stars here.

Reliability * * * * *
It reliably ran everything we fed it, from reloads to hollow points to flat points to +P.

Accuracy * * *
Sufficient.

Trigger * * * *
The trigger is wide and comfortable and smooth and crisp, with one of the shortest resets going. But it tends to squish your trigger finger into the inside bottom of the trigger guard.

Value * * * * *
With a street price well under $400 the BP9CC is a screaming deal — a highly underrated carry option.

Overall * * * *
Bersa’s BP9CC isn’t perfect, but it’s darn close.

comments

  1. avatar Scott Winebrenner says:

    Coming to California? Looking for a compact 9 mm for the wife that doesn’t require a tractor to rack the slide. Was it a heavy pull on the slide? Too much for a petite woman?

    She already has the only Bersa .380 allowed in this state and she loves it. Tried out a .9 mm shield but to difficult to pull back.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      Since the microstamping law went into effect in, if I recall correctly, 2012, there hasn’t been and never will be a new pistol added to the CA Roster. No need to ask. The microstamping requirement cannot be met.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “The microstamping requirement cannot be met.”

        That was the point.

        Has anyone considered attacking that law on those grounds? It seems to me that’s the proof the law wasn’t intended to be met, and that’s clear evidence the law wasn’t crafted in good faith.

        Is there such a concept in law about the lexpectation of good faith in legislation?

        1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

          CA Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that the technology exists and the law could go into effect. It was upheld in one court proceeding. Not sure why it hasn’t been fought harder, though the NSSF and CalGuns Foundation are working on it. I think some companies and people were expecting the Roster of approved guns to get so short that it would become their argument and proof that the law is unreasonable. For now it stands, though, and no manufacturer can meet the requirement.

        2. avatar Geoff PR says:

          expectation, not lexpectation…

        3. avatar Martin B says:

          No, he was right. Lex means “law” in Latin, the language of the law. So it might be a neologism, but it is definitely within the rules of language.

    2. avatar Swilson says:

      Shame the .9mm didn’t work out.

      1. avatar Frank says:

        The great thing about those .9 mm guns is the mag capacity. Sixty rounds is pretty impressive, especially for a single stack.

  2. avatar Shaun L. says:

    I’ve always loved the Bersas as an entry level pistol. If these are anything like the older ones, the accuracy can vary wildly from pistol to pistol. You may have just gotten a dog. The few bersa pistols I have(and do) owned seem to be high on features for the price point as well as having above average build quality and machining for that same price point.

    I would definitely(and often do) recommend the Thunder series pistols to people on a tight budget who want something worth shooting.

  3. avatar former water walker says:

    I’ll stick with my Taurus 709 Slim-also South Anerican but a helluva’ lot less $. Accurate,dependable and (so far!)PERFECT. And smaller. I can easily carry in a Nemesis. Also a top pick in Guns & Ammo shootout of small 9mm…

    1. avatar Wyvern says:

      I wonder how much money Guns & Ammo got from Taurus to make sure the 709 was the top pick in that shootout? Gun magazines like Guns & Ammo are notorious for making sure the top advertisers in their publications get lots of glowing reviews, even when the guns themselves are sub-par.

      1. avatar Rick says:

        I picked up a buyers remorse BP9CC from my neighbor in a trade for a Mossberg 702 with a cheap Burris rimfire optic, so maybe $175 value, but I think he paid $299. Locally, KyGunCo had the 709 for $169 for a day or two.

        There is no comparison from a shooting perspective, the Bersa is just fantastic for a relatively small pistol. The trigger is among the best, and I have the VP9, Steyr, PPQ, and a M&P with the Apex kit. The 709 is pretty terrible, but not really from a break perspective, just with the nature of its SA/DA trigger there’s massive take up in SA mode, I think they’d been better off, with both the 709 and PT111, just having a DAO gun. Even if the pull was heavier, it would be more consistent, like a P99 DAO or Canik DA (fundamentally the same gun really).

        Kahr does the best job for a DAO striker gun and it has quite a few options for sizes, so finding your Goldilocks gun is fairly easy, but the Bersa its great at the range, trigger is awfully light and short for a CCW option, I’d not carry it appendix that’s for sure. It fits my wife perfectly for a night stand gun, big enough to control, but not a boat anchor either.

      2. avatar D. Brian Casady says:

        You should look up and read the article from Guns & Ammo. It was a 10 gun shootout, and they removed each gun from the test if there was even one failure of any kind. The Taurus gave the smallest group sizes. Somehow, it just doesn’t follow any reasoning-no matter how convoluted-that the test was biased. Again, look it up and read the article.

      3. avatar Michael Baley says:

        Don’t be so cynical. Gun magazines, too have a reputation to uphold. Giving tenuous rave reviews to guns not worthy of purchase will not give credence to any publication’s trust. Obviously, an article on a “sub-par” gun does not read as well as one that is outstanding (to the reviewer at least), however I have read many reviews that were not terribly positive for the gun. Those kinds of reviews are not only important for the publication’s standing in the gun community, but also for the industry as a whole.

  4. avatar Lucas D. says:

    My little sister hasn’t been out of college quite long enough for her naively liberal worldview to be completely shattered by reality. After she moved into a part of the garden district that borders on the inner-city, though, she went from snarking on my “need” to own guns to begging me for help picking one out.

    This is the one we selected for her, and if I didn’t already have several different options for a carry pistol, I’d have gotten one too. Her only malfunctions were due to limp-wristing on a few shots, but once she got the technique down, it worked just fine. It’s also the perfect size, being small enough to carry comfortably but still large enough make it easy to control; something I couldn’t say for my G43 until after I got the Taran mag extensions.

    I know there are some who will dismiss the pistol out of hand for not being their favorite brand, not being an ideal competition gun, or because the action might not stand up to 500,000 rounds without need of maintenance, but that’s fine; nobody else likes those people either, and they will die alone and angry someday.

    1. avatar Rick says:

      ++:-)++

  5. avatar FlamencoD says:

    When you say lousy…do you mean not enough choices? Springfield XDs and XDe, Glock 43, S&W Shield, Walther PPS, Beretta Nano, Kimber Micro and other commander and smaller 1911 9mms, Sig P938 and P290, Kahr CM9, Ruger LC9, Taurus 709 slim, and this Bersa. I’m probably missing some. I think there’s choices a plenty. Maybe I misunderstood your meaning of lousy.

    1. avatar Lucas D. says:

      Lousy here means “infested” rather than bad, since the original use of the term is to describe something ridden with lice.

      1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

        Indeed.

        There’s seemingly no upper end to the number of CCW pistols the U.S. market will bear. Which is great!

      2. avatar FlamencoD says:

        That makes sense. I was thinking the current common definition of bad.

    2. avatar former water walker says:

      You’re missing the SMALLEST 9mm(I believe)-Diamondback. Mixed reviews. As is perhaps the largest single stack…Bersa.

    3. avatar former water walker says:

      Forgot Honor Defense-the Shield clone er copycat?

  6. avatar TXGunGal says:

    Used Bersa 380 for CHCL for range test. Jammed a little but able to resolve and complete test with 5 points over minimum required.

    Better choice is Bersa 9 Ultra Compact. Have put enough rounds through it to trust it for self defense.
    It is a little bit heavier than 380. version. Easy to rack the slide, 3 dot sight and easy to cock hammer for 1st shot, then very easy trigger weight for follow up shots Would recommend for new or experienced handgun owners looking for a very affordable pistol.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      There are some good or even great guns in the Thunder series, like the Pro that JWT reviewed here, but they have no similarity to or parts sharing with the BPCC series at all…

  7. avatar Nanashi says:

    369.99? I can get a Shield for cheaper, even without the rebate offer that ends today. Seems better in every way than this.

    1. avatar FlamencoD says:

      Except apparently the trigger and barrel length. The Shields I’ve tried I did not like. They were gritty (slides and triggers) and the mags felt cheap, one of the mags couldn’t even be loaded full it was so bad. With the Shield rebate I was seeing prices in the low 200s. Crazy cheap, but to me, it is a cheap gun. Much lower quality than the XDs and G43.

      1. avatar Ardent says:

        Despite a love of SW revolvers (pre Hillary Hole, Thank you), particularly model 10s and variants thereof, and despite carrying a Bodyguard in .380 as a BUG daily for several years now, I’ve never been a fan of Smith auto pistols, and, this may sound crazy, but I even prefer the Sigma and it’s apparent offspring, the SDVE, over the entire M&P auto line.

        There was a time when the SVDE was, in my opinion, perhaps the best commonly available pistol in its price range, despite the horrible trigger, and still, I could not bring myself to own or recommend a Shield of any stripe. I’m sure they are decent guns for the money, and serve many people well, but from ergos to looks to trigger I just really don’t like them.

        This offering from Bursa however seems like a good addition to the already burgeoning selection of carry/SD oriented pistols on the market. This must truely be the ‘golden age’ of defensive pistols, and yet there is still room for not only the Hi-Points (though just barely), and certainly for Bursas and Diamond Backs, for Taurus and Rock Island, for Shields and Glocks, and Rivers of various stripes and once upon a time for XDs and XDSs, though not new ones, not any longer, and still room for Colts and Sigs, and more. If anything, the dizzying selection makes it hard to decide, since virtually anything has some comparable competition at this point for price and functionality, and features and size…

        We’ve come a long way from Model 10s with model 36s for backup, or 1911s with Mustangs or AMTs for BUGs, or now even from my own Glock19 paired with a .380 BG as a BUG, and that was ‘state of the art’ just a few years ago. There certainly has never been a better time to be a pistol packer and defensive shooter.
        Now if everyone could just accept that all of these wonderful pistols are viable options, suitable to a wide variety of tasks, needs and budgets. The ‘only one right gun/caliber’ argument has never been less defensible than it is today, and there has never been a time when one could, within any realistic budget, acquire such specialized and high quality weapons for every purpose and person as now.

        1. avatar Rick says:

          I agree on the SDVE, I absolutely love the grip, grip angle, stipling, slide serrations, mag release, slide stop…. But the trigger is very heavy, not bad really, just heavy. I’ve never bothered to swap it out for an Apex though, it lives in the basement as an Oh Crap option.

          Also, I agree on the M&P, its the grip for me, its just kinda meh, like gripping a de-boned chicken breast, ewwhh.

    2. avatar JFRAME says:

      The “Shield”! You get 2 mags and you can find a good holster to fit it. The rebate make it a real deal.

      1. avatar Jimmy Chimichanga says:

        You can find the BP9cc for $2xx & if they no longer ship with 2 mags, that must be new for 2017. This pistol was designed by Wilhelm Bubbits, not sure how the review failed to mention that. Even after dumping $150+ for an Apex trigger, your Shield won’t shoot like the BP9cc.

        1. avatar Rafael Del Valle says:

          The BPCC does deliver with 2 magazines and there are quite a few holsters available for it.

    3. avatar BLoving says:

      I might reply that the Shield has only two advantages: slightly smaller size (if that’s very important to you) and a more famous name (if that’s very important to you).
      Don’t be too quick to dismiss it – I’ve yet to meet the person who tried one and didn’t like it.
      Y’all may recall an article a few months ago listing a number of underrated and unappreciated pistols on the market today – this one was my nomination.

    4. Hi Nanashi,

      The Shield is a great gun. We at Eagle Imports are fans……but we also believe that you would love the BP9 as much if not more. We feel we have the best single stack polymer 9 for the price on the market…..plus our customer service is second to none.

      Having said that, if you would go with the Shield, we applaud that because supporting the shooting industry is the most important. Please give us a look one day….or just go and buy both. Can’t have too many great firearms. 🙂

  8. avatar David says:

    The only experience I’ve had with bersa firearms was an old coworkers carry gun (i dont remember the model, but it wasnt one of their ppk copies). The thing would only feed fmj, consistently jamming every 3rd shot with every kind of hollowpoints he tried. It was a comfortable and fun to shoot, but always jamming would have stopped me from carrying it.

  9. avatar Aven says:

    Why would someone buy this gun over the competition? Cabelas has had the Taurus 709 and the millennium G2 for $199.99 each. I chose the slightly thicker millennium because it holds 12 rounds and comes with two magazines and the 709 comes with one. I’ve only had the gun 5 or 6 days but it has shot 250+ rounds flawlessly and it is accurate for a gun that size.

    1. avatar former water walker says:

      Why indeed. I have both Taurus’. Fantastic for the $!

    2. avatar BLoving says:

      Right off the top of my head, I’ll give you two reasons: better fit in the hand and a significantly better trigger.
      There more to a good gun than having a low price – and do you really want the absolutely cheapest defensive gun you could find?

      1. avatar former water walker says:

        MY 709 has a great trigger.And I use a Handall Jr. I have no idea what you’rer talking about…user ineptitude?!?

      2. avatar Aven says:

        If you ever tried one, the PT111 fits most hands great and the trigger is good when you learn how it works and can get over the Taurus bashing hate. I don’t know why you want to pay far more money for a gun that is no better in most ways and worse in others?

    3. avatar Russ H says:

      LOL. There is a reason you can buy a Taurus for $169 – eventually you’ll find out if you shoot it enough.

      1. avatar Aven says:

        I have a Taurus revolver from the 70s that still feels and shoots like new. I’m almost 70. How long will I have to wait to see? My 2 semi-autos shoot and feel like the guns you gun snobs buy and I don’t anticipate any problems with them.

  10. avatar strych9 says:

    My only experience with Bersa is one of their Mini9Firestorm pistols. Chunky with some sharp bits on the slide but overall a solid, reliable gun that puts holes where you want them.

  11. avatar Gerard says:

    I wont buy any handgun that has a keylock on it

    1. avatar Ogre says:

      To me, having a keylock is no big thing – I don’t have little kids running around and I live alone, so the key stays in the case and I never use the lock. A handgun owner with a family that includes rugrats might like the idea of being able to lock a piece if it’s not being used. Besides, if you won’t consider handguns with keylocks, it really cuts down on the possibilities, doesn’t it?

      1. avatar Ardent says:

        I also refuse locking pistols, and it does cut down on selection a bit, but in such a crowded field of great pistols, it’s hardly an problem.

    2. avatar Aven says:

      I have three guns with a keylock. Whether they work or not, I don’t know because I saw no reason to even try and see if they do. You wouldn’t know they had a keylock if you didn’t know already because the key hole is a little bitty thing.

  12. avatar Ogre says:

    Don’t knock Bersa handguns if you haven’t shot one. I have two (a PPK-style .380 and a compact .45 ACP) and both are eminently qualified for their intended purpose – reasonably accurate, reliable and both have great SA/DA triggers. I haven’t shot the BPCC series yet, but it looks like it would work as a carry gun. Bersa should ship it with more than just one magazine, however, and I’d also change out the sights for night sights. I see that Bersa considered that possibility by installing the sights in dovetails. Anyway, this firearm should do just fine for people who can’t afford (or don’t want) more expensive ($600 and up) handguns that would get confiscated by the cops in the aftermath of a self-defense useage.

  13. avatar Smith says:

    It’s an awesome little pistol until you have to buy spare magazines. $40-48 each. No thanks.

  14. avatar Splic3r says:

    Always glad to see that there are more subcompact 9mm pistols coming out with decent triggers. I remember several years ago when the options were a Ruger LC9, a Kahr PM9, Diamondback DB9, or a Kel-Tec (if you were feeling lucky about their QC that week) and all with utterly garbage go-pedals.

  15. avatar Mr AR says:

    Looks like a Steyr and a PPS had a fling thing.

  16. I love my BP9CC. Probably the most comfortable carry gun I own. With that short trigger reset doubles are easy, in fact I dumped the whole mag in 1.5s just trying to see how quick it could run. I’m sorry to hear about the accuracy in yours, mine’s been great.

  17. avatar Specialist38 says:

    I like the Bersa BP9CC.

    I don’t own one because the one I was going to buy had rusted springs right out of the box

    Now I’m snake-bit about them.

    Good looking and feeling pistol though.

    Might even be able to use the slide-stop as a slide-release.

  18. avatar Libertarian says:

    Most super ritches are anti gun extremist and hypocrite.
    Fuck them use other products and make correct start up”s strong !

  19. avatar Jeremy S. says:

    I photoshopped that last photo and thought it was hilarious! Showed the wife and she was unimpressed and thought it was stupid. I was like, “no way, people will crack up and joke about it in the comments.” She disagreed. I guess she was right LOL

    1. avatar Martin B says:

      I for one regard the Bersa BP9CC as simply beautiful, and one of the most attractive and intelligent designs ever made in the firearms field, and your photo of the esteem art critics should hold for the BP9CC, rings true. I would visit that gallery. Pity most actual art critics are pantywaist liberals who would run in horror if a firearm appeared as an image. Snowflakes.

  20. avatar Michael D says:

    I can pick up a Walther pps m2 for just over $300 with the current rebate. In fact I’ll be doing that tomorrow. Can’t beat that deal.

    1. avatar Killtron 2000 says:

      I just bought a PPS M2 LE from Brownell’s. $400 including shipping. It also comes with 3 magazines with capacities of 6, 7 and 8 rounds. With the current $100 rebate it is a much better buy.

      Comparing it with the Kahr CM9, G43 and the Shield I think it will be my favorite to shoot. It fits my large hand the best and shoots to point of aim for me. For some reason the CM9 also shoots centered groups, even though it is the smallest of the 4 guns. My Shield with an Apex trigger and sear shoots slightly left and the G43 about 3-4 inches left at 7 yards. I’m sure this will be different for everyone.

      All of them are good guns at reasonable prices. They were practically giving Shields away with the $75 rebate. I think if you don’t mind the slightly larger size of the PPS M2 compared to the G43 it is the current best buy considering the $100 rebate.

  21. avatar Russ H says:

    Very nice pistol and just what I’ve been looking for: 9mm single stack subcompact or compact. I’ve looked at many – Walther PPSM2, Springfield XDE, Glock 43, Springfield XDS, S&W M&P Shield9, Ruger LC9S pro, Bersa BP9CC and for single actions, the Sig P938 and the Kimber Micro9. I really liked the Walther PPSM2, Springfield XDE,and S&W M&P Shield9 but I’ll have to look at the Bersa BP9CC again (frankly, I liked all of them except the Glock, which is just butt ugly and overpriced for what it is). Tough decision.

    I’ve been carrying a Bersa Thunder 380CC for a few years. After polishing the feed ramp a bit it will feed anything reliably. I’ve come to respect the Bersa line of handguns (yes, I used to sneer) because they are well made, affordable and reliable. I just searched the web for the Bersa BP9CC and they can be found for right around $330-340, with one mag. Odd thing was that in EVERY gun shop I went to (after explaining what I was looking for) NO ONE showed me a Kahr or a Taurus and no, I didn’t mention anything about them or a price range. All I said was “I’m interested in buying a single stack 9mm.”

  22. avatar michael adams says:

    A few thoughts.
    One, Traction grips are available for the BP series, I have them on mine. Love them. solves all the slick grip problems for about 10 dollars. Talon grips also, but they’re about 20.
    Two. Not sure what’s going on with your groups, My BP 9 will put 124 +P short barrel Gold dots in about an inch at 25 yards, going very very slow fire from a sandbag, pure mechanical accuracy, anything bigger is the shooter’s “Me” fault. that said, I usually do much much larger groups, not the pistol’s fault though.
    Three. The BP’s ARE shipped with two magazines,that’s the word right from the importer, and from their premier warranty center. If you bought it from a shop new, and it only came with one,then in my opinion, they, uh, shall we say, Liberated the spare mag for later resale. very dishonest practice in my book. I’d check up on that.

  23. avatar michael adams says:

    here, copy paste right from the importer’s website faqs page. WHAT COMES IN THE BOX WHEN I PURCHASE A NEW BERSA PISTOL?

    All firearms come with at least one magazine, an owner’s manual and safety warnings, along with a safety key and warranty information.

    The Thunder 380, Thunder 380 Concealed Carry, Thunder 22, and Thunder 380 Plus come with one magazine.

    The Thunder Ultra Compact Pro 9/40/45, The Thunder Pro 9/40, the BP 9 CC, and the Thunder 380 Combat come with two magazines.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      I hear ya. But mine shipped with only one. And it came direct from the distributor. Likewise, if a gun is supposed to be reliable but we have problems with it, we report how it went not how the marketing says it’s supposed to go 😛

      As for accuracy…I even put a laser on the rail and did a second accuracy test to make sure it wasn’t my sight alignment or whatever, and results did not change. These groups are what this particular pistol is capable of. Which, again, is plenty sufficient.

  24. avatar Brion says:

    I’ve had my BP9CC for over a year and have not had one problem with it. Nice to carry. Great trigger almost too light for the guns purpose. Two mags came with mine. I really don’t know why you would need more (it’s a conceal carry not a combat pistol) but yes they are a bit pricey. My friend has a Walther CCP and was really impressed with the Bersa. One thing that wasn’t mentioned is that that the gun has polygonal rifling. Nice review and good pistol.

  25. avatar Michael Baley says:

    I have four 9mm pistols, three of which I alternate as EDC depending on my mood of the day: Walther PPS (M1), Ruger LC9s, and my Bersa BP9cc (the fourth being a 1911). Of those three, it is by far the most comfortable in the hand, and therefore the nicest to shoot (for me). I disagree with the reviewer that it is not all that accurate. It is as accurate as my PPS, and more so than my LC9s. My biggest negative (and it isn’t a huge one) is the slight difficulty in engaging the magazine release; not super easy, but manageable.)

    I am extremely happy with owning this gun. It affords a whale of a big bang for the buck.

  26. avatar Bob Ousby says:

    Bought the OD as pictured a few months back. That trigger is fantastic! It’s too bad that Bersa doesn’t have a media push like the other gun makers. Once the masses fondle that trigger, people will be hooked! It’s a pure joy to shoot.

  27. avatar Ron Phillips says:

    Why can’t a California resident purchase a “banned” gun from an out of state dealer? Or from a private citizen?

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      The guns aren’t banned from ownership. What the law does is prevent any licensed dealer from being able to transfer a handgun to any individual unless that gun is on the approved Roster. Since federal law requires out of state transfers to go through an in-state FFL, you couldn’t get a gun from out of state whether from a dealer or an individual. There are exceptions for gifts from direct family. You can also do private party transfers within the state (through an FFL, but a direct transfer is exempted from the Roster).

  28. avatar David Murphy says:

    I have been carrying the BP9CC for two years, and I am approaching 3,000 rounds through it. I was hesitant and somewhat skeptical about Bersa at first, but this thing just fit the bill of what I was looking for as far as size, weight, and ergos. It carries extremely comfortably. I definitely received two magazines when I purchased the firearm.
    At first, I had a few issues with light primer strikes. After searching for similar complaints with the early models, I found that a few people had metal flakes in the firing pin channel. After taking the channel out and cleaning it, I found flakes as well.
    Since addressing this issue, I have had zero issues with this firearm. It runs like a sewing machine. I shoot better groups with this than I do with a shield, and even with some duty sized pistols. Talon grips were a great choice for me. I really didn’t have grip issues that needed addressed, but adding that thin layer of texture made it even more of a pleasure to shoot.
    Hold and point one of these the next time you are at a gun store and I think you’ll be surprised at how good it feels in your hand.

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