So, I have a little Bersa .380. I like it, as its small, easy to carry, and dependable – more or less. I’ve put, I think, a couple thousand rounds through it. It’s never really failed to fire but once. More on that later.
We got it because it was our “first” handgun. My wife and I were sitting in our living room, watching the Obama inauguration in 2008. Out of the blue, she turned to me and said she thought we needed to get a handgun. Ok.
Before that, we had a few rifles, family guns mostly. No handguns. It’s not that she was anti-handgun, she just did not want me to go out and get any handguns. Happy wife, happy life.
Out I went the next day, looking at Glock, Springfield’s, etc., all full-size stuff. I stopped myself though – this had to be something she could shoot too. And she had handled a Bersa before. And that little duo-tone Walther look-alike was handsome. So, there ya go. Our first handgun.
About two years after its purchase, I’m at the range, and pulled the trigger – nothing. A dead trigger. Pulling off the grips, I see the trigger return spring broke. Remembering that this thing has a lifetime warranty, I sent it to the local service center via FedEx, and about a week later, I get it back, fixed, cleaned up and good to go.
A couple of months ago I then noticed that the safety lever – or “decocker” lever is not dropping the hammer from the cocked position, as it should. Once perhaps every 4 our 5 times, it just wouldn’t. That problem got worse, and so off to FedEx again. Only one week later the Big Brown Van brings it back. Again, no charge, warranty work.
I am surprised – they replaced the entire slide and all the internals in it, noting only that it was “out of spec.” Not sure what that means, but I do like a lifetime warranty.
Bersa. People seem to really like them, or really dislike them. Of course, I am reminded of a quote from the movie Tommy Boy when it comes to warranties…. .
Ted Nelson: But why do they put a guarantee on the box?
Tommy: Because they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of shit.
Though there are other better carry options out there, perhaps, I still like the Bersa. For now. That’s what matters. And as a friend of mine says, you can’t beat that with a bat.