Bersa’s polymer .380 concealed carry pistol could replace your plinker as the fun gun in your arsenal. At the same time, it can be a legit concealed carry gun as well. How so? A formula based on the gun’s very interesting specifications. Let’s check them out, one by one…
Caliber: .380 ACP
Here’s what many consider the bottom of the list of acceptable concealed carry calibers. But it is on the list and there is really good self-defense ammo available in this caliber. Easy shooting and therefore easy to be accurate, the BP380CC devours, fires and ejects this round with fervor.
Action: Short-reset DAO
Here we’re keeping it simple. Same smooth squeeze and feel every time. And the wide-faced trigger provides additional leverage, making it a happy movement.
With one in the pipe, nine rounds of .380 is a force to be reckoned with — especially when putting them on target is as easy as it is with the Bersa.
Barrel Length: 3.3 inches
Long enough for good combat accuracy, short enough for easy wielding when drawing and taking aim.
Front and Rear Sights: Interchangeable with SIG- and Glock-type sights, respectively
Now here’s an interesting mix of compatibility. Regardless, the stock sights are decent enough and certainly don’t get in the way of fast, fun and accurate shooting.
Finishes: Duotone, matte black
Tough, reliable, low maintenance. My test Bersa got thrown around and constantly holstered like every other gun yet showed no marring or scratching.
Grips: Integral to frame
That the grips are integral to the frame is not any big deal. That they’re full grips that offer a full handhold on the gun is the key issue. Yep, they’re comfortable and offer fantastic purchase.
Construction: Hi impact polymer frame / steel slide
Again, rugged and well made. Easy to hang on to and manipulate with well-placed memory pads for fingers.
Safety: Integral locking system, firing pin, trigger
The usual combination of design and engineering to make sure the gun only fires when you squeeze the trigger.
There are four more specifications, arguably the most important ones. And here’s where the formula of specifications really adds up to an excellent carry gun.
Weight: 21.5 ounces
Light enough for everyday carry but still with enough weight for the gun to feel robust in hand.
Length: 6.35 inches
Long enough and large enough that it’s easily considered a compact gun but not a subcompact gun. So it’s not too big and not too small.
Height: 4.8 inches
Similar to the length, this gun is tall enough that it won’t be pocket carried or ankle carried. Indeed, an IWB rig would be perfect.
Width: .94 inches
Slim and therefore very easily concealable.
Now, all these specifications by themselves don’t mean much. But the fact that the BP380CC is a hand-filling, lightweight, mid-sized but skinny .380 with eight rounds in each magazine means you have a unique combination of carry-ability and shoot-ability. In other words, this is an easy gun to carry and shoot well. Because it is spec’d out for fun.