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scottw
October 12, 2006, 05:14 PM
Did Bersa quit making the 22? Tried 2 different shopping sites and none are listed.

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steelhead
October 12, 2006, 05:49 PM
It is now sold as the Firestorm 22. I have one but finding it wasn't easy. Mag's are even harder to find and expensive.

Onmilo
October 13, 2006, 09:26 AM
Magazines have always been the Achilles heel of the Bersa/Firestorm pistols.
The guns always come with just the one magazine and replacements and spares are always in the $40.00 and up range.

Personally I like and have sold several of the Firestorm .22 pistols but my real favorites are the hard to find Beretta 87 and my Walther PP .22 for guns of this size.
Oh, if you think replacement magazines are expensive for the Firestorms, and they are, wait until you price replacements for the Model 87 and the PP,,,,Ouch!

scottw
October 13, 2006, 08:53 PM
Thanks for the replies. I think I am going to stick to my Walther P22. So far it has not failed after 1'000's of rounds. I thought I would like to try something new. I also shoot a Beretta 21A. It is a jamming son of a gun. Will post results after I get through reworking it.

Pilot
October 14, 2006, 08:16 AM
I also shoot a Beretta 21A. It is a jamming son of a gun. Will post results after I get through reworking it.

What ammo are you using? I use CCI Minimags and never have a malfunction in my 21A.

tpelle
October 14, 2006, 07:40 PM
I have a Firestorm .22 that I've owned for a couple of months now, and have a couple of hundred rounds through it. It is somewhat ammo-sensitive. It eats 40 grain solids all day, but 36 grain hollowpoints won't reliable cycle the slide on the first one or two rounds. The last eight 36 grain rounds from the 10 round mag work fine, though.

I originally intended the pistol to be a "trainer" for my Makarov. In the end, considering that the safety worked in the opposite manner and that the trigger pull was significantly different from that of the Mak, I decided to buy a .380 version of the same pistol.

I think this is really the hot setup - I have a .22 to practice with in my back yard (using a bullet trap), and a .380 for concealed carry.

Yes, it's unfortunate that Bersa only supplies one magazine with the pistol. I'm trying to buy a second mag now.

I was originally going to get the Bersa Thunder version of the pistol, as the only difference is the hooked trigger guard on the Thunder (seems that more holsters are available for it), but for some reason, all the Bersas are unobtainable right now. I asked my FFL to see if he could get the Firestorm version, and he wa able to order one in for me.

scottw
October 14, 2006, 11:03 PM
I used CCI Stingers and Velocitor's. They will cycle about 95% of the time in the 21A. Not good enough for me. At $5.95 for velocitor's it is cheaper to shoot 9mm. I will finally agree that I will shoot my P22 for practice and will buy a 9mm for CCW. Thanks for all the replies. (do not use Fiocchi in your auto, Blue and Red box) will post all kinds of problems with this ammo. This stuff will not cycle in my P22 and it will cycle 22 shorts. ( only 2 at a time, one in chamber and one in clip)

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