Bersa vs Taurus


September 5, 2008, 08:37 PM
I've been thinking if Bersa expanded their semi-auto handgun line they would outsell Taurus, I based this on Bersa's reputation of making good handguns at bargain prices. I don't want to sound like a Taurus basher, they just need to step up their quality control a bit (this would happen with some stronger competition from Bersa).

Let the polling begin, pick your favorite!!!

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September 5, 2008, 09:49 PM
I have owned both in the past.

I still own taurus pistols. I've been very pleased with taurus's quality, have never really had any problems.

The bersa, well if it would feed the ammo, it was ok, just a little picky. Just did not think it was as reliable. IMHO.

September 5, 2008, 09:54 PM
See now,I also have both a couple of Taurus's and Bersas...I like both and have no problems with neither except a PT 111 but that was eventually fixed.This is like comparing apples and oranges...I trust both with my life,and my household security.

Tough question really because it boils down to 'preference' not which is better...

September 5, 2008, 11:01 PM
Didn't vote because there are many Taurus owners who also own Bersa products. I can bring the links on that if need be.

I own Taurus revolves and have little experience with Bersa though the few I have handled or been allowed to shoot seemed like fine guns.

Even have contemplated getting a Bersa in .380 ACP.
Some things to consider:

September 5, 2008, 11:02 PM
The 9mm Bersa compact or fullsize wins every time . 3600 members and more joining ever day

September 5, 2008, 11:08 PM
Let's add a little more for consideration:

September 6, 2008, 11:13 AM
Looks like a close race so far.

September 6, 2008, 11:40 AM
Here 3618 members of http:// vote BERSA by proxy

September 6, 2008, 11:42 AM
I have a taurus mod 85 but I won't buy one of there auto's so I voted bersa

September 6, 2008, 12:55 PM
Taurus makes great revolvers in all different assortments. As a matter of fact a gunsmith told me the other day that Smith even used some of taurus designs for their newer model guns. Plus they are cheap :). Bersa also makes a good .380 which I personally own, it is one of my most accurate guns once it got a good cleaning and breaking in.

September 7, 2008, 10:36 AM
Sold a Taurus kept the Bersa

September 7, 2008, 01:04 PM
I have both and like both trying to make up my mind which will be the next hand gun I will by would like a 9mm looking at both bersa and taurus.

September 7, 2008, 01:13 PM
The Bersa by a mile.

September 7, 2008, 01:38 PM
I'm a taurus :) Held and shot pleanty of them but never owned one never concidered buying a Taurus they never really caught my eye but the Bersa did in a heart beat. I have learned to follow my instincts hey havent whent wrong yet! So I would have to go Bersa!!:neener:

September 7, 2008, 01:40 PM
Bersa hans down for me:rolleyes:

September 7, 2008, 01:51 PM
Have both and like both. But I carry the Bersa and shoot the Bersa more therefor its Bersa.

September 7, 2008, 02:07 PM
Taurus PT111 SSP milpro.
+5k rds, no failure, affordable, accurate..

to each their own, my picks for compacts are Taurus and Kahr...


Jim Slivinski
September 7, 2008, 02:28 PM
I own 1 Taurus revolver and have had no problems.
Also own 5 Bersa semi-auto pistols . Love 'em all.
My wife owns the pink Taurus 380 that we got from Gander Mountain. It is the most finicky pistol I have ever seen.
My vote is for Bersa.
My daughter carries a Bersa UC9 and loves it even over her Glock 19.
My step daughter owns a Bersa 380cc and loves it.

September 7, 2008, 02:51 PM
I vote Taurus because they produce the revolvers I buy, carry and shoot. Taurus also makes some fine semi-autos and I own a couple of them. I only own one .380 Bersa. But as there is a seat for every behind, there is a firearm for every hand. They are both fine firearms in there own class.

September 7, 2008, 03:35 PM
Milpro PT145 and bersa T380
Like and carry both. I use a Don Hume 721OT LH for each.

September 7, 2008, 04:37 PM
Life time warranty.
Several hundred round no major problems,just feed problems with Remington green box,so I dont use them.

R.Ph. 380
September 7, 2008, 05:05 PM
Owned the Taurus PT 111, Gave it to my Brother-In-Law, not because it was not as good but because I loved my 2 BT 380s and the best the Thunder 9UC.
Buying a Rossi 357 Snubbie made by Taurus just because Bersa does not make a 357 Revolver.
Love Both

September 7, 2008, 06:21 PM
I own a Taurus CHULT and a Bersa Thunder 380. I like the Taurus, a sound tool. I TRUST the Bersa with my and my family's life. It's a Bersa thing.

September 7, 2008, 06:31 PM
gotta go with the Bersa, me and the wife both have one(had to buy her one cuz she liked mine so much) and carry them often.

September 7, 2008, 06:37 PM
I believe Taurus has a little better quality over Bersa, but I would own either with a preferrence for Bersa semi-autos and Taurus revolvers.

September 7, 2008, 07:42 PM
I own a Taurus and a Bersa,and believe both too be very reliable handguns.

September 7, 2008, 08:37 PM
Where are our manners?

Welcome to The High Road forum JC40. Nice post.

September 7, 2008, 08:48 PM
I'd like to stand up for taurus here but I have had nothing but good luck with the bersa I used to own and nothing but problems with the one taurus I owned.

I vote bersa!

September 7, 2008, 08:57 PM
depends on if i want a clone of a beretta or a clone of a walther

i think i would prefer a beretta or a walther

September 7, 2008, 09:12 PM
Gotta go with the Bersa. Owned and shot a 383 for over 20 years. Carried it as my "motel gun" flying fires in Cali.

Got a UC .45 two years ago when LEO I was helping out at one motel commented: "Ya NEED a bigger gun, son." He was 20 years younger than me at the time. So, I bought "a bigger gun" and have had a very good time with each of them.

I won't say "cheap" - I'll just say inexpensive.


September 7, 2008, 10:51 PM
I've like the Bersa since the first one I held and I bought it. Myself I've never had any problems with it, over 1000 rounds so far.

September 8, 2008, 10:11 AM
Looked at a bunch. Bought a Bersa UC 9mm.

September 8, 2008, 12:12 PM
I have a little Taurus 22 and it works fine. No problems at all. Decided to add a Taurus 25. Looks the same, works the same, except...failure to feed, failure to fire, failure to extract happened constantly. Safety came on frequently while attempting to fire. Magazine typically fell out about every third shot. This was so bad it was like something that had been sabotaged by a practical joker or a prop from a comedy movie...truly unreal. While the grips were off to clean out the heavy factory lube a piece came loose that I couldn't get back in...cost me $70 at a gunsmith.
Sent this disaster back to the factory for a long wait with a carefully detailed description of problems. After about three months it came back with a checklist of what fixing was done. Mentioned some things were fixed but didn't mention others. I never tried it but immediately traded it in on a 22/45 combination EAA Witness that I could get at a very good price with the trade-in. Hope to try it later today.
Taurus autos are a crapshoot and you can lose mightily if you get the wrong one. Admittedly the 22 has been fine and makes a good 22 target practice substitute for my Kel-Tec 380s. Its twin was a nightmare.
If looking for a reliable gun you can count on to save your hide get a Bersa(thrifty and good), Kel-Tec(easiest to hide, thrifty, good with the right ammo) or a Springfield Armory XD(terrific, medium price, reliable.
Taurus autos are not a good risk.

September 8, 2008, 12:23 PM
Bersa, hands down.

Bersa is what Taurus should have been. Quality firearms, affordable prices, great quality control, and a stress-free custome service.

September 8, 2008, 12:46 PM
Sold 7 Taurus's, considering a Bersa.

September 8, 2008, 12:59 PM
Bersa all the way!

September 8, 2008, 07:32 PM
I own a BT380. Don't own a Taurus (yet.) Am hoping to add a Mill Pro or 24/7 next year in either .40 S&W or .45. Will give you a more educated response when that happens.:confused:

ice monkey
September 9, 2008, 09:03 PM
I got to say that I am not a biggest fan of either … but I have to give my vote to Taurus.

I bought a Bursa .380 … it broke within a week. When it was replaced, the new one broke on the first shooting. I know, I know, that just doesn’t happen. But it did, and besides that, the first one had a couple failures to feed before it broke so … I am not the biggest fan of Bursa. I have never had a Taurus break on me.

September 9, 2008, 09:30 PM
Got to go with Bersa
Have owned a BT 380 for several years, very accurate, reliable and is a great
little gun.

September 10, 2008, 01:12 PM
I've owned Taurus pistols and revolvers for going on 30 years. Never a problem with them. I have a PT22, no problems, either.

We own two Bersa, one an early Model in .32 ACP that feeds only hot .32 FMJ with any regularity. It's finicky, and bulky. The second is my daughter's Deluxe, in .380 ACP. She loves it, and it will shoot JHP that it likes accurately.

That said, the OP was trying to see what would happen if they expanded their line-up. The only guns mentioned so far were the .380s, as far as Bersa goes.

By the way, does anyone here actually believe that someone would buy seven Taurus handguns, one after another, especially when all seven were terrible?

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