My new Browning BDA range report


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jbkebert
March 8, 2010, 01:07 AM
I picked up a new to me Browning BDA .380 over the weekend. The nickel plated .380 came with two 10 round mags for $375 plus tax. We took it over to the range this afternoon with my two boys and a fellow THR member and his buddy. First off the gun performed like a champ we ran approx 140 rounds of various ammo through it without a hicup. I had a little problem with the low profile fixed sights and the nickel finish. Seemed hard to pick up shooting with both eyes open. I switched from a Weaver stance to a semi combat strong side and shot one eye shut. The first group fired was 10 rounds at 10 yards. I also fired a full mag at 3 yards, 7 yards, and 15 yards. Finished off shooting two mags at around 18 to 20 yards. After that we set up a line of bowling pins at 12 yards and I was able to pick them off in vary rapid sequence after getting a better feel for the pistol. The follwing pictures by know means shows my best work but I am more than happy with my purchase. I had drooled over the Beretta 84's more than once but always found them out of my price range. When the chance at this BDA came up it took me three hours to decide to buy it. My wife and I are taking the Dave Ramsey FPU course and I really tried to be good. I just realized the price was to good to pass on. My 9 year old got into the action with a Heritage rough rider .22. Little sucker shot pretty good for never holding a handgun before.
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REAPER4206969
March 8, 2010, 01:48 AM
Beautiful pistol! You need to work on that grip and stance however...

REAPER4206969
March 8, 2010, 01:51 AM
When was it made BTW?

m2steven
March 8, 2010, 03:16 AM
A truly beautiful pistol! Thank God Dave Ramsey wasn't there to keep you on budget. He's a great guy but can definitely kill a buzz.

jbkebert
March 8, 2010, 08:40 AM
The gun was made in 91 by the serial #. I know my stance is a little funky was having a little trouble picking up the rear sight. So I modified my stance for better sight picture. If fired one magazine as quickly as I could come back on target. Not great groups but for a quick response they would quickly ruin someones day.

Marlin 45 carbine
March 8, 2010, 08:58 AM
those are one of the slickest .380acp pistols ever made IMO. I was useing mine for ccw but now it's my 'b-b-q' gun and a Makarov is my ccw.
mine does best with Rem Golden Sabre.

JTQ
March 8, 2010, 09:01 AM
I have a revolver holster just like yours.:D

Old Shooter
March 8, 2010, 09:17 AM
^ I wasn't gonna say it.

Nice looking BDA. I see them in the local shops every now and then, might have to take a close look at the next one.

Triggernosis
March 8, 2010, 09:20 AM
$375 ? !!! How in the world does everyone else find those kind of deals except me? It would have taken me less than 3 seconds to decide to buy it!

jbkebert
March 8, 2010, 09:21 AM
I would happily accept any pointers to my shooting form for corrections. Not having full arm extension doesn't bother me all that much for the guns intended purpose. I have plans to carry this gun CCW so a shorter overall profile will not hurt anything. I find myself in a similar stance with that Heritage. The small or almost non-existant rear sight is hard for my to get a clean sight picture. All of my rounds landed in there intended targets the strays belong to my two boys but they had fun. As for my grip I don't know I started out right but adjusted as I was shooting for comfort. Did not even realize I had moved my supporting hand until I looked at the pict.

AJChenMPH
March 8, 2010, 10:16 AM
I love shooting my BDA from an accuracy and recoil standpoint, but (as I've said in other threads) the damn thing tears up the webbing of my hand something fierce, right between my thumb and index finger.

BBQ gun...hmmm, that may just be it. I just gotta find a good holster and belt. Might be time to plunk down the money for that nice DeSantis holster and matching belt.

golden
March 8, 2010, 04:09 PM
JB

If you want extra mags, you can get BERETTA 84 mags cheap from CDNN. I think they are doing a liquidation sale on BERETTA made 10 round magazines.

Jim

gordy
March 8, 2010, 04:18 PM
Form is as form does, If it works- thats how you do it.
I must say!:what: WHERE ARE YOUR GLASSES.:what::what: If the boy were to say can I do this with no glasses, What would you say?
And those bda's are very fine.

REAPER4206969
March 8, 2010, 08:05 PM
I would happily accept any pointers to my shooting form for corrections.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa50-plo48

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2Zioo5ixw4

huntsman
March 8, 2010, 08:16 PM
I had a little problem with the low profile fixed sights and the nickel finish. Seemed hard to pick up shooting with both eyes open.

+1 I struggle for a brief second when I transition from the BDA to the 4566 because of the sights.

+100 on Financial Peace University (Dave Ramsey) it really brought stability to our lives.

makarovnik
March 8, 2010, 08:20 PM
Nice, considering it's a big fat heavy gun chambered for a wimpy caliber. Just kidding. I love it and want one. Don't like the revolver hanging out the front pocket though.

Peter M. Eick
March 8, 2010, 09:07 PM
I noted your grip medallions are gone just like mine. I called Browning service and tried to complain. They just said they would send me two more and to glue them on with two part epoxy.

Must be a common problem.

jbkebert
March 8, 2010, 10:37 PM
As for my custom revolver holster. We were shooting on a move to contact range and were well in front of the bench line. My son had just finished shooting a cylinder through it. I took possesion of the gun and stuck it in my front pocket unloaded while I fired a mag. I don't make it a habit to feild carry in that way. I also don't make it a habit to let a 9 year old have possesion of a handgun unless my full attention is on him.

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