Bersa vs. Taurus


Cactus Jack Arizona
August 24, 2011, 02:47 AM
It seems as though most talk is about mid priced to high priced guns when deciding on a pistol for conceal carry. However, what about the low priced pistols?

Which would you carry and trust your life with:

.380 category
Bersa Thunder 380 or Taurus 738 TCP?

9mm category
Bersa BP9CC or Taurus 709 Slim?

Choose Wisely! :p

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Deus Machina
August 24, 2011, 03:54 AM
I don't personally own any Tauruses but my 85, but in my experience, the Bersas do feel a bit more solid. Tighter, at least.

The 380 has a great reputation now, and I was seconds and pennies away from buying a 9mm Compact, which is really a heck of a gun for its price.

Taurus is fine for the price, but Bersa just feels better to me.

August 24, 2011, 07:29 AM
I've had both.
Both are good guns
But for absolute trust I always went with my Bersa .380.


August 24, 2011, 09:53 AM
I have two Bersa pistols - a .380 and a pretty-much identical .22 LR version. Both are extremely well made. They exhibit excellent machining. They do have magazine safeties, which some folks see as a plus and others don't (I fall in the "don't" class, myself.). The .22 is kind of picky about ammo, but it seems that most semi-auto .22's are like that. Mine likes Remington Thunderbolt bulk-pack, though.

I hear LOTS if QC issues from Taurus lately, which kind of scares me off.

August 24, 2011, 12:02 PM
I own several Taurus revolvers and semi-autos and would recommend them. I have never had any quality problems with mine. I have never owned a Bersa as I just haven't found anything in their lineup that I desire.

August 24, 2011, 12:05 PM
i dont own any of the taurus you listed, but i do own a 24-7 and a 845... and yes i would trust them with my life

August 24, 2011, 11:33 PM
Bersa wins in 380 and triple crown winner in the 9mm

I have bought 1 Taurus that worked out of box That was the PT-92. Other 2 were junk

Cactus Jack Arizona
August 25, 2011, 04:02 AM
To be honest, when it comes to the .380 caliber, I've already chosen the Bersa Thunder380 over the Taurus. I know a person who had a TCP but it was such a jam-o-matic he took it back to the place where he purchased it and they gave him a full refund. Service at it's finest. At that point, since it was going to be a CCW pistol, I elected to by-pass the TCP. :rolleyes:

When it comes to the light weight 9mm, I really like the looks and feel of the Taurus 709 Slim. However, I would say that I am very gun shy about actually purchasing a Taurus semi-auto due to all the negative talk I've heard about and read on the forums. :uhoh:

I guess I will continue to wish that some one with a good reputation would create a nice little 9mm, about the size of the Bersa Thunder380/Makarov PM but one that would not cost an arm and a leg and weigh about 18oz.

Dream dream dream, dream dream dream.....

August 25, 2011, 09:46 AM
I traded my Bersa Thunder .380 Del. because of jamming issues only to find out later I had a faulty mag. I've fired the same gun since. I wish I had it back. Good shooter. The one thing I didn't like about it was the long beaver tail. I'm a bit overweight and no matter what IWB I used it was very uncomfortable. But for the money, I think Bersa's are a good buy.

August 25, 2011, 10:47 AM
Bersa easily.

August 25, 2011, 02:25 PM
I had the Bersa .380 and after some Failure To Feed in the first 100 or so rounds it was fine and I liked it, but if you want a low price tag, don't miss the obvious. Kel Tec, my PF-9 straight out of the box has never had one failure with any ammo I have tried.

August 25, 2011, 08:58 PM
I've got a Bersa Thunder 380 and it runs like a top. I've never concealed carried it but would have no concerns about reliability if I did.

I usually carry 9mm but if I decided to go 380 the Bersa is such a good shooter it would be a natural.

August 25, 2011, 09:20 PM
A buddy of mine bought the Taurus TCP a little over a month ago. It initally had fail to feed issues but after he cleaned it and polished the feed ramp and chamber throat with polishing cream and a Dremel it runs like a champ and he has put about 500 to 700 rounds through it since the polishing with zero issues. With that said, the TCP is smaller and flatter, much easier to conceal in a smaller pocket. I said smaller pocket like Levis 505s, not gigantic cargo pockets or purpose built 511 Tacticals. Although I personally don't care to shoot the TCP because it nips my trigger finger every time I shoot it, don't discount this little gun. In certain situations, better concealment may be the lifesaver.

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