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Finally a Browning BDA 380

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by nwilliams, Dec 10, 2010.

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  1. nwilliams

    nwilliams Member

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    For years I've been wanting a Browning BDA 380 but I just never seemed to find one at the right time for the right price.

    Today I finally did! It's basically like new in the box and was priced at $410, I couldn't resist. It came with two 13 round mags, original box and manual, seemed like a good deal so I figured now was the time to buy.

    I love the feel of the BDA and I've always believed that it is one of the most attractive handguns of all time, it's got an elegance about it that few other handguns can match. I'm sure it will make a fun shooter and I'm just happy to own one finally!

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  2. rellascout

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    Great buy!!!! I have the Beretta version that I also picked up at a have to buy it price.

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    I love it. Softest most accurate 380 auto shooter I have ever owned. Enjoy!
     
  3. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    Thats beautiful!
     
  4. brandon_mcg

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    thats a fine weapon. i have made up my mind to go to the gun shop tomorrow and look for some "have to buy" prices.
     
  5. rellascout

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    My have to buy price was $320 OTD.
     
  6. usp9

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    Great guns, great deals, great pics.
     
  7. John Wayne

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    They are neat little guns, I'm sure you will enjoy yours. People are so crazed about having postage-stamp sized .380s nowadays that they forget about guns like this. The BDA is a compact gun you can actually hit something with!
     
  8. rellascout

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    I could not agree with you more. These guns are so accurate and due to design and weight eat up the 380 auto cartridge. They are a joy to shoot vs the mini 380s which are so heavily marketed today.
     
  9. 788Ham

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    rellascout,

    Does this have as smooth an action as most Berettas do? I've got an older .32 auto, 1935 Beretta, once cleaned up from the pawn, a very smooth action. Looked at one of these a short while back, wishing now I'd have bought it too! Nice lookin' piece!
     
  10. rellascout

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    Both the BDA and the 84FS are buttery.... IMHO.

    DA and SA triggers are pure Italian Beretta. :)
     
  11. xr1200

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    the browning 380 is simply a berretta 13 shot cheetta, with a slightly different slide. Not a bad gun, but its the same size and weight of early 9mm sub compacts, and it never reallycaught on. PPL just tended to buy the 9mm instead of the 380, because of the extra power factor
     
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    beretta 84 same gun
     

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    Someone always has to come along and carry on about compact 9mm's being just as small.....Who really cares! :rolleyes:....There's no compact 9mm that looks like these though! :neener:

    Beautiful BDA nwilliams!

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  14. bannockburn

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    nwilliams

    Nice aquisition there, and great photos too. Many years ago I had it's cousin, a Beretta 84. Fit and finish were impeccable and the overall shape and design made it feel like it was a mini Hi-Power.
     
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    Seriously beg to differ, its exactly a mini 92f berretta. The only thing it shares with a hi power is the browning name. The 380 is made by berretta and designed by berretta and browning only imported it and had the slide altered to cover the barrel.
     
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    I wasn't saying the design of the Browning BDA or the Beretta Model 84 was like a Browning Hi-Power; just that with it's mag capacity of 13 rounds, it felt like one in your hand. Like a minature version, scaled down for the .380.
     
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    nwilliams. . .nice looking gun. Thanks for sharing the photos.
     
  18. nwilliams

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    So I understand the Browning part, I understand the Beretta part but the gun is also marked FN, so what aspect of the gun is FN responsible for?

    I read somewhere that that the BDA was built under contract by Beretta for FN. Here's my take, the gun was based on the Beretta 84 then FN took the 84 design and made some slight modifications and then contracted Beretta to build it for them, then the FN had Browning import it into the US.

    Is this about right?
     
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    You pretty much have it right. FN Herstal (Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal) http://www.fnherstal.com/ is the manufacturer of all Browning pistols and rifles. Browning is just a name it is not a company in and of itself anymore. All current Browning product is FN product. Browning has a powerful marketing machine behind it in the US. The name has a lot of perceived value to it. FN leverages that name to make money!!!! FN also own the Winchester name which is why the FN Shotguns and the Whinny shotguns are the same base gun they just wear different rollmarks. You see this with Browning and FN too. The Browning Pro = FNP. The FN Hi Power is the Browning HI Power. Same guns run in the same factory on the same lines with different rollmarks.

    An FN rollmarked gun will sell for less than the identical Browning rollmarked gun here in the US. The FN Hi power vs the Browning HP is a perfect example. The Browning name moves metal in this country at higher prices thus the naming of the pistol. Browning BDA in 380 auto.
     
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    You will love that little gun without any doubt. I got mine earlier this year in the nickel finish. I was in love when I picked it up the first time. Some friends and I were at the range a couple weeks ago. Three of us were hitting Ritz crackers at 17 yards time after time. browningbdaedc003.jpg
     
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    FN does not manufacture all Browning firearms, Miroku of Japan makes shotguns for Browning and the Browning BuckMark is made by Arms Technology Inc of Salt Lake City.

    BTW, Browning Arms is very much more than just a name....while owned by FNH they are still a company in every sense of the word.
     
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    The BDA is completely made by Beretta. It even says "MADE IN ITALY" and "PB" (Pietro Beretta) on it.
     
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    So Beretta makes the BDA for FN and then Browning imports it. I wonder, were the design changes made by Beretta or FN or Browning, maybe we'll never know.

    Now I want a Beretta 84 as well as my BDA!
     
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    FN contracted with Beretta to produce the BDA to their specs. Outside the U.S. the pistol is known as the FN Model 140DA.







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    The differences between the 84 and BDA are as followers:

    1)Enclosed slide.

    2)Slide mounted decock/safety.

    3)Spur hammer.

    4)Rounded trigger guard.

    5)Smooth, burled walnut grips.

    6)High polish bluing.

    7)Smooth front strap.
     
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