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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TimboKhan, Mar 6, 2013.

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  1. TimboKhan

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    Without knowing anything about them, I found a small 9mm tonight I really, really liked: Firestorm pro mini-9mm.

    Excellent double action trigger, decent single action pull, good sights and controls, and it fit my hand. Pointed well, too. I was shocked at how good my initial impression was, and even more delighted when I shot it.

    I don't know anything about them outside of them being a Bersa product, but my Dad found this one from some guy, and chances are I am gonna buy it from Dad.

    sent from my Galaxy Note II.
     
  2. TennJed

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    We need pics
     
  3. TimboKhan

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    Well, it isn't mine yet!
     
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    Those are excellent guns IMO. I recommended a Bersa in .45 to a friend years ago and he swears by it as his carry gun. The controls are a bit stiff but he managed to break his in somehow.

    Pictures required!
     
  5. bannockburn

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    TimboKhan

    I have found Bersa pistols to be an excellent buy and very reliable though their overall fit and finish and operational features may put some people off. Sounds like a good deal for you if you do decide to get it from your Dad.
     
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  6. Fremmer

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    Why laugh? If you like it, we're good with it. I've never seen one so yes, we do need pics!
     
  7. candr44

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    I had a Firestorm .45 and put all kinds of ammo and brands through it but it refused to jam. I must have put about 1000 rounds through it. I trusted this gun enough to use it as my home defense gun.

    I ended up trading it and regreted it ever since. Its the only gun I ever got rid of and regreted it.
     
  8. Rezin

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    I bought my wife a Bersa Thunder a few years back. It's a 380, but it has been super reliable and it's fairly accurate. Can't go wrong for that price point. I would definitely recommend a Bersa product to a buyer.
     
  9. Speedster00

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    Theres a gun magazine out on the shelf right now,,,cant remember which one exactly but it is the pocket pistol buyers guide one with an XD-s on the front and it has a write up on the inside about firestorms..
     
  10. MICHAEL T

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    Firestorm was just band name . They contracted Bersa to make their DA/SA pistols. IN old days Llama made their 1911's . Then when llama went under Metro Arms made them . The Firestorm 1911's were dropped couple years back as no sense competing with the American Classic also made by Metro Arms and imported by Eagle Imports.
    The 9 MM Bersa/Firestorm is considered to be best pistols in the Bersa line up by many. The Firestorm name has also been dropped except for the Firestorm 22 made by Bersa.
    It can still be serviced if needed at the Bersa warrenty centers.
    It is a good pistol shoot it and enjoy
     
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    Looks interesting. Is that a metal frame? The polygonal barrel is a no-go for me unfortunately.
     
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    I don't care for double action autos personally, but if it works and you like it, I'm happy for you! I have handled and fired a few of the Bersa .380's over the years, and if the 9mm is as good as those you have a fine carry gun.
     
  14. mgmorden

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    There's a lot of sleepers out there that are good guns. IIRC that gun has a roughly Walther P88-esque design.
     
  15. Godsgunman

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    Get it, get it, get it. I recently purchased my first Bersa, a UC 9 Pro. Great gun for the money. My only regret is not knowing about them sooner when they were cheaper. Used to be in the 200-300 bill range, now 4 and 5 so if you can find one in the 3's you better jump on it or let me know and I'll add it to my collection :p.
    I was just about to post a review of mine when I came across your thread. If someone can teach me how to post pics on here I'd appreciate it. (Technologicly challenged for my age).
     
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  17. Kiln

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    I know only one Bersa owner and he uses it as a CCW. It is very reliable and shoots well. Durability is still in question because since it is a relatively small piece that he uses strictly for concealed carry, it has less than 1,000 rounds through it.
     
  18. DanTheFarmer

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    I have one and it's a great pistol. Mine has the nickle slide which looks good to me in this application. Firestorms/Bersas were infamous for not having top shelf fit and finish but my nickle slide version looks good. By the way the more recently manufactured pistols have improved finishes.

    Chris in VA was put off by the polygonal barrel. Well older "non-Pro" models had conventional rifling. The newest "Pro" models had polygonal, and there were some pistols that came out during the transition period that had some combination of old and new features. "Pro" models say so on the rollmark and have a rail. The "non-Pro" models have neither.

    If you are interested in the pistol but want to know the type of rifling the best way is to field strip and inspect. You'll also discover the ease with which Firestorms/Bersas field strip.

    Dan
     
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