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Old 04-18-2019, 12:43 PM   #1
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The Bersa .380 or Sig Sauer 290 in .380 . Sig is DA only with long trigger pull and reset Bersa is DA/SA. A backup carry would be the purpose. Any real life experience or suggestion. Not interested in other makes at this time.


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Old 04-18-2019, 12:47 PM   #2
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Iím gonna pretend I didnít read the last sentence and tell you , why buy a 380 when you could go with the p365 for the same size and have 11-13 rounds of 9mm

My first piston was a Bersa thunder 380. Really liked it.
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:48 PM   #3
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I like the Sig but also the S&W M&P for a little less money being a backup.
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Old 04-18-2019, 02:06 PM   #4
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I’d go Sig. mainly bc I have the 238. I recently bought it and love it. I had the SW m&p and it was the crappiest shooting pistol ever. Gave it away.
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Iíd go Sig. mainly bc I have the 238. I recently bought it and love it. I had the SW m&p and it was the crappiest shooting pistol ever. Gave it away.
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Old 04-18-2019, 02:24 PM   #6
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Main carry is a 1911 or if feeling tired a Glock 19. As stated this is a backup.
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:59 PM   #7
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I had and sold a bersa 380. Wish I had it back.


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Old 04-18-2019, 05:09 PM   #8
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I have a 938, a 238 and a 42 and 43. I like the Glocks better than the Sigs.

I also have the CW9, CW40, and CM40...still prefer the Glocks

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Old 04-18-2019, 06:00 PM   #9
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I have owned a Bersa and also a SIG P290RS in 9mm. Got my CHL with the Bersa and regret selling it because I it was very easy to shoot accurately. The Sig took some practice to learn the trigger pull and obviously had much more snap to it being 9mm. Never had a problem with either but I'll pick up another Bersa at some point just to have one.

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Old 04-18-2019, 07:38 PM   #10
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I've never had a Bersa but did have a 290RS 9mm and didn't like the trigger.
I have fired a P250 with DAO trigger and liked it very much. Not sure if it comes in 380.

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Old 04-18-2019, 07:49 PM   #11
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TCP due to the larger trigger guard.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:01 PM   #12
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If your main carry is a 1911, The SIG 238 would be a good backup choice. I have both the 938 and the 238, but prefer the 238, because it is a true "front pocket" size gun. The 938 is a 9mm, and is also physically a little larger, both in width and length.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:23 PM   #13
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TCP due to the larger trigger guard.
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Doesnít get any love
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Old 04-19-2019, 01:40 PM   #14
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I'd get a Sig 238 over either of the guns you listed.

I have the 238 and the 365. Both are great guns for carry.
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Old 04-19-2019, 04:17 PM   #15
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Yelp and I also carry a p365 on occasion. In dress slacks the TCP is a lot more comfortable and concealable than the 365 though
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Old 04-19-2019, 05:32 PM   #16
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Look at the new Colt 1911 in .380.
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:54 PM   #17
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I wouldnít carry any 380 when there are choices that just as small in 9mm.

Kahr PM9/CM9 and Sig P365 would be my choices.


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Old 04-19-2019, 07:54 PM   #19
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Go sig but consider the 238. Their custom shop one is well made and a sweet shooter.

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I wouldnít carry any 380 when there are choices that just as small in 9mm.

Kahr PM9/CM9 and Sig P365 would be my choices.


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I would agree, as long as it doesnít have to go totally unnoticed. I carry a P3AT in an ankle holster. Definitely not my first choice, but much better than throwing a phone book.
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:16 PM   #21
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I havenít messed with one of those. The .40 Shield I had was always reliable and decent when it came to recoil control.
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:38 PM   #22
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I wouldn’t carry any 380 when there are choices that just as small in 9mm.

Kahr PM9/CM9 and Sig P365 would be my choices.


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I respectfully disagree, not even comparable frame size and comfort. Don’t get me wrong I love my P365, but comparing it to frame size of a TCP is like saying the p320 (sub compact frame or compact) is just as comfortable or similar to the P365 so I should carry the p320 instead.. if that makes sense.

Each has its place. I bought p365 because I got on the capacity vs frame size, it’s not near as comfortable or forgettable as the TCP for what “I wear” most days. If I’m wearing a suit or business casual (Which is M-F) I’m wearing my TCP. My P365 prints to much in a dress shirt and isn’t as comfortable. Jean and T shirt or traveling usually my p365. My poor 357sig p320 compact has been reduced to bed side, and occasionally hog truck run.

Underwood penetrator ammo is pretty impressive in the 380. Had to put a down a downer cow with it before,

Now I get why some think it’s same frame size and most people probably won’t notice a difference but in dress wear it’s a huge difference.

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Old 04-19-2019, 09:40 PM   #23
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None get a 9mm. Ruger sig or glock. Bad experience with a 380 and yes great Ammo. I have more faith in my 22mag now.
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:18 PM   #24
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I respectfully disagree, not even comparable frame size and comfort. Donít get me wrong I love my P365, but comparing it to frame size of a TCP is like saying the p320 (sub compact frame or compact) is just as comfortable or similar to the P365 so I should carry the p320 instead.. if that makes sense.

Each has its place. I bought p365 because I got on the capacity vs frame size, itís not near as comfortable or forgettable as the TCP for what ďI wearĒ most days. If Iím wearing a suit or business casual (Which is M-F) Iím wearing my TCP. My P365 prints to much in a dress shirt and isnít as comfortable. Jean and T shirt or traveling usually my p365. My poor 357sig p320 compact has been reduced to bed side, and occasionally hog truck run.

Underwood penetrator ammo is pretty impressive in the 380. Had to put a down a downer cow with it before,

Now I get why some think itís same frame size and most people probably wonít notice a difference but in dress wear itís a huge difference.


I donít carry subcompact/mouse guns in a belt holster. I pocket carry.

No one has a clue. And yes even with the P365.


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I don’t carry subcompact/mouse guns in a belt holster. I pocket carry.

No one has a clue. And yes even with the P365.


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I can barely get away with the TCP, p365 doesn’t work out well in suit slacks, I’m tried, plus front carry wallet and phone. P365 weights a lot more and larger frame. I use a ulti clip IWB and its never seen, never felt and pretty much forget able. The P365 you know it there

I won’t even comment on jeans. No gun is going in my front pocket, just not going to fit.

Different stroke for different people

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Old 04-20-2019, 12:07 AM   #26
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:38 AM   #27
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Dismiss the thought of the .380 before someone force's your hand and you just pizz them off with that popgun.
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Old 04-20-2019, 07:26 AM   #28
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I’ve seen what a 380 will do to a human body, I would not want to be the receipiant of them. The problem with any situation that usually involves the use of these weapons is we are under so much stress and many ( most) times can’t hit what we are even “ aiming “ ( shooting) at, no matter what pistol is used. You put a ,22, 380, 9mm any of them in the correct spot the threat will be eliminated. You can carry a 45, 40, 44,454 but if the bullets aren’t were they need to be, or any where on target( and the majority of the shots fired in these situation are not on target) it don’t matter, and in many cases cause unintended casualties. Out of all the people that claim the 380 wont work or is to small ( weak) not a one of them has ever volunteered to be the test gelatin. We have had a few say a 380 won’t make it through there jacket, so we have put their jacket on a gallon water jug ( or deep rock jug) and have been able to easily drain the water out of the bottle. Have not had a bullet stopped by a jacket, jeans, winter coat yet.

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Old 04-20-2019, 07:48 AM   #29
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I can barely get away with the TCP, p365 doesnít work out well in suit slacks, Iím tried, plus front carry wallet and phone. P365 weights a lot more and larger frame. I use a ulti clip IWB and its never seen, never felt and pretty much forget able. The P365 you know it there

I wonít even comment on jeans. No gun is going in my front pocket, just not going to fit.

Different stroke for different people


Címon man. If you canít get a P365 in your jeans pocket you gotta stop wearing them skinny jeans!


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Old 04-20-2019, 07:59 AM   #30
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I’ve had a Bersa 380 since 2005 along with my wife. Never had a single problem out of them.
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:12 AM   #31
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Not one asked about, but I like the LCP II as a backup
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C’mon man. If you can’t get a P365 in your jeans pocket you gotta stop wearing them skinny jeans!


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That was pretty funny, but no just cinch. I’m not the jolly green giant but I’m not tiny. 6’ 230

P365 isn’t a pocket pistol
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That was pretty funny, but no just cinch. Iím not the jolly green giant but Iím not tiny. 6í 230

P365 isnít a pocket pistol


I pocket carry my P365 daily so it can easily be done.


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You wear your jeans way to baggy then. They are suppose to fit not sag
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I havenít messed with one of those. The .40 Shield I had was always reliable and decent when it came to recoil control.
Iíve always heard good things about the shield. The bodyguard felt as cheap as a good could feel. Trigger pull was wayyy too long. Was kind of a surprise when it would fire lol
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:16 AM   #37
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The Bersa is a good gun and they stand behind them. I had one with a spring problem and they repaired it quickly.
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