Expanding on the popular concealed carry line of handguns, Bersa introduced the BP380CC pistol. This semi-automatic handgun is a single-stack pistol chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge. Standard magazines hold 8 rounds plus one in the chamber.
I own a BP9CC, which is essentially the same gun in 9mm. (You can read my review here.) There are a number of things I like about this design…
Tall and Thin
The BP-series of pistols are less than an inch thick. This helps them to ride in an IWB-style holster without printing. The overall grip size also puts my trigger finger in the ideal spot to address the bang switch.
Unlike a lot of other thin guns designed for concealed carry, the gun is not micro-sized. The grip is full-length and allows me to get a solid hold on it. My fingers do not hang off the bottom of this pistol.
The BP380CC uses the same double-action-only system that is used on its 9mm cousin. The pull is light with a quick reset. My 9mm pistol was pretty good out of the box, and after about 400 rounds it had improved nicely. It still isn’t slick, but it is quite functional.
Measuring the pull on my gun with a Lyman digital trigger pull gauge, the gun is showing a trigger pull weight of only 3 pounds, 7 ounces. That is pretty light for any factory handgun.
I like the set up of the sights on this gun, but they could be of a higher quality. Let me explain.
The front sight has a large white dot. While not as bright as a fiber optic or photo luminescent, it is pretty easy to see. The rear sight has a pair of small white dots. These dots are smaller than the white dot on the front sight.
I found that the size difference between the front and rear sights really helps draw the eye to the front sight. It really makes getting a good sight picture easy.
The only significant downside to the sights is that they are plastic. While mine have held up well, I am always concerned about using plastic sights – especially on the rear sight. Not only can sights get pretty banged up, I like to practice single-hand reloads, and I will use the rear sight to release the slide.
Replacement sights are easy to come by. The front sight dovetail is sized for SIG SAUER #8, while the rear is cut for a standard Glock.
Shipping and Pricing
Shipping the first week of December 2014, the Bersa BP380CC will carry a suggested retail price of $430. Street prices tend to be a little cheaper, and I would expect to see people paying less than $400 for it. Assuming this gun is as reliable as the original 9mm handgun is, less than four bills is a good value.
I hope to get one of these for review after the first of the year.