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Bersa BP380 Concealed Carry — My Questions (American Handgunner)


The Bersa BP380CC you see here just arrived. It’s been in my possession for about 24 hours. I haven’t fired it. I haven’t carried it. And it’s Bersa’s first polymer frame pistol in .380 (MSRP $430).

I don’t like to speculate, but I think I’m going to like it.

Bersa has other calibers based on this frame but today I’m only talking about the .380 version. Here are the intriguing specs that first piqued my interest: Full grip, 8+1 capacity, .94” width, 21.5 oz. weight, handy features. It’s a basic DAO pistol meant for concealed carry, yes, but executed differently than other guns.

Read the rest of my article at American Handgunner.

American Handgunner Exclusive: Unsnubbable

Smith & Wesson’s J-frame — what many consider the quintessential snub-nose revolver — is virtually unsnubbable. That is, you can’t fault it for much. Sure it’ll sting your hand a bit when you shoot it, but if that’s its only “problem,” then you’ve found a good thing. Buck up and fire five more rounds!

Read the rest of my review at American Handgunner online.

Guns Magazine: The Colt in the Crossbreed

Successful concealed carry for civilians requires finding not only the right gun or the right means of carry but also the right combination of handgun and holster. Some handguns and holsters go well together; some, not so much. One of my favorite combinations for concealed carry is a Colt Defender in a Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe. The strengths of this setup offer 1911 action; 1911 width (or lack thereof); grooved, rubber stocks; easy combat grip and draw; comfortable, all-day carry; and rugged reliability.

Read the rest of my article at Guns Magazine.

American Handgunner: Great Expectations


It’s no surprise: Nighthawk Custom produces excellent 1911’s. That’s the company’s reputation. That’s what it does. So the company’s T4, a compact 1911, a 9mm, ought to be an outstanding concealed carry gun. Before testing and evaluation, I have great expectations for the T4…

Read the rest of my article at American Handgunner online.