Bersa BP9 Concealed Carry

Bersa BP9 Concealed Carry

Bersa's first striker-fired, polymer-frame handgun is a great choice for concealed carry.

By Bob Boyd (RSS)
February 26, 2013

Jane’s Information Group publishes an extensive series of military equipment and weapons manuals, and the content of each encyclopedia-size volume is catagorized by country. Ask anyone to name a South-America-based firearm manufacturer, and chances are both will be based in Brazil.

But, what about Argentina? While it does not possess the same degree of recognition as other South America-based gunmakers, the country has been home to the production of value-based firearms for nearly 60 years under the Bersa brand. In fact, the company’s Thunder 9 pistol is the standard sidearm of the Argentine Armed Forces, Argentine Federal Police and other South American law enforcement agencies.

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An examination of the company’s products reveals influential design cues from European manufacturers. The small-caliber offerings within the Thunder line are clones of the Walther PP and PPK, while its larger-caliber 9 mm and .40 S&W models retain a similar appearance and slight mechanical aspects to the P88.

Bersa’s latest offering, the BP9CC, marks the company’s first foray into the realm of striker-fired, polymer-frame handguns for concealed carry. With its lightweight construction, thin profile and an assortment of features found on similar handguns by competing manufacturers, the Bersa BP9CC delivers the level of quality and reliability you’d expect from a self-defense pistol, at a fraction of the price.

If your handgun is hard to conceal or uncomfortable to carry, it will spend more time either under the seat of your car or at home in the nightstand, instead of on your hip. Weighing a mere 21.5 ounces, the BP9CC is more at home in a holster. While compactness is an important consideration for a concealed-carry handgun, one of the most important, yet often overlooked, elements is slimness. Thanks to its polymer construction, the pistol’s grip measures a svelte .92 inches wide to minimize printing against clothing, while providing a greater degree of comfort.

Stippled side panels, combined with angular grooves along the backstrap and frontstrap, provide ample purchase on the pistol.

The grip’s circumference contains two different forms of texturing: angular grooves along the backstrap and frontstrap, along with fine stippled regions on the sides of the BP9CC’s molded panels. Despite the treatments, at first grip it almost felt too narrow for my above-average-size paws. Then again, perhaps those of slight build and smaller hands may form a different opinion. Regardless, I chose to keep an open mind until range time.

Additional ergonomics include an ambidextrous magazine release, which, being a southpaw, I appreciate. Although it may enhance the BP9CC’s low-profile design, the buttons are surrounded by protective teardrop-shaped bunkers that make quick actuation difficult.

The use of a striker-fired, double-action-only trigger negates the need for an external, frame-mounted safety lever, and to my surprise the trigger’s face is completely devoid of extraneous bells, whistles or levers. Aside from its overly flush ambidextrous magazine release, the BP9CC’s only external control consists of its slide-stop lever. The result is a no-nonsense, smooth contour, which is preferable on a pistol designed for to be drawn from concealment. Textured indentations on each side of the frame, just above the front of the trigger guard, provide a good indexing point for your shooting-hand forefinger when not on the trigger. For those contemplating a bedside guardian, the end of the pistol’s dustcover contains an accessory rail, suitable for a laser or a dedicated weaponlight.

Like most polymer handguns, the frame of the BP9CC contains a steel guide insert with four integral rails for its square-profile slide, the rear of which contains large angular serrations for maximum purchase during manipulation. Its rugged, steel sights are dovetail mounted, drift adjustable for windage and feature the popular three-dot configuration for fast acquisition. A loaded-chamber indicator at the rear of the slide provides a visual as well as a tactile confirmation of the chamber’s condition. The right rear of the slide contains Bersa’s Integral Blocking System, a built-in safety that locks the sear and slide in place by turning the supplied key 45 degrees to prevent the pistol from firing when the trigger is pulled.

Large, angular rear-slide serrations proved easy to access during testing, and are pronounced enough for manipulation with gloved hands. The same couldn’t be said for the BP9CC’s low-profile slide-stop lever.

My time on the range with the BP9CC was enjoyable. Well-thought-out ergonomics and easy-to-access controls made for a naturally pointing pistol. In more than 100 rounds, the pistol suffered no malfunctions. Unfortunately, its trigger had a noticeable amount of creep and significant stacking halfway through before breaking at a mushy 3 pounds, 13 ounces, despite minimal over-travel and a remarkably short reset. Out of the three loads tested, the best five-round group average came from Remington Golden Saber 124-grain BJHP.

The BP9CC ships with two magazines. The one problem I have with the pistol when considering its specific mission is the magazine-disconnect safety, which prevents firing once the magazine is removed. Whether the result of a carelessly seated reload or a magazine partially jettisoned during a life-and-death struggle, I view the feature more of a detriment than a benefit. Similarly, the flush magazine release requires a bit more pressure than preferred, although I suspect it will improve with a sufficient wear-in period.

Forget what they say about first impressions, the Bersa BP9CC is far from just another polymer-frame 9 mm. Drawing from its rich history of making quality firearms for nearly 60 years—at a fraction of the cost of other manufacturers’ similar offerings—Bersa is unlikely to regret its introduction into the polymer-frame pistol market and nor will shooters, once they realize the gun’s quality.

Specifications

Slim and compact, the Bersa BP9CC possesses rugged dovetail-mounted sights that are drift adjustable for windage. Traditional three-dot configuration, along with a wide rear notch, make for easy alignment and quick acquisition.

Manufacturer: Bersa

Importer: RSA Enterprises; (732) 493-5657, rsaenterprisesinc.com

Action Type: DAO, short-reset, striker-fired, semi-automatic

Caliber: 9 mm

Capacity: 8+1

Frame: Polymer

Slide: AISI 4140 steel; with matte-blue finish

Barrel Length: 3.3 inches

Rifling: 6 grooves; 1:10-inch RH twist

Sights: Drift-adjustable front and rear, with three-dot configuration

Trigger Pull Weight: 3 pounds, 13 ounces

Length: 6.35 inches

Width: .94 inches

Height: 4.8 inches

Weight: 21.5 ounces

Accessories: Carrying case, owner’s manual, spare magazine

MSRP: $429

Shooting Results

Load Velocity Group size
Smallest Largest Average
Federal Premium Personal Defense 124-grain Hydra-Shok JHP 1,045 1.30 4.08 2.67
Hornady Critical Duty135-grain FlexLock 974 1.05 3.42 2.23
Remington Golden Saber 124-grain BJHP 1,112 1.03 3.70 2.04

Velocity measured in fps at the muzzle for 10 consecutive shots with an Oehler Model 36 chronograph. Temperature: 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Accuracy measured in inches for five consecutive, five-shot groups from a sandbag rest at 15 yards.

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Comments

14 Responses to Bersa BP9 Concealed Carry

  1. goyaathle says:

    I own a BERSA 380 and it has never failed me on the range. Here on the left coast I wouldn’t be able to buy the 9 if it didn’t have the magazine safety. It also looks like I will have to pay for a background check just to buy ammo.

  2. wm mcdannold II says:

    As a DA only gun it is of no use to me.

  3. James Fleming says:

    I own a Bersa 380 Thunder. If the BP9CC is half the gun, I will be definately be buying one.

  4. T. Gene C. says:

    This is a striker fired pistol, and like Glock, S&W, Kahr and many others is DAO. There is no hammer to pull back so SA is impossible. Load the chamber and release the slide, insert a fully loaded magazine and you have 9 shots as fast as you can pull the trigger. Why would that be “of no use” to anyone?

    • sckarekrow says:

      That is an absolutely incorrect way to load a pistol. You load from the magazine. Then top of the mag for full capacity. You never should drop a round into the open chamber at slide lock.

  5. Kbo says:

    I owned a BP9CC for about 6 months, and it spent most of its time back for repair of an extractor, of which was never properly fixed. I loved the gun, the concept of the gun, and the accuracy of the gun, but the extraction problem it had made it hard to rely on with several FTEs happening after about 600 rounds of shooting.

    If the new runs are better, then it’s a great pistol, but being there are so few parts, holsters, and low support for the model at this time, you’d be better off with an m&p shield that is really similar.

  6. Chet says:

    I’ve had a Bersa mini firestorm in 45cal. for about 6 years and have never had a problem with it right out of the box. It fits my hand, that’s how I buy a gun,take down is a snap and the price was right.

  7. Bob riggs says:

    I have purchaced 5 Bersa’s in the past for myself two, my kids 3. This gun is absolutly the best I have owned in the past.
    I have no complaints at all with the Bersa gun. I will look into the BP9 for myself.
    you cant go wrong folks.

    Bob Riggs

  8. Bob says:

    Bought the Thunder 380 for my wife for Christmas. I have a Ruger SR9, which is too big for conceal carry. I liked her Thunder so well that I bought one for myself. Great shooting gun. Only problem is with CHEAP ammo. If you buy quality ammo from name brand manufacturer( Winchester, Remington,etc) you will never have a problem with the 380. THE BEST HANGUN FOR THE MONEY.

  9. justin says:

    I have a UCP .40 and love it. also talked to bersa through facebook yesterday and they are hoping to have the bp out in .40 within the year!!! I will definatly getting one when they get here.

  10. anibal says:

    I own a bersa bp9cc and right out of the box 2 inch grouping and 250 rounds with not even one malfunction. The trigger is smooth and crisp but on the light side took about three magazines to get use to the light trigger. Its a great conceal weapon for the every day carry. Best bang for the money.

  11. William Constande says:

    I sold my PPS after getting the Bersa bp9. Less recoil and a short trigger reset sealed the deal. Low bore axis really does make a huge difference. I point fire 4 double taps quickly and accurately with this gun for drills and I could do it in my sleep.

  12. MH says:

    great gun feels good shoots good rides well when concealed

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