GUNS Magazine June 2013 Digital Edition - Page 32

OuT OF THe BOX™ J.B. WOOD The Bersa Bp9cc W bersa’s First Polymer-Frame Pistol is a winner. ell, this fine old firm in Argentina finally has an entry in the polymer-frame 9mm compact category. To review it properly, I’ll have to lay on an extra measure of objectivity, as I have long had high regard for their pistols. In the bookcase-headboard of my bed there is a Bersa ThunderNine, with two 17-round magazines of a hot CorBon load. to reengage in sear and striker. The trigger pull could be termed “semidouble-action,” as it moves the striker back about 1/8-inch before releasing it. The trigger has vertical ridges, but they are recessed and not annoying. The pull is superbly smooth, with no loading at the end. The only external control is a conveniently placed slide latch. There are four safety systems, one of them a key-operated lock on the slide at right rear. When the supplied key turns it from “F” to “S” everything stops. Can’t be fired, slide locked in place. I’ll never use it, but it would be marvelous if there were a possibility of unauthorized access. The other safety systems include an automatic internal striker-block, cleared in the last fraction of trigger movement, and a magazine-disconnect, blocking the trigger when the magazine is out. Finally, there’s a trigger safety. No silly “flipper” here—it’s the entire trigger that must be pivoted before its internal bar can engage the sear. Beautiful design. The locking system is a classic falling-barrel type, with the squared-off chamber area engaging the edges of the large ejection port. On top, at the rear of the port, an indicator rises when the chamber is loaded. The extractor is large and well shaped, and looks as if it will last forever. The feed ramp is entirely on the barrel, so no problem with hollowpoints here. The grip-frame is very comfortable, with a deep incurve at upper rear, and room for all three fingers of an average hand on the frontstrap. The front of the triggerguard is nicely curved, with no goofy “hook.” Just above it, there’s a stippled recess for resting the trigger finger, on both sides. If you want to mount a light or laser, there’s a rail at the front. The magazine release is fully ambidextrous. On both sides, the The sights are of the 3-dot variety and are drift adjustable for windage. The model designation of the BP9CC translates to Bersa, Polymer, 9mm, Concealed Carry. Some of the new sub-compact 9s are so tiny they’re hard to hold onto when firing. The Bersa is a nice compromise, and the 8-round, single-row magazine keeps it slim and flat. It is full of neat design features, from Lucan Bonadimani and the engineers at Bersa. And probably, also some suggestions from Mike Sodini at Eagle Imports. The BP9CC is a true hammerless, striker-fired. The system is a reset-type, requiring slide movement The controls including the slide latch and magazine catch (above) are easy to reach. The trigger of the striker-fired BP9CC has a smooth pull. When a round is in the chamber, an indicator rises on top of the slide (below). The new Bersa BP9CC (above) is a compact 8-shot semi-auto, reasonably priced, reliable and accurate. The compact polymer-framed pistol (below), which still offers a hand-filling grip, is much easier to control than many of today’s micro 9mm pistols. button had a raised guard behind it to prevent inadvertent depression. The good, square-picture sights have three white dots, the one on the front post being slightly larger. Both sights are dovetail-mounted, so careful lateral adjustment is possible. On my pistol, it wasn’t necessary. Shooting the BP9CC was a pleasant surprise. With an unloaded weight of just over 20 ounces, I 32 W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • J U N E 2 0 1 3

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