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Bersa BP9cc 9 mm Pistol

This new slim single-stack, striker-fired pistol offers comfortable shooting features and a light trigger pull.

2/9/2012

I was introduced to Bersa pistols some years ago by a friend who picked up a Thunder .380 ACP for concealed carry. Although this particular pistol was a basic model, the slide was tight and smooth, the accuracy was right on the money and it proved to be reliable with a variety of ammunition. When I heard my friend had paid less than $300 for this solid little shooter, I was even more impressed.

Bersa of Argentina has a loyal following here in the States among shooters who are looking for affordable, reliable defensive pistols. Bersa handguns may not be as fancy as some shooting options, but they run well and are comfortable to shoot. This year marks a real departure from its previous Walther look-a-like handguns with the release of new BP9cc chambered in 9 mm.

Pistol Features
The name of the BP9cc stands for Bersa Pistol 9 mm Concealed Carry. It's a polymer-frame striker-fired pistol with a feature set tailored to meet the needs of shooters who want a shootable pistol that's also easy to carry. This pistol arrived with a matte-blue steel slide and a 3.3-inch barrel cut with polygonal rifling. A nickel slide will also be made available for this model.

Although the slide shows a GLOCK influence around the rear slide plate and the ejector, the deeply cut curved rear cocking serrations and rounded edges give the slide a distinctive profile. The recoil assembly features two captured recoil springs and a steel recoil rod. The three-Dot sight system features a GLOCK-type front sight blade and a SIG Sauer-type rear sight. Mixing sight systems seems like an odd choice, but they work together just fine.

The high-impact polymer frame is molded with a Picatinny accessory rail for the attachment of various light and laser modules. Pebble-textured, wedge-shaped indentations have been added to the frame behind the rail and above the square trigger guard. This provides a natural resting place for the pad of the trigger finger that can be easily indexed by touch.

In a departure from many of the polymer 9 mms in this size category, Bersa chose to slenderize the pistol by designing it to load single-stack instead of double-stack magazines. Fully loaded, this gives the BP9cc an 8+1 capacity. The magazine release is ambidextrous, and the slim textured grip frame provides enough length for a full three-finger hold. The BP9cc contains a variety of safety features. The slide contains a key-activated safety lock below the rear sight and a firing pin safety. A loaded chamber indicator is located on the top of the slide. When the pistol is loaded, the indicator can be seen standing up from the slide, but it can also be felt with a finger tip in low-light situations.

The defining feature of this pistol is what Bersa calls the Short Reset Double-Action-Only Trigger. It contains a passive safety similar to a GLOCK pistol. However, instead of a switch in the center of the trigger that has to be depressed, the whole trigger pivots about 1/4-inch on a steel pin to release the safety mechanism. This 1/4 inch represents half of the trigger's total travel distance to fire the pistol and it only requires 1-pound 8-ounces of pressure.

With the trigger safety disengaged by the pressure of the trigger finger, the last 1/4 inch of the trigger stroke requires only 3 pounds, 10 ounces of pressure to complete. The overall effect of the trigger design produces an exceptionally light and smooth pull, especially since the trigger's transition from safe to ready-to-fire does not produce any stacking or hang-up in the course of a natural trigger stroke.

Once the trigger has been fully depressed and the pistol has fired, the shooter can fully release the trigger to re-engage all of the safeties. No de-cockers, levers or buttons are required. If the shooter wants to fire a follow-up shot, releasing the trigger from the fully fired position by about 1/8 inch will reset the trigger for the next shot. The light, short stroke of the reset trigger makes emptying the pistol's magazine quick and easy.

At the Range
The BP9cc was a pleasure to work with at the range. The slim grip, clear sights and light trigger made placing shots on target a cinch. I had to remind myself that what felt like trigger creep during a slow trigger stroke was the safety disengaging. I mention this because shooters who are not familiar with the mechanism may think the trigger is sloppy when just the opposite is true.

I did have a problem with magazine release feeling stiff and rough. Part of the problem was the raised ridge in the frame surrounding the release button. The ridge is there to defend against accidental magazine ejections. The ridge does its job so well that it’s easy to channel most of the pressure applied by the shooting-hand thumb into the polymer ridge instead of the metallic button. The problem was solved by changing the angle of the thumb or by using the trigger finger to press the release from the other side of the frame.

With finger placement corrected, the release was still rough. With the pistol fully unloaded, I applied a drop of lubricant to the magazine release and worked it back and forth repeatedly from both sides of the pistol. This breaking in action significantly reduced the roughness and made the magazine release smooth enough to comfortably work with. This was not a show stopper, but it would be nice if the problem was resolved in future pistols.

A variety of full-metal-jacket and hollow-point 9 mm loads were fired through the BP9cc to check it for reliable function. Only one failure to feed occurred during the first 30 rounds. Since it was inexpensive, bulk ammunition being fired at the time, and no other failures occurred out of the hundreds of rounds fired, it was likely a problem with that particular cartridge.

The BP9cc is safe to fire with +P ammunition, with the caveat that a regular diet of spicy ammunition will cause the pistol to wear out more quickly. Although some +P rounds were tested, light pistols like this one are much more manageable without the extra hot sauce. Formal testing was conducted with standard pressure loads firing five-shot groups into targets set at 25 yards. The best single five-shot group of 2.75 inches, and the best group average of 3 inches, were both produced by Hornady 115-grain Critical Defense FTX loads. Winchester 147-grain PDX1 jacketed hollow points produced an average group size of 3.1 inches, followed by Remington UMC 115-grain jacketed hollow points at 3.4 inches.

Final Thoughts
The new Bersa BP9cc pistol fills an important niche many manufacturers of polymer pistols have currently overlooked or passed by. Although a certain peace of mind comes with having upwards of 15 rounds of ammunition on board and ready to launch, double-stack medium frame pistols are not always a good fit in a shooter's hand. Pocket 9s are easily concealed, but at the price of trimming away the features needed for comfortable practice sessions.

The design of BP9cc provides a pistol that successfully splits the difference. It has the handling and tactical features of a medium-frame pistol, while providing the slim grip of a pocket pistol. When you add to this the exceptional trigger, a lifetime service contract and the reasonable price, the BP9cc becomes a defensive option well worth checking out.

Manufacturer: Bersa Firearms; http://www.bersa.com
Model: BP9cc
Action: Short Reset Double-Action Only
Caliber: 9 mm
Finish: Matte Black or Duotone
Frame: Hi Impact Polymer
Slide: Steel
Grips: Integrated
Front Sight: Interchangeable White Dot SIG Sauer Type
Rear Sight: Interchangeable White Dot GLOCK Type
Safeties: Integral Locking System, Firing Pin, Trigger
Barrel Length: 3.3”
Overall Length: 6.35”
Height: 4.8”
Width: 0.94”
Weight: 21.5 ozs.
Capacity: 8+1 Rounds
Rifling: Polygonal
Twist: 1:10” RH
Suggested Retail Price: $429 Matte Black, $440 Duotone

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24 Responses to Bersa BP9cc 9 mm Pistol

Raven Lee wrote:
November 18, 2014

Wrong. Glock rear sight and a Sig #8 front sight. 'The three-Dot sight system features a GLOCK-type front sight blade and a SIG Sauer-type rear sight.'

Kev wrote:
November 17, 2013

Bought mine Nov 2013. Cleaned it before shooting first time and had many failure to feed. It was hanging up on the feed ramp. Dropping the mag to clear was not easy. I could slap the slide home & fire. Will try another brand of ammo Beyond that, the trigger is nice. Not overly sensitive. I will have no worries carrying this gun. It grouped nice at 15yds. Better than my XD40. I normally shoot low & left. Not so much with this gun.

jim wrote:
May 19, 2013

I bought one 8-12 I put 1500 rounds through my bp9cc with no problems I wear a lot and no one know it I used the old faithful holster I am very satisfied

Bruce wrote:
November 17, 2012

I have a Bersa Thunder9 UltraCompact Pro 9mm with over 1,200 rounds thru it with absolutely flawless functioning! It us my CCW but may buy this as an even better from conceal ability aspect! I am VERY HAPPY with Bersa!

JJ wrote:
September 26, 2012

Get a flock19 or 26. Have both, no problems after 2000 rounds.

Marc wrote:
September 07, 2012

Just bought one today, can't wait to shoot it!!

Daniel Hafner wrote:
March 28, 2012

Had LC9 ruger 300 rds at 7 yds maybe 50 on target. Front sight move, to much play in barrel return gun dealer and BP9 what great gun. First 100 rounds right on target.

Matt wrote:
March 18, 2012

Love it or hate it, I have the thunder 380. I used to qualify for my carry permit. The NRA instructor was very impressed buy pistol shot the hell out of it and never jammed nor did it start floating after 100 round. Now I have had many pistols from Hk usp 45 to weather ppk and yes they are much better made but for the price and quality you get from Berra you can't beat it.

chance wrote:
March 14, 2012

i own one myself and love it iv put about 2000 rounds threw it and no problems is kinda picky on wat ammo you use but pther than that is great and it would be nice if accessories would hurry up and come out so i could trick it out

Rick wrote:
March 13, 2012

I bought my BP9CC one week ago today. I took it to the range on Saturday and put 150 rounds through it w/o a problem. I hadn't shot a gun in 8 years and put the first 8 rounds within a 8 inch circle at 25 feet. In addition, when I wear it, you cannot notice it under my shirt. I'm looking forward to getting some accessories for it when they become available.

RobertoJ wrote:
February 25, 2012

I own one and I am very impressed with it and its performance. And I currently own a PF9 and I have owned a Hi Point C9. This pistol is in its own class and unless you experience the performance, you cannot compare to PF9, LC9, Hi Point, or anything else except perhaps a Steyr.

norberto di summo wrote:
February 24, 2012

i've just picked up a bersa thunder .380 at auction and can't wait to shoot it.i own a .380 and .22 cal bersa in argentina no complains so far, so glad to own a third one!!!!

Jeff Rogers wrote:
February 21, 2012

No. This is NOT a Hi Point C9. This is a locked breech pistol, not blowback operated. The barrel is polygonally rifled. It's .94' wide and hides so well it's invisible in the right holster. The fit, finish, and internal machining is as good as any Springfield I've owned. It's finish is tennifer, same as Glocks/Springfields, not whatever simple finish Hi Points come with. The BP9CC is my everyday carry weapon with over 800 problem free rounds through it. Not even remotely like the Hi Point except that it goes bang and bullets come out the front end.

Ed N. wrote:
February 17, 2012

This is pretty much a Hi Point C9 with a few unnecessary extra features. Oh, and unlike Hi Point, it's not made in the USA.

BOBLO1957 wrote:
February 17, 2012

Is this thing FINALLY available? Been coming out for 2-3 years now!

patrick perelli wrote:
February 17, 2012

Do any of you have a Ruger LCP ?

terrlog wrote:
February 14, 2012

I have a Bersa Pro 40 cal. had for a year no complaints. Being southpaw this gun will fit all lefty shooters. With a lifetime warranty you can't loose.

Mark wrote:
February 13, 2012

Even if I didn't own a Walther PPS, I would buy one instead of this gun. I have no problem believing its accuracy; I haven't seen that kind of shooting -- 1.5 at 25 yards -- with a compact gun. I know my PPS is my most accurate semi-auto. The PPS is a little expensive; but I have never had feeding problems with any cartridge. Really easy take down.

Johnny wrote:
February 13, 2012

Looks like a copy of the Walther PPS.

Pale Rider wrote:
February 12, 2012

I have this gun and have had no issues with the Remington UMC but with Winchester FMJ white box I've had multiple failures to eject. Regular cleaning helped some but still had 2 FTEs in last 2 mags with the Winchester WB. Others on various forums have had FTEs as well with some ammo while others have seen no failures.

BS Exposed: Exposed wrote:
February 10, 2012

What article are you reading BS? It says the best group of all was 2.75 inches, with the rest of the groups at like 3 and 3.5 inches. Decent handguns can do that off a sand bag at 25 yards.

BS Exposed wrote:
February 09, 2012

1.5 inches at 25 yards!! Pulling our legs a little hard?? I don't care how accurate the pistol is. That kind of accuracy couldn't be done with a Ransom Pistol Rest.

Brent wrote:
February 09, 2012

These are nice little guns, if they were made in the USA I would own one.

Stephen wrote:
February 09, 2012

I have had my Bersa Thunder .380 ACP for a year now and have put at least 2000 rounds with out a problem. 1.5 inch at 25 yards. I love that gun, great Conceal handgun. 4 minutes ago · Like.