Looking for a compact carry pistol but don’t want the snappy recoil of a .40 S&W? Take a look at the new BP380CC from Bersa. This new handgun has the same external dimensions as its larger-caliber brethren, but the BP380CC is chambered for the lower-pressure .380 ACP cartridge.

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Like the BP40CC, this gun is less than an inch thick. This makes it both easy to conceal and a very good fit in a wide variety of hand sizes. The grip is long enough for me to get a complete hand on for a full grip. A good grip, combined with the low-pressure cartridge, makes the felt recoil very light and controllable for fast follow-up shots.

Bersa uses a short-reset, double-action-only trigger in all of the BP series pistols, including this one. The trigger on my BP380CC is relatively light. Using a Lyman trigger-pull gauge, it measured 4 pounds on a 10-pull average.

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Even though the trigger and recoil characteristics make this gun interesting to someone with weakened hand strength, the recoil spring is relatively heavy. Most of the time, difficulties with slide manipulation can be overcome with correct technique.

The BP380CC holds eight rounds in the magazine, giving the shooter a total of nine rounds on tap before a reload. Considering the improved performance of modern defensive ammunition, nine well-placed rounds will likely cover the majority of self-defense situations in the real world.

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