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As a writer, I continually dig for information. I also test handguns to a degree that would not be possibleif this were simply a hobby.
As a trainer, I see how handguns perform on the range. My students choose a wide range of firearms, and many show up with handguns that are not appropriate for the task of personal defense. Some—and most could afford better—have chosen the cheapest gun. Others choose a firearm too weak, and many have chosen a handgun they cannot control well. Among the best choices I have seen is the Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact Pro. This handgun is a compact double action first shot handgun with a 13-round magazine capacity, a positive manual safety, good sights and features that mark it as a desirable defensive handgun. Yet, now, the handgun retails for less than $400. That is a fair price. I cannot state this more strongly—the Bersa is not a cheap gun. It is an affordable pistol designed as a service handgun and presently in service with police and military forces in South America. The pistol also carries a lifetime warranty.
Well known as a reliable handgun, the smaller Bersa .380 ACP pistols are well worth their price. The larger 9mm handguns are in my opinion a superior choice for the caliber, capacity and hit probability.Read More