A Friend In My Pocket


I usually carry a hand gun for self protection. Mostly I carry some flavor of Smith & Wessson semiautomatic. The all metal ones made up until a few years ago, not one of the Glock like polymer versions. I think that makes me “old school” or something. I just like the all metal firearms, they seem more reliable and accurate than some of the other choices out there. The problem is that depending on which model I carry on a particular day, they can be pretty bulky and take some art to conceal successfully. Living in one of those states were not properly concealing a firearm can lead to some difficulty, I’m very careful in how I carry my firearms.

Sometimes, however there are times when  larger concealed firearm can be inconvenient to carry and alternatives are needed. I’ve been looking for something to use in those circumstance for a while, but I didn’t like any of the choices commonly available in my area. In November while visiting my son, I saw that he had recently acquired a Bersa Thunder for pocket carry when he felt the need. Nice little gun I thought, but not available in my state because of rules and regulations too Byzantine to explain in a blog. In fact, based on some of the court rulings I’ve seen, they might be too Byzantine for anyone to fully understand or explain anywhere.

So the matter sat until about a week ago. Refer back to my comment about Byzantine laws. Although gun dealers can’t buy and resell the Bersa Thunder in any of it’s variations to customers, the law does allow individuals to sell the guns to other individuals. Got that? Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone in that confusion.

I saw an advertisement in a local forum for a Bersa Thunder in .380 caliber. Almost new, carried little, the owner just didn’t want it any longer. The price was a bit on the high side, but considering the relative scarcity of Bersa products, it wasn’t out of line. I had fired my son’s Bersa and found it to be accurate at the ranges I was likely to need it, easy to shoot, very low recoil, and easy to stuff in a pocket holster. Not a lot not to like, in fact nothing not to like.

Contact was made, a price negotiated, and the deal done. Now all that remains is to find some suitable range ammunition, run enough rounds through the Bersa to be sure it functions properly and that I’m familiar with the controls to handle it safely. Then into a holster and in to my pocket. I think it will do nicely.




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