Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cancelled the Bersa Order, But Purchased A Tristar T-100!

I updated my previous post, as I had to cancel the order for the Bersa Thunder 380 Plus because the online store didn't have the gun in stock.  I had to chase them down to ask after I noticed the order wasn't being updated.  Argentina is experiencing economic issues that are apparently affecting Bersa shipments.  This gun is backlogged all across the U.S.  I don't want a used gun because the gun has a lifetime warranty if bought new.

So, I've really no choice but to wait, or check local pawn shops for used examples.  Or, check local gun shows.  As well, Bersa recently released a new product, the Plus Combat.  I can certainly wait for that version!

I've also been looking for a Tristar T-100 in 9mm, or a Canik Shark C in 9mm.  Both are the same gun, but have different importers.  This gun is hard to find as well.  Even used.  I found one on Guns America that was in a perpetual state of "an offer has been submitted for this item", meaning, someone is trying to purchase it.  It stayed that way for at least 2 weeks so I asked the dealer (located in Connecticut) if they still had the gun.  They did and told me that if I called and bought it, it would be shipped out tomorrow.  I called them and bought the gun.  I had to also call my local gun shop and ask them to fax a copy of their FFL to the store I was buying the gun from, as I wanted the store to ship the gun to my local shop.   Doing it over the phone was a bit convoluted, as I'm used to doing it straight over the internet.  Connecticut must be a bit hokey like that when it comes to guns (especially after Sandy Hook).

So, I went from not being able to get the Bersa to getting the Tristar.  The T-100 is basically a compact CZ75.  It is a DA/SA gun (without a decocker).  It has the inverted slide rails.  It is all-metal and blued. It can use CZ parts.  It comes with two 15-round magazines.

Shipping is $30 (kinda high).  I'll also be looking at paying my local gunshop $25 to accept the transfer.  The gun was $319.  With total shipping, it's $375.  Not sure I'm happy about that, but available T-100s are extremely difficult to find, so I'll eat the shipping costs.

I can't wait to shoot this gun!

Tristar T-100 with VZ Frag grips

Friday, February 19, 2016

Another Gun Is On The Way!

UPDATE - this gun was NOT in stock like it appeared to be.  After 3 days of waiting to see movement on the order, I contacted the store and asked if they actually had the gun in stock.  They did not and said all their suppliers were having issues getting this particular handgun, so I told them to cancel the order, since it's very apparent that there's a stocking issue with this gun.  Argentina is experiencing significant economic difficulties, from what I understand.   This could be the cause of the nationwide backorder.

I bought another gun.  This is a bit different.  It's a .380ACP handgun.  It is small in stature.  It is also small but double-stacked and will hold 15 rounds.  It is a double action / single action gun and also has a decocker/safety.  It is a non-U.S.-made gun.

What is it?

A Bersa Thunder Plus.

There are several variations of this particular model of gun:

  • Thunder (base model)
  • Thunder Combat (lower profile slide with wide serrations, rounded trigger guard, smaller profile beaver tail, ergonomic rubber grip surface)
  • Thunder Plus (enhanced capacity)
  • Thunder Concealed Carry (small beavertail and unique frame grip)

There are also different caliber versions:  .22 caliber and .380ACP

There are different paint and color schemes, as well as variants that have color-coded controls (nickel and gold, for example).

The gun looks somewhat similar to the Walther PPK, and shares the PPK's barrel layout.

One thing that I'll immediately remove once I have it is the magazine disconnect.  I do NOT need that abomination.  The gun also has an integrated lock (which I'll never use).  I do need to order an extra magazine, as the gun is delivered with one magazine only.

I had a choice between nickel or black.  I actually wanted a Plus Combat (new for this year) but most places aren't carrying them yet.  In fact, when looking for the Plus, most places online were out of stock.  And when I say most, I mean like 95% of the stores I checked.  I don't even know if the place I ordered from actually has them in stock...I order went through without verification (the other places I checked wouldn't let you order if they were out of stock or back-ordered).  I almost bought the nickel version, because I think it's rarer, but it was $397...that's a chunk of change for a Bersa Thunder, as the MSRP is like $420.  I got the black version for $379 from Delta Three Outfitters, which is also where the nickel Plus is currently stocked.

Why this gun?  Because it is cheaper than the Walther by a long shot, shoots just as well as the Walther, and carries double the ammo.  It's reliability is great and has a lifetime warranty for original owners (not so with used Thunders, which is why I went ahead and bought it new... plus, I couldn't find new ones...I know for a fact a used one will be difficult to find locally).  I like small-statured guns and wanted something I could shoot with my kids.  Also, because of it's fixed barrel, it is very accurate.

Depending on how much I like this handgun, I may eventually get one or two single-stacked version.

Some people can't stand the .380 round, though.  I've never shot it, but people have been killed with far less.  Shot placement is key, as I always say.  And with 15 rounds to get on target, I highly doubt someone will walk away without a scratch.  Plus, if I really wanted power, I can always look for +P .380 ammo...or, as a last resort, carry with FMJ, which I hear is what a lot of people are doing since .380ACP doesn't appear to penetrate as well as 9mm (it has a smaller charge unless the round is hot).

More reading/reference material on the Bersa Thunder Plus:

https://bersa.eagleimportsinc.com/bersa/firearms/thunder-plus
https://bersa.eagleimportsinc.com/bersa/firearms/ (all Thunder variants listed)



Thunder Plus Series
Bersa Thunder 380 Plus w/ satin nickel finish

Friday, February 5, 2016

About those recent comments...

About the political aspect of this blog: please do not leave offensive comments and later say, "no offense."  Please do not assume I'm a "Tea Bagger".  I'm not.  Please do not bring any anti-gun mentality to this blog.  If you don't like what you read, move on, because I probably didn't have you in mind when I decided to create the blog...the internet is HUGE and you should be able to find something more to your liking than this blog.

What you think is radical may in fact not be as radical as you think.  It's only radical because you don't believe or understand the subject matter.  Radical Islamics...THEY'RE radical.  Fostering gun ownership in a nation that gives it's citizens the right to bear arms...that's not radical.  You also may think that some of what's posted here is dramatic.  If you think so, this blog isn't for you.

Gun topics tend to bring out the nastiness in people.  Guns are tools, just as anything tangible in today's world is.  I speak of politics because of today's stance against firearms (and stewardship means talking about ALL aspects..you don't dodge subjects because people might not respond well to the subject matter).  I speak to educate those that are curious about firearms and the laws governing them (and there are a LOT, so you tend to see a lot of posts on this blog regarding politics -- there's no way around that).  I'm not waiting for someone who is against gun ownership to start a debate.  That's not what this blog is about.

I'm trying to foster stewardship and education.  If you hate guns, this blog is NOT for you.  I'm not trying to appease those that are against gun ownership nor those that think "they're not out to take your guns".  I'm not trying to cooperate with anti-gun folk, so there's no compromise when it comes to my posts on my blog.  I don't need convincing, either.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Facebook's Attack on the 2nd Amendment

I wanted to share a few quick notes on my opinion of Facebook's recent attacks on groups that involve firearms.
Here's one thing I really hate about FB. They've hacked pages and if you're not careful on what you click, you can have your page hijacked. Now that's not the only worry...personal information can be stolen and some of that information can be used to damage other aspects of your life.
When I report a hacked page, FB does nothing. Nothing at all. But yet they'll make it a mission goal to shut down gun groups for things they don't understand. In many states, private sales of guns is legal (ie, Virginia). Another thing is, they seem to not even be investigating...they respond based on reports. Anyone can claim a page/group is in violation, but you'd think FB would be validating the claims. I don't think they are.
When the public was outraged that the US government was serving notices to social media, Zuckerberg was all over it, insisting that he was fighting "the man" because of privacy concerns. Yet he'll tromp all over 2A. WTF. You can't choose what Bills within the Bill of Rights you'll support. If you tear one down, what's to stop the rest from being torn down? You can't love 1A, speak bad about 2A, try to get 2A removed, and expect 1A to be safe. These people are seriously retarded.
 Yes, I know that FB isn't the only social media service that has issues with firearms.  And I also know that FB is a private organization.  FB isn't the only social media outlet that does this type of thing:  Google shut down Hickok45 twice last month for posting/linking his videos to Google+.  Does that make it right, though?  No.  This has nothing to do with the Patriot Act (there are no parallels and just because the PA exists doesn't mean we need to be tearing down basic freedoms), as a recent responder mentioned.  This also has nothing to do with supporting a Republican cause (this is another labeling of the aforementioned responder).  I'm not a Republican -- you can be Democrat and still love and support guns, but just because I'm speaking out against FB and anti-gunning tactics doesn't mean I'm Republican.

I suggest gun owners and the firearms community utilize services that support firearms and the 2nd Amendment.  One such tool is MeWe, a social media tool.  I'll be creating a MeWe account soon.  There's also GunDistrict.com.  Both of these are good social media tools that are less tyrannical than FB.