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DEFENSE TRAINING

LUKE 22:36

"Let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one".

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ASG Bersa BP9cc Airsoft Blowback Gun

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 4:48 PM Comments comments (0)
I just received my officially licensed ASG Bersa BP9cc blowback CO2 powered airsoft gun. The only size difference in this gun and the real one is the height is 5.12 inches due to the magazine had to be longer to hide the CO2 cartridge screw handle. The rest is about as close to it as you can get. The magazine releases the same as the real one but the magazine itself is a lot smaller, It's just long and very skinny. 

As you can see in the pic this airsoft is very close to the real gun. In fact the weight of the guns are very close. I'll post some comparison pics below so you can see just how close they are. The noticible difference here is of course the orange tip and the bottom of the magazine sticking out more. This is only to conceal the CO2 cartridge screw. 





I have been using airsoft trainers for a few years now and finally found one that matches my edc handgun. The size and feel of this handgun is very close, definitely close enough for some good practice building the muscle memory for the real gun. 

This gun loads a bit different than my actual trainers. This one you have to install a CO2 cartridge which is good for around 100 rounds of ammo. To install you remove the magazine, and back of the grip and the install the cartridge, It's really pretty simple and well made.  The CO2 cartridge and bbs run around $0.75 per 100 rounds. You read it right, .75 cents per 100 rounds of ammo. Good, cheap, safe shooting. 

The firearm is very accurate out to 7 yards, and starts to rise at 10 yards. If you're gonna practice at 10 yards or more you'll need to keep that in mind and adjust. I kept my practice at 7 yards which is 21 feet and far enough away for defense training. I'll use my actual BP9cc for 10+ yards training. At 5 yards I was hitting the same hole for the most part and at 7 yards having good 1 inch shot groups. Keep in mind this was in my personal indoor range with no wind and aiming. Very pleased with the accuracy of the firearm for close armed defense training. 

This is a blow back airsoft gun the does rack back like a real gun for recoil purposes. It unfortunately only racks back about 3/4 of an inch though. It does have adjustable muzzle flip that I could get it to kick about like a 22lr handgun. It's not much but recoil doesn't matter much for that first shot which is what I us the airsoft guns for mostly anyway. 

The Magazine holds 16 rounds which is twice the capacity of the real gun so you'll either need to load only 8 or try to count shots. I typically load only 8 if I'm doing force on force or multiple shot training. However, I typically only draw and fire one shot to build muscle memory and speed.

The trigger pull on this gun is a hair more than the real thing and not quite as smooth. I haven't looked to see if I can adjust it or not but it really isn't by much. Maybe a pound more which would put it at about 4 pounds so it should throw me off any.  

My main focus with the gun today was drawing from my concealment holster timing it with a shot timer for the iphone to time my draw time. I holstered the gun in my Tuff products appendix carry behind the cell phone holster. I must say I was able to gain some good time with bout 100 rounds of drawing and firing 1 shot. I started out at about 1.35 seconds and was able to get the last 30 at an average of about 1.20 seconds. My best was 1.08, worst at 1.41, and many in the 1.15-1.17 realm. Very pleased with today's practice. It helped to build my drawing skills safely and faster that what I had been doing. At 7 yards I point shoot only, no aiming when I draw my firearm at this distance. If I took the time to aim it would be a bit slower. This is another great use is to build your point shooting up with the gun. Practicing point shooting is a must, you probably won't have time to aim in a defensive situation. 

The draw back to this gun is recoil. It is nowhere near the recoil of my 9mm but it does give some recoil for effect. I can say the less recoil the less likely you'll flinch. I have noticed that when I train with others I can get the flinch out of them and when they fire the first shot with their real gun they won't flinch. So, the low recoil has it's pro's and cons. I however do believe you need training with your real firearm for the recoil purposes with follow up shots etc. 

At a price tag of about $80 shipped to my door I am very pleased with this purchase and am going to put it to great use in my everyday training. I'm hoping to get my draw shot time under 1 second. It'll take some practice but I'll get there even if it takes a few thousand rounds. With it only costing 75 cent per 100 rounds I can afford to practice a lot. I figured It payed for itself today in the way of ammo. I could get about 300 rounds of cheap 9mm target ammo and I probably went through that today setting it up and getting a feel for it before I started timed drawing and shot placement. 

Below are some pictures with the airsoft and real BP9cc for comparison.  



    











As you can see these guns are very close in size and looks. You can tell mine has more holster wear but probably not for long. The top left is of the airsoft on bottom as is the pic to the left. You can see most everything is the same size.  






If you're looking for a great way to train and have a BP9cc this is a great option for you. It will help you in many was to build up your shot placement, speed, and muscle memory. It will also be great in force on force training. 

Stay Armed, Stay Safe.

Bersa BP9cc

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Today I'll be going over the Bersa BP9cc. This is a 9mm double action only (DAO) with a smooth crisp 3.1 pound trigger that feels like a single action. The bp9cc weighs in at 21.5 oz empty, comes with two 8 round magazines that are easy to load and feed smoothly. The barrel length is 3.3 inches with an overall length of 6.35 inches a height of 4.8 inches and .94 inches wide.

 
This handgun feels really good in your hand. It's more of a midsize than a compact but is still easy to carry concealed. I have fed several different types of ammo through this handgun and haven't ran into any problems yet. It has all fed easily with no jams or failures due to the handgun yet. I have had plenty of misfires due to the ammo but not the handgun itself.

The accuracy of this firearm is on par with all the other Bersa firearms I've fired. It has adjustable sights but this one is a tack driver out of the box. It has a great natural point of aim in your hand. It is a very slim handgun which is great for concealing and for smaller hands. It has a long enough grip for larger hands as well. I did put a small hogue handall jr. on the grip which made it just right for me. It had just a bit of room between my fingers and the grip in the front but the hogue grip fixed it. It truly fits like a glove now. 

Drawing the firearm was very easy to get used to. Point shooting came easily once I fired a few rounds for practice making sure the sights were accurate, I then started firing sets of 5 and was hitting a really good group at 10 yards. Less than an inch for most of the 5 round sets. This handgun has a nice large front sight which makes aiming a breeze. I then practiced drawing it empty just to get a feel for it in my conceal carry holster. I then proceeded to draw hot and fire. Speeding up as I got comfortable with the firearm. I am very pleased with the firearm and was able to achieve 1.31 seconds from concealed carry iwb side holster to target. I had some slower some faster but this is a basic average. 

The slide on this handgun is easy to rack for most. I didn't have to put a gorilla grip on it to pull it back. The ammo loads very smooth even if you release the slide slowly. The magazine releases easy when empty or has 7 or less in it. If it has a full mag you need to push up on it and then push the magazine release for it to release easily. This isn't a problem for me as long as it comes out easy empty and it does. 

I did smooth the inside of the trigger guard because it had a seam bur which was rubbing my finger and was a little uncomfortable to me. So I just took a smooth round honing stone and smoothed it out. 

Taking the handgun down was simple. Just unload the handgun, pull the slide back a little and pull while wiggling the slide lock lever until it comes out and push the slide forward. It has a floating barrel so you'll want to remove the spring and barrel to clean your handgun. Putting it back together was as easy as stripping it down. 

I really do like the Bersa BP9cc for a concealed carry / home defense handgun. It is very accurate, shoots smooth, with little recoil. My wife doesn't like the snappy recoil of a lot of 9mm handguns but doesn't mind shooting this one. She says it's very manageable even for her. It is easy to shoot accurately both strong and weak hand either two or single handed. I carry this handgun daily and am very pleased with it. I carry extra mags and use Speer gold dot for my defensive rounds. These are the same rounds I load my .357 sig & mag with and really like them. 

If you like midsize handguns to carry concealed this one is a great choice. It is very comparable in size to the S & W shield. I have fired a shield and the trigger is heavier at about 6.5 lbs, and the slide is harder to pull. Outside of that they are about the same in size and feel. If you don't like a light trigger the BP9cc is not for you, or if you need an external safety it doesn't have one. If you don't need or want an external safety and like the light trigger pull this handgun might be what you're looking for.