Review: Bersa BP 9 CC

Review: Bersa BP 9 CC
The Bersa BP 9 CC is a polymer-framed, striker-fired that proved a smooth shooting 9mm, although the initial sample experienced extraction problems.

I'm sure most of you have heard of the Argentine firm Bersa, S.A., but for those who haven't, here's a quick rundown. The company was founded in the mid-1950s by three Italian mechanical engineers—one of whom had worked for Beretta—who'd emigrated to Argentina to make parts for the now-defunct arms manufacturer Ballester Molina.

In 1959 they introduced their own .22 pistol, the Modelo 60—a modified Beretta design that sold extremely well—and in 1989 they introduced their first full-size combat pistol, the 9mm Modelo 90.


In 1994 they brought out the Thunder line, which have steel slides, alloy frames, double-action/single-action triggers and slide-mounted decocking/safety levers. The Thunder 32 and 380 are blowback designs while the Thunder 9 and 40 utilize a locked-breech, short-recoil system and high-capacity magazine.


Today the Thunder 9 is the standard sidearm of the Argentine Armed Forces, Argentine Federal Police, Buenos Aires Provincial Police and number of other South American law enforcement agencies. But wanting to grab some U.S. market share, the company designed a polymer-frame pistol, the BP 9 CC (CC for concealed carry).

The Bersa BP 9 CC has a square-profile steel slide that reciprocates on four steel "slide-guide" rails integral with the frame. The slide has sharply cut grapsing grooves for sure manipulation event with gloved or wet hands.

It's a striker-fired design, which which means there is no external hammer while its double-action-only trigger does away with the necessity for external safety levers. In fact, the only external controls are the trigger, ambidextrous magazine releases and slide-stop lever. The result is a smooth, snag-free exterior, which is just what you want on a handgun that is designed to be carried and drawn from concealment.


Thanks to its polymer construction, the grip is only 0.92 inch wide. An accessory rail on the dust cover allows mounting of lights or other tactical devices while textured "finger locater" pads are situated above the trigger guard to help the shooter keep his trigger finger away from the trigger when not intending to fire.

The three-dot, drift-adjustable sights are steel, and behind the ejection port is a loaded-chamber indicator.

A single column, eight round magazine is retained by ambidextrous magazine releases and has an extended base pad to provide a full three-finger purchase on the gun. Magazines fall free loaded or unloaded, slide forward or locked back.


The BP 9 CC uses a variation of the tried-and-true Browning locking system in which the hood of barrel chamber moves up into, and bears against, the front edge of the ejection port.

Besides its double-action-only trigger and loaded-chamber indicator, the BP 9 CC has a passive firing pin safety that prevents the pistol from firing without a complete stroke of the trigger while a magazine disconnect safety prevents it from being fired with the magazine removed. The Integral Blocking System on the slide is activated by turning it 45 degrees with a supplied key that locks the sear and slide in place, preventing unauthorized firing.

My initial sample pistol displayed good materials, fit and finish. I was taken with its ergonomics; it's a naturally pointing pistol. The thin cross section of the grip, which I believe is one of the narrowest of this class of polymer pistols, will make it a natural for people with smaller hands.

The trigger had a bit more than a half-inch of take-up before it broke and little overtravel. While the trigger had a bit of staging halfway through the stroke and felt a bit mushy. Pull weight was 4.9 pounds, according to my RCBS trigger scale.

The controls were well located and easy to manipulate, although the magazine releases required quite a bit of pressure to activate.

Test firing was conducted from a rest at 15 yards with three different types of 9mm ammunition; results are found in the accompanying chart. I thought the groups were more than adequate for a compact, service type pistol. After chronographing was complete, I set up a pair of combat targets, belted on a Gould & Goodrich Yaqui Belt Slide holster and proceeded to run it through a number of drills, including: draw and fire double-taps at five yards; draw and fire head shots only at five yards, combat reload and repeat; and draw and slow-fire from seven yards.

The Bersa performed decently in these drills, although the mushy trigger caused a number of my shots to hit lieft. The sights were large and easy to acquire, and recoil control was excellent for pistol with such a narrow grip. The difficult mag release slowed reload times.

Also, after I had run about 200 rounds through the BP 9 CC I began experiencing extraction problems. The extractor would slip off the case rim, leaving the spent case only partially extracted from the chamber. Per Handguns policy, I requested a replacement pistol, which ran perfectly. In addition, the magazine release buttons on this pistol were much easier to operate.

All in the all, though, the BP 9 CC proved a fine-handling pistol with more than acceptable accuracy and good recoil control for a pistol of this size and weight. I feel it would make a practical concealed-carry pistol.

Fast Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm Luger (tested), .40 S&W
  • Capacity: 8-round detachable magazine
  • Weight: 21.5 oz.
  • Barrel: 3.3 in.
  • OAL/Height/Width: 6.35/4.8/0.94 in.
  • Construction: matte or nickel steel slide, polymer frame
  • Sights: drift-adjustable 3-dot
  • Trigger: DAO, 4.9 pull as tested
  • Safety: Integral Blocking Safety (key supplied)
  • Price: matte, $429; nickel, $449
  • Manufacturer: Bersa

Accuracy Results

  • Smallest avg. group: 147 gr. Federal Hydra Shok—2.3 in.
  • Largest avg. group: 124 gr. Remington FMJ—2.6 in.
  • Avg. of all ammo tested (3 types)—2.4 in.
  • Note: Group size is the average of three five-shot groups fired from an MTM K-Zone rest at 15 yards.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Dealing with Subcompacts

Dealing with Subcompacts

Jim and Rich cover the benefits and the challenges presented by very small pistols.

Taurus G3c

Taurus G3c

Taurus introduces the compact version of their wildly successful 9mm pistol; the G3.

The New Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun Load

The New Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun Load

Speer's Jared Hinton shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the new Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun load.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

As you will learn in this detailed review, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 380 (manufacturer SKU # 180023) is an easy-racking, soft-shooting pistol. Compact

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 380 Review

James Tarr - November 06, 2018

As you will learn in this detailed review, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 380 (manufacturer...

While some modifications require an experienced gunsmith, the average shooter can install most parts in just minutes.
Instead, the curtain-rod engineer with a Accessories

8 Popular Drop-In Glock Mods

Dusty Gibson - July 17, 2013

While some modifications require an experienced gunsmith, the average shooter can install most...

The Ruger SR1911 is offered in two versions, an all-stainless in .45 ACP (model # 6762) and a two-tone aluminum-framed model in 9mm (model # 6758). This review by James Tarr will focus on the 9mm. 1911

Ruger SR1911 Officer-Style 9mm Review

James Tarr - May 01, 2019

The Ruger SR1911 is offered in two versions, an all-stainless in .45 ACP (model # 6762) and a...

I don't have a distinct recollection of the first time I reloaded a cartridge – it's been a long Ammo

To Cast a Good Bullet

Bart Skelton - June 28, 2012

I don't have a distinct recollection of the first time I reloaded a cartridge — it's...

See More Trending Articles

More Semi-Auto

The 105-year-old Ruby pistol was heavily used in World War I, and its combat ability is comparable to the Colt, Browning and Savage pistols of its time. Semi-Auto

Ruby Pistol — .32 ACP WWI Semiautomatic

Bob Campbell - May 28, 2020

The 105-year-old Ruby pistol was heavily used in World War I, and its combat ability is...

The Taurus TX22 is an affordable, well-balanced and soft-recoiling  .22 that's designed and made in the USA. Reviews

Taurus TX22 Review

James Tarr - November 06, 2019

The Taurus TX22 is an affordable, well-balanced and soft-recoiling .22 that's designed and...

The lines of the SIG P210 Target are clean, smooth and classic, and the finish is impeccable. Semi-Auto

SIG P210 Target

Stan Trzoniec - June 07, 2019

The lines of the SIG P210 Target are clean, smooth and classic, and the finish is impeccable.

Stoeger is entering uncharted territory for the brand with the STR 9, but it's obvious this gun was well thought out and engineered. It manages to maintain a reasonable price and yet still performs and functions the way most shooters demand. Semi-Auto

Stoeger STR 9 Review

Brad Fitzpatrick - October 16, 2019

Stoeger is entering uncharted territory for the brand with the STR 9, but it's obvious this...

See More Semi-Auto

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Handguns subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now