by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Bersa BB pistol
The Bersa BB pistol looks very much like the firearm.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Loading quirks
  • First up ASG Blaster BBs
  • Blowback
  • Safety level fell off
  • Daisy BBs
  • Trigger pull
  • Crosman BBs
  • Shot count
  • Evaluation so far

Today we look at the velocity of the Bersa BP9CC BB pistol in dual tone finish. Remember, I mentioned in Part 1 that the short barrel (2.91-inches) would slow the gun down? Today we see if that is the case. ASG, who markets the gun, advertises it as a 350 f.p.s. gun.

Loading quirks

Usually these BB stick magazines are easy to load. This one is okay, but a little fiddly. Pull the follower down and lock it in place, then load the BBs one at a time through a hole at the top rear of the mag. I see no possibility for a speedloader for this magazine.

You have to put a finger over the other hole in the top of the mag where the BB comes out or it will drop straight through as you load. The BBs do fall down into the mag, so there’s no problem there, but when you release the follower after loading is finished be sure to cover both holes on top of the mag or BBs will squirt out. I lost several that way before I learned the trick.

First up ASG Blaster BBs

First up were Blaster BBs from ASG. I waited a minimum of 10 seconds between shots to allow the gun to warm up again. The average for 10 shots was 346 f.p.s. The string ranged from a low of 330 f.p.s. to a high of 362 f.p.s. So the velocity spread was 32 f.p.s. There is your 350 f.p.s. as advertised.

Blowback

The blowback is not as sharp as guns that have heavier slides, but it is definitely there. It will be a factor to consider when I shoot for accuracy.

Safety lever fell off

I mentioned in Part 1 that the safety lever fell off the gun when I first tried it. Well, it happened again three times during this test. I finally left it off the gun the last time. The lever isn’t needed unless you want to apply the safety. I just stored it in the box for that purpose.

Bersa BB pistol safety off
The safety lever keeps falling off the test gun. I finally left it off.

Daisy BBs

Next up were Daisy Premium Grade BBs. They averaged 336 f.p.s. which is 10 f.p.s. slower than the ASG Blasters. But the spread ranged from a low of 328 f.p.s. to a high of 343 f.p.s., so only 14 f.p.s. That’s less than half the ASG BB spread. Is the Bersa bore tighter and will this BB do well in the accuracy test? Stay tuned and see.

Trigger pull

The pistol has a single action trigger that’s actually surprisingly nice. The first stage pull isn’t that long and stage two breaks fairly clean at between 4 lbs. 6 oz and 4 lbs. 8 oz. I can do well with this trigger.

Crosman BBs

The final BB I tested was the Crosman Copperhead. These were the fastest BBs tested, averaging 359 f.p.s. So once again the answer is yes — the Bersa pistol does meet and even exceed the manufacturer’s velocity specifications.

The spread for Copperheads went from a low of 349 f.p.s. to a high of 367 f.p.s. That’s an 18 f.p.s. difference.

Shot count

After velocity testing there were 30 shots on the CO2 cartridge. So I loaded more ASG Blaster BBs and continued to shoot. Shot number 51 went out the muzzle at 357 f.p.s., so there was still lots of gas in the gun. Shot 71 left the gun at 332 f.p.s. That’s a little off the max velocity spread.

Shot 81 went out at 333 f.p.s., so the gun is holding its own. Blowback continued to function as it should. Shot 89 went out at 316 f.p.s. That is a clear drop off the power curve. That means the gun is out of liquid CO2 and it running of residual gas at this point. Shots 90 and 91 both went out at 315 f.p.s and that was where I stopped testing the gun. Blowback was still functioning and I would guess there might be another 21-shot magazine still available at lower velocity.

Call the shot count 110-112 shots per CO2 cartridge. That’s pretty good.

Evaluation so far

So far I like the Bersa. The safety issue is bothersome, but I would keep the gun if it were mine. The magazine loading is clumsy until you learn what to do — then it becomes easy and fairly quick. I like how the pistol feels — especially when it fires. I guess the accuracy test will be my deciding factor.