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Ya know when you look at a gun and say ........ hmmmm ................ that looks nice , I should have one .......

Without knowing ONE thing about the gun ?

Well I saw a Browning BDA 380 over the weekend and I am intrigued ( despite the .380 , I really don't need another caliber to stock ! ) .

So please give me some insight if you will .


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George , easily hypnotized when in a LGS ;)
 

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Bda 380

The BDA 380 was made for Browning by Beretta (PB). They are very similar to the the Beretta model 84 except for standard ejection port and slide mounted safety/decocker. The BDA 380 was also marketed as the FN 140 DA.
All are exceptionally nice shooters as well as beautiful examples of pistol craftmanship.
IMO, (13+1) rounds of Gold Dot/Ranger T/similar ammo in a pistol that feels this good in your hand is a great combination.
 

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The BDA 380 was made for Browning by Beretta (PB). They are very similar to the the Beretta model 84 except for standard ejection port and slide mounted safety/decocker. The BDA 380 was also marketed as the FN 140 DA.
All are exceptionally nice shooters as well as beautiful examples of pistol craftmanship.
IMO, (13+1) rounds of Gold Dot/Ranger T/similar ammo in a pistol that feels this good in your hand is a great combination.

+100% You will NEVER read a bad review about the BDA. Reliable as a machine can be and built like a Swiss watch.
 

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George,
I can only tell you from 2nd hand comments made by a friend of mine. So these comments must be considered heresay, and can't be held up in a court of law.

A friend of mine owns one and he carried it regularly last I knew. He said he had a difficult time finding which ammo fed properly in it.
I remember him saying him mentioning what finally worked in it, but I'm not 100% certain of his solution. I seem to recall him saying it was Winchester Ranger.
It's a DAO pistol that's actually not made by Browning, but made for them. It went out of production in the late 1990's if I remember correctly.
I do remember the first time I saw it I thought it was a Beretta. It's a very solid pistol from what my friend said, so I would imagine it's a pretty good pistol all around. Last I knew my friend still had it, but that can change with the wind too.

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Gregory


I found this info on the web and here's the link.
Modern Firearms - FN Browning BDA380


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Gregory
 

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George,
I can only tell you from 2nd hand comments made by a friend of mine. So these comments must be considered heresay, and can't be held up in a court of law.

A friend of mine owns one and he carried it regularly last I knew. He said he had a difficult time finding which ammo fed properly in it.
I remember him saying him mentioning what finally worked in it, but I'm not 100% certain of his solution. I seem to recall him saying it was Winchester Ranger.
It's a DAO pistol that's actually not made by Browning, but made for them. It went out of production in the late 1990's if I remember correctly.
I do remember the first time I saw it I thought it was a Beretta. It's a very solid pistol from what my friend said, so I would imagine it's a pretty good pistol all around. Last I knew my friend still had it, but that can change with the wind too.

Regards,
Gregory


I found this info on the web and here's the link.
Modern Firearms - FN Browning BDA380


Regards,
Gregory
Gregory, I've owned mine since they came out in the early 1980's. I bought it overseas in Germany while stationed there. I still have her, she's DA/SA(If your friends is truly DAO, somethings broke), I havent found a .380ACP load she didn't like. I have over 20 13rd magazines, and she functions with all. If there is complaint, it would have to be her small sights, as compaired to the Beretta model 84, her cousin. Other than that I can find no wrong in her. To anyone who wants one, get one and have fun!!!!
I have the Beretta grips on mine as the wood is somewhat thick.

BDA & PPK/s


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I sounds like I need to see if he's still got it and find out if somethings wrong with it too.
I remember the conversation that his only works as DAO, and he had adjusted to it.
Another friend had a pistol she bought a couple years ago that only fired DAO. We discovered that one of the springs was mal-functioning, it was replaced and it worked fine after that. She sold the pistol shortly after it was repaired. I only wish I could remember what maker and model it was.

Is there any chance he was limp wristing it to cause those problems with feeding, and possibly slide malfunctions, making him think it was DAO?
It's about the only thing I can think of that would give him these problems, especially on a pistol that seems to be pretty much trouble free for everybody else. I recall Corlinda & me having problems when we started shooting semi's too.

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I sounds like I need to see if he's still got it and find out if somethings wrong with it too.
I remember the conversation that his only works as DAO, and he had adjusted to it.
Another friend had a pistol she bought a couple years ago that only fired DAO. We discovered that one of the springs was mal-functioning, it was replaced and it worked fine after that. She sold the pistol shortly after it was repaired. I only wish I could remember what maker and model it was.


Is there any chance he was limp wristing it to cause those problems with feeding, and possibly slide malfunctions, making him think it was DAO?
It's about the only thing I can think of that would give him these problems, especially on a pistol that seems to be pretty much trouble free for everybody else. I recall Corlinda & me having problems when we started shooting semi's too.

Gregory
I'll tell you how much I love this little blaster. The one pictured is my second, as I have retired the first(Nothing wrong with her[made in 1980], she still gets a mag or two run down the pipe) for her service!! Besides she'll be going to my daughter as her first center fire pistol. Its almost impossible to limp wrist her. I've had lots an lots of folks shoot mine, and first thing out of their mouth is how good it feels in the hand.
 

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The BDA is a fine firearm. I don't own one myself, but have fired several. I've never known of one to have problems due to any specific brand of ammo, but if the spring in the clip isn't strong enough you're going to have problems, regardless of what you're shooting... My personal preference to carry (we can carry concealed here in Oklahoma, with a permit) is my S&W 1076 (10mm) due to its stopping power, balance, and weight. It's just, for me personally, the best overall choice. However, there are times that a smaller & less bulkier pistol is called for, so I have a Colt Mustang .380 that I carry in a pancake holster at the small of my back...or in a jacket/back pocket. My ONLY problem with the BDA is that it's a bit larger than I prefer a .380 to be. As for ammo, I prefer Federal or Winchester. The BDA is a fine sidearm & has great balance and accuracy with relatively no kick compared to my 10mm or a .45cal. No, it doesn't have the same stopping (or, at close range, knock-back) power, but it's easier to keep on target for better-aimed shots; which works just as well...a .380 round between the eyes is just as good as a .40cal, 10mm, or .45 round, even of the hole's not as large. Actually, in some cases, a .380 is a better option because the shooter doesn't have to worry so much about the bullet going through its target and into something or someone behind the target, as larger & more powerful rounds can do. Anyway, the BDA is an excellent sidearm, and for a skilled shooter it is as deadly as the 9mms everyone seems to be going nuts over. If my proficiency level weren't where it is, I'd carry a BDA or Hi-Power (9mm) as my primary carry, because they are easier to keep online than more powerful calibers. I just prefer the weight & power of the S&W 1076. I have thought about a compact .45, though.
 

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I used to have one, as I can say about many guns. The BDA is one of the nicest guns you'll ever own. The above "like a Swiss watch" comment fit's it perfectly. I have always thought it was one of the prettiest semi-auto's ever made.

About the only thing you can say "bad" about it is it's a little large for a 380 in todays market. Not so much when they were being made, but you can get 9mm's the same size today, and 380's that are much smaller.

Who cares? It's a beautiful gun that is a joy to own. I sold mine to finance something else, but I'd sure think about getting another one some day.
 

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I've had the chances to shoot several, and they're very fine pistols. My only ever complaint was the slide-mounted safety, and the double stack design. I much prefer a frame mounted safety/decocker, and my large palms, short fingers make all double stacks a problem.

A friend of mine owns one, and he loves it. He did have a problem with some Fiocchi hollow points, and we suspect they may have been underpowered. I had the same problems with Fiocchi Super .38 hollow points.

The recoil of all the direct blowback models is a bit stiffer than my Colt Government .380, but not unpleasant.

You could do far worse than the BDA!
 

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This old thread has resurfaced .

Since then I did acquire a BDA .380 ( a few years ago )and I LOVE it .

It is beautiful , very well made , and just one of those guns that I'll prob never sell .

As for being a double stack - that's one of the reasons that I really like it .

If feels great in hand .... for me . Also why I like the SA XD9 sc , a double-stack .


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George - the sights do kind of suck , but I still shoot it well enough
 
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