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epsanto2
07-18-2011, 07:45 PM
Today, I went to the range to test four loads for accuracy. After the last round was fired, the slide locks back as expected. When I press the button to release the clip, it will not drop out of the frame. The only way I can get the clip out is to press the slide back a little further with one hand, reach inside the ejection port and press down on the clip while pressing the clip release button. When there are rounds in the clip, it feeds and fires flawlessly. After the last round is fired, I have noticed while the slide is locked back, the slide catch is against the clip release button; I can still depress the clip release button. If there is no ammo in the clip, and the slide is in the forward position (the slide lock is not engaged), the empty clip drops perfectly. I am using reloaded ammo using Winchester 231, 3.6 - 3.9 grains with the COL as specified in the loading manual. It has been a few years since I have fired the weapon and it has been in the vault with the clip in the weapon.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Frank

Mason
07-18-2011, 09:22 PM
Try calling it a Mag and it might work better.....:tongue:

Ok.... Ok.... ok.... Sorry I just cant help myself... Oh and Welcome to BersaChat epsanto

What Bersa Model do ya have there?

R.Ph. 380
07-18-2011, 09:36 PM
With that load of W231, it has to be the 380. Don't have a clue to your question though. Welcome to the forum, maybe someone more familiar with the slide stop and the mag release will chime in.

Bill

Mason
07-18-2011, 09:39 PM
He stated it had been in a safe a while I was just wondering if it was an older mod .380 is all?

BBandB
07-18-2011, 10:54 PM
Welcome to the forum epsanto2, this is the place for answers!! I'm new to Bersa's and had the same sort of problem this weekend breaking in a new .380 CC. I had given it a good cleaning before the range but the mag dropping (full vs.empty) was VERY difficult. It fired well and was dead on accurate with 2 different ammo's though. After I returned home I recleaned/lubed with CLP Break-Free focusing on the release mechanisms. It was suggested I cycle the mag mechanism repeatedly one night while watching TV. Hopefully, this will do it! Next trip to the range will tell... Hopefully your answer could be this simple too. I'll be watching this thread closely just in case. :thumbs up:

pollyb
07-18-2011, 11:28 PM
After the last round is fired, I have noticed while the slide is locked back, the slide catch is against the clip release button; I can still depress the clip release button. If there is no ammo in the clip, and the slide is in the forward position (the slide lock is not engaged), the empty clip drops perfectly.
Any ideas? Thanks, Frank

Welcome to Bersa Chat Frank,

At no time should the slide latch come in contact with the magazine release on any model.

When the mag is emptied the magazine follower (feeder platform) pushes up on the slide catch so that it catches/holds the slide open.

On the magazine itself look in the magazine release slot on the upper right front. Check to see if the follower or a spring coil could be binding the mag release when the follower is slightly depressed like it would be by the slide catch when the mag is empty.

:smile:regards jab

epsanto2
07-19-2011, 09:52 AM
Today, I went to the range to test four loads for accuracy. After the last round was fired, the slide locks back as expected. When I press the button to release the clip, it will not drop out of the frame. The only way I can get the clip out is to press the slide back a little further with one hand, reach inside the ejection port and press down on the clip while pressing the clip release button. When there are rounds in the clip, it feeds and fires flawlessly. After the last round is fired, I have noticed while the slide is locked back, the slide catch is against the clip release button; I can still depress the clip release button. If there is no ammo in the clip, and the slide is in the forward position (the slide lock is not engaged), the empty clip drops perfectly. I am using reloaded ammo using Winchester 231, 3.6 - 3.9 grains with the COL as specified in the loading manual. It has been a few years since I have fired the weapon and it has been in the vault with the clip in the weapon.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Frank

Sorry, I have .380 model 383DA and came with two clips when I bought it new. First I will check the magazine over as suggested by JAB and try both clips the next time I go to the range.

It is a great little shooter. if Illinois ever goes CCW (like Chicago will ever let that happen), this would be my weapon of choice.... light weight when loaded and very accurate.

Thanks for the input....


Frank

epsanto2
07-19-2011, 10:07 AM
Try calling it a Mag and it might work better.....:tongue:

Ok.... Ok.... ok.... Sorry I just cant help myself... Oh and Welcome to BersaChat epsanto

What Bersa Model do ya have there?

Sorry, I have .380 model 383DA.