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Old November 20, 2013, 08:14 PM   #26
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Seems like the 86 would be the king of this series, if you can get past the look.
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Old November 22, 2013, 05:30 AM   #27
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This gun is absolutely cherry! Hard to believe it was made in the late 70's or 80's. The trigger is better than the 84 BB.

Since the slide is easy to rack I may see if my mother can operate it. It's hers if she can, her birthday is Pearl Harbor Day.
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Old November 22, 2013, 06:29 AM   #28
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It's possible it is fairly new. A few years ago a batch of brand new BDAs were released. Maybe with a 2008 date code, or thereabout. Check the date code.
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Old November 22, 2013, 07:50 AM   #29
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It has the "B" medallion instead of the buckmark logo medallion so it is old batch.
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Old November 22, 2013, 04:39 PM   #30
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You're correct, KCUB, that's an '82 pistol you have pictured there.

Date code PY clearly visible:

http://www.browning.com/customerserv...tail.asp?id=20
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Old December 11, 2013, 03:56 PM   #31
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Love these BDA's.

A couple of years ago, my local shop had this one in their used display. I stepped in front of a guy that later told me he had come back to buy it, and I bought it ($400 ! !).

It had only one magazine but I found 2 NOS Mecgar ones that work great and then found out it takes the same magazine as the Beretta 84 so I bought 2 of those.



Recently, the same shop had another one, like new for only $400. They had it for about 2 months, but the other day I stopped and it had been sold. [Good thing since I was about to own 2 of them. ]

These things are great and I like them a lot better than a Beretta 84.

TO RAMBLE ON:

However, the Beretta 85, a single stack .380, and is also very nice.



Just some thoughts,

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Old December 11, 2013, 05:46 PM   #32
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$400?! You done good, Joe!
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Old December 13, 2013, 05:02 PM   #33
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The BDA is a beautiful pistol. I saw a used one recently in a LGS, and was tempted to buy it, but as I already have the Beretta 85FS, I decided against it. Silly me.

These guns are some of the prettiest Beretta has ever made.
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Old December 14, 2013, 12:26 AM   #34
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Browning BDA

I've always been intrigued by the Browning BDA in .380.

For a time in the 80s I carried a Beretta 92F as a duty gun. My off duty gun was a S&W 39-2 in 9mm. Both guns had similar ergonomics, with the hammer dropper safety mounted up on the slide.

I was also looking for a Walther PPK and/or Browning BDA because ergonomically they worked the same. I got a PPK a number of years later. Never did get a BDA.

Now I have no earthly use for one BUT if I found a Browning BDA for a really good price, I'd buy it anyway . . .
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Old December 14, 2013, 02:57 PM   #35
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I had the same plan, Jeff, tho it took me 25 years to find the right one at the right price. Now I carry mine sometimes (today, for instance ) just because its aesthetics and flawless operation bring such pride of ownership.
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Old December 14, 2013, 06:00 PM   #36
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browning bda 380

Bought a Browning BDA 380 from a friend because (1) it fit my hand better than any other SA I have held, and (2) it is a beautiful pistol. Have found it to be utterly reliable, accurate, and light in recoil. Compared it to a German PPK he also was selling, and to me there was no contest. PPK slide racking much stiffer, and the DA trigger pull was very heavy.
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Old December 16, 2013, 08:20 AM   #37
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I agree. I sold my PPK without any regrets, but the BDA and 84's I regretted instantly. I have a very nice 84FF now that I paid less then $300 for.
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Old December 19, 2013, 07:31 AM   #38
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Good guns. I liked my 84F so much I bought a BDA as its mate. I think the BDA is a better looking gun, but for reliability I like the 84F open slide better.

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Old December 19, 2013, 08:39 PM   #39
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I think the BDA is a better looking gun, but for reliability I like the 84F open slide better.
You've had a problem with the BDA's reliability? That would be the first I've heard of, but I've only been really paying attention for the last 25 years or so . . .
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Old December 20, 2013, 02:15 AM   #40
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My brother in law has a BDA hat he gave my sister who is a cop to replace her LCP as her backup gun.
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Old December 20, 2013, 05:08 AM   #41
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I have to say I covet that nickel BDA.
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Old December 20, 2013, 08:42 AM   #42
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Yes I have had the BDA have issues because the mag broke on the top of the thin metal on the magazine. Those with these guns know the thin metal I am referring too. Unfortunately it happened when I was on a trip and could not fix it. I just had to deal with the occasional jams.

What is interesting is the same mag, in the broken state works fine in my 84F. Just not in the BDA.
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Old December 20, 2013, 08:40 PM   #43
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Weird - I'm going to have to go pull out a magazine to see the part to which you're referring, so I remember to take care of it.
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Old December 21, 2013, 08:00 AM   #44
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What breaks it? Slamming the magazine home?
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Old December 22, 2013, 10:40 AM   #45
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I looked at a magazine and couldn't see a thing about it that was different from any other semiauto magazine. Perhaps Mr. Eick can post a photo so that we can understand.
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Old January 1, 2014, 08:58 AM   #46
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one for sale on this forum, I'm pleased with mine, don't need another though

no dog in the hunt, just fyi

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=537546
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Old January 2, 2014, 04:36 AM   #47
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I looked at my 84's mags and they looked exactly the same as the mags as I got with my 84 and BDA back in 1980 or so. I don't see anything that could possibly break with normal handling.
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Old January 2, 2014, 12:32 PM   #48
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Look at the black mag on the right a 10 round 84f mag. Note the metal above the arrow.

Look at the silver mag to the left, a 13 round BDA mag. Note that the metal above the arrow is gone. I had to file it a bit to keep it from cutting. This is a true browning BDA 13 round mag.

The Mag on top is a Mecgar 13 round that lacks the metal piece, but the metal is thicker in the body so no big deal.

I have about 6 or 7 mags with this tab of metal broken or missing. They were all bought about the same vintage so I expect that they were all from the same run.
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Old January 2, 2014, 08:14 PM   #49
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Once again, Mec-Gar fixes what the factory flubbed.
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Old January 4, 2014, 04:37 AM   #50
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Every mag I've ever had with any of the BDAs or 84s I've owned or shot appeared to be a Meg Gar mag. I've seen plenty of these over the last 33 years or so, and never seen this before. My 84 came with a used mag that has no "thin" metal above the cutout. Neither do the other 3 mags I bought, 2 new and one very used one. Weird.
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