This is a nice little blast from the past from Browning. A somewhat compact semiauto at about 6 3/4 inches and a whopping pound and a half empty. Your first look will tell you you’re looking at a mini Beretta 92. There’s a reason for that. The BDA is a clone of the Beretta 84 down to the point that Beretta grips fit the BDA though not vise-versa due to a cut out needed inside by the Beretta. The BDA has a 13+1 capacity and is fairly soft shooting and accurate with SA/DA trigger. For the time it was a very nice weapon including features like a auto decock safety.
Joined:Dec 20, 2002
I've finally given in to a long-hedged desire and purchased a Browning BDA .380 in nickel finish. For those not familiar with the gun, it's a slightly modified copy of the Beretta 84, made by Beretta for Browning. The magazines hold 10 rounds, but pre-ban 13-rounders are still available. Magazines for the BDA and the Beretta 84 are identical.
In a world where guns need to have "tactical" attributes to be considered true fighting tools, the BDA is an anachronism. It's large for a .380, it's a blowback gun chambered in what some consider an anemic caliber, and it's finished in very un-tactical shiny nickel. The grips are smooth wood with Browning medallions instead of rubber or carbon fiber, and there's not a single piece of plastic on the gun other than the mag follower. The slide-mounted safety is smallish and counterintuitive.
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 .