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Has anyone seen or know anyone that owns one. Just wondering if they liked it or not. It is a 24oz, 6 shot DAO .38 revolver.
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Don't know for sure but I do believe the Firestorm 38 is made by Bersa. However I will not bet on it,
I have a Firestorm 22LR that has Firestorm stamped on it and on the side of the slide it has Bersa stamped on it. It also says made in Argentina. I will try to find out since I am in the market for a good new 38.
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Remember Firestorm is a name of a company They make nothing . That pistol last I knew was a Armscor It's based off a Colt . I handled one found the trigger very heavy and lock up not the best. Truck or tackle box gun maybe . I been told by those that know their going to get better . I 'll wait and see.

1911 Firestorm were made by Llama till they shut doors then by Metro Arms . Stopped importing them a couple years back . American Classic is same gun. No reason to take sales from each other. So dropped Firestorm for USA

Bersa makes the DA/SA pistols. Again Firestorm dropped on all models escept the 22 . Again 2 guns same maker . No reason This also allowed Bersa to make more Bersa and bring out the new 9mm

This is common in gun world Browning doesn't make any guns Colts new 1911 22 made by same german company that makes the 22 AR look a lite . Before 1968 gun control Astra made the little Colt 22 short and 25 auto pistol. Theirs more but I can't think of them at present.
 

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In my research of the Armscor line, I found that they were having timing problems in addition to the very heavy D.A. trigger pull. (They had spurred hammers.) I figured they would work it out, but then again what could I expect from a new $225 gun. (Price at that time.) Also, I preffer the hammer spur in case I have the oportunity to shoot S.A. The majority of my range time is S.A. anyway. I usually shoot the first cylinder or couple of rounds in D.A. mode at 10 feet. Beyond 10 to 15 feet, I should have time to thumb cock for the needed extra accuracy.
I ended up buying a used gun with a hammer spur.
 

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Boy that makes it confusing as to what 38 revolver I will get. I will email Bersa and see what they have to say about it.

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Tony1990, You're doing the right thing. Keep up the research. Find someone who actually has the model that you are considering. My information was #1. Second hand information, and #2. Is now several years old. Like I said, maybe the bugs have been worked out, I don't know. I chose another direction at the time. DAO isn't my "thing", either. ( I have a DAO semi-auto I can't shoot for beans.)
It took me about two years to get around to buying my BT380. I was waiting to see If Bersa was worth the money. Mine is.
I'm primarily a revolver guy, so I bought, and sold or traded for upgraded revolvers, putting the .380 on hold for a while. I had a Rossi 38 snubby, then a Taurus .38 while I did some other alterations within my stable, and eventually upgraded to a Taurus .357 snubby. What's most important is what will work for you.
If you buy something and change your mind, just sell it, put the money towards your next choice, and move on. After all, most any revo guy really wants a stable full of Colt Pythons..... a Snubby, a 4 inch, a 6 inch, etc. Most, I said. Not me. I went another direction there, too.
Also remember that it's easy to find negative reports about anything. People who have success need to be prodded. Keep asking. Try other forums. Get used to gun snobs and learn to take their comments with a grain of salt.
P.S. I just checked the Firestorm Revolver page and it says that repairs go to Armscor Precision Inc, Pahrump, AZ. Armscor has a good C.S. reputaion so if you need it, they should be fine.
Keep us posted.
 

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lets be truthfull If your selling a line of guns,cars, stero equipment . Are you going to stand their and tell me what wrong with it. If you ask about heavy trigger Govt . makes us have that its a safety feature . Their not going to tell truth. Part of selling is to have a rebuttal to a question about quality or safety.
You better off save a few extra dollars and buy a good used S&W model 10 they sell most places in 300 to 400 range I have bought several older S&W 38 spl. over last couple years . All have been good shooters . I consider the older S&W a better buy and gun than the new S&W . In fact I woun't buy a new one . . Model 10 was the pistol of choice for police dept all over America for years. They came in many barrel lengths and thin or heavy barrels .
 

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Thanks. I did log on the Bersa web site and left them an email about the Firestorm 38 so maybe I will get a reply some day. I have a Ruger SP101 - 357 but I would like a smaller revolver and hopefully a 6 shooter. In the old days every Cowboy had a 6 shooter to fight off the BG & Indians but today most revolvers are 5 shooters. Very Strange.

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Now you're talking right up my alley. The firestorm is an up close, knock em down, close quarters Self Defense gun. (Short barrel, bobbed hammer spur, small grip.) The SP-101 fills the same niche'.
It sounds to me like you want a range and field gun. Or maybe one for the nightstand. There are plenty in both four inch and six inch barreled versions. Ruger GP-100 is a good one and is built for the heavier loads if you need them. The S&W 686 medium/ heavy. Don't forget the S&W m19. Rossi makes a 6 shot snubby, 4 inch and six inch. Or the either S&W or Taurus m65 and m66. There are more. Don't be afraid to buy used. I have never owned a new revolver.
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I just received an answer to the Email I sent to Bersa. It was from Eagle Imports the company that Bersa uses for their gun sales.

It read: From Eagle Imports.
Unfortunately this model was discontinued in 2011. It was made by a company called Armscor. We are unsure of any problems as the gun is no longer handled by our company.

Thank you

They were not much help other than they said the FS38 revolver was discontinued in 2011. Looks like I will checking out several different types of 38s now.

Eagle Imports
 

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Good information about them no longer selling the Armscor.
I may be confused about what you are looking for. (nothing new.) Do you want another small carry gun in addition to your SP101?
If so, in 38 Special the only "J" framed sized, six shot model I can think of the Taurus m856. They are rated for +P loads. After that you'll need to look for a "K" frame sized gun.
If that be the case, you might as well get one chambered in 357magnum. You can use .38 Special standard pressure or even the +P loads in it when .357s are too much for the application in mind. I no longer own any .38's and have standardized to 357 magnum platforms although I rarely shoot .357s in them. But, I have that option if or when they will be needed.
Please keep me posted. You have my interest piqued. :)
 

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Thanks. I did log on the Bersa web site and left them an email about the Firestorm 38 so maybe I will get a reply some day. I have a Ruger SP101 - 357 but I would like a smaller revolver and hopefully a 6 shooter. In the old days every Cowboy had a 6 shooter to fight off the BG & Indians but today most revolvers are 5 shooters. Very Strange.

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Playing Devil's Advocate here, but those 6 shooters were carried with the hammer down on an empty chamber...
 

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I am looking for a light weight 38 revolver for the wife. She is starting to have trouble racking the slide on her Bersa 32 & Bersa 22LR so I want her to have a weapon she does not have to rack the slide for her personal protection. She still fires her weapons at the gun range since she really enjoys shooting.
The Charter Arms 38 is only 17oz so it is high on my list to check out however I have quite a few other 38 revolvers that were recommended by members of this site that I plan to check out. Looks like I will have a lot of fun test firing all these 38s in the coming weeks.
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Thats OK Keith4001r since I don't plan on riding a horse anytime soon, only my Honda Fit......

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Now I'm a little more clear... (face palm)....it's for the Mrs.
The Taurus 856 has just been discontinued, but there are some on G.Broker and G.Auction. They weigh 22.2 oz. Still pretty light.
 
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