Argentine pistol maker Bersa has opened a factory in gun-friendly Georgia and entered the domestic AR game with a lot of new offerings. 

Founded by a trio of Italian immigrants to Argentina back in the 1950s, the company made a name for itself crafting small and dependable blowback-action pistols that evoked a sort of Walther PP/PPK flavor. Long imported by Eagle Imports, Bersa switched gears in 2021 and elected to go with Talon moving forward while also looking to bring some production to the U.S. This led to a new state-of-the-art facility in Kennesaw, Georgia which has been slowly standing up for the past two years. 

That's what brought us to Bersa's booth hidden over in the 70,000-block of Ceasar's Forum during SHOT Show last week. 

The company now has a half-dozen new AR models (BAR in Bersa parlance) including three BAR9 pistols with Mission First Tactical furniture, two 5.56 rifles (one with MFT furniture and one with Magpul furniture), and one 5.56 pistol with MFT furniture. 

"During the past two years, Bersa has quietly been reinventing itself as a brand," said Rafael Del Valle, the company's national director of sales. "The Bersa brand is one of the most popular handguns for concealed carry, and for many first-time handgun owners. We realized that the Bersa brand was a perfect launching pad for a series of AR rifles and pistols featuring the same performance expectations and affordability but in the popular AR format."


Bersa ARs
Uppers and lowers are produced from 7075 aluminum while the barrels are constructed from 4150 chrome moly vanadium, the industry standard. Both pistols and rifles feature full-length Picatinny rails ready for mounting optics, lasers, or lights. All are Type III hard coat anodized. Pistols have KAW Valley compensators while rifles run standard A2 flash hiders. (Photo: Chris Eger/
Bersa AR 5.56 models
Two of the 9mm variants use Bersa's proprietary TPR series mags, which reps told us came about largely due to contracts with Argentine police agencies that already use the handguns, while another 9mm model for the U.S. market runs Glock double stacks and the 5.56 models are STANAG, shipping with either MFT or Magpul polymer 30-rounders. (Photo: Chris Eger/


The specs for those curious: 


bersa product sheet with specs for BAR series
Via Bersa
Bersa Thunder 380
The company will continue to make its well-liked pistols in Argentina and import them to the States.  (Photo: Chris Eger/
Bersa Thunder CC
As a side, I had long owned and used an 8+1 shot Bersa Thunder CC .380, finding it both reliable and very easy to conceal. At the time, I went down a rabbit hole in which I owned several Argentinian-made pistols including a few HAFDASA Ballester–Molina .45ACPs and a couple of 9mm FM (not FN) Hi-Powers. (Photo: Chris Eger/


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