New For 2023: Bersa BAR Series
Argentinean manufacturer Bersa is known for its semi-automatic pistols designed for concealed carry and self-defense. After opening a manufacturing facility in the U.S. in 2022, the company is expanding its product line to include AR-15-type handguns and rifles.
Known as the “BAR,” the series includes the BAR9 handguns, chambered in 9 mm Luger and the BAR15 handguns and rifles, chambered in 5.56 NATO and .300 Blackout. All use 7075 aluminum alloy upper and lower receivers with a Type III hard anodized coating. Barrels are made from 4150 chrome-moly-vanadium steel.
The Bersa BAR9 is chambered in 9 mm Luger and is available with a 4″ barrel and KAW Valley compensator, as pictured. Image courtesy of Bersa.
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BAR9 pistols have a blowback action and are offered with 4″ (MSRP $870) and 8″ (MSRP $880) barrels. They use metal double-column Bersa TPR-pattern magazines and are supplied with a 17-round version. TPR magazines of 10-round and 13-round capacities are also compatible. The company is working on a 30-round TPR magazine for future release. A version of the 4″ BAR9 is available that is Glock-magazine-compatible (MSRP $850) and comes supplied with a 27-round Magpul magazine.
The BAR9 is also available in an 8″-barreled model. Image courtesy of Bersa.
BAR9 pistols have a bolt hold-open device actuated by the magazine. They use a free-floating aluminum handguard that has a Picatinny rail section on the top and M-Lok slots on the sides and bottom, along with Mission First Tactical (MFT) grips and trigger guards. The 4”-barrel versions use a linear compensator, while the 8” version has an A2-style muzzle brake.
The BAR15 is available in pistol form with a 7.5” barrel. Image courtesy of Bersa.
BAR15 firearms use a traditional rotating bolt, direct gas impingement action. BAR15 handguns are offered in 5.56 NATO and .300 Blackout with a 7.5″ barrel (MSRP $795) and use MFT grips, triggerguards and magazines.
The BAR15 has a 16″ barrel and is available chambered in 5.56 NATO or .300 Blackout. The Magpul furniture pictured is an option. Image courtesy of Bersa.
BAR15 rifles are also offered in 5.56 NATO and .300 Blackout with 16″ barrels (MSRP $880) and Mission First Tactical or Magpul furniture (5.56 NATO model only). All BAR15 models use a free-floating aluminum handguard that has a Picatinny rail section on the top and M-Lok slots on the sides and bottom
The BAR15 is also available with Mission First Tactical furniture, Image courtesy of Bersa.
Bersa BAR firearms are made at the company’s Kennesaw, Ga. facility. For more information, visit bersa.com.
Article by JEREMIAH KNUPP