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OysterMan



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I'm a bit "challenged" when it comes to gun finishes. Thinking of getting a UC9 and quite frankly I like the black matte. But isn't SS suppose to be better? And in what way? Is it perspiration and wear & tear? And for that matter, where does nickle stand in this regard? I know the UC9 isn't avaiable in nickle but the T380 and CC are. Would appreciate a quick lesson in Finish101.

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There are a lot of different opinions on this. The black matte finish on the UC9 isn't very attractive, IMO, but it is highly serviceable. I have the black matte model. Stainless is supposed to be a bit easier to maintain. Nickel is the one that can be problematic. Certain solvent will cause a nickel finish to peel and/or flake.

I would go with matte or stainless myself.

OysterMan wrote:
I'm a bit "challenged" when it comes to gun finishes. Thinking of getting a UC9 and quite frankly I like the black matte. But isn't SS suppose to be better? And in what way? Is it perspiration and wear & tear? And for that matter, where does nickle stand in this regard? I know the UC9 isn't avaiable in nickle but the T380 and CC are. Would appreciate a quick lesson in Finish101.

Thanks


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OysterMan



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Purchased the UC9 (matte) at a gun show. Rami 2075s were nowhere to be found and the limited selections of SR9s were cost prohibitive. I'm very pleased with the Bersa. I had read that they were perfect right out of the box and this has been true with mine. 310 rds thus far and not even a glimmer of a problem, unlike my T380CC, which took some coaxing and patience and a "breaking-in" period (733 through it now and it has proven itself worthy of carry). I plan to carry the UC9 if the holster I ordered ever arrives.

As range report, I am by no means a good shot (but getting better) and I am accurate at 7 yards with both guns and at 10 yards the UC9 produces 8" groupings and I am confident could do better and at longer distances with a better shooter.

I am very happy with the UC9 and would recommend it to both the experienced shooter as well as to those new to handguns.
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The UC9 is a great handgun, especially at the price! But the CZs are really top-notch as far as quality goes. You can't go wrong with either one.

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My understanding is that the Bersa UC9 in stainless has been discontinued, and is no longer available. Bummer!

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OysterMan



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YWadmin wrote:
My understanding is that the Bersa UC9 in stainless has been discontinued, and is no longer available. Bummer!


Hmm... I'll be going to a gun show next month that comes around here only 3 times a year (so it's a big deal to me, though still 30 miles away). It is at this show that I got both my Bersas since local GS is obscenely high priced. I've got 2 guns in mind but if I find neither and see a UC9 in stainless I wonder if I should snatch it up? I've already got a UC9 in matte and don't need another so I wouldn't fire this one.

A future collectors item...?
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gandog56



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The matte finish is duller, but doesn't show every little scratch. A polished stainless steel is a joy to the eyes, but shows EVERY little scratch.

That said, neither shows fingerprints like a blued gun. I like stainless.
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guntoter



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Bersa doesn't use stainless. It's a dull nickle plating.
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gandog56



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My SIG P229 is 1/2 and 1/2! Wink

The body is black matte, the slide is stainless.
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Isn't that a shame? I really like Bersa, I used to own two - a Bersa T380CC and a Bersa UC9. If Bersa made a UC9 in stainless, I would probably have one...

guntoter wrote:
Bersa doesn't use stainless. It's a dull nickle plating.


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Mason



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guntoter wrote:
Bersa doesn't use stainless. It's a dull nickle plating.


Actually I own a Bersa .45UC Stainless guntoter.. 9mm's and .45 stainless can still be found around but you are correct YWadmin, they were discontinued a few years ago.
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Yes, and that's the only reason I don't have a UC9 today! I ordered a stainless UC9, and then I sold my matte black UC9. THEN the dealer calls me and tells me I can come get my deposit back, stainless UC9s are discontinued and there are none to be had....

I know I could buy a used one, but I had my heart set on a new stainless UC9... oh well. I got a CZ75 PCR that has taken it's place.

Mason wrote:

Actually I own a Bersa .45UC Stainless guntoter.. 9mm's and .45 stainless can still be found around but you are correct YWadmin, they were discontinued a few years ago.


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