Type: Double Action
Chamber: 9x17mm (.380ACP) or 7.65x17mm (.32ACP)
Weight unloaded: 640 g
Length: 173 mm
Capacity: 12 (9mm) or 13 (7.65mm) rounds
The Browning BDA 380 Pistol was introduced in 1980 as a compact and lightweight pistol for police and civilian use. It was manufactured in Italy under contract from FN Herstal (Belgium) and marketed as the “FN model 140DA” in Europe, or as the “Browning BDA 380” in the USA. It was adopted for service by the Belgian Police.
Some claim that the BDA 380 is a copy of a Beretta 84, but close inspection shows some differences. For instance the Beretta 84 has a frame mounted safety, while on the BDA 380 its’ a slide mounted safety. Production of the BDA 380 was ceased in 1997.
The BDA 380 is a blowback operated, double action semi automatic pistol. It has an aluminium alloy frame and steel slide. An ambidextrous slide mounted safety switch disconnects the trigger from the hammer when engaged. This pistol features low profile fixed sights and is available in either polished steel or blued finish, with wooden grip panels.
This gun deserved its good reputation as a reliable and comfortable to fire model.