Obviously, I own a Makarov (Russian) chambered in .380. It is very accurate, controllable, and rugged. The sights leave something to be desired, especially in low light shooting. Fit and finish is mediocre. The inside of the slide is coarsely finished, but the locations where parts meet are much better. I will say that the magazine release at the end of the grip is kind of a pain, but it works and can still be rather quick.
I've yet to shoot or see the Bersa. What he says about the Mak I totally agree with. I've found that the more I shoot it, the more I like it. I got mine for $150 with 1000 rounds of JHP
I own a Bersa Thunder 380, as do several other members of my family...
I think that of all the handguns I own the Bersa gets the most "Oh man I want one of THESE!" comments whenever friends come to the range... Can't blame 'em though, it's one hell of a nice gun [especially considering the price!] though the cost of 380 Auto kinda makes the ol' wallet strain a bit... Then again I have been known to be a miser at times.
I have never seen a Makarov in captivity around here, so I cannot comment... Aren't they C&R guns? I seem to recall that they are, in which case I WILL be picking one up when I get the C&R [which fortunately is towards the top of the mosterous quarter-mile-long list of things to do...]
The more guns the merrier!
Unless the lists have changed since I got out of the C&R game, only the russian and E. German maks are safe for C&R. All of the other ones do not qualify. I should point out that I let my C&R liscense expire in July of 2004, and the list may well have changed.
I have my Mak though. A very nice russian one. Of all the automatics that I have have had (and I have had many) it is constantly my favorite.