Bersa Thunder?? Any good? any Bad?


David S
April 12, 2003, 11:55 PM
I know a sheriff that sweres by this Bersa .380. says why pay $500 for a walther PPKS when u can spend half and get a better gun. has never had a misfeed on his Bersa and i garantee u hes shot it ALOT!

I really trust his opnion on handguns so im curious as to the general opinion on them is.

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April 13, 2003, 12:37 AM
My Bersa .380 has been a great little gun. Very accurate and reliable. I have a few hundred rounds through mine and it has never malfunctioned in any way.

I paid $209 for mine.

Ala Dan
April 13, 2003, 02:36 AM

Yes, the Bersa Thunder .380 is an accurate, reliable
small firearm. The good sheriff is right, why throw
$$$ away on a Walther PPK, PPK/S, Sig P230, or

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

April 13, 2003, 05:26 AM
I love my Bersa. Bought it for $214. It just may be the best new gun value out there.

It is very reliable (no failures to feed, fire or extract in quite a few rounds), very accurate and fun to shoot. The only thing is the beavertail may need some filing, but then you are good to go.

I will probably buy another someday.

April 13, 2003, 06:04 AM
Every one I have ever seen has been junk.


April 13, 2003, 06:37 AM
No gun at that price has any right to work that well.

They're pretty homely, but they run consistantly.

April 13, 2003, 07:52 AM
I bought one last December and liked it so much it replaced my .38 snub for carry.

I've found it very comfortable ito hold, excellent trigger in both single and double action, and really good accuracy. With Magtech ammo mine will have all the holes touching at thirty feet with using my duffel bag bench rest. That will give you an idea of the accuacy potential.

I did alot of reading in various forums before I went to look at one and found almost universal praise. I've found all the raves to be true. And only $230!? My local Gander Mountain store can't keep them in stock, they get some in and they're all gone in two days.

April 13, 2003, 09:51 AM
I got the two tone version. $178 pre tax NIB.
It's my everywhere now. Have only shot about 500 rnds so far but no problems. Very accurate, low weight, appears to be very well made. The after market mags I got from CNDD work great but they don't have the pinky rest like the factory mags and I like that rest. Haven't tested hollowpoints yet but will soon. I have tried to limp wrist it and it's no problem. It's recoil in not a big deal and I do a better double tap with this little gun that any other I own.
What's not to like. I'd buy another in a second.
I'd rather have a 380 than a 32 personally. The 380 is no barn- burner but I'm sure you are aware of that.
I think they are a great value and I trust mine to work and hit the mark if something unfortunate happens.


April 13, 2003, 09:52 AM
I have been contemplating a CZ 83 or Bersa thunder as a ccw for a little while now. The Bersa is a little more compact then the 83, but I need to know if there are ambi controls avail (mainly safety selector switch)?????

April 13, 2003, 10:02 AM
I am also going through the Bersa vs. CZ-83 comparison right now. I thought that the Bersa is DAO, which is why I am leaning towards the DA/SA CZ right now...

April 13, 2003, 10:07 AM
I have not seem an ambi Bersa. Right side of the slide on mine is solid. Right off hand I can't remember how the CZ slide is made on the right side. Also my Bersa has a decocker. If you are left handed I'm not sure if it would be easy or hard to work the Bersa decocker. I'm not much a weak-hand shooter.

You might hit the respective web sites from these companies and get some info on what is and isn't possible.
Both are great pistols.
Good luck

April 13, 2003, 10:30 AM
The Bersa is DA/SA with safety/decocker. The DA trigger on mine is really nice and smooth, the SA is nice too.

April 13, 2003, 11:02 AM
Hi Gang;

I purchased a Bersa .380 about 3 weeks ago and have fired around 80-100 rounds through it without a problem. The pistol is remarkably accurate at 20 to 25 feet and fun to shoot. I am left handed to and discovered that the safety/decocker on the bersa is much easier for me as it is an up swing release. I carry IWB and practice drawing (unloaded) by sliding my trigger finger along the slide under the release sliding it up as it moves towards the trigger as I am unholstering, with practice you will amaze yourself as to how easy it is, the trick is to use enough pressure as to fully push the saftey up or it is not going to fully disengage. The Bersa at a price of between $200-$240 is really a bargain, and easy to conceal as well.

Take care;

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