what do you think about the Bersa Thunder 380


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helz_mcfugly
January 15, 2010, 11:19 AM
My father just bought a Bersa Thunder 380 thats in perfect condition for $225.
I know nothing about Bersa. does anyone have/had one of these? are they jam-o-matics? or reliable? whats your take on them.
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/D11/25/25373.jpg

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Jonah71
January 15, 2010, 11:33 AM
I have the Bersa .380 Thunder Del with the 9+1 clip. Great pistol. I have had jamming problems but I'm sure it's due to a defective clip. Very accurate and addicting at the range. As I look at mine right now, I see the clip is different. The clip that came with mine is flush with the back end of the butt. (I think yours is a different model) I know several people who own Bersa Thunder .380's and they all love them. As far as I know, I'm the only person who's ever had a jamming problem. I think your Father will enjoy the gun. It's extremely fun to shoot, but the .380acp rounds can get very scarce around here sometimes.

helz_mcfugly
January 15, 2010, 11:41 AM
thanks for the info. I reload and havent gone without ammo as of yet, i can always find it somewhere and have plenty of brass, primers, and powder.

sixgun MAK
January 15, 2010, 11:43 AM
I have one I think this is a must for everyone. It is a blast to shoot, fairly accurate, lightweight, and after thousands of rounds, mine has never failed. I can't believe how inexpensive these guns are.

Some ? this round for self defense, and though there are more potent rounds out there, this round out of this gun will work.

Your dad is gonna have so much fun with this gun, you'll be getting one for yourself soon.

panther22
January 15, 2010, 11:44 AM
We've had a Bersa for a couple years and never had a problem with it. They are fine guns.

todd_g
January 15, 2010, 12:05 PM
Mine is very accurate and malfuction free, nickel sized groups in rapid fire at 21ft. Well worth the $200 I paid for it a few years ago. I'm sure I have fired over 2000 rounds out of it. There was a time when .380 was abundant and cheap so I would by 2-3 cases of ( russian ) .380 and 9mm luger everytime the gun show came to town.

wamj2008
January 15, 2010, 01:38 PM
Bersas are great guns.

thunder173
January 15, 2010, 01:54 PM
They are very much under rated. I carried a Walther PP for years,...and it was and is a great gun. The Bersa isn't a Walther,...but dollar for dollar,..the Bersa .380 fill's that niche VERY well. I have the Firestorm variation of it,..virtually the same gun though,...in .22LR and .380,..and a 45 ACP Ultra Compact,...I carry them all at one time or another,...all shoot pretty much everything I feed them,...I only use them with the CORRECT proprietary mags,....and I have never had an issue with any of the three. I have been offered more than I paid for them,..but won't sell them. Extra mags are pricey,..but,..anymore,...they all are. for $ 225 you got a decent buy,...now go find some ammo and shoot it. You'll like it.

Just One Shot
January 15, 2010, 02:43 PM
I had one. It's a great gun. I never had any issues with mine regardless of ammo brand.

flyingdog
January 15, 2010, 02:54 PM
I have the 380CC, never had an issue with it in 2 years as one of my CC guns.

mactex
January 15, 2010, 05:34 PM
I have to give a more mixed review of the BT380 and 380cc. Both of mine had lots of initial problems that were eventually resolved. After the issues were corrected, both guns have been uterly reliable.

schnarrgj
January 15, 2010, 06:47 PM
Both my wife and I have the Thunder 380. They are reliable, accurate, and a great value. Both of them have a couple of thousand rounds thru them without a problem.

kokapelli
January 15, 2010, 07:48 PM
I have one that works great, but mine came with magazines instead of clips!
Maybe thats the problem:)

MICHAEL T
January 15, 2010, 08:14 PM
Go ask the owners These are fine pistols very few problems

http://bersatalk.com/forum/index.php

boatme99
January 15, 2010, 09:24 PM
I have a .380 Thunder DLX. It's a great gun.
Check in at www.bersatalk.com lots of info for you.

CornCod
January 15, 2010, 11:07 PM
Bersa .380's are good guns. Mine has been great. If you pick up a new one, give it a good cleaning. They are shipped to the US in some kind of nasty preservative that makes them jam if not cleaned out completely. Also, I hear they don't like Russian steel-cased ammo. They also don't like Fiochhi ammo because of the length of the cartridge. Mine shoots Federals and Remingtons quite nicely.

NMGonzo
January 15, 2010, 11:11 PM
this is my third bersa .380

It is great and actually shoots very straight for such a short barrel.

Supported, I've had hit an 8 inch plate at 100 yards.

that is accurate.

With a little practice, I've come to shoot it almost as good as my 1911.

DougW
January 15, 2010, 11:15 PM
I have had 2 for about 10 years now. Totally reliable, and there is always one in the car or being carried even thouugh I may have a Glock handy.

buy guns
January 16, 2010, 12:44 AM
I have the Bersa .380 Thunder Del with the 9+1 clip. Great pistol. I have had jamming problems but I'm sure it's due to a defective clip. Very accurate and addicting at the range. As I look at mine right now, I see the clip is different. The clip that came with mine is flush with the back end of the butt. (I think yours is a different model) I know several people who own Bersa Thunder .380's and they all love them. As far as I know, I'm the only person who's ever had a jamming problem. I think your Father will enjoy the gun. It's extremely fun to shoot, but the .380acp rounds can get very scarce around here sometimes.

http://mob206.photobucket.com/albums/bb274/OD1911/clipmag1.jpg

Magic_Man
January 16, 2010, 01:16 AM
What's the going rate on a used Bersa these days?

denfoote
January 16, 2010, 03:05 AM
I think I like the Walther PPK/S better.

saturno_v
January 16, 2010, 06:26 AM
Bersas are among the best (if not the best) pistols for the money
Lifetime warranty, feature packed and +P rated

Very happy owner of a Bersa Thunder 40 full size here.

BULLSI
January 16, 2010, 07:19 AM
They also don't like Fiochhi ammo because of the length of the cartridge.

Mine likes the fiochhi ammo. Before the ammo shortage that is all I shot in it. Not a single problem.

kokapelli
January 16, 2010, 09:19 AM
They also don't like Fiochhi ammo because of the length of the cartridge.

Mine likes the fiochhi ammo. Before the ammo shortage that is all I shot in it. Not a single problem.

Mine also shoots Fiocchi without a problem.

kokapelli
January 16, 2010, 09:23 AM
I think I like the Walther PPK/S better.

Why?

M&PVolk
January 16, 2010, 04:13 PM
The most underrated gun company out there, hands down. I have never seen an issue with any Bersa I have shot. The .380 at the price they sell it is truly something special.

gbelleh
January 16, 2010, 04:20 PM
I've had a Bersa Thunder .380 for about 8 years, and it's been a great gun. Accurate and reliable. I don't like the built in locks in the new ones though. :barf:

nwilliams
January 16, 2010, 04:54 PM
You can't really go wrong with Bersa IMO, they make a very nice gun for the money.

I have a discontinued Bersa 383-A that I really like, never had an issue with it and it's very accurate.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb264/nwilliams27/Bersa383A-5.jpg

helz_mcfugly
January 18, 2010, 10:38 AM
What's the going rate on a used Bersa these days?
about $200 to $250

harmon rabb
January 19, 2010, 07:21 AM
very accurate, nice shooting little guns.

el_traka_traka
January 19, 2010, 08:51 AM
HI, in my country, Argetina, this gun is a ****, becouse the better pistos of this brand are make for exportation, and in the country you only can find a second class of this pistols. the material is of very poor cuality. sorry for my english:cuss:

Jonah71
January 19, 2010, 09:11 AM
http://mob206.photobucket.com/albums/bb274/OD1911/clipmag1.jpg
I seem to remember paying $255 + tax for my Bersa Thunder .380 Del. Whatever it was I'm glad I bought it. And "buy guns"...thanks for pointing out my error on clips vs mags. Bad habit I've had for years. My gun dealer also makes that mistake. Just getting senile I guess. lol.

ultradoc
January 19, 2010, 09:16 AM
I saw a Bersa Thunder 380 for $299 about 4 months ago. They seem to be pretty nice guns and a buddy who has one really likes it.

Jonah71
January 19, 2010, 09:28 AM
I saw a Bersa .380 Del. in a local pawn shop for $425. But this guy is a crook. He was also trying to get $500 for a used Bond Arms Derringer (I think it was the Texas defender). Nice little piece....but $500??!

Ala Dan
January 19, 2010, 09:57 AM
I also own a Bersa .380 Duo-tone model that has been exceptionally
accurate, reliable, and fun too shoot~! Its not a Walther, but its
priced right~! ;) :D

NMGonzo
January 19, 2010, 12:58 PM
HI, in my country, Argetina, this gun is a ****, becouse the better pistos of this brand are make for exportation, and in the country you only can find a second class of this pistols. the material is of very poor cuality. sorry for my english:cuss:
Por que crees que me fui de Argentina ?

Why do you think I left Argentina?

neener.

CorpITGuy
January 19, 2010, 01:53 PM
We have two Bersas. They are some of the highest quality firearms we own.

Cav
January 19, 2010, 01:53 PM
I have a Thunder 9, I bought it for its features after a long search. It is strong and forgiving and after a few K with no issues at all it looks and functions like new.

Wish I could say the same for my Baretta.

kokapelli
January 19, 2010, 02:07 PM
[i]I also own a Bersa .380 Duo-tone model that has been exceptionally
accurate, reliable, and fun too shoot~! Its not a Walther, but its
priced right~![i]
I'm not knocking the Walther, just curious and although I don't own a Walther but have shot one and just wonder what it is that the Walther has that you think makes it better than a Bersa?

foghornl
January 19, 2010, 02:42 PM
Don't own a Bersa, but have shot several of them. To me, there are well-made accurate firearms at very budget-aware price points.

Inexpensive, NOT cheap.

Shpadoinkel
January 19, 2010, 04:17 PM
If I've shot a Bersa .380, would that give me a general idea of what a Bersa 9mm would feel like?*


*I'm fairly new to handguns, shopping for a 9mm.

kokapelli
January 19, 2010, 07:32 PM
If I've shot a Bersa .380, would that give me a general idea of what a Bersa 9mm would feel like?
No! The Bersa 380 is a blowback action and the 9mm is a locked breech/tilt barrel action.

They are completely different designs.

HisSoldier
January 19, 2010, 10:58 PM
Almost everything I've read about the Bersa .380 is good, so this isn't a claim against Bersa. I refuse to buy any gun that has an aluminum alloy frame, but that's a personal preference.. I wish they would make one with a steel frame.

But since you asked,, :)

smartshooter.45
January 20, 2010, 06:29 AM
just picked up a new duo tone thunder 380 for $250+shipping. i couldnt believe the price! i expect to make the first range trip this friday. cant wait to try it out for myself. its my first 380!

harmon rabb
January 20, 2010, 06:52 AM
Almost everything I've read about the Bersa .380 is good, so this isn't a claim against Bersa. I refuse to buy any gun that has an aluminum alloy frame, but that's a personal preference.. I wish they would make one with a steel frame.

If it had a steel frame, it wouldn't be nearly as nice to carry.

rattletrap1970
January 20, 2010, 07:02 AM
Just as a side note the American Rifleman this month has a review of a whole bunch of .380's by various manufacturers. I don't remember seeing Bersa on there, but it might be. At the very least you can compare your results to the 10 or more guns they reviewed.

harmon rabb
January 20, 2010, 07:04 AM
just picked up a new duo tone thunder 380 for $250+shipping. i couldnt believe the price! i expect to make the first range trip this friday. cant wait to try it out for myself. its my first 380!

you will come away from the range annoyed.

why? you'll be annoyed that .380 is expensive lately because you'll want to plink with the bersa ;)

D Boone
January 20, 2010, 09:24 AM
Love mine, never had a jamb, my most carried gun. I just wish magazines for it were cheaper, and I wish after market grips were more readily available. I would like a slimmer grip for carry.

Shpadoinkel
January 20, 2010, 10:13 AM
No! The Bersa 380 is a blowback action and the 9mm is a locked breech/tilt barrel action.

They are completely different designs.
Thanks kokapelli, I'll be sure to find a 9mm version to shoot before any purchases.

group17
January 20, 2010, 12:37 PM
I have a Bersa 380 duo that has been nothing but reliable. Bought it for $220NIB Added the 9 round bersa mag which keeps your pinky more on the gun.
It's a keeper.
http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu329/sikider/bersa3809.jpg

bang_bang
January 20, 2010, 05:07 PM
Bought a duo-tone last September slightly used with the box, papers, 2 magazines, etc...ended up trading it to my mother for her Kel-Tec P11.

She had a hard time working the slide and did not like the fact that the Kel-Tec had such a hard trigger pull (even though she shot excellent with it). I let her look at the Bersa, she racked the slide back with little effort and proceeded to be hooked on the trigger. It stays loaded in her nightstand.

I actually carried it to town last night, just to see what it felt like to carry. I'm used to carrying a RIA 1911, my Kel-Tec, or my Dan Wesson .357 4-inch, so the Bersa felt like thin pack of crackers in my pocket.

Big Bill
January 20, 2010, 06:02 PM
I liked mine so well that I gave it to my SIL for Christmas. It's a great little gun. I also gave him 100 rounds of Wolf ammo.

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