Bersa opinions?


May 25, 2012, 01:41 AM
Ive been looking at some Bersas in some local stores. Ive held a few and they feel good in my hands but i haven't fired any and don't know anyone who has owned one. what ever you've got for me is appreciated.

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May 25, 2012, 02:04 AM
The last Bersa I shot, bit me. :) The hammer comes back (shooting DA) near to the frame and pinched some skin between it and the frame. It didnt really hurt but surprised me.

It shot straight though. I hit where I was aiming. Nice gun, not for me.

EDIT: It was a 45 with a short grip. Noticed everyone else is talking about .380s.

May 25, 2012, 04:14 AM
I had a Bersa Thunder .380. Nice weapon, but believe it or not the sa trigger was too light for me. Damn near shot myself in the foot one day. That's what I get for not keeping my finger off the trigger.
It was accurate, though. The Thunders have a fixed barrel and a straight feed path, combined with a windage adjustable sight. It ate everything and put it on the target.
After I almost shot myself, I sold it. Now I kind of wish I hadn't.

May 25, 2012, 08:21 AM
I think you will find that most people that actually own them like them....I have a little 380 with CT grips and it is a great little gun, hits where the little red dot is, and had eaten every type of ammo I feed it.

Taurus 617 CCW
May 25, 2012, 08:54 AM
I own a Thunder .380 and am currently working on getting a Thunder 22 to match it. I have medium sized hands and it fits me well. Comfortable gun to shoot and good concealed carry size. Good value of gun for the money. Being a gunsmith I gave it a detailed once over and found the machining to be superb, as well as the parts fit and finish.

May 25, 2012, 09:39 AM
I just can't get excited over a Bersa.

May 25, 2012, 10:31 AM
Had one for a while. Great little gun and surprisingly good trigger. 8)

May 25, 2012, 12:39 PM
im definitely getting a thunder 380

May 25, 2012, 12:54 PM
The only bad thing about the bersa 380 is the price of ammo. Mine has been totally reliable.

If you can find one check out the Bersa BP 9cc. Great reviews.

May 25, 2012, 02:19 PM
I have a Bersa UC 9mm. Great shooter, accurate and reliable. I keep it in my wife's night stand. I think Bersa firearms are a good deal for the costs.

Doug S
May 25, 2012, 02:36 PM
Bersa seems to have a good reputation with many. I've owned two, a 380 and a 45. Both were okay, but neither were up to the level of reliability that I'd feel comfortable with in a self-defense gun.

May 25, 2012, 07:16 PM
I had bersaUC in 40......... It was reliable but a bit chunky for iwb ccw

I shot a friends new 9 mm bersa, the new narrow one.

It was very nice

May 25, 2012, 07:18 PM
I have a thunder 380 ct. Love it. So does my wife. It fits my hand great. I also have a 9mm pro. Love it too.

May 26, 2012, 12:57 AM
My response to a similar inquiry some time ago...

The Bersa Thunder 380 is one of the best-kept secrets in defensive handguns. Rugged and affordable, they're not as finished as, say, a SiG P238, but they are known to be as reliable or more as many higher-priced weapons. That being said, they are larger than many guns in that caliber; there is a good selection of other guns in this size category that are chambered for the more-powerful and less-expensive 9mm Luger round. Some of those, however, are not as pleasant to shoot much as is the Bersa.
I carried the Thunder for about two years, and still own it. It runs any ammunition I've stoked it with, including a mix-mash of new stuff and stuff from nearly two decades ago (some of which was that aluminum-cased Blazer junk.) I only stopped carrying it regularly when I came across a good price on my current EDC, a Kel-Tec PF9, which is notably lighter and easier to carry. It is not nearly as fun or as easy to shoot as is the Bersa, though.
If you want a gun that is truly reliable, chambered for an effective cartridge, affordable, and one that any responsible member of your family could press into service, the Bersa could very well fill the bill.
There is plenty more chat available over at (or maybe it's .org; can't remember.)

May 26, 2012, 01:51 AM
I love my .380, it's always near me and I carry it often, I got mine used at a pawn shop, to date its almost to a thousand rounds with zero problems, it's a great gun with a great price (even tho I have noticed their prices have began to rise). I doubt you will be disappointed! Good luck and enjoy!!

May 26, 2012, 11:56 AM
Have a Thunder 380 and just bought a Thunder 9. Both are great guns the 380 I haveowned for almost a decade with noproblems,just afew spring replacements. Get one.

May 26, 2012, 01:40 PM
A Thunder 380 is still on my 'will buy' list, just got kicked down a few notches as there are things I want to get before it.

May 26, 2012, 03:08 PM
I've owned a few, but by far my favourite is their .22 version. Such a fun little plinker for a quarter the price of the Beretta equivalent. I've owned both, and the Bersa was actually more accurate.

I was really impressed by their new BP9cc model when I handled one in a shop. Seems to be a very high quality piece for comparatively little money down.

May 26, 2012, 06:14 PM
Just got a used BPCC and going to 'test drive it". Will advise.

May 26, 2012, 06:59 PM
I've come close to buying one but I just didn't like the fit and finish on any of the many samples my LGS had. From what I've seem and read, they are reliable and at the time (almost 10 years ago), a great bargain. I was looking at one of the .380 offerings, forgot the model name, btw.

May 26, 2012, 07:26 PM
I had a Bersa 383 years ago. It was a great gun. I wish I still had it.
I wish they still made the frames from steel.

May 26, 2012, 07:36 PM
Mines a pos.
Trigger doesn't work half the time.
Bersa warranty is worthless.

May 26, 2012, 08:58 PM
A Bersa UC40 is my weekday carry gun and it was also my first handgun purchase.

I bought it as a new gun owner for the safety features built into it which I wanted at the time. The decocker is also a trigger disconnect which as a new gun owner wanted to grow into gun carrying safely. Also the finish is far from perfect from the factory so I had no issues beating up the gun in daily carry.

It's been a reliable gun other then wearing out a slide at 1000 rounds which they replaced after a 4 month wait. I must have about 1300 rounds through it as I now have 5 guns and shoot the others except for some light range testing.

It is accurate, the trigger is smooth as silk, the finish sucks, and it's a functional gun for the price. In my situation I shoulder bag carry, so the gun is fine for my needs, my casual wear carry is a Kahr CM9 pocket carry, but I also did pocket carry the Bersa for a while but it is a tad big and a tad heavy for that method.

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